If you don’t know about Amina or the topless jihads world wide today I suggest you get googling, Amina Tyler is a 19 year old woman who posted bare breasted photos with the slogan “My Body is My Own and Not the Source of Anyone’s Honor” on her chest. She was arrested and sentenced to “100 lashes” and being “stoned to death”. She went missing and in response FEMEN activists are staging bare cheated protests. This image displays a man kicking an activist protesting outside a mosque. WAKE UP. NUDITY IS NOT A CRIME.
femen is kinda fucked up in quite a few ways but i like this picture
High Comissioner for Human Rights says the U.S. is in “clear breach of international law”
Apr. 5 2013
A high-ranking United Nations official called for the closing of Guantanamo Bay today in one of the strongest statements issued by the U.N. in recent memory. Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the prison camps must be shuttered and that they are in a “clear breach of international law.”
The statement comes amid mounting pressure to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, due in part to an increasingly dire two-month hunger strike. As many as 130 of the 166 detainees are currently on hunger strike, according to defense attorneys, though the Pentagon puts the number at closer to 40. Eleven detainees are being fed through a tube that’s snaked through their nostrils. Of those 11, at least three have been hospitalized for dehydration.
Pillay excoriated the Obama administration and Congress, saying, “The continuing indefinite incarceration of many of the detainees amounts to arbitrary detention.” Of the 166 men still held at Guantanamo, 86 have been cleared for release by the Obama administration and relevant agencies. Some of those men had also previously been cleared by the Bush administration. That means, in no uncertain terms, that they have been detained unjustly, that they never posed a threat to the U.S., and they are extremely unlikely to pose a threat to the U.S. if released. Nine men have died at Guantanamo – four on Obama’s watch – including most recently Adnan Latif, a Yemeni who had been repeatedly cleared for transfer.
“We must be clear about this,” Pillay said in the statement. “The United States is in clear breach not just of its own commitments but also of international laws and standards that it is obliged to uphold.” Pillay called for the immediate release of every detainee who has been cleared, and also said that if and when detainees are charged they should be tried in civilian court, not the alternate military commission system now in place at Guantanamo.
Around 50 of the cleared men are Yemeni, but after the failed “underwear bomber” plot in 2009, the Obama administration issued a moratorium on transferring prisoners to that country. The administration cited the tumultuous political climate, though critics have seen the move as a cynical ploy to score political points by appearing tough on terror. Now, the State Department office responsible for determining how to close Guantanamo Bay has itself been closed, and according to Vincent Warren of the Center for Constitutional Rights, the administration can’t “offer a single measure that is currently underway to draw down the prison’s population and finally shutter Guantanamo.”
Many of the defense attorneys representing the hunger strikers fear for their clients’ lives. On Thursday evening, Carlos Warner, who represents 11 detainees, read a letter from one of his clients on Al Jazeera English. (I also appeared on the broadcast.) The letter described a lantern several of the men had made – “for those in the world who remember and pray for us during this time of suffering.” Warner said reading it made him emotional because he thought it might be a goodbye letter.
Though liberals are quick to blame Republicans for their intransigence, there are measures the president could take without Congress’ approval if he were serious about closing Guantanamo. Though the defense appropriations bill for 2013 bars using funds to transfer Guantanamo detainees, there is a way around that restriction. The Secretary of Defense can personally sign off on a detainee’s release or transfer – which is exactly what groups like Human Rights Watch are calling for.
“After more than 10 years, the U.S. needs to either prosecute those detainees against whom it has any credible evidence or release them,” Laura Pitter, counterterrorism advisor at Human Rights Watch, tells Rolling Stone.
Similarly, Chris Hayes on his MSNBC program Thursday night called for the immediate release of cleared detainees, saying they should be paid restitution and be granted legal residence within the United States.
“President Obama must reaffirm his promise to close Guantanamo by charging someone in his administration with this important task,” says Warner, the defense attorney whose client made the lantern. “The world can no longer sit idly by while innocent men languish, wither and die in a prison that’s devoid of all process and hope.”
#guantanamo #guantanamo bay #torture #barack obama #obama #indefinite incarceration #international law #human rights
A response to Vice Magazine, San Francisco’s people of privilege, and social workers who be fakin’ the fonk:
A friend of mine sent me this article last night and it pissed me off. This morning I decided to write an open response:
There is no denying that the Tenderloin is a rough neighborhood. The poverty, drug peddling, homelessness, and crime is very real. For those who aren’t used to it, it can be shocking just to pass through the area. Yet the neighborhood is home to one of the most diverse populations of people in the country- as well as the most youth living in San Francisco. These people endure the struggle of living in this neighborhood every day, and they don’t deserve to be exploited for shock value in a VICE magazine article.
I have worked with several different organizations in the Tenderloin for several years- starting with my job as an on-the-street outreach counselor for homeless youth in 2008- and I would never refer to my clients the way this so-called “social worker” has in the article. The way she describes her clients, the neighborhood, and the people in it rings of privilege and lack of empathy and true understanding. Her wording and descriptions match the stereotypes that most people have towards drug users, the homeless, and people of color- especially those stereotypes that are prevalent in San Francisco today. It’s an insult to the work that myself and many other dedicated individuals do in this community, as well as the people who live here.
The article fails to fully describe what it is this social worker even does- she boils down her job description to handing out small checks to clients so they can spend it “on whatever piece of crack they can find.” I don’t really understand how it is exactly that she’s supposed to be helping these people- or whether or not she even believes that she can. She describes them as begging, paranoid, dirty, and unable to function in society. Of course we know that these terms can describe many people who are on the streets, but it’s harmful to think of every person on the street in these ways. There are many words and methods she could have used to accurately describe this population that are way less damaging and derogative. The worst part about this story is that this woman seems to think she’s some type of tough warrior fighting for all these crazy bums on the street. Don’t go patting yourself on the back just yet, girl.
To dispel some of the vicious stereotypes and generalizations that are being perpetuated by this article, I’d like to give MY description of the Tenderloin and talk about my average workday.
Neighborhoods like the Tenderloin don’t just self-destruct by chance. The condition that it’s in right now is no coincidence. The Tenderloin is a containment zone- it is a place to house and control many of San Francisco’s unwanted residents. The reason they are unwanted is because San Francisco is a city that heavily relies on its tourism and beautiful architecture, landscape, and neighborhoods to attract people and income. Therefore, in order to keep the elite neighborhoods and tourist attractions exclusive to SF’s wealthier residents, the socially and economically worst of the worst are dumped in the TL. Within this neighborhood you can find the most housing and services for the homeless, the elderly, substance users, HIV patients, immigrants, parolees, and the mentally ill. When you mix all these populations in overcrowded settings and continue to marginalize and oppress them, the result is the chaos that now exists in the Tenderloin. This is done very intentionally. They don’t want a housing site for Arab immigrant families next to new condos in SoMa. They wouldn’t care to have an employment resource center for the homeless around the corner from the tourist traps on Pier 39. And the idea of mental health treatment services happening next door to a trendy North Beach café would have the whole neighborhood outraged. It’s much more convenient for the privileged to be segregated from the non-privileged, and most don’t want a reminder of the vicious poverty and inequality that exists within these 50 square blocks in the heart of San Francisco. Not only does this make these populations invisible to the hipsters and yuppies gallivanting around town, but it makes the prospect of having effective services for them seem pretty ridiculous. City officials will say they’re providing housing for the homeless, but when that “housing” is a dilapidated hotel room the size of a prison cell, inside an entire neighborhood full of buildings like that, how much of a step up is that from being on the street, really? Believe me when I say that if the city government really wanted to address and put a dent in these issues, they could. The money and resources are out there. I have to seriously question any type of “social worker” who claims to empathize with this population but has no real understanding of the concepts I just described.
On the other hand, the Tenderloin is a vibrant, active community and one of the most diverse in the city. You can find immigrants from Cambodia, Pakistan, China, Vietnam (part of the Tenderloin is historically referred to as “Little Saigon”), Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Yemen, Syria, Morrocco, Lebanon, and more. Yet in the VICE article, the social worker says that it’s one of 2 predominately black neighborhoods left in SF. Let’s get this straight; the Tenderloin is not a “black neighborhood.” There are a large number of African-Americans living in the Tenderloin but many of them are people who have been displaced from the dwindling black communities in the Bay Area and beyond. The Tenderloin is also home to the largest percentage of youth in San Francisco (SF has the lowest youth population out of any other major US city). There are several schools and afterschool programs and during the afternoons you can see large groups of happy children walking together. It’s also the scene of brilliant pieces of street art and murals, with many artists residing in the area. Believe it or not, there are also many excellent restaurants and shops in the Tenderloin that reflect the diverse flavor of its residents. It’s a place where people share struggle, and as a result there is a strong bond of solidarity within many people in the community. It’s a place where people still say hello to each other on the street. Where people help each other out through the non-stop pain, grief, and struggle they experience. Sometimes it gets ugly. But sometimes the struggle is beautiful.
That’s my outlook as I commute on the BART train to the city I can no longer afford to live in. Walking from Civic Center into the bowels of this concrete jungle, the belly of the beast, I do a lot of observing. I will see panhandlers selling Street Sheets or BART tickets, many of whom I know on a first-name basis and often stop to talk to. I will see people roaming the streets talking to themselves- reminders of the lack of accessibility to and concern for mental health care in this country. Store owners sweep up and get ready for business, struggling to compete with new and trendy businesses. A few people will be sleeping on streets or bushes and lawns of UN plaza- kind of ironic to see this in the shadow of City Hall. I have learned to keep an eye out for human shit on the sidewalk- nasty, but homeless people don’t own toilets, do they? It’d probably be a good idea for the city to build a few more public toilets but I’m not holding my breath on that one. I pass a few drug dealers- mostly young kids from Honduras who don’t speak English- doing their thing, and although I wish they wouldn’t push in front of my building I’m pretty sure that if they had the opportunity to make money another way, they would. Once I enter my building, I’m usually received with warm greetings from the residents I work with. I talk with them, spend time with them, give them referrals to services they need, educate and play with their children- they’ve accepted me and welcomed me into their community. This is something I don’t take lightly; most of the people I work with have never been able to trust anyone, even their own families, and especially service providers. Almost everyone I work with was born into poverty and homelessness. Some fell on hard times, maybe they picked up a drug habit, maybe they have a disability that keeps them from finding work, maybe they are undocumented and don’t qualify for the services they need. While I hope for them to take accountability for some of their actions, I don’t ever believe that their situations are entirely their own fault, nor do I believe that they deserve to live out the rest of their days at the bottom of the social totem pole - though the truth is that many of them will.
My job is special because I work with the youth, the one population who has the best chance of escaping the vicious cycle of poverty and homelessness. I have helped them deal with drug use in their families, violence, sexual abuse, crime and incarceration, and failing in the education system- on top of the regular problems adolescents deal with that are magnified because of their living situations. Some of the stories I’ve seen and heard have stayed with me and been deeply disturbing, but I help my clients deal with them and keep it moving. I don’t think that being a social worker in the TL has killed anything inside of me, as the headline of the VICE article would suggest- on the contrary my spirit and determination to make an impact on the people of this neighborhood are more alive than ever.
Lorian, the social worker in the VICE article, lists off her job duties and experiences like a soldier talks about combat missions in Afghanistan. She mentions that she got into social work to kill her own ego; well I’d say that there’s still some life in that fucker left. I wonder what’s more shocking to her, the things she sees, or the fact that she’s able to “deal” with them. I have to wonder how strong her motivation to help people really is. It sounds like the organization she works for is completely ineffective, and it sounds like she still has yet to have any real understanding of the issues facing her clients. I could see that. But I can’t allow myself to behave like that. Not when the crime and poverty in the TL has been tolerated (if not encouraged) by this city for as long as I can remember. Not when I’ve seen childhood friends, schoolmates, and neighbors end up washed up and strung out in this neighborhood. And not when bullshit articles are coming out and damaging the perception of what I do, what I stand for, and what the people of the Tenderloin live through every day.
Lorian, if you’re reading this, I want to tell you that I’ve met and worked with your type before. Ultimately, someone like you in this profession does more harm than good- especially when they go blabbing a whole bunch of bullshit to VICE magazine. If you’re going to stay in this field of work, I hope you educate yourself a little more, check your own personal privilege, and ask yourself how you’re really going to make a long-term difference in the lives of these people you claim to know and understand all so well.
this angers me to no fucking end
oh my god
Oh my fucking god
why isn’t this shit ALL OVER the national news?
This deserves our attention.
Where the flying fuck is the media coverage?
Cambodian workers on hunger strike against Walmart & H&M
February 28, 2013
Self-organized garment workers at a Walmart and H&M supplier factory in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, have been camping in front of their shuttered factory for almost two months to prevent their bosses from taking out the sewing machinery.
Now the workers have escalated to blocking roads, and will launch a hunger strike February 27—all to push Walmart and H&M to pay them the back wages they are owed. Their cause is drawing support from workers at another Walmart subcontractor on the other side of the world.
“We decided to go on hunger strike to show that we not just any workers,” said one of the leaders, Sorn Sothy, 26, who works in the warehousing part of the Cambodian factory. “We are strong, committed, and united.”
The workers were informed in September that their factory, Kingsland Garment Co., Ltd., would temporarily close until January. Under Cambodian labor law, they would be paid 50 percent of their wages during this time, and brought back to work in January.
But in December, the paychecks stopped coming. The company union told the workers that the company was bankrupt and the owner had fled the country.
This is extortion. Nothing more, nothing less than extortion.
They worked for a company. That company stopped paying them. That company claims it went bankrupt. So now they are telling different companies — companies that they don’t work for — that they must pay them $200,000 OR ELSE.
This isn’t organized labor, IT’S ORGANIZED CRIME.
These people are criminals.
This is shameful. And, even worse is that it’s so clear, so screaming obvious and yet so many still support what they are doing. Walmart is a lousy company, true, but these people never worked for Walmart. Walmart doesn’t owe them money.
You can sympathize with what these people went through without mindlessly supporting their every action.
You better be trolling, and you better be trolling hard.
Just safe-guarding myself if you are just acting a
cuntjerk. No matter what proxies they used, they did indeed work for ‘them’. They are responsible for their goods, which these workers have produced. They are responsible for their proxies, which they use to manufacture the goods they want to stockpile and sell. They are also responsible for manipulating wages, and demanding that they are kept low - wether it is through proxy or not.
There is no one giving any merit to a company saying “Hey, we used a proxy you know!” when it comes to slave like conditions for child-workers. Why on earth would anyone grant them a free-pass when it comes to this.
I hope they fuck their bosses good, and not in a sexual way.
“My favorite story out of this is Malia, when she was 4, she had a little dance thing. Well, Michelle was gone that weekend so I’m taking her to ballet. And I get her in her little leotard and her little stuff. I did her hair, put it in a little bun.
We get to the dance studio and one of the mothers there right away comes up to Malia – she thinks she’s out of earshot of me and she says, ‘Sweetie, do you want me to redo your hair?’ And Malia who she’s 4 says, ‘Yes please, this is a disaster’ you know, she didn’t want to hurt daddy’s feelings.”
The list of children Obama has killed with drones and cruise missiles, about half of it, can be pieced together from news reports:
- date: name, age, nationality
- 2009-01-23: Azaz-ur-Rehman, 14, Pakistani
- 2009-02-14: Noor Syed, 8, Pakistani
- 2009-08-11: Ibad Ullah, teenager, Pakistani
- 2009-08-11: Mohammad Arif, teenager, Pakistani
- 2009-08-11: Abdul Qadeer, teenager, Pakistani
- 2009-08-11: Hazrat Ali, teenager, Pakistani
- 2009-08-21: Syed Wali Shah, 7, Pakistani
- 2009-08-21: Naeemullah,?, Pakistani
- 2009-08-21: Faizullah,?, Pakistani
- 2009-08-21: Rahima,?, Pakistani
- 2009-08-21: Shaista,?, Pakistani
- 2009-11-20: Sakeenullah, 15, Pakistani
- 2009-12-31: Zaenullah Khan, 17, Pakistani
- 2009-12-17: Nasser Mohammed Nasser, 6, Yemeni
- 2009-12-17: Arwa Mohammed Nasser, 4, Yemeni
- 2009-12-17: Fatima Mohammed Nasser, 2, Yemeni
- 2009-12-17: Afrah Ali Mohammed Nasser, 9, Yemeni
- 2009-12-17: Zayda Ali Mohammed Nasser, 7, Yemeni
- 2009-12-17: Hoda Ali Mohammed Nasser, 5, Yemeni
- 2009-12-17: Sheikha Ali Mohammed Nasser, 4, Yemeni
- 2009-12-17: Asmaa Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye, 9, Yemeni
- 2009-12-17: Salma Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye, 4, Yemeni
- 2009-12-17: Fatima Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye, 3, Yemeni
- 2009-12-17: Khadije Ali Mokbel Louqye, 1, Yemeni
- 2009-12-17: Hanaa Ali Mokbel Louqye, 6, Yemeni
- 2009-12-17: Mohammed Ali Mokbel Salem Louqye, 4, Yemeni
- 2009-12-17: Jawass Mokbel Salem Louqye, 15, Yemeni
- 2009-12-17: Sheikha Nasser Mahdi Ahmad Bouh, 3, Yemeni
- 2009-12-17: Soumaya Mohammed Saleh Mohammed, 9, Yemeni
- 2009-12-17: Shafika Mohammed Saleh Mohammed, 4, Yemeni
- 2009-12-17: Shafiq Mohammed Saleh Mohammed, 2, Yemeni
- 2010-01-03: Wajid Noor, 9, Pakistani
- 2010-01-08: Ayeesha, 3, Pakistani
- 2010-02-24: Naila, 10, Pakistani
- 2010-05-21: Fatima, ?, Pakistani
- 2010-05-21: Nisar, ?, Pakistani
- 2010-05-21: Naeem Khan, ?, Pakistani
- 2010-10-18: Naeem Ullah, 10, Pakistani
- 2011-06-15: Shahzada, ?, Pakistani
- 2011-10-14: Abdel-Rahman Anwar al-Awlaki, 16, American
- 2011-10-14: Ahmed Abdel-Rahman al-Awlaki, 17, Yemeni
- 2011-10-31: Tariq Aziz, 16, Pakistani
- 2011-10-31: Waheed, ?, Pakistani
- 2012-08-21: Osama Haqqani, 13, Pakistani
- 2012-09-02: Mabrook Mouqbal Al Qadari, 13, Yemeni
- 2012-09-02: Daolah Nasser, 10, Yemeni
- 2012-09-02: AbedalGhani Mohammed Mabkhout, 12, Yemeni
the amount of notes on this in comparison to tributes to the connecticut shootings is quite sad.
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012)