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October 29 2017

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@JvanBaardwijk: Hello @BBCNews, I've taken the liberty of correcting a rather massive mistake in your headline. You're welcome.

June 24 2015

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“I’d like to address the new Egyptian series titled ‘the Jewish quarter’. It’s infuriating to witness the Egyptian media’s continuous attempts at normalizing the Israeli occupation of Palestine, which spiked after the Sisi coup. In an attempt to blame the Palestinians for their own tragedy, this show portrays us as the ones who sold the cause initially.

While Palestinians were fighting to defend their land during 48 and prior, they were almost completely abandoned by Arab governments. Contrary to most beliefs, Arabs who attempted to help with combat were mostly volunteers and were not backed by entire governments. This letter written by the leader of the Palestinian guerrillas at the time addresses the president of the Arab league in Cairo and blames him for abandoning them without ammunition or supply in the midst of battle.

Although land was sold to Jews prior to the inception of israel (which constituted less than 3% of the land) to say that Palestinians are to blame for ‘selling’ their land to the Zionists is completely baseless and only serves Arabs attempting to shift the blame to the victim.”

— from nowinexile.tumblr.com (Jun. 22 2015)

June 07 2015

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“An Iranian channel ran a story about how a certain kind of martial arts is enjoying increasing popularity among Iranian women. This means that a) Iranian women have rights, b) Iranian women can access the public sphere, c) Iranian women participate in organized, public sports, and d) an Iranian government news channel has no problem with any of this.

Faced with these facts, the Western media panicked: some news agencies resorted to the stereotype of Iranian women as veiled, militant fanatics; others opted for infantilizing portrayals of suffering women using martial arts as their only escape. Can you imagine any self-respecting Western reporter writing a story that explained, unprovoked, the popularity of karate among girls in suburban Los Angeles by citing America’s high rates of sexual assault? Additionally, few bothered to mention that recently it has been Western sports organizations that have prevented Iranian women from playing, for example in 2011 forcing the Iranian women’s soccer team to forfeit hope of reaching the Olympics because they wore sports hijabs on the field.

Narratives of weak or militant Iranian women are not just dishonest; they also fuel a political narrative whereby Islamism is equated with backwardness and the ability of women to reconcile Islamic ideals with feminist goals is entirely obfuscated. Both Western conservatives and many secular feminists often participate in this obfuscation, effectively trying to either hide Iranian women’s successes in order to demonize Iran or by ignoring the ideologies of liberation they have formulated in order to preserve the status of secular feminism as the only path to women’s liberation.”

Misreading Feminism & Women’s Rights in Tehran: Beyond Chadors, Ninjabis, & Secular Fantasies (via seppin.tumblr.com)

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June 03 2015

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US Prosecutors are Good Imperial Soldiers | venezuelanalysis.com

by Joe Emersberger - TeleSur English, May 27th 2015

“Juan Forero’s latest article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), co-authored by José de Córdoba, ran with the headline “Venezuelan Officials Suspected of Turning Country into Global Cocaine Hub”. The article was immediately cited by the BBCUK Guardian, and Reuters among others. Here are five things readers should notice about the article.” ...

May 03 2015

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marxbakuninhomoeroticfanfiction wrote:

Just so we’re clear. Just before the curfew in Baltimore was enforced on May Day, Geraldo Rivera came into a circle of us sitting in front of city hall and deliberately agitated several of the other protesters. THAT was when the riot police stormed in, kicking and pushing people - including protest medics with red duct tape on their clothing.

I looked up Fox’s footage from that night and they only show what happened right AFTER, as the police were storming.

We were literally sitting in a circle, singing, and eating the chicken that Food Not Bombs had brought. There was a 12 year old kid who had joined us for fuck’s sake.

I’m late bringing this up but I haven’t had much computer/internet access this week.

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May 01 2015

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April 30 2015

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Baltimore: what needs to be talked about

by Mary Scully (via momo33me.tumblr.com):

There is a concerted media campaign to turn the discussion about Baltimore into moralizing about the looting, arson, vandalism even though there is precious little evidence it is widespread. Allegedly, a senior community center, pharmacy, wig store, & convenience store were torched by protesters. Maybe the protesters torched all four; maybe they didn’t.

Obama made a statement about Baltimore that echoed what he said about Ferguson. As forcefully as one can in a monotone, he condemned the riots in Baltimore & called those involved “criminals & thugs.” In Ferguson he said “I don’t have any sympathy for protesters burning buildings.” So now we know where he stands on that question. Where does he stand on police violence that provoked the outrage? What does he think about suspending the Bill of Rights in Ferguson & Baltimore? On that he’s remained dumb as a stump. What does he have to say about the hundreds of Black kids murdered every year by cops?

In September 2014, the Baltimore Sun newspaper reported on their six-month investigation of police misconduct in the city. They reported the city of Baltimore paid out about $5.7 million since 2011 from lawsuits claiming police brutality & civil rights violations with alleged suspects. That’s not counting another $5.8 million spent by the city on legal fees to defend the accused cops. The newspaper found a “disturbing pattern” of such conduct. Over 100 people had won court judgements or settlements in a period of less than four years & the victims ranged from a 15-year-old boy to a 65 year-old church deacon & an 87 year-old woman helping her wounded grandson. That’s what needs to be talked about–not stealing toilet paper from a chain pharmacy.

Fox News is reporting that a data mining firm (which shared its findings exclusively with them) analyzed social media interactions in Baltimore & found 20 to 50 social media accounts were used to provoke & organize violence in both Baltimore & Ferguson. Fox reports “While further analysis is being conducted on the data, it suggests the presence of "professional protesters” or anarchists taking advantage of Freddie Gray’s death to incite more violence.” The old “outside agitator” claim they used not just against civil rights activists who went to Ferguson to stand with the Black community but against activists who participated in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. On the face of it, it’s farcical but it’s a serious charge since crap like that can be used to censor social media & prosecute those who defend the Black community on social media.

The discussion of those who stand with civil rights & Black power should not be controlled by media or Obama’s turgid rhetoric but by justice & the Bill of Rights. When they talk about the pharmacy, we talk about Freddie Gray. And we stand with the protesters in Baltimore without reciting the mantra “I’m opposed to rioting, but…!”

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February 12 2015

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photoset via hijabonita.tumblr.com

“Meanwhile on Fox News: Refusal to call the Chapel Hill shootings a hate crime, but no hesitation to label every crime committed by a Muslim a terrorist. No hesitation to say all women in a hijab should be jailed. No hesitation to spew hate against Islam every chance they get.”shitrichcollegekidssay

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BBC News - Funerals for Chapel Hill shooting victims

another “parking spaces” narrative — “Mr Hicks' wife Karen said the incident had nothing to do with religion and her husband treated everyone equally.” “Mr Hicks apparently had a history of conflicts with neighbours over parking spaces.”

August 09 2014

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July 18 2014

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