April 25, 2014
Cute ukulele friends.

Cute ukulele friends.

April 24, 2014
"[tw:rape] If someone can be kicked out of school for copying a paper, a person should be kicked out of school for raping another human being."

— Wagatwe Wanjuki, UVM Dismantling Rape Culture Conference 2014  (via thewastedgeneration)

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April 24, 2014
capriciousyouth:

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!

it’s frightening to know that such a massive tragedy like the Armenian genocide has so little recognition across the world. I was taught in the American school system and there was very little mention of this tragedy—a page or two in our world history book, no focus on it at all. the fact that it is still systematically denied is absurd and such a blow to the survivors of this holocaust, the descendants of those who lost their lives, the millions of displaced Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks who are scattered across the globe, to Armenia herself. If you are not educated on the Armenian genocide, this post is a good starting point to learn more and to honor those who lost their lives by recognizing their genocide.

capriciousyouth:

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!

it’s frightening to know that such a massive tragedy like the Armenian genocide has so little recognition across the world. I was taught in the American school system and there was very little mention of this tragedy—a page or two in our world history book, no focus on it at all. the fact that it is still systematically denied is absurd and such a blow to the survivors of this holocaust, the descendants of those who lost their lives, the millions of displaced Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks who are scattered across the globe, to Armenia herself. If you are not educated on the Armenian genocide, this post is a good starting point to learn more and to honor those who lost their lives by recognizing their genocide.

April 24, 2014
nprfreshair:

New York Times photojournalist Tyler Hicks spoke to Fresh Air about his Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs of the terrorist siege at a Nairobi mall in September 2013. In today’s interview Hicks tells Terry Gross about taking this photo:

"It’s a very exposed vantage point so I didn’t spend a lot of time there. But I looked down and saw this incredible scene of a young woman with two children hiding on the floor of a café. You could see shell casings all around them from bullets and they were just petrified, they were completely still and … to me, that photograph really sums up what happened there. Outside of the frame, all around them and on the floor of this mall were bodies, a man next to an ATM machine, a woman still holding a shopping bag who had been killed, and they somehow managed to avoid that."

The webpage includes more of his prize-winning photos. Interview extras can be found on Soundcloud. 
Photo Tyler Hicks/New York Times 

nprfreshair:

New York Times photojournalist Tyler Hicks spoke to Fresh Air about his Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs of the terrorist siege at a Nairobi mall in September 2013. In today’s interview Hicks tells Terry Gross about taking this photo:

"It’s a very exposed vantage point so I didn’t spend a lot of time there. But I looked down and saw this incredible scene of a young woman with two children hiding on the floor of a café. You could see shell casings all around them from bullets and they were just petrified, they were completely still and … to me, that photograph really sums up what happened there. Outside of the frame, all around them and on the floor of this mall were bodies, a man next to an ATM machine, a woman still holding a shopping bag who had been killed, and they somehow managed to avoid that."

The webpage includes more of his prize-winning photos. Interview extras can be found on Soundcloud

Photo Tyler Hicks/New York Times 

(Source: theweekmagazine)

April 24, 2014
janetmock:

The profiling and over policing of trans women of color’s lives will no longer stand — and Monica Jones is the embodiment of resistance and brilliance.
More info: http://www.bestpracticespolicy.org/2014/04/11/guilty-verdict-for-monica-jones-reveals-broken-legal-system-urgent-need-for-action/

janetmock:

The profiling and over policing of trans women of color’s lives will no longer stand — and Monica Jones is the embodiment of resistance and brilliance.

More info: http://www.bestpracticespolicy.org/2014/04/11/guilty-verdict-for-monica-jones-reveals-broken-legal-system-urgent-need-for-action/

(via slackmcnasty)

April 23, 2014
smdxn:

"Vice journalist Simon Ostrovsky has been taken by militia in Eastern Ukraine, a Russian news outlet reports. The reporter for Vice News, who has been filing a series of compelling video dispatches from Ukraine since early March, was ‘taken’ in Sloviansk, the Russian media outlet gazeta.ru reports."
Vice News has issued a statement regarding Ostrovsky’s kidnapping.

smdxn:

"Vice journalist Simon Ostrovsky has been taken by militia in Eastern Ukraine, a Russian news outlet reports. The reporter for Vice News, who has been filing a series of compelling video dispatches from Ukraine since early March, was ‘taken’ in Sloviansk, the Russian media outlet gazeta.ru reports."

Vice News has issued a statement regarding Ostrovsky’s kidnapping.

April 23, 2014
Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky being held by east Ukraine militants: report

loversinthisdream:

This guy was doing some hard hitting journalism in Ukraine, as well as a lot of other work. 

April 23, 2014

Doubt it by Kitten Crisis

Now we sleep alone in our separate beds in our separate homes
we’re both doin’ our own things these days

You’ve got a tattoo of the numbers of the miles between me and you inside a heart that’s halfway done

We never worked things out

but I’ve still got a lot of stuff of yours at my house
I’ve still got your name on my tongue

Do you still think about it?

I doubt it
I doubt it

Does your mind wander time to time?

Do you still think about it?
I doubt it
I doubt it

Does it ever even cross your mind?
Do you think of me sometimes?

April 23, 2014

dynamicafrica:

Africa’s mineral wealth and abundant natural resources are no secret. What we also know of much of these commodities is that, in many African countries, the profits yielded from the industries established with the purpose of securing the wealth and inheritance of the citizens of these nations, more often than not, end up in the hands of greedy politicians, easily bribed leaders, and in the pockets of the mostly foreign multinational CEOs and the companies they work for.

For decades, this has been the narrative of a dire situation that only seems to be worsening, and having equally devastating effects in both the lives of those who live in these areas, and the environment surrounding them.

Nigerian photographer, George Osodi, who comes from Nigeria’s oil rich southeastern Niger Delta region, has seen firsthand just how disastrous and traumatic the exploitation of these communities and the natural resources in these regions they occupy can be. These images show two specific areas where these distressing conditions have become the norm - in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, and in an illegal gold mine in Ghana.

©George Osodi

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April 23, 2014

thatfilmdudekalen:

If you love someone, set them free. If they don’t come back, text them when you’re drunk.

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April 23, 2014
breakingnews:

Chelsea Manning’s name change request approved
AP: A judge approved a name change request Wednesday to formally change convicted WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning’s name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.
"Hopefully today’s name change, while so meaningful to me personally, can also raise awareness of the fact that we (transgender) people exist everywhere in America today, and that we have must jump through hurdles every day just for being who we are,” Manning said in a statement.
Photo: AP file via NBCNews.com

breakingnews:

Chelsea Manning’s name change request approved

AP: A judge approved a name change request Wednesday to formally change convicted WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning’s name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

"Hopefully today’s name change, while so meaningful to me personally, can also raise awareness of the fact that we (transgender) people exist everywhere in America today, and that we have must jump through hurdles every day just for being who we are,” Manning said in a statement.

Photo: AP file via NBCNews.com

April 23, 2014
humanrightswatch:


Sudan: No Justice for Protest Killings
Sudanese authorities have failed to provide justice for scores of civilians killed in anti-government protests in September 2013. 
The protests erupted on September 23 in Wad Madani in response to new economic austerity measures and price hikes, then spread to the capital, Khartoum, and other towns. The Sudanese government responded by deploying police and security forces, who used live ammunition, teargas and batons to disperse the protests. As many as 170 people were killed.
Read more.
Photo: Sudanese men at the funeral of Salah Sanhouri, 26, who was killed during protests by security forces on September 27, 2013, pray over his body. Protests over subsidy cuts on fuel and food have been taking place across Sudan since September 2013. © AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File

humanrightswatch:

Sudan: No Justice for Protest Killings

Sudanese authorities have failed to provide justice for scores of civilians killed in anti-government protests in September 2013. 

The protests erupted on September 23 in Wad Madani in response to new economic austerity measures and price hikes, then spread to the capital, Khartoum, and other towns. The Sudanese government responded by deploying police and security forces, who used live ammunition, teargas and batons to disperse the protests. As many as 170 people were killed.

Read more.

Photo: Sudanese men at the funeral of Salah Sanhouri, 26, who was killed during protests by security forces on September 27, 2013, pray over his body. Protests over subsidy cuts on fuel and food have been taking place across Sudan since September 2013. © AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File

April 23, 2014
"Society often blurs the lines between drag queens and trans women. This is highly problematic, because many people believe that, like drag queens, trans women go home, take off their wigs and chest plates, and walk around as men. Trans womanhood is not a performance or costume."

— Janet Mock, Redefining Realness (via inextinguishabledesires)

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April 23, 2014
Help save a 16 year-old trans girl of color from being put in a mens adult prison with NO crimes charged on her by emailing Commissioner Katz.

inkdefense:

butchimightbe:

She has never been convicted of a crime but they want to move her to near isolation in an adult mens prison. This CANNOT happen. Here is a more in depth article: http://feministing.com/2014/04/14/how-the-connecticut-department-of-children-families-is-failing-a-trans-girl-of-color/

I put together an email for Commissioner Katz, so all you have to do is copy and paste it. Click here for the example email

Please reblog to raise awareness!

signal boost, please!

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April 23, 2014

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