It’s about hypocrisy. Sure, Pakistan is a corrupt country. Sure, it is corrupt from the shoeshiner up to the pinnacles of power. But I suppose in the end, if you’re going to prostitute yourself to America – financially and militarily, as Pakistan has done for decades – that’s the price you pay. Which is why hypocrisy will win. For Dr Afridi, I predict, will be quietly given a substantial reduction in his sentence, will be released – or disappear – from his Pakistani prison and, in a few months/ years, when Zardari has scored enough points from Dr Afridi’s imprisonment, the good doctor will pop up in the US with a fine medical practice and the pleasure of knowing – of course – that La Clinton has re-endowed Pakistan with its missing $33m.

Robert Fisk wins again, striking a blow against the politicisation of aid whilst taking in Alexander Litvinenko (Russian spy killed in UK) and Mordechai Vanunu (Israeli nuclear whistleblower continually locked up).

Never try to claim that the US is a hypocrite in global politics, or I’ll tattoo this quote on your face.

needlesslydefiantwithtea:

theumbrellaseller:

Okay can I talk about this for a sec? No? Tough, because I’m gonna go ahead and do it anyway. Because this little exchange was so indicative of their relationship that I wanted to die.

We already know that without the armor, Tony sees himself as nothing. “Iron Man yes, Tony Stark not recommended”, right? There’s more than a touch of bitterness when he throws that exchange back at Coulson in his first scene. We know about his issues with his father, we know about his drinking, we know that he watched a man sacrifice his life in a cave in the Middle East so that he, Tony, could live.

Steve doesn’t. And yet almost by accident, he finds Tony’s weak spot, sticks in a knife, and twists. Steve’s trying to shame him, trying to hold Tony accountable for actions that he, as a soldier, sees as reckless and irrresponsible— he’s already furious with Tony for needling Banner, which potentially endangered the lives of everyone on the ship (He can’t know, of course, that Tony recognises something in Banner, a control on his inner demons that he can only envy; Tony knows what it’s like to have a monster inside of him that he can barely contain) and Tony’s devil-may-care attitude is the final straw. Steve sees right through Tony in a way few people do; but not deep enough, no, because if he could fathom just how deep Tony’s scars go (and if he wasn’t being influenced by Loki’s sceptre, just behind him) he wouldn’t have said those things.

Because hey, Steve is lashing out here. You saw him in the gym; all that coiled rage, the flashbacks, the way he destroyed that punching bag. Steve’s in as much pain as Tony right now. Not that anyone’s interested. They just want him to put on the suit and be glad they won the war. Tony’s comments earlier about Steve being “not of use” made their mark. Steve already feels outdated and useless. Tony represents everything Steve doesn’t understand about the new century, everything he hates; he’s an unreliable jumble of technology, ego and pop culture references Steve doesn’t understand. Oh, and Tony used to make weapons. Big weapons. How d’you think Steve felt when someone filled him in on the advances in warfare that happened while he was asleep?

And Tony? He’s having his insecurities thrown back at him by a living legend, by the man his father admired above all others; a man Howard Stark spent years digging through the ice for when he should have been caring for his son. Steve is talking, but I’m pretty sure Tony’s hearing his father.

“The only thing you fight for is yourself. You’re not the guy to make the sacrifice play.”

Half of that sentence is true. Tony does fight for himself; he fights to redeem himself every day, not because of the body count his weapons have amassed (Natasha’s not the only one with red in her ledger) but because he doesn’t see himself as worthy of anything. Of the suit, of the few friends he has, of his money, of his life. He fights every day to prove to himself that he deserves to exist. And that is why he would make the sacrifice play. In a heartbeat. If he doesn’t deserve to be here, it’s only right he die for someone who does. And Steve just told him “yeah, you’re right, you don’t deserve to be here. I know guys worth ten of you, and they’re dead, and you’re alive.”

It’s awful, really, how much these two men are capable of hurting each other.

And yet. Underneath the barbs and the anger and the hurt, this exchange shows exactly why they work so well together.

“…to lay down on the wire and let the other guy crawl over you.”

“I think I would just cut the wire.”

“Always a way out.”

That. That right there. Tony is a master at thinking on his feet, at improvisation, at taking risks that tend to pay off. He’s brilliant, but volatile. And Steve is strategic, methodical, noble almost to a fault. Tony could come up with solutions Steve would never even dream of, and vice versa; when Tony spends time hacking into SHIELD’s servers, Steve investigates on foot. They are exact opposites, in personality and skill, and that’s why they’re the unofficial leaders of the Avengers. The differences that drive them apart in this scene are what’s going to make them unstoppable later on. Because they’re not half as good at anything as when they’re doing it next to each other.

tears

running all the way down my face

this is why i ship this

so beautiful

(Source: dancys)

KONY 2012 Part II

stay-human:

  1. More African voices.
  2. Finally credit for the work that’s already been done by locals for so long.
  3. Information about the current status of Kony.
  4. More methods of helping besides HOORAY USA MILITARY.
  5. The flyers are actually a pretty good idea esp if they’re working.

But

  1. Mentions peace plans, fails to mention how the U.S. helped screw it up.
  2. Still making Ugandan military look like saints.
  3. Still advocating strengthening the military- doesn’t mention how in this one so I guess that still means U.S. military help.
  4. Still has that utterly annoying USA to the rescue complex. Ahem, why don’t you fucking start with stopping your government from killing people, then we’ll talk about the rest -_-“
  5. Oil. Oil. Oil. Oil. Oil.
  6. Funders of IC = people with direct stake in oil in Uganda.
  7. Did I mention oil?

Maybe if this had been the first one, it wouldn’t be that bad. Basically it seems like they looked at the most repeated criticism and tried to backtrack in those areas. But we already know that IC is full of fuckfaces who still can’t explain their expenses and no using the word ‘complex’ 50 times in your new video doesn’t mean you actually achieved explaining something.

Video here

  1. I wish people would stop mispronouncing Kony, it doesn’t help the whole imperialism thing
  2. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh military intervention
  3. Their focus on pushing community work is an interesting one - kinda similar to what a lot of Christian and church groups to do build local momentum (though I guess that shouldn’t be surprising)
  4. Still unclear what they want. Kony alive? In custody? Are they still supporting US military intervention?
  5. It seems like they’re genuinely taking criticisms on board…
  6. …with the caveat that their campaign is unavoidably based on a white saviour mentality. No amount of effort on their part can change this root problem.

Yet to see any reaction from the ground.

Noam Chomsky has advice for the Occupy movement, whose encampments all over the country are being swept away by police. The occupations were a “brilliant” idea, he says, but now it’s time to “move on to the next stage” in tactics. He suggests political organizing in the neighborhoods.

The Occupy camps have shown people how “to break out of this conception that we’re isolated.” But “just occupying” has “lived its life,” says the man who is the most revered radical critic of American politics and capitalist economics.

Chomsky gave his counsel answering questions in a small group after a speech Monday evening, December 12, in the 1000-seat Westbrook Middle School auditorium (a/k/a Westbrook Performing Arts Center), which was filled to capacity. The speech was sponsored by the University of New England’s Center for Global Humanities.

The Occupy movement’s repression, which Chomsky decried, has a saving grace, he said: the opportunity for it to expand more into “the 99 percent” by engaging people “face to face.”

“Don’t be obsessed with tactics but with purpose,” he suggested. “Tactics have a half life.”

great article, and I’m not one of those Chomsky-hero-worship types.

and by “great”, I mean “he’s saying what I’ve been thinking”

(Source: occupywallstreet)

"Americans also have a tradition of holding protesters in disdain, even when they are later proven to be on the right side of history. A Gallup poll taken in 1959 found that, by 53-37 percent, Americans thought the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, a seminal case in the civil rights movement, “caused a lot more trouble than it was worth.”"

What to Make of New Polling on Support for the Occupy Movement?

"For Hogan-Howe, much hangs on how well his officers controlled Wednesday’s demonstration. Whatever happens, if the home secretary, Theresa May, has her way, his officers will have even more powers to shut down demonstrations in future."

Student protest provides first major test of new Met chief’s ‘total policing’ (Guardian)

what I find most interesting is that this article, about public protest, is written by the Guardian’s crime correspondent. worrying.

Revolutions in Reverse: Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination

Capitalism as we know it appears to be coming apart. But as financial institutions stagger and crumble, there is no obvious alternative. There is good reason to believe that, in a generation or so, capitalism will no longer exist: for the simple reason that it’s impossible to maintain an engine of perpetual growth forever on a finite planet. Yet faced with this prospect, the knee-jerk reaction is often to cling to what exists because they simply can’t imagine an alternative that wouldn’t be even more oppressive and destructive. The political imagination seems to have reached an impasse. Or has it?

In this collection of essays David Graeber explores a wide-ranging set of topics including political strategy, global trade, debt, imagination, violence, aesthetics, alienation, and creativity. Written in the wake of the anti-globalization movement and the rise of the war on terror, these essays survey the political landscape for signs of hope in unexpected places.

At a moment when the old assumption about politics and power have been irrefutably broken the only real choice is to begin again: to create a new language, a new common sense, about what people basically are and what it is reasonable for them to expect from the world, and from each other. In this volume Graeber draws from the realms of politics, art, and the imagination to start this conversation and to suggest that that the task might not be nearly so daunting as we’d be given to imagine.

"I am not quite sure that St Pauls played it correctly I am not quite sure that the health and safety considerations precipitated their action but nevertheless even if they did, in the end what is more important? That a place of beauty is kept charming for tourists and everything else, and I don’t think that’s unimportant, but is it more important that the right to protest without the fear of midnight arrests and police thumping over the cobbles? I don’t think that it is. I think that, in the end, part of a democracy is having uncomfortable protest."

The St Paul’s protest: whose camp are you in? (Amnesty blog)

if you’re the kinda person that rants about ‘rights’ all the time, then yeah… this.

"It is no surprise that protesters targeting the UK’s financial system have encountered so many difficulties as it was the finance system itself that was the driver for the privatisation of public space in Britain, a process that took root in the 1980s alongside the deregulation of the banks."

Private spaces are stifling protest (Guardian)

really good article, the Space Hijackers would be proud!

"If we want to use this figure to underscore how far polarized the rich and the poor are today, fine. But those of us that don’t homogenize so easily get suspicious when we hear calls for unity. What other percentages hide behind the nearly-whole 99%? What about the 16% of Blacks that are “officially” unemployed, double the number of whites? The 1 out of 8 Black men in their twenties that on any given day will be in prison or jail? The quarter of women that will get sexually assaulted in their lifetime? The dozens of queer, trans*, intersex, and gender-variant folks that are murdered each year, 70% of whom are people of color? Is a woman of color’s experience of the crisis interchangeable with that of the white man whose wage is twice hers? Are we all Troy Davis? As austerity grinds down on us, who among us will go to prison? Who will be relegated to informal, precarious labor? Whose benefits will be cut, whose food stamps canceled or insufficient? Who will be evicted? Who will be unable to get health care, to get hormones or an abortion?"

— ON THE RECENT #OCCUPATIONS, A COMMUNIQUE FROM W.A.T.C.H.

(Source: sites.google.com)