The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself.
- William Blake (via enigmatic-being)
All suffering originates from craving, from attachment, from desire.
- Buddha (via hefuckin)
While our team lived and worked in Baghdad, the U.S. and Iraqi forces bombed and destroyed whole neighborhoods and cities in the name of anti-terrorism, generating more anger toward America. The U.S. failed to support the progressive, mostly nonviolent, uprisings, around the country, against government abuse and corruption. Throughout the years of occupation, it was clear to us that U.S. military actions in Iraq were not really directed at protecting the Iraqi people, but for protecting American personnel and U.S. economic and military interests in Iraq and the Middle East. Then, in early August of this year, U.S. military strikes were, once again, less for protecting religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq than protecting U.S. diplomats and the large oil companies developing oil fields in the Kurdish region.
Full Text on Storify: How US Imperialism Created ISIS
Correction: ISIS was not a subsidiary of Al Qaeda, although there were links between the groups which contributed to its rise before Al Qaeda disavowed ISIS. “ISIS grew out of the former Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), a jihadist militant umbrella group that is believed to have helped create the al-Nusra Front in mid-2011” (x). al-Nusra is al Qaeda’s official arm in Syria.
- CIA funds radical Islamist Afghan mujahideen, a large number of whom eventually come to form the Taliban
- Afghanistan under the Taliban was a base for Al Qaeda, ISIS was linked to the proto-groups which eventually formed al-Nusra, al Qaeda’s wing in Syria, although al Qaeda has since disavowed them for their brutality and sectarianism.
- Hamid Karzai comments on how the US directly contributed to radicalization of Islamist groups in Afghanistan and the region as a whole, “The more radical we looked and talked, the more we were called mujahedin. The consequence of that was a massive effort toward uprooting traditional Afghan values and culture and tolerance.”
- US invasion of Iraq leads directly to many of the catastrophes we are seeing now
- The US invasion of Libya leads to a virtual “terror diaspora” across the region
- Libyan arms in Syria post-US invasion
- US arms & those of “US allies” in the region being funneled into Syria and into the hands of Islamist groups
- "How America Made ISIS: Their Videos and Ours, Their ‘Caliphate’ and Ours"
- More on how ISIS is the product of US imperialism and the “War on Terror”
A short (and incomplete given the scale of US-propagated violence across the globe) account of the myriad ways in which US imperialism directly led to creation of ISIS. US imperialism is never the answer and the US-led coalition now will only destabilize the situation further and lead to even more violence and long term problems in the entire region.
Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature he’s destroying is this God he’s worshiping.
- Hubert Reeves (via veganarchy-punx)
With iOS 8 law enforcement can now control your phone and prevent you from taking photos, videos and recordings of officers when they are near. The apps will be disabled within a certain radius. Capturing any police brutality is now prohibited.
Apple employee who demands to remain anonymous
Sept. 17, 2014
This better be a fucking joke/rumor.
Apple holds a patent which mentions that its technology could have applications for law enforcement and government security. For example, the patent description notes that covert ‘police or government operations may require complete ‘blackout’ conditions’.
This little tidbit sold me on the Galaxy over the iPhone for my next phone since I’m due for an upgrade.
If true, this is horrifying.
Well, I guess I won’t be updating my iphone anytime soon…
you’ll eventually be forced to update
Power Structure of Oppression
Yes. Yes. YES.
I’m just gonna leave this here, in case anyone thought their fee fees were more important than systematic oppression
Whites who are sincere don’t accomplish anything by joining Negro organizations and making them integrated. Whites who are sincere should organize among themselves and figure out some strategy to break down prejudice that exists in white communities. This is where they can function more intelligently and more effectively, in the white community itself, and this has never been done.
Malcolm X, 1965 (via disobey)
He said this shit damn near 50 years ago and it STILL ain’t been effectively done.
That one group out of Milwaukee is trying but still catering too much to white feeeewings to be worth a damn.