1. selva:

Iraq: US Hits 90 Targets in 48 hrs Around Mosul Dam
//Air Strikes = Fire Superiority 
President Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam today as a “major step forward” as a barrage of US airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants. Obama also urged the badly fractured and largely dysfunctional Iraqi government to move quickly to forge a united front and give hope to Sunni tribes who’ve been marginalized. Obama noted last week’s decision by Nouri al-Maliki to step down as Iraq’s prime minister, a move that raised hopes a new government could roll back Iraq’s powerful Sunni insurgency and prevent the country from splitting apart. “They’ve got to get this done because the wolf’s at the door,” the president said.
A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said the US had conducted 35 airstrikes in the area of the Mosul dam since Saturday: “In all, we destroyed over 90 targets including a range of vehicles, equipment, and fighting positions,” he said. “Iraqi forces have cleared the dam and are working to further expand their area of control.” US Central Command said American fighters, bombers, and drone aircraft conducted 15 strikes today around the dam, hitting Islamic State fighting positions as well as an anti-aircraft artillery gun and other weaponry of the group that has captured wide swaths northern and western Iraq this summer.
(PHOTO: An F/A-18C Hornet coming from Iraq lands on the flight deck of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 in the Persian Gulf. AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    selva:

    Iraq: US Hits 90 Targets in 48 hrs Around Mosul Dam

    //Air Strikes = Fire Superiority 

    President Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam today as a “major step forward” as a barrage of US airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the Islamic State militants. Obama also urged the badly fractured and largely dysfunctional Iraqi government to move quickly to forge a united front and give hope to Sunni tribes who’ve been marginalized. Obama noted last week’s decision by Nouri al-Maliki to step down as Iraq’s prime minister, a move that raised hopes a new government could roll back Iraq’s powerful Sunni insurgency and prevent the country from splitting apart. “They’ve got to get this done because the wolf’s at the door,” the president said.

    A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said the US had conducted 35 airstrikes in the area of the Mosul dam since Saturday: “In all, we destroyed over 90 targets including a range of vehicles, equipment, and fighting positions,” he said. “Iraqi forces have cleared the dam and are working to further expand their area of control.” US Central Command said American fighters, bombers, and drone aircraft conducted 15 strikes today around the dam, hitting Islamic State fighting positions as well as an anti-aircraft artillery gun and other weaponry of the group that has captured wide swaths northern and western Iraq this summer.

    (PHOTO: An F/A-18C Hornet coming from Iraq lands on the flight deck of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 in the Persian Gulf. AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

     
  2. thoughtsofablackgirl:

Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was arrested on Monday during unrest in Ferguson Epstein, who aided Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials, was placed under arrest “for failing to disperse.” 8 others were also arrested.
"I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was ninety," Epstein told The Nation during her arrest. “We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re ninety.” Epstein is currently an activist and a vocal supporter of the Free Gaza Movement. 

    thoughtsofablackgirl:

    Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was arrested on Monday during unrest in Ferguson Epstein, who aided Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials, was placed under arrest “for failing to disperse.” 8 others were also arrested.

    "I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was ninety," Epstein told The Nation during her arrest. “We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re ninety.” Epstein is currently an activist and a vocal supporter of the Free Gaza Movement. 

    (via randomactsofchaos)

     
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  4. iwriteaboutfeminism:

    Monday night. Part 6.

    [part 1] [part 2] [part 3] [part 4] [part 5]

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  5. cognitivedissonance:

    Tonight in Ferguson, Mo. Even CNN is calling out police brutality.

    We are watching history unfold. Do not stand down. Spread the word.

    No justice, no peace.

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  6. There is more blood than water flowing here in Gaza.
    — A German journalist in response to the water supply shortages caused by the incessant airstrikes. (via transparent-flowers)

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  7. amazighprincex:

    [Image: a series of tweets by justified agitator (@Awkward_Duck) on August 19, 2014.

    1:23 AM: We literally laid in someone’s backyard for what seemed like an eternity while tanks rolled down the streets #Ferguson

    1:26 AM: I’m live tweeting because there’s a media blackout. #Ferguson

    1:33 AM: I’m so shaken. They’re literally just rolling around throwing tear gas into neighborhoods-not aggressive crowds. #Ferguson

    1:34 AM: I was pouring milk over one guys eyes when they came back around and threw another at us. #Ferguson

    1:51 AM: Let me repeat, THEY ARE GASSING NEIGHBORHOODS not crowds of protestors.There was only a few of us walking. there is no curfew, so why?]

    (via randomactsofchaos)

     
  8. afro-dominicano:

    elwynbrooks:

    Here’s the shotguns used tonight. Lots of restraint shown:

    Summary of the night (August 18th, 2014):

    There were many arrests throughout the night. Water bottles and other objects were thrown at police, and after gunshots rang out near the QuikTrip, police began firing smoke and gas indiscriminately. There have been reports of white anarchist agitators from out of town, provoking police.

    Many protesters ran, terrified, coughing. Journalists were caught in the gas: one canister rolled right under a photographer, who collapsed from it. Fires and bricks were used by residents to try and keep back police.

    Police began clearing out the street, ordering anyone who wasn’t credentialed media to leave or be faced with arrest. When one reporter (who is livestreaming the events and has a camera on him) explained he lost his credentials while being fired at and showed his PRESS patch instead, officer told him “this doesn’t mean shit” while ripping the journalist’s PRESS patch off of his vest and throwing it to the ground.

    Police formed two lines and began moving forward. A handful of protesters got caught between the lines, trapped but repeatedly told to get out. Among them, WaPo reporter Wesley Lowery reports that the entire neighbourhood has barriers and many people are unable to get home.

    SWAT teams have begun doing tactical sweeps and media were ordered away.

    Amnesty International was also on the ground tonight and were kicked out by police. Currently, AI is highly critical of the US.

    There are still a few people trapped, it appears, including a few reporters, who are tweeting that they’re being mercilessly gassed:

    And here’s an image of what it looks like when they fire gas:

    Currently waiting for a presser from Captain Johnson, who was seen tonight attempting to keep peace with no helmet/mask/gear.

    White out of towners seem to be coming to Ferguson in troves hoping to get their revolution fix while ruining shit for the rest.

    (via the-treble)

     
  9. A cop is far more likely… to kill you than you are to kill a cop… The idea that police have an incredibly dangerous job is what we Southerners call a tall-tale, a stretch of the truth to bolster an ego unwilling to accept mediocrity. Not to take away from what many fair-minded officers do every day, but as those stubborn things called facts would have it, policing is less dangerous than farming, fishing, logging, and trash collecting, as well as six other professions. Now is the time to burst the cop myth and to stop giving them the deference to murder our friends and family in the street.
     
  10. nowinexile:

    "I’ll tell you what is harder than dying in Gaza by an Israeli missile deluxe. What is harder is that you get a phone call from the Israeli army telling you to evacuate your home because it will be bombed in ten minutes. Imagine; ten minutes; and your whole short history on the surface of Earth will be erased.

    Gifts you received, photos of your siblings and your children (dead or alive), things that you love, your favorite chair, your books, that last poetry collection your read, a letter from your expatriate sister, reminders of the ones you loved, the smell of your bed, the jasmine tree that hangs off your western window, your daughter’s hair clip, your old clothes, your prayer rug, your wife’s gold, your savings; imagine; all this passes in front of your eyes in ten minutes, all that pain passes while you are struck by surprise.

    Then you take your identification papers (passport, birth certificate, etc.) which you have ready in an old metallic candy box, and you leave your home to die a thousand times, or refuse to leave and die once.”

    —a Palestinian in ‪#‎Gaza‬

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  11. butchimightbe:

    This actually exists. In 2014. I have a Canadian partner, I am mid transition…I knew I had to be careful but holy shit. This actually terrifies me. How does this make any sense? Why do gender markers even exist on photo ID’s?

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  12. script for calling about: the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act

    ghostsofrobespierre:

    heysenator:

    Representative Hank Johnson (Georgia, Democrat) is planning to file legislation aimed at reducing the militarization of local law enforcement [source]. What, might you ask, is the militarization of local law enforcement? Well, it’s when local police are basically trained like they’re working in a war zone. Part of why we’re seeing things like armored vehicles and M16s used by ordinary police officers is a Department of Defense program that donates surplus military equipment to police departments. Johnson’s proposed bill would curtail the distribution of “certain aggressive military equipment.” 

    If you want to support Johnson’s proposed bill, currently called the Stop Militarizing Local Law Enforcement Act, you can call or e-mail your U.S. Representatives and Senators. If you’re not sure what you would want to say, try this script:

    Hello, my name is NAME, I live in PLACE, and I am a constituent of ELECTED OFFICIAL. I am calling because I support the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act. I am concerned that the use of military technology by local police is making our neighborhoods unsafe and undermining our communities. I would like to see police equipped and trained in a way that is more supportive of community development and safety. I hope that ELECTED OFFICIAL will support this bill. Thank you for your time.

    To use the script, fill in your name for NAME, your location (for example, “Topeka, Kansas”) for PLACE and the title and name of the person you’re contacting (for example, Representative Snicket) for ELECTED official. 

    Since this issue involves national legislation, you want to call your national-level representatives and senators. To find out who your representatives and senators, use this neat form from the League of Women Voters. 

    Even if you don’t agree with your representative on issues, or you don’t like your representative, don’t be afraid to call. Most do listen to constituents, and all the people who answer the phones are trained to be polite. The person who answers might ask you some questions about where you live, but it’s usually pretty painless. If you aren’t comfortable calling, you can always e-mail, but phone calls generally count more.

     
  13. black-culture:

No justice no peace.

    black-culture:

    No justice no peace.

    (via randomactsofchaos)

     
  14. chickem:

"Racism in America is dead"
can someone destroy these people over twitter pls

    chickem:

    "Racism in America is dead"

    can someone destroy these people over twitter pls

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  15. todoelajo:

    when the National Guard came to Newark in 1967 to quell police brutality protests, they opened fire, killed 26 ppl, incl 10yo, injured 1,750.” “National Guard also deployed in Detroit in July, 1967 to quell police brutality protests: 43 people killed, 1,189 injured.” - Raven Rakia

    (via nhaler)