Hunger Games salute banned by Thai military
Thailand’s military rulers, who recently took over in a coup, are intimidated by a new form of silent resistance – a three-fingered salute borrowed from science fiction blockbuster The Hunger Games – and will arrest those in large groups who ignore warnings to lower their arms.
The raised arm salute has become an unofficial symbol of opposition to Thailand’s 22 May coup, and a creative response to several bans the ruling junta has placed on freedom of expression.

This is actually a pretty neat use of a meme, tbh.

Hunger Games salute banned by Thai military

Thailand’s military rulers, who recently took over in a coup, are intimidated by a new form of silent resistance – a three-fingered salute borrowed from science fiction blockbuster The Hunger Games – and will arrest those in large groups who ignore warnings to lower their arms.

The raised arm salute has become an unofficial symbol of opposition to Thailand’s 22 May coup, and a creative response to several bans the ruling junta has placed on freedom of expression.

This is actually a pretty neat use of a meme, tbh.

Jews ordered to register by pro-Russian group in east Ukraine

Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia.
Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website.
"We don’t know if these notifications were distributed by pro-Russian activists or someone else, but it’s serious that it exists," said Olga Reznikova, 32, a Jewish resident of Donetsk. "The text reminds of the fascists in 1941," she said referring to the Nazis who occupied Ukraine during World War II.
Michael Salberg, director of the international affairs at the New York City-based Anti-Defamation League, said it’s unclear if the leaflets were issued by the pro-Russian leadership or a splinter group operating within the pro-Russian camp.
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Literally terrifying. This is how it starts…

Jews ordered to register by pro-Russian group in east Ukraine

Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia.

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website.

"We don’t know if these notifications were distributed by pro-Russian activists or someone else, but it’s serious that it exists," said Olga Reznikova, 32, a Jewish resident of Donetsk. "The text reminds of the fascists in 1941," she said referring to the Nazis who occupied Ukraine during World War II.

Michael Salberg, director of the international affairs at the New York City-based Anti-Defamation League, said it’s unclear if the leaflets were issued by the pro-Russian leadership or a splinter group operating within the pro-Russian camp.

More info

Literally terrifying. This is how it starts…

anarchistpeopleofcolor:

rtamerica:

Ex-KKK leader charged with attacking Jewish centers, killing three
A shooting rampage at two Jewish facilities in Kansas took the lives of three people on Sunday, and was allegedly carried out by the former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
Law enforcement officials in Overland Park, just south of Kansas City, have arrested a man named Frazier Glenn Cross – also known as F. Glenn Miller – in connection to the shooting. According to the Kansas City Star, Miller has “a long history of anti-semitism,” and local news outlet KMBC captured the suspect yelling, “Heil Hitler” as he sat handcuffed in the back of a police car. 

What happened to all that anti-terrorism work the U.S. is supposedly doing? I guess when it comes to the KKK, it’s not the same. Why isn’t the KKK considered a terrorist organization?

Sick. This is for everyone that thinks antisemitism isn’t an issue any more…

anarchistpeopleofcolor:

rtamerica:

Ex-KKK leader charged with attacking Jewish centers, killing three

A shooting rampage at two Jewish facilities in Kansas took the lives of three people on Sunday, and was allegedly carried out by the former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

Law enforcement officials in Overland Park, just south of Kansas City, have arrested a man named Frazier Glenn Cross – also known as F. Glenn Miller – in connection to the shooting. According to the Kansas City Star, Miller has “a long history of anti-semitism,” and local news outlet KMBC captured the suspect yelling, “Heil Hitler” as he sat handcuffed in the back of a police car. 

What happened to all that anti-terrorism work the U.S. is supposedly doing? I guess when it comes to the KKK, it’s not the same. Why isn’t the KKK considered a terrorist organization?

Sick. This is for everyone that thinks antisemitism isn’t an issue any more…

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stay-human:

Whut.

…whut

stay-human:

Whut.

…whut

In their Digital Journalism Study, Oriella discovered that 75% of UK journalists surveyed used social channels to find stories from known sources, whilst reliance on press releases is diminishing.

I’m as big a supporter of the digital age as the next avid Tumblrite, but isn’t this pretty worrying?

When I find news like this alongside the story of an algorithm that can predict the popularity of news stories before they’re published, I do get uneasy about the impact the new 24-hour fast-paced world is having on quality news reporting.

Mr Justice Eady said in his judgment:

"The [previous] judge should have feared for the loss of trust in those hitherto believed to be neutral observers if such observers maybe too readily compelled to hand over their material. It is the neutrality of the press which affords them protection and augments their ability freely to obtain and disseminate visual recording of events."

Sometimes I like our legal system.

That’s a third of the Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli military jails. All in prep for Prisoners’ Day.

Badass.

** obvious TW for rape description **

this is what being a decent human being looks like

rebeldog:

4 april 2012,
Today, in #syntagma square, just next to the Greek parliament, a 77 year old man shot himself in the head. His last words, according to passers-by, were “I don’t want to leave a debt on my children”. Since this morning, people have swarmed around the tree, next to which the man took his own life, leaving notes and silently honoring his memory.
His suicide note reads:

“The Tsolakoglou government has annihilated all traces for my survival, which was based on a very dignified pension that I alone paid for 35 years with no help from the state. And since my advanced age does not allow me a way of dynamically reacting (although if a fellow Greek were to grab a Kalashnikov, I would be right behind him), I see no other solution than this dignified end to my life, so I don’t find myself fishing through garbage cans for my sustenance. I believe that young people with no future, will one day take up arms and hang the traitors of this country at Syntagma square, just like the Italians did to Mussolini in 1945”
(Note: Tsolakoglou was the first collaborationist prime minister during Germany’s occupation of Greece during the Second World War and the 77-year-old man compared the currently assigned prime minister Papademos to the traitor Tsolakoglou.)


this post’s photo is by @iptamenos3
learn more about this story through this real-time storify post or through twitter via #syntagma hastag
BBC article about the 40% suicide surge in Greece 

rebeldog:

4 april 2012,

Today, in #syntagma square, just next to the Greek parliament, a 77 year old man shot himself in the head. His last words, according to passers-by, were “I don’t want to leave a debt on my children”. Since this morning, people have swarmed around the tree, next to which the man took his own life, leaving notes and silently honoring his memory.

His suicide note reads:

“The Tsolakoglou government has annihilated all traces for my survival, which was based on a very dignified pension that I alone paid for 35 years with no help from the state. And since my advanced age does not allow me a way of dynamically reacting (although if a fellow Greek were to grab a Kalashnikov, I would be right behind him), I see no other solution than this dignified end to my life, so I don’t find myself fishing through garbage cans for my sustenance. I believe that young people with no future, will one day take up arms and hang the traitors of this country at Syntagma square, just like the Italians did to Mussolini in 1945”

(Note: Tsolakoglou was the first collaborationist prime minister during Germany’s occupation of Greece during the Second World War and the 77-year-old man compared the currently assigned prime minister Papademos to the traitor Tsolakoglou.)


this post’s photo is by @iptamenos3

learn more about this story through this real-time storify post or through twitter via #syntagma hastag

BBC article about the 40% suicide surge in Greece 


This is even more ridiculous than the normal story about the US funding and training terrorist cells.

According to a “new, multi-sourced report from The New Yorker‘s Seymour Hersh”, the Bush administration trained the Iranian dissident group Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK).

The MEK are the group that’s probably behind the recent assassinations of Iranian scientists. They’re also being funded and trained by Israeli intelligence agencies.

Just… ugh.