nuked:

No Regrets For Our Youth

nuked:

No Regrets For Our Youth

Modelled

nudecency:

To make sense of the tumult in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the Washington establishment has made for the safe harbour of analogies. Obama applauded the transformation in the region in his May 19 speech at the State Department and then announced a $2 billion aid package to revive the region’s stalled economies. The parallel Obama drew was instructive: the new Enterprise Funds will be “modelled on funds that supported the transitions in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall”. … what the historian Marshall Goldman called the “piratisation” of Eastern Europe, with the economist Jeffrey Sachs in the lead in Poland. […] …the IMF pledged to lend $3 billion to Egypt, and the G8 promised $20 billion from the various international agencies… If you add in the U.S. promise, the total government assistance amounts to $25 billion. Such figures are a tease, but sufficient as a down payment to ensure that the U.S. and the G8 have a place at Egypt’s decision-making table.

Vijay Prashad in Counterpunch, June 17-19, 2011

"Retromania"

renurenu:

Total recall: why retromania is all the rage | Music | Simon Reynolds | The Guardian

… if we look at what’s happening in the music scene, for instance, it’s hard to escape the view that the past is what’s “in” in so many different genres. there’s hardly anything really innovating going on. …

Taking a longer view of history might make the situation more clear. The last 50 years lie within the approximately contemporary period, not the past. Therefore what Reynolds calls “retromania” should really be called a cult of the contemporary. This makes more sense when you consider the cutoff point of his article: anything before the last half century doesn’t exist.

(Note: a ‘cult of the contemporary’ would be consistent with lack of internal criticism. Impolite exceptions hint at what’s lacking: 1, 2. That kind of criticism has a conventional aspect in some genres - in white music too; there was a time when the Beatles were criticized by other white artists - but the currently prevailing attitude is the opposite of critical; the artists of the last 50 years are simply a pantheon. Reynolds’ article provides lots of examples though he fails to note the contemporary bias and asserts the opposite.)

noam-chomsky:

“Instead of citizens, it produces consumers. Instead of communities, it produces shopping malls. The net result is an atomized society of disengaged individuals who feel demoralized and socially powerless.”

— Profit Over People - Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky did not write this. It was written by Robert McChesney as noted previously.
(See also: misattribution tag)

John Lennon mocks the Japanese language while his wife Yoko Ono looks on adoringly, on national (U.S.) television in 1971. (See also: link)

(I think maybe I’ll just keep re-posting this until it gets some appropriate reaction.)

Looking For Challenging Tumblrs

If any of you know of some Tumblrs that are intentionally challenging in an intellectual way, even cynical, without belonging to some narrow group, please recommend them to me.

Looking For Challenging Tumblrs

If any of you know of some Tumblrs that are intentionally challenging in an intellectual way, even cynical, without belonging to some narrow group, please recommend them to me.

jojzii:

indians-vs-cowboys:

On Friday, June 3rd, 2011, in the northern village of Duraz, Bahrain, people gathered to listen to Sheikh Issa Qassem, Bahrain’s senior Shiite cleric. Qassem, who called for the U.S.-backed Bahraini monarchy to free political prisoners, said state repression will only deepen differences that will become more complicated every day. The majority of Bahrain’s population are Shia Muslims but the ruling monarchy is Sunni and closely aligned with the United States. The U.S.-allied Bahraini government has brutally suppressed (1, 2) the popular movements of February and March 2011, as predicted by activists in an Al Jazeera video report at that time. Servants of U.S. power are “fearful that a victorious Shia majority in Bahrain could embolden Saudi Arabia’s own Shiite minority in nearby oil-rich Eastern Province.” (Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post)  (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

LOL! Most of Bahrainis are Sunni Muslims. Get your facts straight. 

This person - http://jojzii.tumblr.com - is spreading misinformation. The majority of Bahrain is Shia Muslim, exactly as stated in the original post. This is not a controversial fact. Just put the words 'Bahrain' and 'majority' and 'Shia' in google and anyone can see numerous mainstream sources noting the simple fact that Bahrain’s majority is Shia Muslim. Then put the words 'Bahrain' and 'majority' and 'Sunni' in google and you will see again from numerous mainstream sources the simple fact that Sunni Muslims are NOT the majority.

jojzii:

indians-vs-cowboys:

On Friday, June 3rd, 2011, in the northern village of Duraz, Bahrain, people gathered to listen to Sheikh Issa Qassem, Bahrain’s senior Shiite cleric. Qassem, who called for the U.S.-backed Bahraini monarchy to free political prisoners, said state repression will only deepen differences that will become more complicated every day. The majority of Bahrain’s population are Shia Muslims but the ruling monarchy is Sunni and closely aligned with the United States. The U.S.-allied Bahraini government has brutally suppressed (1, 2) the popular movements of February and March 2011, as predicted by activists in an Al Jazeera video report at that time. Servants of U.S. power are “fearful that a victorious Shia majority in Bahrain could embolden Saudi Arabia’s own Shiite minority in nearby oil-rich Eastern Province.” (Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post)
(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

LOL! Most of Bahrainis are Sunni Muslims. Get your facts straight. 

This person - http://jojzii.tumblr.com - is spreading misinformation. The majority of Bahrain is Shia Muslim, exactly as stated in the original post. This is not a controversial fact. Just put the words 'Bahrain' and 'majority' and 'Shia' in google and anyone can see numerous mainstream sources noting the simple fact that Bahrain’s majority is Shia Muslim. Then put the words 'Bahrain' and 'majority' and 'Sunni' in google and you will see again from numerous mainstream sources the simple fact that Sunni Muslims are NOT the majority.

(via jojzii-deactivated20110729-deac)

sisterzion:

The Islam-sanctioned treatment of gays:

http://images41.fotki.com/v1253/photos/1/1222605/5440024/publichanging-vi.jpg

(These men were hanged in Iran for “Homosexuality”)

There’s a serious problem with this post. It’s not clear at all that the photo is what it is claimed to be. Posting photos of serious trauma without accurate contextual information (source, date, location, etc) is irresponsible. The only contextual information provided here is the claim that these men were hanged under “Islam-sanctioned treatment” for being gay. This is a serious accusation against an entire religion. But is it true?

1. Look at the text on the banner.
2. Flip it around to see it from the point of view of the spectators in the photo.
3. Get a rough translation: “Carrying out justice = Increasing security”
4. Do a logical Google search.
5. We find that these five men were, according to the New York Times and other mainstream sources, hanged in Mashad, Iran, on August 1st, 2007 for “rape, abduction, taking drugs and armed robbery.”



6. Capital punishment is wrong and most of the world opposes it (the U.S. and Iran are exceptions). The whole world opposes dishonesty.

(Source: southchicagolandrhythmsociety, via apack-deactivated20140629)

"it says a great deal about the complacent and unquestioning culture in which we live that Bob Dylan’s racist song has attracted no serious attention at all."

A guy named Ellis Sharp wrote this in an excellent article (Bob Dylan’s Racist Song) in 2005.

Theodor Herzl, the founder of political Zionism, envisioned the future Jewish State (Der Judenstaat, 1896) as “a part of the wall against Asia… an outpost of civilization against barbarism.” (See: 1, 2)

Theodor Herzl, the founder of political Zionism, envisioned the future Jewish State (Der Judenstaat, 1896) as “a part of the wall against Asia… an outpost of civilization against barbarism.” (See: 1, 2)