A young girl climbed up a step ladder to stand at the podium before a tense Charlotte City Council meeting.
Petite in size, with braids in her hair and hearts on her t-shirt, Zianna Oliphant collected herself and delivered her message loud and clear.
“It’s a shame that our fathers and mothers are killed and we can’t see them anymore. It’s a shame that we have to go to their graveyard and bury them. We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side.”
“Shi’ite Muslims in Syria aren’t the only ones ignored. In fact, nobody is more ignored than the people of Yemen. The uprising of Houthis, a Shi’ite led movement, is opposed by Saudi Arabia who has been dropping missiles on them for almost as long as Syria has been at war. Millions are suffering from poverty, more than 10,000 people have been killed, and hundreds of thousands have reached famine conditions. There is a humanitarian crisis in Yemen, but they don’t get the same attention from the media, lawmakers, or Trump because they are being attacked by Saudi Arabia, a US ally. Political fear strikes again.
The same can be said for the situation in Nigeria, where Shi’ites make up a very small of minority of the nation’s Muslims. Last year, hundreds of Shi’ites in the town of Zaria were burnt alive by soldiers and then dumped into mass graves. The leader of the Shi’ite Islamic movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-ZakZaky, was brutally tortured and kidnapped last year by the Nigerian government, his fate unknown.
In Bahrain, the government continues to divide the Sunni and Shi’ite people by taking away the basic civil rights of its Shi’ite. Despite the fact that they make up more than 70% of Muslims in the country, Shi’ites have little political power in Bahrain. Recently, the government executed three Shi’ite men despite not having any evidence to back up the charges against them. Mass street protests followed in the nation. The country followed in the footsteps of Saudi Arabia, who was met with global condemnation when it executed a top Shi’ite cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, along with 47 others.
To condemn such action by these nations is not political suicide, but basic humanitarian effort. Even if one wanted to understand the dynamics of ISIS in the Middle East, they would need to understand who ISIS’s main targets are. Since the early days of Al-Qaeda in Pakistan, the main targets of Islamic terrorists have been Shi’ite Muslims. While Al-Qaeda was targeting Shi’ites there, Saddam Hussein was killing Shi’ites in masses. Today, both the Shi’ites of Pakistan and Iraq are targeted by ISIS at mosques and schools at least one month. Ignoring this leaves out significant pieces that help us all understand the motives of Islamic terrorists.”
Today is the 70th anniversary of the 228 Incident in Taiwan.
This incident refers to the brutal crackdown of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) regime against Taiwanese civilians who demonstrated all across Taiwan to protest the authoritarian government’s corruption and oppression. It was not a simple one-day incident that occurred on February 28, 1947. Rather, it was a long period of suffering and violation of human rights on a large scale. An estimated 18,000 to 28,000 people died during the uprising and subsequent crackdown. The 228 Incident marked the beginning of Taiwan’s White Terror, a period of severe political oppression.
On February 27, 1947, a widow was selling illicit cigarettes from a small stand in a Taipei park. Two agents from the Monopoly Bureau sought to seize her goods and cash. Her resistance drew the attention of a crowd, and one of the agents struck her head with his pistol, inciting the anger of the crowd. An agent fired for an escape route, but instead, fatally shot a bystander.
On February 28, 1947 in Taipei, a group of two thousand protesters marched from the park to the Monopoly Bureau, demanding the execution of the agents, the resignation of the bureau director, and the revision of monopoly regulations. Finding the bureau closed, the protesters proceeded to the Governor-General’s office where they were met with troops opening fire. A radio station broadcasted the event, and finally, the tensions and frustrations that had been building up within the Taiwanese ever since the Republic of China took over broke loose and caused an island-wide anti-government uprising.
So then this Nazi came in and told me in the face “We rule the world now. Surrender or die. Hail Hydra!”
SO I ATE THAT BITCH!
Secret Warriors #1 is more what I’d like to see from this stupid Secret Empire story – heroes kicking Nazis in the face. And in the groin. And in the liver. You get the point.
We have two storylines here – flashbacks to what happened with Daisy right before Hydrant takeover. It’s weaker part because….fucking Rogers set her team up for wrecking crew and they killed everybody but her. Apparently even Yo-Yo Rodriguez. I’ll be fucking pissed if she’s dead.
But then the part in the present, where Daisy teams up with Lunella and Kamala (and Dante, to her annoyance) and kicks Hydra’s asses is actually really good one. Especially when Karnak enters the scene with his very nihilistic, creepy behavior. This can be a good team and a good book but is facing the same problem I mentioned about Uprising. People may not buy it because fuck Secret Empire. Then Marvel will say it’s a proof diversity doesn’t sell. Or people may buy it for its diverse cast. And Marvel will say it’s a proof they were right to run this godawful nazi event.