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eternally-eclectic:

Tommy James and the Shondells - Draggin’ The Line

the-hero-of-ages:

Questions about the Armenian Genocide that I wish were frequently asked
1. What is the Armenian Genocide?
The Armenian Genocide was the systematic deportation and massacre of 1.5 million of the 2 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire.
2. Why is April 24th the anniversary?
On April 24th, 1915, Turkish officials rounded up hundreds of Armenian community leaders and executed them. They would be the first of many Armenians to be murdered in the coming years.
3. I heard Armenians made this all up. How can we be so sure there actually was a genocide?
The evidence is so overwhelming to a point where the only historians to make claims that there was no genocide were found to have gotten huge research grants from the Turkish government. The Armenian Genocide is historical fact. This isn’t a debate.
4. What was “systematic” about the Genocide?
The Young Turks had a plan from the beginning and they executed that plan just as it was drawn up. First they drafted the Armenian male population between the ages of 20-45 into their army. Then they “requested” the Armenian population to turn their guns over to the government to help in the war effort.(The genocide took place during World War 1)  At this point, Armenian soldiers in the Turkish Army are deprived of their uniforms and arms. And then the events on April 24th, 1915 that I described earlier transpired. After that, the army began killing at will. Armenian homes had no means of defense. Mass deportations ended in mass graves.
5. Who or what are the Young Turks?
The Young Turks was a Turkish Nationalist Reform Party. It was led by Talaat Pasha, Enver Pasha, and Djemal Pasha. These three together were known as a dictatorial triumvirate.
6. Why won’t the United States recognize the genocide?
This may seem so small and so simple but it’s the truth… Army bases. The US doesn’t want to lose Turkey as an ally because they’d lose a critical/strategic safe zone in the middle east if they did. You could also argue they just don’t want to stir up trouble in a region of the world where more trouble doesn’t need stirring up.
This is just a quick little summary. If anyone has anymore questions regarding the Genocide please ask me! I will answer everything to the best of my knowledge!

the-hero-of-ages:

Questions about the Armenian Genocide that I wish were frequently asked

1. What is the Armenian Genocide?

The Armenian Genocide was the systematic deportation and massacre of 1.5 million of the 2 million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire.

2. Why is April 24th the anniversary?

On April 24th, 1915, Turkish officials rounded up hundreds of Armenian community leaders and executed them. They would be the first of many Armenians to be murdered in the coming years.

3. I heard Armenians made this all up. How can we be so sure there actually was a genocide?

The evidence is so overwhelming to a point where the only historians to make claims that there was no genocide were found to have gotten huge research grants from the Turkish government. The Armenian Genocide is historical fact. This isn’t a debate.

4. What was “systematic” about the Genocide?

The Young Turks had a plan from the beginning and they executed that plan just as it was drawn up. First they drafted the Armenian male population between the ages of 20-45 into their army. Then they “requested” the Armenian population to turn their guns over to the government to help in the war effort.(The genocide took place during World War 1)  At this point, Armenian soldiers in the Turkish Army are deprived of their uniforms and arms. And then the events on April 24th, 1915 that I described earlier transpired. After that, the army began killing at will. Armenian homes had no means of defense. Mass deportations ended in mass graves.

5. Who or what are the Young Turks?

The Young Turks was a Turkish Nationalist Reform Party. It was led by Talaat Pasha, Enver Pasha, and Djemal Pasha. These three together were known as a dictatorial triumvirate.

6. Why won’t the United States recognize the genocide?

This may seem so small and so simple but it’s the truth… Army bases. The US doesn’t want to lose Turkey as an ally because they’d lose a critical/strategic safe zone in the middle east if they did. You could also argue they just don’t want to stir up trouble in a region of the world where more trouble doesn’t need stirring up.

This is just a quick little summary. If anyone has anymore questions regarding the Genocide please ask me! I will answer everything to the best of my knowledge!

One reason that southern Africa has higher HIV rates than other poor regions is that it is shaped by a unique system of rotating migration. During the colonial era, European capitalists needed a steady supply of cheap black workers for their mines, plantations and factories. To get it, they restricted Africans’ access to arable land and imposed taxes to force them onto the labour market. But Europeans didn’t want African workers to settle permanently in urban areas. Instead, they ferried workers in on a temporary basis and then sent them back to the “native reserves” when they were used up.

The rotating migration system allowed Europeans to rake in huge profits. Companies could pay migrant workers much less than what permanent urbanites required to support their families, since the difference was covered by unpaid subsistence activities in the reserves. This system continues to this day: for instance, unskilled workers in South Africa come from as far as Malawi and return home as infrequently as once a year.

When HIV hit the continent in the early 1980s it spread rapidly through these migration networks. It was an epidemic waiting to happen. In South Africa, HIV prevalence is nearly three times higher among migrant workers than among non-migrants. Migration increases high-risk sexual behaviour among men who are away for long periods of time, and this increases HIV prevalence among their female partners tenfold.

These high prevalence rates have to do with the conditions that characterize migrant destinations, like mines and plantations. These are zones of hyper-exploitation: high injury rates, depression and loneliness among workers mixed with the steady supply of alcohol and prostitutes that managers dish out to suppress dissent encourages unsafe sex. Poor healthcare services in these zones means that even easily curable STIs go untreated, which makes HIV transmission up to 400 percent more likely. This is why the highest prevalence rates in the world are found at migrant workplaces, sometimes reaching as high as 70 percent.

If people know about these risks, then why migrate in the first place? The short answer is that they usually have no choice. Remittances sent home by migrants are critical to household survival, and many households have no other source of income; they cannot afford to forfeit such staple earnings in favour of geographical solidarity. When families are forcibly strung across the subcontinent, “abstinence” and “fidelity” – the values promoted by HIV prevention campaigns – become impossible ideals for both men and women.

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ashelf:

يا حبيبي تعال - كرونوس كوارتت

Kronos Quartet performing Ya Habibi Ta’ala composed for Asmahan by Medhat Aasem in 1940, you can hear the original here.

كلمات: احمد جلال, ألحان: مدحت عاصم, غناء: اسمهان 1940

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reel-drone:

Hiroshima, Mon Amour dir. Alain Resnais (1959, France/Japan)

presstvchannel:

Palestinian doctors treat wounded children in a hospital following an airstrike by Israeli warplanes in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, on April 23, 2014.

presstvchannel:

Palestinian doctors treat wounded children in a hospital following an airstrike by Israeli warplanes in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, on April 23, 2014.

levantineviper:

readyokaygo:

Whomever incorporates the most Zionist changes on Wikipedia wins a prize for “Best Zionist Editor" and get to fly over Israel in a hot-air balloon. Omg stop.

Amazing.

Israel is not interested in peace or in negotiations. When faced with Palestinian reconciliation, Israel accuses Abu Mazen of choosing terrorism over peace, when faced with negotiations without reconciliation, Israel hypocritically laments the pointlessness of peace talks with Abu Mazen as he does not represent all of Palestinian society anyway. If Abu Mazen were to wear a Kippah and sing the Hatikvah, Israel would still find a pretense to blame the Palestinians for the failure of negotiations.

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: The general rule is, any meaningful political action that causes outrage among Israeli politicians, is most likely a step in the right direction for the Palestinian cause. And this is definitely a big and important step.

The coming weeks will be trying, between threats from Israel and the West, and the sub factions within Palestinian society that are not in favor of reconciliation, much work still needs be done. But one thing is for sure: A united Palestinian front is an important achievement, and is one of the few truly powerful assets in our arsenal. It is my hope that this momentum will be well utilized in our battle against occupation, apartheid and colonialism.

Read Fathi’s latest article on ISWP: Estranged Brothers: The Fateh/Hamas Reconciliation
rs620:

faineemae:

theblackdalia:

redfivel:

idilardayacad:

fa-tubalilghuraba:

A map showing the spread of aids in southern parts of Africa. Muslim countries are in the north. 
This picture says it all tbh.

JUMP OFF A FUCKING CLIFF DENSE ASS BITCH! YOU TRULY TRASH FOR THIS POST. 

this aint cute nor funny. 

Nor true either wtf

Saudi Arabia: 1,233 New AIDS Cases Reported for 2012 - 96% of these were contracted through HETEROSEXUAL sexual intercourse
Egypt: Estimated number of people living with HIV in Egypt is 11,000 individuals 
I can go on with a list of countries with majority Muslim population who have cases and people infected with HIV/AIDS due to NUMEROUS reasons, it literally takes ONE MINUTE to google this.
Oh look, there is a rise in HIV infections in the Middle East/North African region and decrease in Central, Sub-Saharan and South Africa. 

“HIV in MENA is concentrated in certain groups with behaviors that put them at a higher risk of infection—namely, men who have sex with men, female sex workers, and people who inject drugs.”

Why ya’ll act like Muslim countries are perfect and untouchable? Trying to hide your subtle racism and homophobia with some fake ass picture that means NOTHING. 

Between 2001 and 2012, the number of adults and children living with HIV in MENA increased by 73 percent and the number of new infections grew by 52 percent—the highest rates of increase among world regions


Beyond just pointing out that HIV/AIDS rates are rising and significant in North African and Middle Eastern region, the more important argument that should be made is that high prevalence and incidence of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa is critically rooted in colonialism and imperialism. Local economies throughout this region have been decimated for centuries my imperialist plunder and the imposition that neoliberal structural adjustment programs which destroyed the meager public health and healthcare infrastructures within these countries. One of the key thing ignored here is that access to anti-retroviral drug treatments (which reduce viral loads and significantly reduce the spread of HIV among those who are HIV positive) were and are still largely under the pricing control of Western pharmaceutical monopolies. You also have to acknowledge that the prevalence of sex work increased with the decimation of local economies by Western colonialism and imperialism forcing women to engage in transactional sex. Not only are these women vulnerable to violence but they are less likely to be able to negotiate condom use due to their socio-economic circumstances and societal and legal rejection they face. This entire argument that places the blame of HIV spread and infection on the behaviors of sub-Saharan Africans is extremely racist and misguided and completely ignores that the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa was manufactured. And by that I mean the political and economic circumstances that allowed HIV spread and hindered or prevented any meaningful public health response to take place early on to stop the epidemic was the direct result of a century of Western nations massive and acute exploitation and dispossession of this region of Africa. 
I really recommend everyone read which makes these points in much more detail: Neoliberal Plague: The Political Economy of HIV Transmission in Swaziland

rs620:

faineemae:

theblackdalia:

redfivel:

idilardayacad:

fa-tubalilghuraba:

A map showing the spread of aids in southern parts of Africa. Muslim countries are in the north.

This picture says it all tbh.

JUMP OFF A FUCKING CLIFF DENSE ASS BITCH! YOU TRULY TRASH FOR THIS POST. 

this aint cute nor funny. 

Nor true either wtf

Saudi Arabia: 1,233 New AIDS Cases Reported for 2012 - 96% of these were contracted through HETEROSEXUAL sexual intercourse

EgyptEstimated number of people living with HIV in Egypt is 11,000 individuals 

I can go on with a list of countries with majority Muslim population who have cases and people infected with HIV/AIDS due to NUMEROUS reasons, it literally takes ONE MINUTE to google this.

Oh look, there is a rise in HIV infections in the Middle East/North African region and decrease in Central, Sub-Saharan and South Africa. 

HIV in MENA is concentrated in certain groups with behaviors that put them at a higher risk of infection—namely, men who have sex with men, female sex workers, and people who inject drugs.”

Why ya’ll act like Muslim countries are perfect and untouchable? Trying to hide your subtle racism and homophobia with some fake ass picture that means NOTHING. 

Between 2001 and 2012, the number of adults and children living with HIV in MENA increased by 73 percent and the number of new infections grew by 52 percent—the highest rates of increase among world regions

Beyond just pointing out that HIV/AIDS rates are rising and significant in North African and Middle Eastern region, the more important argument that should be made is that high prevalence and incidence of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa is critically rooted in colonialism and imperialism. Local economies throughout this region have been decimated for centuries my imperialist plunder and the imposition that neoliberal structural adjustment programs which destroyed the meager public health and healthcare infrastructures within these countries. One of the key thing ignored here is that access to anti-retroviral drug treatments (which reduce viral loads and significantly reduce the spread of HIV among those who are HIV positive) were and are still largely under the pricing control of Western pharmaceutical monopolies. You also have to acknowledge that the prevalence of sex work increased with the decimation of local economies by Western colonialism and imperialism forcing women to engage in transactional sex. Not only are these women vulnerable to violence but they are less likely to be able to negotiate condom use due to their socio-economic circumstances and societal and legal rejection they face. This entire argument that places the blame of HIV spread and infection on the behaviors of sub-Saharan Africans is extremely racist and misguided and completely ignores that the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa was manufactured. And by that I mean the political and economic circumstances that allowed HIV spread and hindered or prevented any meaningful public health response to take place early on to stop the epidemic was the direct result of a century of Western nations massive and acute exploitation and dispossession of this region of Africa. 

I really recommend everyone read which makes these points in much more detail: Neoliberal Plague: The Political Economy of HIV Transmission in Swaziland

stay-human:

Hi I wanna link you guys to some brilliant books/chapters/essays that are easily accessible online that are must reads but I don’t want to make a long, daunting list that no one ever goes through, so I’m just going to do a few every now and then, okay? Okay.

The following are all from a course I took this semester on colonialism:


Poverty tourism is only the most recent form of the evolution of the particular fascination (stand well back, but let us peer at you, curiously) that the upper classes have with the lower. The current mutation of poverty tourism includes a well meaning, upper/middle class, first world people, who are for whatever reason turned onto going to Africa (and it’s always Africa, isn’t it) to learn about how the starving children that show up on their TVs and their destitute parents live.
From Kennedy Odede, a Kenyan university student:
“Slum tourism has its advocates, who say it promotes social awareness. And it’s good money, which helps the local economy. 
 But it’s not worth it. Slum tourism turns poverty into entertainment, something that can be momentarily experienced and then escaped from. People think they’ve really “seen” something — and then go back to their lives and leave me, my family and my community right where we were before”

Poverty tourism is only the most recent form of the evolution of the particular fascination (stand well back, but let us peer at you, curiously) that the upper classes have with the lower. The current mutation of poverty tourism includes a well meaning, upper/middle class, first world people, who are for whatever reason turned onto going to Africa (and it’s always Africa, isn’t it) to learn about how the starving children that show up on their TVs and their destitute parents live.

From Kennedy Odede, a Kenyan university student:

“Slum tourism has its advocates, who say it promotes social awareness. And it’s good money, which helps the local economy.

But it’s not worth it. Slum tourism turns poverty into entertainment, something that can be momentarily experienced and then escaped from. People think they’ve really “seen” something — and then go back to their lives and leave me, my family and my community right where we were before”