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asylum-art:

Paul Cummins: 888,246 Ceramic Poppies Flow Like Blood from the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI

The moat that surrounds the Tower of London has long stood empty and dry. This summer, it’s getting filled with 888,246 red ceramic poppies, one for each British and Colonial soldiers who perished during World War I.

For the past few weeks, a team of 150 volunteers has been placing red ceramic poppies one by one around the Tower. Crawford Butler, the longest serving Yeoman Warden, also known as beefeater, planted the first ceramic poppy. The last poppy will be symbolically planted on the last day of the installation: November 11, Armistice Day. 

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#ww1 

youandmeandthezombieapocalypse:

RINKO KIKUCHI PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARIANO VIVANCO
STYLING: NICOLA FORMICHETTI

DSECTION Issue 08

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#queen  #fashion 
breakingnews:

Gas explosions hit Taiwan city, causing fatalities 
BBC News, AP: At least 15 are dead and 228 injured after a series of explosions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
The explosions were reportedly caused by a gas leak.
Photo via BBC News

breakingnews:

Gas explosions hit Taiwan city, causing fatalities 

BBC News, APAt least 15 are dead and 228 injured after a series of explosions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

The explosions were reportedly caused by a gas leak.

Photo via BBC News

— 9 hours ago with 103 notes
#taiwan  #D: 
heroes-get-made:

Important Things About the Ebola Outbreak
You’re not hearing enough about it because it’s happening in Africa. Plain and simple. Western Media (of which I was once a naive member) does not consider the deaths of non-whites and non-Westerners as important, so while this disease kills, it isn’t killing the right people to get enough attention.
With that said, officials have made it clear that they think there’s no chance the disease could spread outside of Africa, and definitely not to the United States.
That’s bullshit, in my opinion. I’ve spent a lot of time researching disease transmission, viruses, etc., both professionally and in my spare time. It may not spread, but they can’t know that at this stage. It’s the largest outbreak of Ebola EVER. There are already hundreds dead, and the number is growing.
"Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases.The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients." [x]
There is no cure and no vaccine, and most people are not educated on protecting themselves from this disease.
Don’t freak out, but we should all be paying attention.

heroes-get-made:

Important Things About the Ebola Outbreak

  • You’re not hearing enough about it because it’s happening in Africa. Plain and simple. Western Media (of which I was once a naive member) does not consider the deaths of non-whites and non-Westerners as important, so while this disease kills, it isn’t killing the right people to get enough attention.
  • With that said, officials have made it clear that they think there’s no chance the disease could spread outside of Africa, and definitely not to the United States.
  • That’s bullshit, in my opinion. I’ve spent a lot of time researching disease transmission, viruses, etc., both professionally and in my spare time. It may not spread, but they can’t know that at this stage. It’s the largest outbreak of Ebola EVER. There are already hundreds dead, and the number is growing.
  • "Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases.The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients." [x]
  • There is no cure and no vaccine, and most people are not educated on protecting themselves from this disease.
  • Don’t freak out, but we should all be paying attention.

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#health 

america-wakiewakie:

'World stands disgraced' as Israeli shelling of school kills at least 15 | The Guardian 

Death toll now more than 1,300 after three weeks of fighting.

United Nations officials described the killing of sleeping children as a disgrace to the world and accused Israel of a serious violation of international law after a school in Gaza being used to shelter Palestinian families was shelled on Wednesday.

At least 15 people, mostly children and women, died when the school in Jabaliya refugee camp was hit by five shells during a night of relentless bombardment across Gaza. More than 100 people were injured.

Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, said the attack was “outrageous and unjustifiable” and demanded “accountability and justice”. The UN said its officials had repeatedly given details of the school and its refugee population to Israel.

Fighting in Gaza continued through the day despite a four-hour humanitarian ceasefire called by Israel from 3pm. A crowded market in Shujai’iya was hit in the late afternoon, causing at least 17 deaths, including a journalist, and injuring about 200 people, according to Gaza health officials. They said people had ventured out to shop in the belief a ceasefire was in place. Witnesses said several shells struck as people were running away. Israel said rockets and mortar shells continued to be fired from Gaza.

At the UN school the first shell came just after the early morning call to prayer, when most of those taking shelter were asleep, crammed into classrooms with what few possessions they had managed to snatch as they fled their homes.

About 3,300 people had squashed into Jabaliya Elementary A&B Girls’ School since the Israeli military warned people to leave their homes and neighbourhoods or risk death under intense bombardment. Classroom number one, near the school’s entrance, had become home to about 40 people, mostly women and children.

As a shell blasted through the wall, showering occupants with shrapnel and spattering blood on walls and floors, Amna Zantit, 31, scrambled to gather up her three terrified infants in a panicked bid for the relative safety of the schoolyard. “Everyone was trying to escape,” she said, clutching her eight-month old baby tightly. Minutes later, a second shell slammed through the roof of the two-storey school. At least 15 people were killed and more than 100 injured. Most were women or children.

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#israel  #palestine 
themindislimitless:

[A series of three images of two women progressively getting older, each holding a sign that remains consistent: the one on the left reading “I am a Palestinian Arab. I was born in Jerusalem. Palestine is my homeland, but I cannot return there” (except in the third it reads “I still cannot return there”). The women on the right holds a poster reading “I am an American Jew. I as born in the U.S.A.. Israel is notmy homeland, but I can “return” there”.]
That’s Ghada Karmi (Palestinian Arab) and Ellen Siegel (American Jew), and the first picture of of them protesting outside the Israeli Embassy in London, 1973. Recurring images are of them reuniting for these photographs after 40 (?) years of friendship. [x]

themindislimitless:

[A series of three images of two women progressively getting older, each holding a sign that remains consistent: the one on the left reading “I am a Palestinian Arab. I was born in Jerusalem. Palestine is my homeland, but I cannot return there” (except in the third it reads “I still cannot return there”). The women on the right holds a poster reading “I am an American Jew. I as born in the U.S.A.. Israel is notmy homeland, but I can “return” there”.]

That’s Ghada Karmi (Palestinian Arab) and Ellen Siegel (American Jew), and the first picture of of them protesting outside the Israeli Embassy in London, 1973. Recurring images are of them reuniting for these photographs after 40 (?) years of friendship. [x]

(Source: systematicgenocide, via onetothestate)

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#photography  #israel  #palestine 

historicalfirearms:

July 28th 1914: Austria-Hungary Declares War on Serbia

The front page of The Washington Times above reports that following the unsatisfactory Serbian response to Austria’s July Ultimatum the Austro-Hungarian Empire have declared war on Serbia.  

The Ultimatum had been drafted to be unacceptable and while Serbia had agreed to all but one of the ten demands Austria took the opportunity to declare war on the small Balkan state on its southern border.   With Germany and Austro-Hungary declining to take part in suggested mediation talks. The declaration of war would suck Russia, Serbia’s ally, into the conflict forcing them to mobilise their forces.  

The resulting mobilisations snowballed Europe into a total war the likes of which it had never seen.  Following Germany’s declaration of war on Russia war between the rest of Europe’s major powers was inevitable.

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#historical  #spent a whole semester talkin bout this and the day has finally come  #ww1 
white nonsense - the top 10 hits →

processedlives:

sielunmaisema:

owning-my-truth:

atane:

zemo:

atane:

When you write about race, the feedback and messages white people send you ends up being the same. They all have the same tired retorts. They desperately need to get new material.

Here are the top 10 hits of white nonsense. There are many more examples, but these are the top 10 imo.

1. Not all…

The mentioning of Eastern Europeans here is disrespectful. Considering how many different conquering armies have stomped over the Polish, Ukrainians, etc. over time, there is no need to utilize them as a prop in a “not all…, lol” argument. especially when it’s so clear that the person that would claim Eastern Europeans didn’t participate in imperialism is already doing exactly that.

Everything else I agree with.

I think something is lost in translation here. Let me elaborate.  

I definitely was not using Eastern Europeans as a prop! I mentioned them because it is a very real tactic and ongoing theme people use to derail conversations and topics I write about or bring up. It happens all the time. When I mean all the time, I mean all the time. I could be talking about European colonialism in Africa or the history of white majority rule in Southern African countries, and then someone will message me about Eastern Europeans like I have somehow condemned them. Of course I did no such thing, but they love to play this game and put words in my mouth. It is a diversion.

Sometimes people will bring up Eastern Europeans completely randomly to me. The other day I wrote this post about how when Nigerians die, there is never a concrete number of the casualties. Someone wrote in a reply asking “what about Ukraine people?" Did that have any relevance to what I was talking about? Absolutely not. Just like if I’m talking about the British Empire and their brutal colonialism and white supremacy, someone will message me about Eastern Europe to tell me "not all white people".

This is what I’m talking about. I hope I’ve made myself clear. I’m not disrespecting Eastern Europeans.

Thank you.

How ironic that on a post about white nonesense a white person responds… with UTTER nonesense. Truly unbelievable. I’m constantly floored by how incredibly narcissistic white people can be, incredibly high on their white privilege and the power of white supremacy. Everything must be centered around them. And the fact that Atane MENTIONED that white people love to derail using the Eastern European argument -which he did not mention in a disrespectful manner by the way at all as he is very conscious of the differential histories and power dynamics etc. (see above)- and then to watch a white person comes along and says the SAME thing. Just wow.

White people never cease to amaze me. 

I’ve been wanting to reply to this post awhile now, but it’s difficult since I have next to no sources to back me up on this (despite studying Russian and Polish). But in regards of “East Europeans didn’t do what West Europeans did”:

First of all, I’d like to say that although East Europe is not synonymous to Russia, Russia brutally colonized Siberia from 16th century onwards, and murdered most of the indigenous people living there, and all European nations under Russian/Soviet regime or influence have participated in it and continue to do so. There is no question about weather or not natural resources stolen from Siberia benefit modern day Russians, and us Finns, and the part Siberian oil and gas play in Ukrainian and Belarusian politics as well as EU politics is huge. People tend to forget that this is exploitation of indigenous lands, because apparently Russia has hidden and destroyed historical records of how Siberia came to be a part of the country.

Second of all, for an European nation to participate in imperialism it was not necessary to have your own colony or be independent. There is for instance some Polish population in Brazil, whose ancestors moved there with Russian passports in the 19th century. This means that those people participated in the colonization, thus Polish people participated in the imperialism. I’m sure that of each East European nation there are examples of people moving to colonized lands to “find better life”, and that better life was built on colonialism, white supremacy, stealing and exploitation of indigenous lands and natural resources and slavery.

Products from colonized lands such as coffee, tea and spices were and are sold in East Europe too, so people who stayed home benefitted also. This is so fucking obvious I don’t know why I even have to say it.

People tend to forget that colonialism was an all European project, and the ideology behind it was “common knowledge” in pretty much every part of this continent, and still is if you look at the large racist political movements and the inhumane immigration policy we have for instance. People from all over Europe went to work to colonies or moved there for good, people went as missionaries, engineers, sailors, explorers, farmers etc. It didn’t matter that the country you lived in didn’t have it’s own colonies: Finnish engineers worked in Belgian Kongo for instance, and Finnish farmers moved to North America (as Swedes and as Finns). Again I’m sure that similar examples can be found in the histories of different East European countries, if you know what to look for.

I honestly don’t believe that there is a nation in Europe that didn’t participate in the imperialism (unless you can prove it with large amounts of as unbiased research as possible). It is far more likely that everyone participated enthusiastically, despite of being under foreign rule or at war with your neighbors. Everyone wanted to be a colonialist, East and West Europeans alike, but some had more opportunities than others.

I think this is a case of East Europeans believing, much like us Finns, that we didn’t participate in the colonialism because it’s never spoken about or not explicitly stated in history books, or that even if we did participate we weren’t “as bad”. Also it might be the case of historical records talking about people as “Russians” or “Austrians” or “Swedish” or something else because the modern country didn’t exist yet or was under foreign rule, or people had emigrated from there to West Europe (which was kind of popular amongst upper class East Europeans).

Also I really don’t like the way in which certain parts of the history of Poland and Ukraine, albeit sad and violent, are used to prove a completely different matter. Being under Russian rule didn’t stop Polish people from moving to Brazil and Ukrainian cossacks probably participated in the colonization of Siberia even though they might have been considered Russian at time.

Call me disrespectful all you want but I feel like actually people who say “not East Europeans!” don’t know enough about their own history and the ways in which they benefit from colonialism and white supremacy, and use unrelated historical facts to shut up people who disagree with them, or to make sure that they get special treatment as “white people who were nicer than the rest”. Or I dunno “white people who are super oppressed by everyone”, like some Finns claim for some reason (??????). European power dynamics aside, white East Europeans do have white privilege that is built on colonialism and in my opinion things that people of color say about white people are very, very likely to be true for East European white people as well.

^^^^^^

White folks who say “not East Europeans!” should read up on the Couronian colonization of the Americas. Even Switzerland, a landlocked country, mind you, participated in the colonization of the Americas. So, yeah… *not ALL White people.* Just a huge majority of White people that renders the very few who didn’t negligible.

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#historical  #discussion 
breakingnews:

UN: Shooting down of MH17 may be ‘war crime’
AFP: A UN human rights report on Ukraine released Monday says at least 1,129 people have been killed and 3,442 wounded in the conflict since mid-April.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also said the shooting down of MH17 may constitute a war crime.
Photo: Debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 lies at the crash site in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 19, 2014. (AFP Photo/Alexander Khudoteply via Yahoo News)

breakingnews:

UN: Shooting down of MH17 may be ‘war crime’

AFP: A UN human rights report on Ukraine released Monday says at least 1,129 people have been killed and 3,442 wounded in the conflict since mid-April.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also said the shooting down of MH17 may constitute a war crime.

Photo: Debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 lies at the crash site in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 19, 2014. (AFP Photo/Alexander Khudoteply via Yahoo News)

— 3 days ago with 169 notes
#mh17