1. "

    He is taking a course on Marxist ideology.
    He says, “The only real solution is to smash the system and start again.”
    His thumb is caressing the most bourgeois copy of the communist manifesto that I have ever seen,
    He bought it at Barnes and Noble for twenty-nine U.S. American dollars and ninety-nine cents,
    Its hard cover shows a dark man with a scarved face
    Waving a gigantic red flag against a fictional smoky background.
    The matte finish is fucking gorgeous.
    He wants to be congratulated for paying Harvard sixty thousand dollars
    To teach him that the system is unfair.
    He pulls his iPhone from his imported Marino wool jacket, and leaves.

    What people can’t possibly tell from the footage on TV
    Is that the water cannon feels like getting whipped with a burning switch.
    Where I come from, they fill it with sewer water and hope that they get you in the face with your mouth open
    So that the hepatitis will keep you in bed for the next protest.
    What you can’t tell from Harvard square,
    Is that when the tear gas bursts from nowhere to everywhere all at once,
    It scrapes your insides like barbed wire, sawing at your lungs.
    Tear gas is such a benign term for it,
    If you have never breathed it in you would think it was a nostalgic experience.
    What you can’t learn at Barnes and Noble,
    Is that when they rush you, survival is to run,
    I am never as fast as when the police are chasing me.
    I know what happens to women in the holding cells down there and yet…
    We still do it.

    I inherited my communist manifesto,
    It has no cover—
    Because my mother ripped it off when she hid it in the dust jacket of “Don Quixote”
    The day before the soldiers destroyed her apartment,
    Looking for subversive propaganda.
    She burned the cover, could not bring herself to burn the pages,
    Hoped to God the soldiers couldn’t read,
    They never found it.
    So she was not killed for it, but her body bore the scars of the torture chamber,
    For wanting her children to have a better life than she did,
    Don’t talk to me about revolution.

    I know what the price of smashing the system really is, my people already tried that.
    The price of uprise is paid in blood,
    And not Harvard blood.
    The blood that ran through the streets of Santiago,
    The blood thrown alive from Argentine helicopters into the Atlantic.

    It is easy to say “revolution” from the comfort of a New England library.

    It is easy to offer flesh to the cause,
    When it is not yours to give.

    "
    — 

    Catalina Ferro, “Manifesto” (via dialecticsof)

    I feel like people do need to remember that there is a very real, very painful, very human element to the word “revolution”.

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    1. Question: Which country alone in the Middle East has nuclear weapons?
    2. Answer: Israel
    3. Question: Which country in the Middle East has just recently used a weapon of mass destruction, a one-ton smart bomb, dropping it in the center of a highly populated area killing civilians including children?
    4. Answer: Israel.
    5. Question: What country in the Middle East was cited by Amnesty International for demolishing more than 4000 innocent Palestinian homes as a means of ethnic cleansing?
    6. Answer: Israel.
    7. Question: What country on Planet Earth has the second most powerful lobby in the United States , according to a recent Fortune magazine survey of Washington insiders?
    8. Answer: Israel.
    9. Question: Which country in the Middle East receives U.S. weapons for free and then sells the technology to the People's Republic of China even at the objections of the U.S.?
    10. Answer: Israel.
    11. Question: Which country in the Middle East regularly violates the Geneva Convention by imposing collective punishment on entire towns, villages, and camps, for the acts of a few, and even goes as far as demolishing entire villages while people are still in their homes?
    12. Answer: Israel.
    13. Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely kills young Palestinian children for no reason other than throwing stones at armored vehicles, bulldozers, or tanks?
    14. Answer: Israel.
    15. Question: Which country in the Middle East refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars international inspections?
    16. Answer: Israel.
    17. Question: Which country in the Middle East seized the sovereign territory of other nations by military force and continues to occupy it in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions?
    18. Answer: Israel.
    19. Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely violates the international borders of another sovereign state with warplanes and artillery and naval gunfire?
    20. Answer: Israel.
    21. Question: What American ally in the Middle East has for years sent assassins into other countries to kill its political enemies (a practice sometimes called exporting terrorism)?
    22. Answer: Israel.
    23. Question: In which country in the Middle East have high-ranking military officers admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of war were executed?
    24. Answer: Israel.
    25. Question: What country in the Middle East refuses to prosecute its soldiers who have acknowledged executing prisoners of war?
    26. Answer: Israel.
    27. Question: What country in the Middle East created millions of refugees and refuses to allow them to return to their homes, farms and businesses?
    28. Answer: Israel.
    29. Question: What country in the Middle East refuses to pay compensation to people whose land, bank accounts and businesses it confiscated?
    30. Answer: Israel.
    31. Question: In what country in the Middle East was a high-ranking United Nations diplomat assassinated?
    32. Answer: Israel.
    33. Question: In what country in the Middle East did the man who ordered the assassination of a high-ranking U.N. diplomat become prime minister?
    34. Answer: Israel.
    35. Question: What country in the Middle East blew up an American diplomatic facility in Egypt and attacked a U.S. ship, the USS Liberty, in international waters, killing 34 and wounding 171 American sailors?
    36. Answer: Israel.
    37. Question: What country in the Middle East employed a spy, Jonathan Pollard, to steal classified documents from USA and then gave some of them to the Soviet Union?
    38. Answer: Israel. Question: What country at first denied any official connection to Pollard, then voted to make him a citizen and has continuously demanded that the American president grant Pollard a full pardon?
    39. Answer: Israel.
    40. Question: What Middle East country allows American Jewish murderers to flee to its country to escape punishment in the United States and refuses to extradite them once in their custody?
    41. Answer: Israel.
    42. Question: What Middle East country preaches against hate yet builds a shrine and a memorial for a murderer who killed 29 Palestinians while they prayed in their Mosque?
    43. Answer: Israel.
    44. Question: Which country in the Middle East deliberately targeted a civilian U.N. Refugee Camp in Qana , Lebanon and killed 103 innocent men, women, and especially children?
    45. Answer: Israel.
    46. Question: Which country in the Middle East is in defiance of 69 United Nations Security Council resolutions and has been protected from 29 more by U.S. vetoes?
    47. Answer: Israel.
    48. Question: Which country in the Middle East receives more than one-third of all U.S. aid to the world yet is the 16th richest country in the world?
    49. Answer: Israel.
    50. Question: Which country in the Middle East had its Prime Minister announce to his staff not to worry about what the United States says because “We control America ?”
    51. Answer: Israel.
    52. Question: Which country in the Middle East signed the Oslo Accords promising to halt any new Jewish Settlement construction, but instead, has built more than 270 new settlements since the signing?
    53. Answer: Israel.
    54. Question: Which country in the Middle East has assassinated more than 100 political officials of its opponent in the last 2 years while killing hundreds of civilians in the process, including dozens of children?
    55. Answer: Israel.”
    56. — Dr. Norman Finkelstein (via spiritfall-commune)
    57. (via http: //terrynuriman.tumblr.com/post/48347171027/question-which-country-alone-in-the-middle-east)
     

  2. refrgerator:

    later is the best time to do anything

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  3. scalesofperception:

    Chittagong Ship Breaking Yard | Via

    Near the port city of Chittagong in Bangladesh, lies one of the largest ship-breaking yards in the world. It stretches for 18 km along the coast on the Bay of Bengal where more than 200,000 Bangladeshis break down up to 100 ships a year. Working under hazardous conditions, workers rip apart ships with their bare hands and a blowtorch to assist, dissecting the ship bolt by bolt, rivet by rivet. Every piece of metal worth salvaging is carried on to waiting trucks in the shoreline to be carried away to furnaces where it will be melted down and fashioned into steel rods. The steel accounts for half of all the steel in Bangladesh.

    SoP | Scale of Work

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    1. me: I'm so cute
    2. me 15 mins later: I hate myself
     
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  5. therooad:

    "Just seconds ago I was brushing my brother’s hair, he was going out to play" - His brother was one of the 10 children killed by an Israeli rocket attack on a children’s playground in Gaza. 

    *slow claps for Israel*

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  7. america-wakiewakie:

    Mass Incarceration: 21 Amazing Facts About America’s Obsession With Prison | Activist Post

    #1 There are more than 2.4 million people behind bars in America as you read this article.

    #2 Since 1980, the number of people incarcerated in U.S. prisons has quadrupled.

    #3 The incarceration rate in the United States is more than 4 times higher than the incarceration rate in the UK and more than 6 times higher than the incarceration rate in Canada.

    #4 Approximately 12 million people cycle through local jails in the U.S. each and every year.

    #5 Overall, the United States has the largest prison population and the highest incarceration rate in the entire world.

    #6 Approximately one out of every four prisoners on the entire planet are in U.S. prisons, but the United States only accounts for about five percent of the total global population.

    #7 The state of Maryland (total population 5.9 million) has more people in prison than Iraq (total population 31.9 million).

    #8 The state of Ohio (total population 11.6 million) has more people in prison than Pakistan (total population 192.1 million).

    #9 Incredibly, 41 percent of all young people in America have been arrested by the time they turn 23.

    #10 Between 1990 and 2009 the number of Americans in private prisons increased by about 1600 percent.

    #11 At this point, private prison companies operate more than 50 percent of all “youth correctional facilities” in this nation.

    #12 There are more African-Americans under “correctional supervision” right now than were in slavery in the United States in 1850.

    #13 Approximately 90 percent of those being held in prisons in the United States are men.

    #14 The incarceration rate for African-American men is more than 6 times higher than it is for white men.

    #15 An astounding 37.2 percent of African-American men from age 20 to age 34 with less than a high school education were incarcerated in 2008.

    #16 Police in New York City conducted nearly 700,000 “stop-and-frisk searches” in 2011 alone.

    #17 The “SWATification” of America has gotten completely and totally out of control.  Back in 1980, there were only about 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States for the entire year.  Today, there aremore than 80,000 SWAT raids in the United States every single year.

    #18 Illegal immigrants make up approximately 30 percent of the total population in our federal, state and local prisons.

    #19 The average “minimum security” inmate in federal prison costs U.S. taxpayers $21,000 a year.

    #20 The average “maximum security” inmate in federal prison costs U.S. taxpayers $33,000 a year.

    #21 Overall, it costs more than 60 billion dollars a year to keep all of these people locked up.

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