Leyla Zana, a Kurdish politician, was put in jail for 10 years because she spoke Kurdish as she was sworn into Turkish parliament. This is a clip of the crime, taken from a very insightful documentary that explores the political life of Leyla and oppression of Kurds in Turkey.
BREAKING NEWS: After cancelling the planned annual Gay Pride March in Istanbul, Turkey, over so called “safety concerns,” police have now issued a threat of arrest for anyone gathering or organizing to make a statement about gay pride. This comes after Pride marchers were violently attacked by police in years past (Pictured) and dispersed with water cannons and force. According to Al Jezerra, the parade took place peacefully for 13 years, until in 2013 and 2015, authorities cracked down. In 2014, the Pride march was held without incident.
To the LGBTQ community of Turkey, please be careful and stay safe, please know the world is watching! Thank you for your courage, and don’t ever let them silence you! Remember that water cannons leave behind rainbows. Be proud, be strong, be brave, and never forget; It gets better!
Thank you for the relatively chill discussion about veganism. I’m gonna take a break from answering questions and comments.
I’m not trying to be all “better than you.” I’m trying to get everyone to see that the lives of animals matter just as ours do.
Ask yourself, “Why love one animal and pay someone to hurt another?” “Do I have to eat this or can I eat something else?” Experiment, collect recipes on Pinterest, learn where the animals you eat come from and how they’re treated. Watch cows, turkeys, and chickens being cute on youtube.
It’s not always easy to go vegan, but do your best. Try Meatless Mondays, find your favorite food and see if there’s a vegan alternative.
20 Amazing Facts That Will Change the Way You Look at Farmed Animals
#1. Pigs are considered the fifth most intelligent animal in the world — even more intelligent than dogs — and are capable of playing video games with even more focus and success than chimps!
#2. Cows have great memories, and can learn and respond to their names.
#3. Chickens are able to recognize over 100 individual faces, not only of their fellow chickens, but also of humans.
#4. Mother pigs sing to their young while nursing, and newborn piglets recognize their own names and run to their mothers’ voices.
#5. Sheep wag their tails to show affection.
#6. Chickens use over 200 distinct noises for communication.
#7. Like humans, cows form close friendships. They choose to spend much of their time with two to four preferred companions.
#8. Hens begin communicating with their chicks before they even hatch. When the babies are still inside their shells, the mother hen clucks softly to them and they chirp back.
#9. Chickens pass down knowledge from generation to generation.
#10. Fish eavesdrop on one another to gather information.
#11. Pigs enjoy snuggling close to one another and prefer to sleep nose-to-nose.
#12. Cows get excited when they solve problems. Upon successfully finding food hidden behind a closed door, their heartbeats go up. Cows also have a similarly happy response to being released after a long period of confinement.
#13. Chickens can empathize with peers in danger, and use their previous experiences to inform decision making.
#14. Cows like to sleep close to their families, and their sleeping arrangements reflect their respective rankings in the social hierarchy.
#15. The cognitive abilities of fish are impressive — they learn faster than dogs!
#16. Crustaceans, such as lobsters and crabs, are able to remember painful stimuli and avoid certain situations based upon negative past experiences. They also form social hierarchies with individuals close to them.
#17. Pigs have excellent object-location memory. If they find grub in a specific spot, they’ll remember to look there next time!
#18. Goats communicate with each other by bleating. A mother goat and her baby, or “kid,” will recognize each other’s calls from the moment the baby is born.
#19. Pigs have a sophisticated sense of direction. They can find their way home from huge distances away.
#20. Turkeys enjoy hearing music, and sometimes they’ll chirp along. Next time you’re looking to start a sing-along, consider inviting some feathered friends!
In today’s episode of “things that should make you fucking livid” we have the Turkish president’s guards (in the suits in the video.) attacking protesters in WASHINGTON GODDAMNED D FUCKING C while the protesters are the ones who get arrested because protect and serve, amirite?
Here’s Phillip Defranco talking about it, and his feelings line up well with mine:
This dictator brought his thugs to American soil (at the invitation of our corrupt as hell manchild in chief.) and let them beat up American citizens and our government is letting them get away with it. There should be protests over this. We should be surrounding the Turkish embassy and screaming till they can’t hear anything else. Fuck them, fuck their president, and their authoritarian bullshit. How dare they come here and bring this with them and do this to our people in our country? HOW DARE THEY? And that said, HOW IS THIS NOT A BIGGER DEAL??? If you were looking for a watershed moment, a match for the fire, this is it. Our gov’t, our police force, is LETTING an authoritarian Turkish dictator’s bodyguards beat up our citizens with no punishment at all. *Everyone* should know about this. Everyone should be angry. Everyone should be holding our leaders accountable for this, and I don’t care that diplomatic immunity means they can’t be tried. They can be kicked out, they officially represent their gov’t, their gov’t can be punished.
It's pretty fucking racist that you would say that Turkey has a higher rate of murder of Trans people. Stop profiling, you racist, mysoginistic asshole
I’m unsure if you’re unable to read or just cannot comprehend how statistics work. According to statistics gathered by Transgender Europe, Turkey has the highest right of transgender murder in Europe. Relaying that information does not make me racist or misogynistic.
I think you’ve maybe been on tumblr for too long. Take a break and you’ll hopefully stop being offended by demographics and the likes. Have a wonderful day!
Imagine you come home to find a dead animal in your house. Most people would treat such a discovery with sadness and/or revulsion, because even if you don’t like animals, it’s still pretty gross to find a corpse in your house, and your first instinct would likely be to put the body outside, to bury or otherwise dispose of it.
So why do you not treat the dead animals in your fridge in the same way? Is it because they don’t look like dead cows, pigs, sheep and birds? Because they often come in neat little packages with dissociative names like ‘beef’ or 'pork’?
Make the connection.
TURKEY. Istanbul province. Istanbul. March 5, 2016. Journalists carry an injured woman after Turkish riot police forcefully dispersed supporters outside the headquarters of the Zaman newspaper, a then leading Turkish media outlet opposed to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and closed down by authorities.
It had an estimated circulation of 650,000.
In its last edition, on March 4, 2016, it defiantly warned of the “darkest days” in the history of the press and its front page read “The Constitution is suspended.”
Another meal prep Sunday thanks to @gymhairdontcare’s help!
On the left: crockpot salsa chicken with white rice and black beans.
On the right: turkey meatballs with roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli.