The standing rock tribe are being silenced about what is going on up there with the Dakota access pipe line.
I beg of you to help me get the topic out. It will affect millions of lives. The pipe will leak into the tribes only source of drinking water. We are trying so hard to get this out on twitter and facebook, but we are being silenced.
Today a security team came into the middle of a peaceful native american protest and numerous people got maced and bitten by the dogs.
I want you all to take a look at the terror on these young girls faces. Then I want you to take a look at the two aggressive dogs. When did it become OK to use dogs against children, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters OUR freakin people!!! The police will only let a dog go if the suspect runs or the suspect is violent and causes a threat to the public of the officer. Do you see a weapon in these young girls hands? Do these girls look dangerous? The answer would be no. No they don’t. The people with the dogs aren’t even police officers! They are security guards. They couldn’t even keep control of their own dogs leading to them being attacked also.
This is happening right this second and threatening millions of lives. I have to help. We can only break the silence if you join us in this fight. Just sharing my post helps the reality of the situation get out there. I now beg of you to share this post in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Give them a bigger voice. Help them shout this from the roof tops. Please… Rachael <3<3#NoDAPL
When she speaks at public meetings, Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw has a trick. She asks everyone to stand up until they hear an unfamiliar name. She then reads the names of unarmed black men and boys whose deaths ignited the Black Lives Matter movement; names such as Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin. Her audience are informed and interested in civil rights so “virtually no one will sit down”, Crenshaw says approvingly. “Then I say the names of Natasha McKenna, Tanisha Anderson, Michelle Cusseaux, Aura Rosser, Maya Hall. By the time I get to the third name, almost everyone has sat down. By the fifth, the only people standing are those working on our campaign.”
The campaign, #SayHerName, was created to raise awareness about the number of women and girls that are killed by law enforcement officers. For Crenshaw – who coined the term “intersectionality” in the 1980s to describe the way different forms of discrimination overlap and compound each other – it is a brutal illustration of how racism and sexism play out on black women’s bodies.
When he crossed the Olympics marathon finish line, Feyisa Lilesa put his hands above his head in an “X.” Most of those who watched Lilesa’s spectacular silver medal performance didn’t know what that meant — or just how dangerous a protest they were watching.
Lilesa was protesting the Ethiopian government’s killing of hundreds of the country’s Oromo people — an ethnic majority that has long complained about being marginalized by the country’s government. The group has held protests this year over plans to reallocate Oromo land. Many of those protests ended in bloodshed. According to Human Rights Watch, more than 400 people have been killed since November.
For months, the Oromo have been using the same “X” gesture that Lilesa, 26, used at the finish line.
At a news conference following the race, he reiterated his defiant message.
“The Ethiopian government is killing my people, so I stand with all protests anywhere, as Oromo is my tribe,” Lilesa said. “My relatives are in prison and if they talk about democratic rights they are killed.”
It was a remarkable turn of events — within seconds, Lilesa had gone from a national hero to a man who might not be able to return to his home country. In addition to those killed, many Oromo protesters are currently languishing in prison.
In Ethiopia, the state broadcaster did not air a replay of the finish.
Lilesa was conscious of the danger. He immediately suggested that he might have to move somewhere else.
“If I go back to Ethiopia maybe they will kill me. If not kill me, they will put me in prison. I have not decided yet, but maybe I will move to another country,” he said.
It wasn’t the first time an Ethiopian athlete had considered defecting after competition. In 2014, four of the country’s runners applied for asylum in the United States after disappearing from the international junior track championships in Eugene, Ore.
The plight of the Oromo and the Ethiopian government’s use of force against civilians have received some attention recently, but nothing as prominent as Lilesa’s defiance. Earlier this month, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa said that it was “deeply concerned” about the most recent killing of protesters. But likely because Ethiopia remains a U.S. ally in the fight against Somali Islamist group Al-Shabab, American officials have been reluctant to offer any further condemnation.
Oromo dissidents, particularly those outside Ethiopia, have been active on social media about their cause. As soon as Lilesa crossed the finish line, tweets and Facebook posts went up with pictures of their new folk hero. Ethiopia is one of Africa’s fastest growing nations, and it seen by many as a model of economic potential. The government has played down the protests, saying earlier this month that “the attempted demonstrations were orchestrated by foreign enemies from near and far in partnership with local forces.”
Lilesa has been racing internationally for Ethiopia for more than eight years, and holds one of the world’s fastest ever marathon times: 2:04:52.
I just don't know what to think about this declaration of war from North Korea
At first it’s laughable : it the 25th time they do so, they really don’t have a military power even at least equivalent to the US’s, it’s 2016 which means that literally anything that is happening is battshit crazy.
But when you hike this wall of absurdity and craziness and that you manage to arrive at the top, it hits you. At least it should.
A war is never laughable.
We reblog and create memes, I did, but let’s think about the reality behind this absurdity for a minute : a war with the US can have and will have concequences on a lot of other countries : North Korea itself first, the population lives under a ludicrous dictatorship in which they have no liberty of speech, no liberty to stand against the craziness leaving the mouth of their narcissistic idiotic tyrant.
Then South Korea, country standing (in a way) with the US, could be the first target of NK because of its closeness and well the relationship the country has with NK. Then we have the whole freaking world itself.
I’m french, and I consider myself a citizen of the world. This war declared by NK towards the US will not only face these two, all the allies of both will join and if we all did our history well, we all know what it could lead us to.
If, and I am saying IF, this is a serious matter, we should all be woke and think about what this would mean, not only to us personally but to us, the human race. Because nuclear weapons wouldn’t just kill North Koreans or Americans, it would kill all of us. French. English. Tunisians. Gabonese. Chinese. Puerto Ricans etc.
So let’s stop the memes for a minute. I know laughing is a coping mechanism, but let’s just stop the memes for a minute, because I really don’t know what to think about this declaration of war from North Korea.
A Syrian refugee who found sanctuary in Europe after swimming in the icy Mediterranean waters enjoyed a fairy tale start to her Olympic dream on Saturday, winning her swimming heat.
Yusra Mardini is one of 10 athletes selected to compete in the first ever Olympics team composed entirely of refugees. The men and women from Syria, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Democratic Republic of the Congo received huge applause when they entered the opening ceremony on Friday.
ardini, 18, was forced to swim for her life when her migrant boat began sinking as it was ferrying her and roughly 20 other refugees to Europe last year.
She and her sister, who both knew how to swim, jumped out and pushed the boat for three and a half hours until they reached the Greek island of Lesbos, she told the UN Refugee Agency.
“It would have been shameful if the people on our boat had drowned,” she said. “There were people who didn’t know how to swim. I wasn’t going to sit there and complain that I would drown. If was going to drown, at least I’d drown proud of myself and my sister.”
After they found refuge in Berlin, Mardini began swimming at a local sports club where she caught the eye of a coach.
When the International Olympic Committee decided to field a team of refugee athletes to draw global attention to the refugee crisis, Mardini was among those who qualified — barely nine months after she first arrived in Europe.
On Saturday, Mardini won her Women’s 100 meter butterfly swimming heat, posting a time of 1:09:21.
WELL THAT’S IT KIDS. THE UK IS DOOMED. (feat. economic instability for the rest y’all too)
IT’S THE BREXIT POST. In case any of you pals missed the news, Britain has just voted to leave the European Union, and Eleanor explains why we are all, therefore, doomed:
- Stock markets have crashed.£124 BILLION wiped off UK companies in just 10 minutes after Brexit was announced. The FTSE 100 stock market index [Eleanor translation: basically a measuring system monitoring our economy based on the top 100 blue-chip companies in the London Stock Exchange] initially dropped 8%, has recovered to 5% but this is still a huge amount. (x, x, x)
- The pound has hit its lowest level in 31 years.
It has dropped below $1.35 against the US dollar, completely obliterating our steady gains of the previous several years. ie. Just look at these exchange-rate graphs m8. (x)
- David Cameron has resigned, after promising he wouldn’t live on BBC Breakfast to us just yesterday. I mean let’s be real, he’s the one that landed us in this whole mess - promising the referendum to sway eurosceptic UKIP voters towards Conservatives and keep himself in power. And now effectively he’s running away and leaving us all in the shit. (x)
- This means we could be left with Boris Johnson as Prime Minister. BORIS ARE-YOU-ACTUALLY-FUCKING-KIDDING-ME JOHNSON COULD BE THE PRIME MINISTER TO LEAD US THROUGH THIS HELL.
- Trump is coming into the country later today to endorse the Brexit decision. I mean, that’s not particularly an effect on our global political economic situation. But UMMM Donald Trump??? (x)
- We may have screwed up the rest of the world’s economy as well. The Nikkei 225 index [Eleanor translation: like the FTSE 100 index, but for Japan with their 225 top blue-chip companies in Tokyo. Other indexes are appearing in this next bit - please note they are all similar things.] has so far crashed more than 8%, easily its worst one-day fall since the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami in 2011.” WHOOPS. Additionally, the Yen is still rising in value - not good for Japan’s heavily export based economy. | China’s Shanghai composite is down a more gentle 1%, which still isn’t good but is actually still within normal flexibility. UM. |
The German index flopped 10 percent, which would be its biggest one-day decline ever, and France’s index fell about 7 percent. SHITTT SORRY GUYS. |South Korea’s Kospi index sank 3.1 percent to 1,925.24, its biggest fall in four years.ABOUT THAT. |
Stocks in Taiwan, Sydney, Mumbai and Southeast Asian countries have dropped slightly lower too. YUP OK OUR BAD. | Ireland could experience a price-shock plus long-term trade suffering, and it could increase the price of their borrowing. UH OH. | ALSO USA YOU CAN’T ESCAPE THIS SHITSTORM TOO. Dow Jones’ Industrial Average has plummeted more than 400 points. OH DEAR. |
(x, x, x, x, x)
- Oh yeah, Putin’s pretty happy about it too.
I mean, I guess this is also not particularly an effect on our global political economic situation. But URGHHH actual Putin??? (x)
- Scotland may demand a second referendum. While personally I believe that the UK’s economy is stronger if we are one whole nation, it is very likely that the SNP will ask for another referendum to see if the Scottish people want to remain with the UK or become a separate country. And honestly I don’t blame them. Given that Scotland and Nothern Ireland were the heaviest in leaning towards Bremain, Scotland could easily separate as a nation and rejoin the EU and potentially have a stronger economy - and they’ll probably win this time tbh - which could lead to the end of the UK as we know it. Honestly, I’m torn here between “more power to them” and “PLEASE DON’T LEAVE WE WILL ACTUALLY DIE WITHOUT YOU”. (x)
- It could lead to the collapse of the EU. Right-wing parties in both the France and the Netherlands are demanding their own referendums for Frexit and Nexit, though it isn’t clear as of yet how much support these parties have we could be looking at two pillars of the EU wanting a withdrawal. (x)
- Travelling just got far more expensive. But hey that’s FIIIINE. Like who wants to see the world, right?
- Our banks are SCREWED.
Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey was down 21% , and Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland were each shedding roughly 20%. Lloyds has also tanked. Not only that, but they know they’re fucked. The Bank of England have pledged £250 billion to help this “period of uncertainty and adjustment”. YEAH. THEY SAID THAT. (x, x)
- Guess whose back? Back again? The recession’s back! Tell a friend. “Recent signs have pointed to a UK economic slowdown, and the possible consequences of Brexit may include a spike in inflation, a rise in unemployment and even a recession. The Bank of England potentially faces what Mr Carney has described as a “challenging trade off” between supporting growth and employment and stabilising inflation.” George Osborne’s calling it “The world’s first DIY recession.” #TBT TO 2008 WHEN WE ALL ENDED UP UNEMPLOYED AMIRITE (x, x, x)
- Also Nigel Farrage just admitted the country has no power whatsoever to give that £350 million we saved from the EU directly to the NHS. So essentially 17 million people may have voted Leave based on a bed of lies.
td;lr The world is headed into a short-term rocky patch of economic instability, and the UK is running head first into an apocalyptic style period of long-term crisis due to #Brexit. It’s time to pack your bags kids. I hear Canada’s weather is good at this time of year.
Y'all stop with the karma bullshit because two officers were shot. Black Lives Matter is and always has been nonviolent and it is because we believe that all lives matter that we advocate for black lives
This isn’t blood for fucking blood
This too, is a tragedy
A tragedy being blamed on BLM without any evidence
With everything going on these days, especially in the last two, having the news reporting as attacking the police is gonna set shit back
I’ve noticed that whenever a discovery like this one is made, there’s a tone of shock and words like “unprecedented” start being flung around. The problem is that this kind of writing is predicated on the assumption that only European people and cultures have a history worth mentioning, and that anything noteworthy happening elsewhere is some kind of reversal of a natural order in which Europe is both first and central to any comparison.
Notice that this is touched on in the first paragraph of the article, without actually naming what the assumptions consist of:
Archaeologists in Cambodia
have found multiple, previously undocumented medieval cities not far
from the ancient temple city of Angkor Wat, the Guardian can reveal, in
groundbreaking discoveries that promise to upend key assumptions about
south-east Asia’s history.
The Australian archaeologist Dr Damian Evans, whose findings will be published in the Journal of Archaeological Science
on Monday, will announce that cutting-edge airborne laser scanning
technology has revealed multiple cities between 900 and 1,400 years old
beneath the tropical forest floor, some of which rival the size of
Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.
And because these assumptions have raged unchecked for centuries, you have what was apparently the largest empire in the 12th century lying undiscovered in Cambodia for hundreds of years because “no one” expected it to be there.
It might seem like a petty gripe, but consider the sheer size and scope of it:
Try and imagine that no one knew Ancient Rome existed until like, a year ago.
In 2012, scientists confirmed the alleged existence of another temple city near Angkor Wat.
Alleged by whom? My guess is probably the people who live in the area and knew it was there all along, but it doesn’t “count” until it’s been accounted for by Australian, French, American, and British academics, who are the only ones I could find quoted on this excavation in various articles.