"With a harsh war of words taking place between Israeli officials and Hamas leadership, it is difficult to imagine that Israel actually helped create Hamas."

Here’s the real history of Israel and Hamas (via micdotcom)

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Israel Firing Experimental Weapons at Gaza’s Civilians, Say Doctors

Addressing reporters at a press conference on Sunday, Youssef Abul Resh, undersecretary of the health ministry in Gaza said, “Medical teams have registered injuries consistent with those caused by DIME [dense inert metal explosives] and other banned weapons.”

(Source: azspot, via abcsoupdot)

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Paraiso - Smokey Mountain

Return to a land called paraiso — a place where a dying river ends. No birds there fly over paraiso. No space allows them to endure. The smoke that screens the air, the grass that’s never there. And if I could see a single bird, what a joy. I try to write some words and create a simple song to be heard by the rest of the world.

I live in this land called paraiso, in a house made of cardboard floors and walls. I learned to be free in paraiso. Free to claim anything I see. Matching rags for my clothes, plastic bags for the cold. And if empty cans were all I have, what a joy. I never fight to take someone else’s coins and live with fear like the rest of the boys.

Paraiso, help me make a stand. Paraiso, take me by the hand. Paraiso, make the world understand that if I could see a single bird, what a joy. This tired and hungry land could expect some truth and hope and respect from the rest of the world.

And if empty cans were all I have, what a joy. I never fight to take someone else’s coins and live with fear like the rest of the boys.

Paraiso, help me make a stand. Paraiso, take me by the hand. Paraiso, make the world understand that if I could see a single bird, what a joy. This tired and hungry land could expect some truth and hope and respect from the rest of the world.

(via southeastasianists)

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My blog needs more Mahler.

(via jordanconductor)

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The Great Machine ~ Giorgio de Chirico


The Great Machine ~ Giorgio de Chirico

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Gergiev conducts Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's final completed symphony / monument. Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, (Pathétique) IV. Finale: Adagio lamentoso – Andante.

Waited ages to post this. 

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Janet Brooks-Gerloff, Emmaus (1992)


Janet Brooks-Gerloff, Emmaus (1992)

(Source: lilacsinthedooryard)

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 A Plague on One House   


This rhetoric of “both sides” implies that pain and fault belong equally to Palestinians and Israelis. It erases manifold, unmistakable, qualitative and quantitative differences at play in Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip and the political-historical context in which this is taking place — most centrally, that what is occurring is part of a settler-colonial invasion.

“Both sides” rhetoric refuses to make even the easiest, most obvious judgment, to which any honest evaluation of the information points: that Israel is massacring Palestinian adults and children, 77% of whom are civilians, and subjecting them to collective punishment; that Israel evidently claims for itself a right to extra-judicially execute anyone who it says is a Hamas member, a practice too few among even Palestine’s allies have denounced; that Israel is bombarding what is essentially a giant refugee camp home to an imprisoned population of a people Israel has ethnically cleansed, occupied, subjected to apartheid, and repeatedly slaughtered; that international law does not grant Israel a “right to defend itself” against the Gaza Strip. And that international law does grant Palestinians a right to resist using armed struggle.

To employ “both sides” rhetoric completely misrepresents the situation. It is not “both sides” who take thousands of political prisoners. Both sides do not systematically torture each other. Both sides do not control each other’s freedom of movement, or access to the sea, drinking water, and education.

[…] In addition to these distinctions, the “both sides” idea is dangerous because it is immobilizing. With its use, it becomes impossible to demand an end to colonial practices. And that is exactly the point.

(via fariyah)

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Gaza: Israel's $4 billion gas grab

(Source: canadian-communist)

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"Our daily victims are:
between two and eight martyrs,
ten wounded,
twenty homes,
fifty olive trees,
and the structural destruction of the ode, the play
and the unfinished painting."

Mahmoud Darwish, State of Seige   (via thepeacefulterrorist)

(Source: lastuli, via thepeacefulterrorist)

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The Good Samaritan ~ Maximilien Luce


The Good Samaritan Maximilien Luce

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Palestinians beautify pictures of the bombed houses by israeli forces in #Gaza Strip to reflect the resilience of #Gaza

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Malaysia Airlines MH17: Buk Missile May Have Been Cause Of Ukraine Crash


If Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was indeed shot down near Torez, in eastern Ukraine, as several news reports are saying, it couldn’t have been hit by one of the shoulder-fired portable missiles that have brought down Ukrainian government helicopters during the conflict in eastern Ukraine. …

An Associated Press photographer took a shot of a Buk launcher being moved by Ukrainian government troops near Slovyansk about two weeks ago.

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"Daylight leaks in, and sluggishly I surface
from my own dreams into the common dream
and things assume again their proper places
and their accustomed shapes. Into this present
the Past intrudes, in all its dizzying range—
the centuries-old habit of migration
in birds and men, the armies in their legions
all fallen to the sword, and Rome and Carthage.
The trappings of my day also come back:
my voice, my face, my nervousness, my luck.
If only Death, that other waking-up,
would grant me a time free of all memory
of my own name and all that I have been!
If only morning meant oblivion!"

Jorge Luis Borges, Waking Up (via ounu)

(via egoisme-a-deux)

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"We live in an era when conservatives and the financial elite collapse public concerns into private interests, define people largely as consumers and consider everyone potential terrorists. Moreover, the apostles of neoliberal capitalism militarize and commodify the entire society, consider youth as nothing more than a source of profit, define education as training, undermine the welfare state in favor of a warfare state and define democracy as synonymous with the language of capital. We live in a period that the late Gil Scott-Heron once called “winter in America.” As the forces of authoritarianism sweep over every major US institution, the time for widespread resistance and radical democratic change has never been so urgent. Such change will not come unless the call for political and economic change is matched by a change in subjectivity, consciousness and the desire for a better world. This is, in part, a theoretical challenge and supports individual and collective efforts to reconfigure those public spheres where theory can emerge and be refined into modes of critique, understanding and collective action. As a mode of resistance, dangerous thinking is the basis for a formative and pedagogical culture of questioning and politics that takes seriously how knowledge can become central to the practice of freedom, justice and democratic change. At a time of lowered expectations, thinking dangerously raises the bar and points to making the impossible, once again, all the more possible."

Henry A. Giroux (via azspot)

(via leftrants)

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