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See these images?

pbnpineapples:

themindislimitless:

Both of these images are false.

The first one is an edited image from an article from 2004: 80 Thai Muslims suffocate after arrest at protest. It has nothing to do with Burmese soldiers but Thai soldiers, and it was not a deliberate massacre. Those people died because they were weak from lack of food combined with the suffocation caused of being held together in a tiny area.

The second image is of Buddhist monks cremating China’s earthquake victims from 2010. And Buddhist monks are very unlikely to kill people- any people- at all, because of their beliefs- spreading lies about them like this is a complete disrespect of what they believe in.

Not only are those images and others like them a disrespect of what the Burmese people suffer from, they are nothing but misinformation and lies that complicate matters further and thus only hurt people. It is true that the Burmese government enforces the persecution of Muslims in Burma, but not like this. Spreading lies does not help the cause. Misinformation is not helping.

If you’re so concerned about what’s happening in Burma, then actually educate yourself about the issue instead of spreading lies.

i m just gonna keep reblogging this until ppl understand not  to circulate around fake pictures. it would mean a lot if my followers did the same but no one is obligated to. 

15 July 2012 ♥ 106 notes    Reblog    
reblogged from pbnpineapples    source: themindislimitless
I Met a 16-Year-Old Kid. 3 Days Later Obama Killed Him | AlterNet ›

socialismartnature:

We are sleepwalking into the Drone Age, and few people are debating the dire consequences.

June 14, 2012 | Last October I was at a jirga in Islamabad where 80 people from Waziristan had assembled to talk about the US Predator drones that buzz around overhead, periodically delivering death by Hellfire missile. A jirga is the traditional forum for discussing and resolving disputes, part parliament, part court of law. The turbaned tribal elders were joined by their young sons on a rare foray out of their region to meet outsiders and discuss the killing. The isolation of the Waziris is almost total – no western journalist has been to Miranshah for several years.

At our meeting I spoke as the representative westerner. I reported the CIA claim that not one single innocent civilian had been killed in over a year. I did not need to understand Pashtu to translate the snorts of derision when this claim was translated.

During the day I shook the hand of a 16-year-old kid from Waziristan named Tariq Aziz. One of his cousins had died in a missile strike, and he wanted to know what he could do to bring the truth to the west. At the Reprieve charity, we have a transparency project: importing cameras to the region to try to export the truth back out. Tariq wanted to take part, but I thought him too young.

Then, three days later, the CIA announced that it had eliminated “four militants”. In truth there were only two victims: Tariq had been driving his 12-year-old cousin to their aunt’s house when the Hellfire missile killed them both. This came just 24 hours after the CIA boasted of eliminating six other “militants” – actually, four chromite workers driving home from work. In both cases a local informant apparently tagged the car with a GPS monitor and lied to earn his fee.

A few weeks back officials in the Obama administration talked to the New York Times about the “Secret Kill List” drawn up for drone assassinations. Democratic strategists in an election year calculate that the article will prove a vote-winner, dispelling any notion that Barack Obama is soft on terror. The administration voices wanted to leave the impression of an involved and committed president who reads Thomas Aquinas’s theory of the “just war” in between personally vetting the kill list.

19 June 2012 ♥ 50 notes    Reblog    
reblogged from themindislimitless    source: alternet.org
From the perspective of a “Kalaar”

themindislimitless:

rahgheer:

It was day before yesterday that I had a semi-panicked e-mail from a close friend in Myanmar:

There’s a lot of stuff happening in Myanmar right now. About Muslims and riots…
Read some news online. And please pray for peace for everyone. I don’t want to be burned to death or hit by 100 people or raped…

I don’t think anyone anticipates such an email from a friend overseas first thing over breakfast on a Monday morning. Especially a newly married friend.

I understand the tensions that there are there within the Burmese people and the Rohingya. For those of you who don’t know, the Rohingiya are seen as illegal Muslim migrants from Bangladesh, even though many have been living in Myanmar for centuries. But the prosecution faced by the Muslims within Myanmar is not just for the Rohingiya, there is a deep seated resentment within the Burmese for all Muslims, despite their ethnicity and their roots. At the very forefront, the Rohingiya are considered an international problem by many Burmese, and fiercely cast as the “other”.

How did this rioting start? Because there was a rape of a Buddhist Rakhine woman, which in turn prompted revenge killings of 10 Muslim men, which in turn spurned a Muslim mob to kill seven Buddhist men. Never mind the torched houses. Never mind that men accused of the rape are reported to have been arrested. 

The news that is coming from within Burma unnerves me. Because this is not the first time that rioting has erupted against minorities in Myanmar, especially Muslims (though I do believe this is the first time it is being reported considerably openly from within Myanmar). The last time that this happened, I was in fourth or fifth grade. The last time that this happened, the stories that circulated along the grapevine (media censorship was very high at that time, so nothing could be reported openly), very horrifying. This is not the first time I am hearing of homes torched on such a large scale. This is not the first time I am hearing of Muslims killed senselessly. This is not the first time that I am hearing such deep resentment against the “Kalaar”. Those of South Asian descent. Usually Muslims. 

And I am glad to hear that Burmese officials are confident that the violence will not spread, and will be contained. Because I am not. I am not confident that angry mobs will not show up to homes of friends and family back home. They almost did last time at mine. So it scares me. My memories are not pleasant. And I am not saying that the officials cannot, and/or will not contain the violence. I am just afraid. 

And I am not just afraid. I am hurt too. Because in my memory, when the riots erupted against the Muslims last time in Myanmar, it was our Buddhist neighbors who came to us few Muslims living on that street and told us to not be worried; [our Buddhist neighbors] will take care of any “situation” that may come up.  It hurts when so many Burmese openly call us “terrorists”. And treat as the “other”. 

Because I may be “Kalaar”, and my Burmese may be very blotchy because of a lot of reasons, but I am as much of a Burmese National as they are. I was born in that country. I laughed there, I grew up there, I made ever lasting friends there. I take pride in our democratic movement, and Daw Aung San Su Kyi. And I didn’t “immigrate.” My family’s history, as much as they are “Kalaar”, can at least be safely traced back to before Independence from the Burmese colonists, if not even longer. And yes, so can the Rohingiya. 

We are your own. This is our country as much as yours. You can’t throw us out this easily. 

I love you. This is perfect. This post is perfect. For my followers, more context:

I’ve been talking to people in Burma, and there’s way too much stuff that’s happening that’s not being reported. A lot of specifics. The deaths are reported as numbering 21 right now, but there’s more deaths than that. This was a massacre. Riots that started and lasted for days.

The idea that the army or government is about to do anything for the Rakhine is laughable. The peace is not kept because of a buildup of a good relationship, it is enforced by fear. The government will only stop Muslims who’re out in protest. They will not stop the Buddhists. We have no protection from the government.

We have been subjected to killings and oppression for years. Since the time we came. I will call it what it is: it is a genocide of the many Muslims in Burma. The idea that we’re taking over Burma in any way is laughable, completely so. We’re right at the bottom, starving, live in low income areas, have poor housing and schooling. It is enforced by the government. Does anyone seriously expect them to protect us?

There have been curfews set in all Muslim-majority people in Burma. The Rakhine in the north, the Ayyarwady region in the south. Muslims are not allowed to segregate for prayer in a jamaat. The azaan, call to prayer, has been forbidden- that had been for a while, and was renewed.

Martial law has been established in the Rakhine.

There are people who say that the story of the rape of a Burmese Buddhist woman is not true. The last major riots? Had been a story that had been used to ignite mass attacks against the Muslims and had been proven false. But by then it was too late. And then it was covered up. Considering that, the likelihood that this is another fabricated story is…likely. I’m not saying that it doesn’t happen. But this particular one, to start the riots, may not be true at all. There’s some who say the woman is Muslim.

There is no evidence that a Buddhist woman was raped or killed, by the way. So. The Muslims in the bus who were killed do not even have any relations to the three Muslim men ‘suspected’.

Some in the news media industry told the story and refereed to the Burmese Muslims as Kalaar Muslims. Stop. That is a racial slur. Is is, at times, used by Burmese Muslims as an identification, as the reclaiming of a word, but no one who is not a Burmese Muslim may use it. It is racist. There was a protest against this. The news issued a small apology, but it does not really address the real issue.

We are not illegals. We are not terrorists. We are one and the same, Burmese. When there is no equality for some people, there is no equality for anyone at all.

18 June 2012 ♥ 15 notes    Reblog    
reblogged from themindislimitless    source: rahgheer

spunkmate:

So you’ve heard about Northern Canada and now you want to help.

Cool. Let’s get started.

First, it’s important to understand why this has happened. Food and other products, including female hygiene products, contraceptives, clothing, books, etc, have always been higher in Northern communities, at least since around the 1950s when an interest in northern oil blossomed, companies started diving into the high quality (and quantity) of fish and wildlife products that they’d overfished and hunted in the rest of the country and when integrating Canada’s north into the rest of the country was important for political reasons as it was the height of the Cold War and any Russian nuke would come through the North. Before this, Northern communities had been cut off from the rest of what was happening in Canada. Native communities could still rely on the principles of nomadicity, hunting and gathering and new generations could be taught how to do these things. After Canada “discovered” the North (read: discovered how they could exploit all the land they’d so far been ignoring), there were fewer and fewer resources to be hunted and gathered, and Native communities began to rely more and more on goods arriving from the South, as their traditional hunting and gathering culture was no longer sustainable.

Eventually, the shipping of goods to these communities was subsidized. For a while, people even had semi-adequate housing. Food and product prices were still high, but they were almost affordable.

This year, Prime Minister Harper waged a silent budget war on Canada’s Natives. Here’s what Harper’s said in the past about Canada, and I think it accurately reflects his approach to Canada’s Natives:

We also have no history of colonialism. So we have all of the things that many people admire about the great powers but none of the things that threaten or bother them.

Here’s some information about some of the cuts he’s made. There’s a lot out there. I’m not going to tell you how to use Google.

Some of the biggest cuts he’s made have been to infrastructure. The communities facing sky-high food and product prices are communities with few roads and absolutely no commercial competition (which, by the way, is how Capitalism works. The free market, where competition keeps prices low). NorthMart is almost always the only store in these communities, so they’re able to set their prices as high as they want and they know people can’t just go to Wal-Mart and get it cheaper. People either have to pay the prices NorthMart sets, or they starve. Not so cool. But at least there were subsidies. The government paid a lot of money (NOTHING in comparison to all the jets Harper just bought) to make the cost of transporting goods to these communities cheaper so that the price tags would be affordable. That wasn’t a Harper thing, that was just a Canada thing for a long time. Not anymore.

So now you want to sign a petition.


I’m not going to stop you, but it’s not going to work. We’re talking about a guy who’s been found in Contempt of Parliament (and there are allegations he’s in contempt again). He’s also cutting funds to Elections Canada after they announced they were going to investigate what might be the biggest case of election fraud in Canadian history. Believe me, there were a LOT of petitions. This is a guy who just doesn’t care for rules and regulations (when it suits him not to). He does not care about petitions because he doesn’t care about people. Not to mention, 60% of Canada voted against him when he was re-elected. 

So what can you do?


If you’re a Canadian, write to your MP and let them know you want the high cost of living in Canada’s north to change so that families can access the food and products they need to survive and live healthy lives. Ask your MP to invite the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, back to Canada to investigate food security - this time focusing on the North, which he completely skipped the last time he came. Call them over and over and over again. Make them want you to go away. Don’t go away. Then, write to Olivier de Schutter and invite him back. 

If you’re NOT Canadian - continue to spread the word. Tell your friends IRL. You, too, can contact Olivier de Schutter and ask him to investigate Canada’s North. But you should also learn about your local Native communities. How is their access to food and healthcare? How can you help? Are there Native communities in your country that can’t access the things they need to live healthy lives? 

❝ Are the lives and dreams of the ordinary people of Chile, like the people of Venezuela, like the people of Bolivia, like the people of Nicaragua, like the people of Vietnam, and Iraq, and Iran, and Afghanistan, and Palestine, expendable? Worth only a few seconds on the news, if they’re lucky? The answer is no, and those who see the world through the eyes of the powerful should be warned: people are rising from the tyranny and oblivion to which we in the West have consigned them. Indeed, their resistance is well underway. I would say it never stopped, and is unbeatable. ❞

John Pilger’s closing quote from “War On Democracy”  (via theyoungradical)

themindislimitless:

jonathan-cunningham:

thehellofitall:

LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!

Remember that time she took millions of pounds from taxpayers and used them on her child’s wedding fanfare? Yeah, me too.

Oh yeah and you know how tons of unemployed people were bussed in and forced to work as unpaid stewards during the diamond jubilee celebrations and told to sleep under London Bridge before working on the river pageant?

themindislimitless:

jonathan-cunningham:

thehellofitall:

LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!

Remember that time she took millions of pounds from taxpayers and used them on her child’s wedding fanfare? Yeah, me too.

Oh yeah and you know how tons of unemployed people were bussed in and forced to work as unpaid stewards during the diamond jubilee celebrations and told to sleep under London Bridge before working on the river pageant?

Petition to stop the forced evictions of Roma in Italy ›

themindislimitless:

Hundreds of Romani families are trapped in a cycle of forced evictions in Italy. Children, men and women living in informal camps are being evicted almost on a daily basis without any legal protection. Very often such forced evictions make them homeless.

Even Roma living in authorized and tolerated camps are at risk of unlawful evictions. “Nomad Plans”, foreseeing the closure of several camps in Rome and Milan, were devised under the “Nomad Emergency”, a discriminatory state of emergency adopted in May 2008. Although the “Nomad Emergency” was eventually declared unlawful last November, authorities are still committed to carrying those plans forward, instead of providing remedies to those who suffered  violations, including through segregation in substandard camps, forced evictions and a decrease in security of tenure.

The Italian government has a responsibility to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of the Roma, including their right to adequate housing. But six months after taking office, the government still has to show its commitment to protecting the rights of the Roma with deeds, and not just with words.

Here is a petition on Amnesty International. And through the title link too. The whole article on the issue is here.

mohandasgandhi:

guardiancomment:

America is almost unique in the civilised world for forcing pregnant prisoners to undergo childbirth cuffed and shackled

In 2007, a 17-year-old girl called Cora Fletcher was charged with retail theft. Over a year later, after she missed a court date, she was sent to the Cook County jail, in Illinois. She was eight months pregnant at the time.
During a pre-natal check-up at the facility, her baby appeared to have no heartbeat, so she was sent to the county hospital. As the medical team tried to induce her, Fletcher claims that both her hands and both her feet were shackled to either side of the bed. Only when she finally went into labor, three days later, was one hand and one foot released. It’s hard to imagine a more crucifying way to force a woman to try to give birth.
Sadly for Fletcher, there was no payoff for the trauma and humiliation she was forced to endure, as her baby was born dead.

Read the rest here

The “civilized world.”

mohandasgandhi:

guardiancomment:

America is almost unique in the civilised world for forcing pregnant prisoners to undergo childbirth cuffed and shackled

In 2007, a 17-year-old girl called Cora Fletcher was charged with retail theft. Over a year later, after she missed a court date, she was sent to the Cook County jail, in Illinois. She was eight months pregnant at the time.

During a pre-natal check-up at the facility, her baby appeared to have no heartbeat, so she was sent to the county hospital. As the medical team tried to induce her, Fletcher claims that both her hands and both her feet were shackled to either side of the bed. Only when she finally went into labor, three days later, was one hand and one foot released. It’s hard to imagine a more crucifying way to force a woman to try to give birth.

Sadly for Fletcher, there was no payoff for the trauma and humiliation she was forced to endure, as her baby was born dead.

Read the rest here

The “civilized world.”

9 June 2012 ♥ 4,298 notes    Reblog    
reblogged from themindislimitless    source: Guardian
Dear Well Meaning Everyone,

rahgheer:

I understand that there are  ”…starving children, tens of thousands of refugees, rapes and racial epithets, a spiraling death toll [in Africa]…”, but I hope that you know that the VERY SAME thing is in America, too. 

And just to give you a glimpse:

So before you run to fix whichever country in Africa or some other poor, backward country, fix your own first. Check your privilege. And your White Savior Complex. It’s getting annoying. 

9 June 2012 ♥ 21 notes    Reblog    
reblogged from rahgheer
Dear Well Meaning Everyone,

rahgheer:

I understand that there are  ”…starving children, tens of thousands of refugees, rapes and racial epithets, a spiraling death toll [in Africa]…”, but I hope that you know that the VERY SAME thing is in America, too. 

And just to give you a glimpse:

So before you run to fix whichever country in Africa or some other poor, backward country, fix your own first. Check your privilege. And your White Savior Complex. It’s getting annoying. 

9 June 2012 ♥ 21 notes    Reblog    
reblogged from rahgheer