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  2. theyoungradical:

    jackpowerx:

    stfurapeculture:

    nezua:

    negresse-intensa:

    theyoungradical:

    theneighbourhoodsuperhero:

    Omar Khadr, a sixteen year old Guantanamo Bay detainee weeps uncontrollably, clutching at his face and hair as he calls out for his mother to save him from his torment. “Ya Ummi, Ya Ummi (Oh Mother, Oh Mother),” he wails repeatedly, hauntingly with each breath he takes.

    The surveillance tapes, released by Khadr’s defence, show him left alone in an interrogation room for a “break” after he tried complaining to CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) officers about his poor health due to insufficient medical attention. Ignoring his complaints and trying to get him to make false confessions, the officers get frustrated with the sixteen year old’s tears and tell him to get himself together by the time they come back from their break.

    “You don’t care about me. Nobody cares about me,” he sobs to them.

    The tapes show how the officers manipulated Khadr into thinking that they were helping him because they were also Canadian and how they taunted him with the prospect of home (Canada), (good) food, and familial reunion.

    Khadr, a Canadian, was taken into US custody at the age of fifteen, tortured and refused medical attention because he wouldn’t attest to being a member of Al Qaeda, even though he was shot three times in the chest and had shrapnel embedded in his eyes and right shoulder. As a result, Khadr’s left eye is now permanently blind, the vision in his right eye is deteriorating, he develops severe pain in his right shoulder when the temperature drops, and he suffers from extreme nightmares.

    He has been incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay since 2002, suffering extremely harsh interrogations and torture (methods), and is now 25 years old.

    27 now, and still imprisoned

    i’m in complete shock. i’m so nauseous right now. how is this possible? i don’t know what to do w/ this information. i share it because i can’t imagine that anyone else knows about this. the boy has been incarcerated, tortured, and basically maimed allll w/out a trial. my heart hurts :/

    Empire.

    Omar is no longer in Guantanamo. Left without options, he pled guilty to war crimes so that he’d be given an eight year sentence and be able to transfer to a prison in Canada. He remains in prison there. His story is absolutely heartbreaking. This was a 15 year old boy who has been described as crying out for his mother, who slept holding a Mickey Mouse book one of his captors gave him. A teenager taken from his family, tortured, humiliated, threatened with rape, and falsely imprisoned for 12 years now. You can help Omar by writing to him, donating for his defense, and signing petitions for him. Please visit http://freeomarakhadr.com to learn more.

    Look at these pictures. Burn the images into your minds.

    This is the War on Terror.

    Much like the War on Drugs, it aims to create prisoners rather than stop what it portends to be at war with.

    Confining, torturing, and entrapping innocent people does not keep one person safe from any terror threat.

    Not.

    A single.

    One.

    This is what happens when “success” is measured by arrests and convictions. 

    This is a microcosm of what we as a society - in the US and in any nation that explicitly or tacitly supports these tactics - has become.

    We can’t be silent. We have to end this. We’re the only ones who can, because governments aren’t going to stop it - primarily because they’re the ones doing it.

    His 28th birthday was September 19th

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  3. People need a shake-up, not a negative scare, but a positive rally-around.  I’ve some thoughts which I will sketch out and present for comment soon, but for now must do some work to pay bills and taxes and eat and stuff…

     

  4. "

    Non-voters

    64% of non-voters had considered voting in this Election.
    43% of non-voters decided on Election Day that they would not vote.
    41% of non-voters put just a little thought into whether or not to vote, and 29% didn’t think about it at all.
    The main overall reasons for not voting were that they had other commitments (14%) or work commitments (9%), could not be bothered voting (14%), couldn’t work out who to vote for (11%) and that their vote would not make a difference (8%).
    33% of all non-voters agreed ‘I don’t trust politicians’ was an important factor (4 or 5 out of 5) on their not voting. Other important factors were ‘it was obvious who would win so why bother’ (31%), and I’m just not interested in politics (29%). Since 2008 there has been an increase in the proportion of non-voters saying ‘it was obvious who would win so why bother’ (from 19% to 31%).

    "
    — from VOTER AND NON-VOTER SATISFACTION SURVEY 2011 by the NZ Electoral Commission.
     
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  6. john-darnielles-bitter-melons:

    zakuro-san:

    kourtneyklaudiakarter:

    I DIDN’T EVEN FULLY SEE THIS BEFORE I REBLOGGED IT. IT’S GREAT.

    Oh, yes, yes, these leaves seem alright I’m just going to HAARRGRBLARGHRHAAAGRHRGHAHRARRGHGHGHHHH

    EXPAND FUN

    (Source: 4gifs, via anthrocentric)

    Tagged #gorilla #play
     

  7. ashcustomworks said: Arrgh!, I pressed enter too soon! I'm with you. A lot of people are in the same boat. This will be a lesson to us all. UNITY is the answer. Divided we fall, etc. The opposition has to work together. The really hard part will not be the message itself, but getting the message to the ears and eyes of the people without it being polluted, lost or twisted by a crooked media.

    Yes, the Left definitely needs to present a more united front, however overcoming that media bias (which no matter how united we are will insist on presenting us as mewling monsters clawing at each others throats) will be nigh impossible without some acknowledgement that it is biased.  I also think that the election system needs massive review, it is too easy to rort.  People need a shake-up, not a negative scare, but a positive rally-around.  I’ve some thoughts which I will sketch out and present for comment soon, but for now must do some work to pay bills and taxes and eat and stuff…

     
  8. I need to have a little rant, and then we can keep on keeping on, keep on doing everything we can for everyone and everything we love.  

    But for now, let me just say:

    I have never felt more betrayed.  Melodramatic perhaps, but emotions are never rational.  I know that we Love NZ, I know that we all want the same good things for our future, so I just don’t understand why so many people vote for a party that offers none of those things…  

    I am heartsick today. Nearly physically sick when I saw John Key’s smug visage in the NZ Herald this morning.

    I am scared for the future, for my own and for that of every NZer.  But unlike those nearly million non-voters who gifted National their majority, I will not sit back and wait for the volcano, I will stand up, speak up, and do everything I can to make a better world no matter how long it takes.

    I am bitterly angry.  I will not be ignored, I will not be silenced, I will not sit idly by while National pillages the values and the wealth of my country.  I will fight this beast until one of us is bested.  

    I am disbelieving.  My tinfoil hat is glowing in the dark and Facebook screen grabs of National voters claiming to have stolen EasyVote cards and cast multiple votes is not helping.  (& Hullo, NSA? if you’re messing with my democracy, please stop, ‘k, thanks, bye.)  

    I am numb.  This is part of a global trend of lower voter turnouts and increasingly right-wing politics.  The demoralising truth is that fear is the leading force in politics, and the more people have to fear the more self-orientated they become, so they either stop voting or they vote for their pocket.  

    I am determined.  We will rise.  We have a vision of a better world, a cleaner, fairer, smarter Aotearoa, and we have a plan to create that future.  I am more certain than ever that I want to be a part of bringing that future about.

    Now.

    Are you with me?

     
  9. squidtestes:

    lareinaana:

    arienreign:

    Why isn’t anyone talking about this?
    http://www.dailydot.com/news/darrien-hunt-shot-by-police-while-cosplaying/

    Watch non black cosplayers and lovers of cosplay stay silent on this.

    What the actual fuck

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  10. nativenews:

    Peru Legalizes Murder of Indigenous, Environmental Protestors and Activists

    Some of the recent media coverage about the fact that more than 50 people in Peru – the vast majority of them indigenous – are on trial following protests and fatal conflict in the Amazon over five years ago missed a crucial point.

    Yes, the hearings are finally going ahead and the charges are widely held to be trumped-up, but what about the government functionaries who apparently gave the riot police the order to attack the protestors, the police themselves, and – following Wikileaks’ revelations of cables in which the US ambassador in Lima criticized the Peruvian government’s ‘reluctance to use force’ and wrote there could be ‘implications for the recently implemented Peru-US FTA’ if the protests continued – the role of the US government?

    That law, no. 30151, was promulgated in January this year and is, according to the IDL’s Juan José Quispe, a modification of existing legislation passed by the previous government. The modification consists of replacing three words – “en forma reglamentaria” – with another five – “u otro medio de defensa” – which Quispe says means that any soldier or police officer can now kill or injure a civilian without needing to use his or her weapon ‘according to regulations’, or by using something other than his or her weapon.

    “We continue considering this law as one that grants the armed forces as well as the national police a licence to kill,” Quispe told the Guardian. “It permits a high degree of impunity. During the repression of social protests, police officers and soldiers who cause injuries or deaths will now be exempt from criminal responsibility.

    (via dakotapuma)