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Jim

you can tell bbc news’ war coverage is unbiased from the way they use a blood red colour scheme, giant shouty capital letters, pounding war drums, and a 30 second countdown with the sound of a beeping heart monitor while a cgi globe is painted in spirals of flowing blood

— 9 months ago
#war  #murder by state  #military-industrial-media complex  #bbc  #tv  #television  #news 

the same goes for describing killing sprees as military ‘operations’

because not only is that a bland euphemism, but it also plays into the surgical / hygiene paradigm they’re so keen on (‘surgical strike’, ‘neutralise’, ‘network hygiene’, ‘clean bombing’, etc)

— 9 months ago with 1 note
#language  #euphemisms  #military-industrial complex  #war  #state sanctioned murder  #politics 

can we please stop using military psy-op euphemisms like ‘regime change’

the less the military gets to define reality the better

— 9 months ago
#that one comes from the same people that brought you 'collateral damage'  #etc  #military-industrial complex  #war  #genocide  #state sanctioned murder 

callieshea:

God bless this man.

although it’s not just cis women who can get pregnant

(Source: catbushandludicrous, via knowledgeequalsblackpower)

— 9 months ago with 128918 notes
#gif warning  #epilepsy warning  #seizure warning  #abortion  #war  #bodily autonomy  #tw cissexism 

this is the sort of perverse legal paradigm we have now:

corporations are persons, but not all people are persons

a corporation can bribe a politician and have it defended as their ‘human right’ to ‘free speech’, but a person might be redefined as a terrorist for actual speech, and have their human ‘rights’ revoked

human rights that are treated not as the inherent right of being human, but as revocable privileges granted to a corporate (legal) body called a person by a corporate body calling itself a state

a state that a person somehow entered into a binding legal contract with before they were old enough to utter a word

which has a legal monopoly on murder

which demands that people carry out and/or fund its murders, lest they themselves be murdered or caged

all enabled by money that was magically created out of nothing by a special corporate person called a bank, as a debt to itself, which all people must pay interest on, and which is money only because the state says it is money

and then the bank funds the politicians who run the state who murder and torture because people aren’t persons

 

— 9 months ago with 2 notes
#law  #corporations  #human rights  #war  #money  #capitalism  #military-industrial complex  #dehumanisation 
hawtistic:

muslim-latina:

queennubian:

TW:suicide, rape, torture
descentintotyranny:

Iraq veteran kills himself after being ordered to commit “war crimes”
June 25 2013
Iraq war veteran Daniel Somers committed suicide following an arduous battle with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that was caused by his role in committing “crimes against humanity,” according to the soldier’s suicide note.
Somers was assigned to a Tactical Human-Intelligence Team (THT) in Baghdad which saw him involved in more than 400 combat missions as a machine gunner in the turret of a Humvee, in addition to his role in conducting interrogations.
Somers’ suicide note is a powerful indictment of the invasion of Iraq and how it ruined the lives of both countless millions of Iraqis as well as innumerable US troops sent in to do the dirty work of the military-industrial complex.
“The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity,” wrote Somers. “Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from. I take some pride in that, actually, as to move on in life after being part of such a thing would be the mark of a sociopath in my mind. These things go far beyond what most are even aware of.”
Somers also complains about how he was forced to “participate in the ensuing coverup” of such crimes.
Somers’ death serves to refocus attention on the fact that military veterans are committing suicide in droves after being afflicted with PTSD as a direct result of committing atrocities while in combat.
As Somers highlights in his note, 22 military veterans commit suicide every single day. Amongst active-duty soldiers, more than one a day commit suicide, a figure that surpassed the number of US troops killed in combat in Afghanistan.
“And according to some experts, the military may be undercounting the problem because of the way it calculates its suicide rate,” reports the New York Times, adding that experts cannot understand “the root causes of why military suicide is rising so fast.”
However, the root causes are laid bare in Somers’ suicide note. US troops are being ordered to commit atrocities so vile that the only way many of them can cope with the horror of what they have done is by killing themselves.
Examples of atrocities aided directly or indirectly by US troops in Iraq include;
- Orders to slaughter “all military age men” during some operations;
- Torturing detainees – many of whom had never engaged in combat and were totally innocent - at grisly prison camps across the country;
- Raping and torturing children at the infamous Abu Ghraib detention facility while they shrieked in terror. Women forced to watch later begged to be killed.
- Sodomizing detainees with chemical lights and broom sticks;
- Indiscriminately firing upon and killing journalists and children from the air;
- Massacring entire groups of unarmed Iraqis, including children and the elderly in Hadith.
“This is what brought me to my actual final mission. Not suicide, but a mercy killing,” wrote Somers, adding that him living “any kind of ordinary life is an insult to those who died at my hand.”
Read Somers’ full suicide note, obtained by Gawker and published with his family’s permission.


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hawtistic:

muslim-latina:

queennubian:

TW:suicide, rape, torture

descentintotyranny:

Iraq veteran kills himself after being ordered to commit “war crimes”

June 25 2013

Iraq war veteran Daniel Somers committed suicide following an arduous battle with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that was caused by his role in committing “crimes against humanity,” according to the soldier’s suicide note.

Somers was assigned to a Tactical Human-Intelligence Team (THT) in Baghdad which saw him involved in more than 400 combat missions as a machine gunner in the turret of a Humvee, in addition to his role in conducting interrogations.

Somers’ suicide note is a powerful indictment of the invasion of Iraq and how it ruined the lives of both countless millions of Iraqis as well as innumerable US troops sent in to do the dirty work of the military-industrial complex.

“The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity,” wrote Somers. “Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from. I take some pride in that, actually, as to move on in life after being part of such a thing would be the mark of a sociopath in my mind. These things go far beyond what most are even aware of.”

Somers also complains about how he was forced to “participate in the ensuing coverup” of such crimes.

Somers’ death serves to refocus attention on the fact that military veterans are committing suicide in droves after being afflicted with PTSD as a direct result of committing atrocities while in combat.

As Somers highlights in his note, 22 military veterans commit suicide every single day. Amongst active-duty soldiers, more than one a day commit suicide, a figure that surpassed the number of US troops killed in combat in Afghanistan.

“And according to some experts, the military may be undercounting the problem because of the way it calculates its suicide rate,” reports the New York Times, adding that experts cannot understand “the root causes of why military suicide is rising so fast.”

However, the root causes are laid bare in Somers’ suicide note. US troops are being ordered to commit atrocities so vile that the only way many of them can cope with the horror of what they have done is by killing themselves.

Examples of atrocities aided directly or indirectly by US troops in Iraq include;

- Orders to slaughter “all military age men” during some operations;

- Torturing detainees – many of whom had never engaged in combat and were totally innocent - at grisly prison camps across the country;

Raping and torturing children at the infamous Abu Ghraib detention facility while they shrieked in terror. Women forced to watch later begged to be killed.

Sodomizing detainees with chemical lights and broom sticks;

- Indiscriminately firing upon and killing journalists and children from the air;

Massacring entire groups of unarmed Iraqis, including children and the elderly in Hadith.

“This is what brought me to my actual final mission. Not suicide, but a mercy killing,” wrote Somers, adding that him living “any kind of ordinary life is an insult to those who died at my hand.”

Read Somers’ full suicide note, obtained by Gawker and published with his family’s permission.

My God!

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— 9 months ago with 10994 notes
#tw death  #tw suicide  #tw rape  #genocide  #state sanctioned murder  #iraq  #military-industrial complex  #war 
"

During World War One, 10% of all casualties were civilians.

During World War Two, the number of civilian deaths rose to 50%.

During the Vietnam War, 70% of all casualties were civilians.

In the war in Iraq, civilians account for up to 90% of all deaths.

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The War You Don’t See by John Pilger.  (via pourlapaix)

(via cultureofresistance)

— 9 months ago with 38433 notes
#war  #sorry i meant to type murder  #murder by state 
"The sheer prejudice and outright Saidian orientalism that Maddow exhibited in this 4-minute segment is eerily reminiscent of the Jim Crow days of American broadcasting when “respectable” journalists and entertainers could get away with insulting an entire race of people, their traditions and their beliefs, without batting an eye. In this case, Maddow has not only insulted Iranians but every Muslim in the world, too. Just imagine the uproar if she took such liberties with any other of the world’s major religions. To top it off, Maddow claims to be a different and more open-minded alternative to the George W. Bush America, but her repeated references to “us” and “them” in this brief segment proved that, like the ancient Persian religion of Manichaeism, she only sees things in black and white — not unlike her idols in Washington. That’s right Maddow, “us” does not include the millions of Muslim Americans who celebrate some of these holidays and the millions of Iranian Americans who celebrate Nowruz — that’s all “them,” those beardie weirdies across the way who don’t look human and certainly don’t act it."

Racial Maddow vs. the Islamic Republic of Iran - Shirin Sadeghi.

Love Shirin for writing this. I’m relieved to know not everyone’s foolishly in love with Rachel Maddow.

(via mehreenkasana)

I just watched the video, ugh. Orientalist, imperialist propaganda from Maddow. Another excuse to portray Bush’s axis of evil in convenient ‘us and them’ terms, painting all Iranians as extremist zealots, and yet more footage of North Korean people all doing the same thing in a large crowd, as if that’s the only footage of them in existence. i.e. both countries are clearly nothing more than brainwashed collective masses who don’t know what’s good for them and so of course need the enlightened west, where everyone’s a free individual (and definitely not Muslim or anything like that) to come spread democracy and rationality. 

The whole patronising ‘dictatorship’ spiel - ffs it was your CIA who overthrew the democratic government of Iran and replaced it with a US-friendly monarchical dictatorship in the 50s. And hmm I wonder if America had anything to do with Korea in the past… let’s not mention that though.

Ugh and the way she sneers at ‘dictatorships’ for celebrating their leaders birthdays, less than a minute after having shown the US list with Lincoln’s birthday right there ffs. Funnily enough no comment on how the land of the free celebrates mass colonial genocide on Columbus day either…

The highest military spending in the world, a bloody global empire, the highest prison population in the world, institutional racism, entirely unscientific drug laws, 90% of media controlled by 6 companies with interlocking share ownerships, 3 times fewer women in ministerial government positions than Iran.

But yeah keep pointing that finger.

'Progressive'

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— 1 year ago with 109 notes
#ugh liberals  #usa  #orientalism  #imperialism  #military-industrial-media complex  #edward said  #politics  #media  #war  #propaganda  #korea  #dprk  #iran  #rachel maddow  #islam  #history  #misinformation 

theveganarchist:

odinsblog:

Rachel Maddow breaks it down so simply that an 8th grader could understand it:

  1. ExxonMobil is more profitable than Walmart, Google, McDonald’s, American Express and Goldman Sachs combined
  2. Exxon’s fine for the oil Pegasus Pipeline spill in Arkansas is only a tiny fraction of its daily profit
  3. Again, Exxon paid just a tiny fraction of its daily profit for the entire Yellowstone oil spill


This begs (at least) three questions: Why does the U.S. Government even subsidize oil companies in the first place? Why doesn’t our government have more serious fines for oil spills? AND ARE WE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE?!? REALLY? NO, REALLY? 

The Keystone Pipeline will absolutely, positively spring a leak already has sprung several leaks

The oil industry has no clue how to clean up or prevent the leaks and they aren’t even exploring new technologies for oil spill clean ups

The KXL Pipeline will go through a MAJOR clean water drinking aquifer. Is America so stupid to “drill baby drill” that we’re willing to endanger our most valuable non-renewable resource —water— for a finite fossil fuel that wind and solar tech will ultimately replace?

This needs WAY more notes

OK so in case anyone’s surprised about how the oil cartel gets away with this sort of thing:

  • ExxonMobil is the biggest company in the US.
  • Chevron is the 2nd biggest oil company (and 3rd biggest overall)

Back in the 70s there were 7 oil companies (‘The Seven Sisters’) which entirely dominated the world market.

These were:

  1. Standard Oil of California (SoCal) which became Chevron
  2. Standard Oil of New York (Socony) which became Mobil
  3. Standard Oil of New Jersey (Esso) which became Exxon and then merged with Mobil to form ExxonMobil
  4. Texaco which was then acquired by Chevron
  5. Gulf Oil which was then acquired by Standard Oil of California and incorporated into Chevron
  6. Anglo-Iranian oil company which became British Petroleum
  7. Royal Dutch Shell

5 out of 7 are now either ExxonMobil or Chevron.  3 of them were borne from John D. Rockefeller’s original Standard Oil, which itself once had a 90% market share (there was also Standard Oil of Indiana, or Amoco, but that merged with BP…)

It is an obscene concentration of wealth.

John D.’s heir/only surviving grandson, David Rockefeller, happened to chair one of the most influential policy think tanks in the US. He was also the single largest shareholder in Chase bank.

Then there was the other Rockefeller grandson, Nelson - he helped launch the modern war on drugs and later became vice-president.

I wonder if it all means anything.

Yeeeaah, oil companies getting $78bn in US government subsidies 2012-2017! Record profits even as workers are sacked! Let’s go bomb Iran! etc

(via randomactsofchaos)

— 1 year ago with 3165 notes
#capitalism  #oil cartel  #environment  #corporate oligarchy  #rockefeller family  #history  #war  #energy  #politics  #rachel maddow  #oil spills  #pollution 
so important
the US military-industrial-media complex relies on dehumanising and othering the civilian populations of its target nations
the people in these pictures are not an unindividuated mass/horde of brainwashed commie robot zombie drones who spend their days at axis of evil hq plotting to blow up the white house
they are actual human individuals, 100% real people, with varied lives and loves and interests, they cook meals and fuck and listen to music, and experience the full spectrum of human emotions, and don’t deserve to be murdered by flying death robots or whatever the fuck
all of which is so basic it should never need to be said, but every time I hear about the latest ‘surgical strike’ to ‘neutralise’ ‘insurgent’ ‘forces’ w/ ‘collateral damage’ I’m reminded that apparently it does

so important

the US military-industrial-media complex relies on dehumanising and othering the civilian populations of its target nations

the people in these pictures are not an unindividuated mass/horde of brainwashed commie robot zombie drones who spend their days at axis of evil hq plotting to blow up the white house

they are actual human individuals, 100% real people, with varied lives and loves and interests, they cook meals and fuck and listen to music, and experience the full spectrum of human emotions, and don’t deserve to be murdered by flying death robots or whatever the fuck

all of which is so basic it should never need to be said, but every time I hear about the latest ‘surgical strike’ to ‘neutralise’ ‘insurgent’ ‘forces’ w/ ‘collateral damage’ I’m reminded that apparently it does

(Source: canadian-communist, via baronessvonbullshit)

— 1 year ago with 57875 notes
#dprk  #north korea  #war  #media  #orientalism  #propaganda  #imperialism  #military-industrial complex  #USA 
John Pilger: The new propaganda is 'liberal' →

amodernmanifesto:

What is modern propaganda? For many, it is the lies of a totalitarian state.

In the 1970s, I met Leni Riefenstahl and asked her about her epic films that glorified the Nazis. Using revolutionary camera and lighting techniques, she produced a documentary form that mesmerised Germans; her Triumph of the Will cast Hitler’s spell.

She told me that the “messages” of her films were dependent not on “orders from above”, but on the “submissive void” of the German public.

Did that include the liberal, educated bourgeoisie? “Everyone,” she said.

Today, we prefer to believe that there is no submissive void. “Choice” is ubiquitous. Phones are “platforms” that launch every half-thought. There is Google from outer space if you need it.

Caressed like rosary beads, the precious devices are borne heads-down, relentlessly monitored and prioritised. Their dominant theme is the self. Me. My needs. Riefenstahl’s submissive void is today’s digital slavery.

Edward Said described this wired state in Culture and Imperialism as taking imperialism where navies could never reach. It is the ultimate means of social control because it is voluntary, addictive and shrouded in illusions of personal freedom.

Today’s “message” of grotesque inequality, social injustice and war is the propaganda of liberal democracies. By any measure of human behavior, this is extremism.

Article goes into the CIA’s propagandising via Hollywood, which really shouldn’t be a taboo subject when:

  • Argo is misleading anti-Iranian propaganda
  • Zero Dark Thirty tries to justify torture and uncritically follows the US military’s version of events regarding bin Laden’s death
  • Olympus Has Fallen comes out at just the right time with its ‘omg North Korea is going to attack America’ bullshit, and
  • Homeland is winning awards on TV for promulgating the view that America needs to be even more vigilant against all these ‘Al Qaeda terrorists’
  • etc etc

As Pilger mentions the CIA has an ‘entertainment industry liaison office’ and it’s a matter of public record that they’ve been engaged in manipulating the media for decades (going back to Operation Mockingbird in the 50s).

Is it any wonder that all the media listed above feature sympathetic portrayals of CIA operatives? Or that they serve to reinforce US imperialism?

Just look at the timing of the anti-Iran and anti-DPRK movies, I mean really now, come on.

 

— 1 year ago with 28 notes
#propaganda  #CIA  #hollywood  #imperialism  #usa  #war  #iran  #dprk  #military-industrial complex  #media 
The Sykes-Picot Agreement

all the cool kids know about the Sykes-Picot agreement

…do YOU?

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#conspiracy FACT  #imperialism  #WW1  #zionism  #britain  #france  #uk  #war  #history 

Here’s some imperialist fuck from pro-Israel lobby group/think tank The Washington Institute for Near East Policy talking about the need for ‘crisis initiation’, i.e. how America can start a war with Iran. 

'We are in the game of using covert means against the Iranians. We could get nastier.'

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#imperialism  #zionism  #war  #iran  #israel  #usa  #america  #military-industrial complex  #false flag terrorism