Lawyers for two Guantanamo Bay detainees cited the Hobby Lobby decision to argue for their clients’ rights to perform prayers during Ramadan. However, federal courts have argued that the detainees didn’t qualify as persons under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Wow.
I swear this just reminds me more and more of Animal Farm.
As can be expected, older, wealthier, “more educated” Americans, (i.e., those more akin to the upper or ruling class), more fully support Israel all down the line; younger, poorer, “less educated” Americans (i.e., working class, etc.), are more likely to be critical of Israel.
===Gallup has released the results of a poll on American views of the ongoing Israeli ground incursion into Gaza and larger Israel-Palestine issues, which it conducted on July 22 and 23. Gallup asked Americans whether they thought Israel’s actions in Gaza were “mostly justified” or “mostly unjustified.” Americans are split on that question, but overwhelmingly think Hamas’ actions are “mostly unjustified.” There are a number of other findings: Americans who have more education are more likely to support Israel’s Gaza incursion, for example, while Americans under age 30 oppose it by a two-to-one margin.
Great Concern As Parents of Missing #Chibok Schoolgirls Tragically Pass Away.
This headline is so shocking and heartbreaking it’s almost unbelievable. 11 parents of the missing Chibok schoolgirls have died or have been killed in the three months since their abduction.
According to a report by AP, seven of the girls’ fathers were among over 50 bodies that were brought to a hospital in the area after an attack on the nearby village of Kautakari this month. Four more parents are said to have died from heart failure, high blood pressure and other illnesses many blame on the trauma sustained from this incident.
Speaking out on this issue, community leader Pogo Bitrus has said, “one father of two of the girls kidnapped just went into a kind of coma and kept repeating the names of his daughters, until life left him.”
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who has been heavily criticized for his slow response and the ineffective manner in which he has been handling both this situation and the greater Boko Haram threat, met with some of the victim’s parents and their classmates on Tuesday where he promised to continue efforts to bring back the girls alive.
Meanwhile, the town of Chibok seems to be in more and more danger as Boko Haram continue to gain ground in the surrounding area. Over the weekend, the terrorist group launched several raids in northeastern Nigerian towns and villages where they also attacked an army base in the strategic town of Damboa. This particular attack saw as many as 15, 000 civilians fleeing the area as a result.
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Study finds: White children far more negative about interactions with different races than Black children.
Is anyone actually surprised though?
These are the children of the adults who were raised by the people who fought to keep Jim Crow alive. These children are being raised by the offspring of men and women who lynched black people for sitting on the wrong side of a restaurant; the very people who fought to keep segregation alive and killed Martin Luther King Jr.
So by all means, I doubt we needed a study to prove this fact true.To add to the above argument:
Even if the child is raised in a household where race is NOT a topic of discussion the child will still pick up on Racial Micro Aggressions.If you have never spoken ill of black men, yet you clutch your purse or lock your windows when one is around; your child will notice that and process “black men are dangerous”. If you discuss how you don’t like when people get tans and have darker skin your child will process “dark skin is ugly” and it doesn’t help that the mass media the child is watching also projects this notion that white is the standard of beauty and those who do not adhere are deemed ugly and unworthy. If you don’t associate with people of color or keep any relations short and brief?; your child will too.
Many parents fail to realize that their children are ALWAYS watching them, always. Just like baby ducks following their mama, a child follows it’s parents. It’s a survival tactic for a child to copy the adult and bring the caregivers characteristics into their own being.You may think “oh he didn’t say anything” or “he’s playing he’s not listening to my conversation”; but he is. Which is why many people turn out like their parents or develop similar parenting styles.
Congratulations to Ivy Taylor, who was elected this week and made history as the first ever African American mayor of San Antonio, Texas! On Tuesday Taylor announced her plans to improve the city, and said, “I’ve always been committed to working with everyone in our community, even though we may not always agree on every issue.”
And of course she’s a Delta :)
She’s such an inspiration :-D
Lascaux Caves is a complex of caves in southwestern France that is famous for its Paleolithic cave paintings. They contain 900 of the most perfect surviving examples of Upper Paleolithic art. These paintings are estimated to be 17,300 years old. They primarily consist of images of large animals, most of which are known from fossil evidence to have lived in the area at the time.
The caves have been banned to the public since 1963. Any human presence in the caves is regarded as potentially destructive
Walter Johnson, Soul by soul: life inside the antebellum slave market
This is the type of violence—from microaggressions to epistemic violence to emotional/physical violence to enslavement/genocide—that gets justified by asserting that the oppressor is “objective” and “logical” and thereby “credible.” As if there is objectivity in choosing to oppress. As if the emotions of entitlement, indifference, greed or hatred aren’t involved.
New York City police officers are under investigation for using a chokehold, a move banned under NYPD rules, on a man accused of skipping subway fare. The incident occurred three days before Eric Garner died during a similar arrest.
Videos posted online show two New York Police Department officers wrangling with Ronald Johns, 22, on July 14 while using the banned technique. The officers are also seen punching Johns in the face. Pepper spray was also used in the “struggle” to subdue him, officers said according to court papers.
ACROSS THE U.S. and around the world, expressions of sympathy with the people of Gaza are taking the form of statements of solidarity, social media comments and campaigns—and, of course, protests in the streets. Under the weight of the steady accumulation of horrific images coming from Israel’s killing fields in Gaza, it’s clear that minds are beginning to change.
Globally in the last week alone, actions in solidarity with Palestine have taken place in Glasgow, Scotland; Vienna; Ahmadabad, India; Madrid; Seoul, South Korea; Jakarta, Indonesia; Beijing; Sydney; Tokyo; Paris; Valparaiso, Chile; Ankara, Turkey; and many, many more.
Below are reports from just a few of the demonstrations that have taken place in the U.S.—stretching from Boston to San Diego, and Chicago to Fort Worth, Texas.
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This is all I want outta life. Someone make watercolors of this. Stat!
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