Istanbul today

1. A man sits in front of graffiti created by protesters near Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 8, 2013. (Osman Orsal/Reuters)

2. A man selling traditional bread walks through a barricade set by anti-government protesters near Istanbul’s Taksim Square on June 8, 2013. (Yannis Behrakis/Reuters)

3.  A man poses for a picture on top of a barricade set by anti-government protesters near Istanbul’s Taksim Square on June 8, 2013. (Yannis Behrakis/Reuters)

4. A boy plays in a damaged public bus at Gezi Park on Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 8, 2013. (Osman Orsal/Reuters)

5. A boy plays an accordion, as graffiti created by protesters that reads, “Fascist hands against the people are broken” can be seen on the shop front behind him near Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 8, 2013. (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

6. A couple with children in pushchairs observe a barricade in Istanbul on June 8, 2013. (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

7. People shout anti-government slogans as they gather for a demonstration at Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 8, 2013. (Osman Orsal/Reuters)

8. Supporters of Turkish football club Fenerbahce light flares as they stand on top of an overturned car, used as a barricade at Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 8, 2013. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)

barricades are dreamy

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"As Jameel Jaffar, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, put it today, imagine if the government required every American to report to the government every night who they spoke to, or texted, for how long, and from where. People would be furious, but that’s precisely the information the N.S.A. is collecting from telecom companies. And it’s precisely why the government desperately wanted to keep the practice a secret."

What’s the Purpose of the N.S.A. Surveillance Program? (via wilwheaton)

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In this case, the “about the same rate” phrasing is being used since Whites actually use marijuana MORE than Blacks. Even if the difference in percentage is deemed statistically insignificant, the “same rate” framing would not be used if Black people used marijuana more. Even so, important research by the ACLU regarding the racism of the “drug war” on marijuana was released in a new report.

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This is the place in which, it seems to me, most white Americans find themselves. They are dimly, or vividly, aware that the history they have fed themselves is mainly a lie, but they do not know how to release themselves from it, and they suffer enormously from the resulting personal incoherence. This incoherence is heard nowhere more plainly than in those stammering, terrified dialogues white Americans sometimes entertain with that black conscience, the black man in America.

The nature of this stammering can be reduced to a plea: Do not blame me. I was not there. I did not do it. My history has nothing to do with Europe or the slave trade. Anyway, it was your chiefs who sold you to me. I was not present on the middle passage. I am not responsible for the textile mills of Manchester, or the cotton fields of Mississippi. Besides, consider how the English, too, suffered in those mills and in those awful cities! I, also, despise the governors of Southern states and the sheriffs of Southern counties; and I also want your child to have a decent education and rise as high as his capabilities will permit. I have nothing against you, nothing! What have you got against me? What do you want?

But, on the same day, in another gathering, and in the most private chamber of his heart always, he, the white man, remains proud of that history for which he does not wish to pay, and from which, materially, he has profited so much.


James Baldwin, Unnameable Objects, Unspeakable Crimes

James Baldwin wrote these words in 1966


I repeat 1966

It is 2013

47 years later and White people are still strumming to this same tune of “don’t blame me”.


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"In the most private chamber of his heart" he’s a racist? Bullshit.  Who is pulling your strings? It’s divide and rule.  You’re doing the racists dirty work for them.  The racist points to such statements and says “look the blacks are racist against the whites, so you can be, should be, racist too”  Don’t go there.  The working class, if it exists anymore, must stand UNITED AGAINST OPPRESSION. Black and white unite and fight.

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"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion, but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do."

Samuel P. Huntington (via seinedoll)

#1 in amorality and flexible tolerance for injustice & human suffering!

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Westerners are not the only violent ones, they happened to be the winners.  Don’t forget the Islamic Empire that ruled much of Europe or the Chinese or Russian Empires.  Of course the west wouldn’t have done it without armies of mercenaries.

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"Only in America can you be pro-death penalty, pro-war, pro-unmanned drone bombs, pro-nuclear weapons, pro-guns, pro-torture, pro-land mines, and still call yourself ‘pro-life.’"

— John Fugelsang  (via pregnat420)

Not only in America, but I get your point. You could say “only a Christian…..”

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Sack Richard Littlejohn for his disgusting attack piece against Lucy Meadows, apologize for printing it, and institute a editorial review process to prevent this kind of discrimination from ever ending up in print again.”

This week, a schoolteacher took her own life, a tragic result of media bullying that was egged on by a right-wing columnist for the UK’s 2nd-largest paper.

Lucy Meadows just wanted to quietly teach her students, but Richard Littlejohn of the notoriously inflammatory Daily Mail led a nasty witch-hunt against her. In a hit piece mockingly titled “He’s not only in the wrong body… he’s in the wrong job,” Littlejohn began a wave of harassment that drove Lucy from teaching. Two months later, she would be dead.

Lucy’s death sent a wave of shock and anger across the UK, with tens of thousands of people demanding that Daily Mail fire Richard Littlejohn. The Daily Mail is one part a of huge global media conglomerate, and if people around the world stand up to hold the paper accountable, it will send a clear message that the media can’t peddle this kind of bigotry and get away with it.

John Littledick is, was and probably always will be an ignorant, bigoted piece of shit, which is why the bigoted, homophobic, racsist Daily Mail pays him hundreds of thousands of pounds to write that shit.

(Source: neutrois, via anarcho-queer)


Shit just got real.

Brilliant! Unfortunately.


Shit just got real.

Brilliant! Unfortunately.

(Source: anarchristian)