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Aug. 15
doctorswithoutborders:

Photo by Yuri Kozyrev/Noor
New families continue to come from Syria to Domeez camp in Iraq, though the resources are stretched to the limit. See “The Reach of War,” a look at the human face of the conflict in Syria.

doctorswithoutborders:

Photo by Yuri Kozyrev/Noor

New families continue to come from Syria to Domeez camp in Iraq, though the resources are stretched to the limit. See “The Reach of War,” a look at the human face of the conflict in Syria.


califasqueen:

Haitian woman defending her son in the Dominican Republic.

This picture is raw

califasqueen:

Haitian woman defending her son in the Dominican Republic.

This picture is raw


Aug. 4
fotojournalismus:

A picture taken on August 3, 2014 shows destroyed buildings in front of a mosque in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. (Marco Longari/AFP Photo)
(via afp-photo)

fotojournalismus:

A picture taken on August 3, 2014 shows destroyed buildings in front of a mosque in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. (Marco Longari/AFP Photo)

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fotojournalismus:

Palestinians try to evacuate a wounded boy from under the rubble of a house, which was destroyed in an Israeli air strike that killed at least nine members of the al-Ghol family in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on August 3, 2014. Photos: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters.


Aug. 2

Racists Are Rampaging Through Israel
Above: A soldier poses with “Vengeance” written on his chest
In Israel, racism and extremism are exploding. It began shortly after the kidnapping of three Israeli boys—Naftali, Gilad and Eyal—in Gush Etzion, that led to the assault in Gaza which has seen over 1,000 killed. A Facebook page calling for the murder of Palestinians went viral. In one photo, a soldier posed broodingly with his gun, the word “vengeance” written on his chest. In another two teenage girls smiled happily with a banner that read: “Hating Arabs is not racism, it’s values.”
A few days later, at the boys’ funeral in Modiin, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu fanned the flames. “May God avenge their blood,” he said to the gathered mourners. “Vengeance for the blood of a small child, Satan has not yet created,” he tweeted later.
Bibi got his wish. Over the weeks that followed, videos began to emerge almost daily of right-wing mobs roving across cities from Jerusalem to Beer Sheva, waving Israeli flags and screaming “Death to Arabs!”

Two girls with a sign that reads “Hating Arabs is not racism, it’s values.” (Photo from The People of Israel Demand Vengeance/Facebook via)
Many ended in physical assaults. Last Thursday two Palestinian men were attacked on Jaffer Street in West Jerusalem as they delivered food to a grocery market. The following day two more Palestinians, Amir Shwiki and Samer Mahfouz, were beaten unconscious in the Eastern part of the city by a gang of 30 young Israelis wielding sticks and metal bars.
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Racists Are Rampaging Through Israel

Above: A soldier poses with “Vengeance” written on his chest

In Israel, racism and extremism are exploding. It began shortly after the kidnapping of three Israeli boys—Naftali, Gilad and Eyal—in Gush Etzion, that led to the assault in Gaza which has seen over 1,000 killed. A Facebook page calling for the murder of Palestinians went viral. In one photo, a soldier posed broodingly with his gun, the word “vengeance” written on his chest. In another two teenage girls smiled happily with a banner that read: “Hating Arabs is not racism, it’s values.”

A few days later, at the boys’ funeral in Modiin, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu fanned the flames. “May God avenge their blood,” he said to the gathered mourners. “Vengeance for the blood of a small child, Satan has not yet created,” he tweeted later.

Bibi got his wish. Over the weeks that followed, videos began to emerge almost daily of right-wing mobs roving across cities from Jerusalem to Beer Sheva, waving Israeli flags and screaming “Death to Arabs!”

Two girls with a sign that reads “Hating Arabs is not racism, it’s values.” (Photo from The People of Israel Demand Vengeance/Facebook via)

Many ended in physical assaults. Last Thursday two Palestinian men were attacked on Jaffer Street in West Jerusalem as they delivered food to a grocery market. The following day two more Palestinians, Amir Shwiki and Samer Mahfouz, were beaten unconscious in the Eastern part of the city by a gang of 30 young Israelis wielding sticks and metal bars.

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(via fotojournalismus)


fotojournalismus:

Smoke billows in the background from the site of an Israeli strike as Palestinian children play on a mini ferris wheel in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya on July 29, 2014. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

fotojournalismus:

Smoke billows in the background from the site of an Israeli strike as Palestinian children play on a mini ferris wheel in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya on July 29, 2014. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)


fotojournalismus:

A graduation photo of a Palestinian boy is hung on the wall in a destroyed house in the heavily bombed Gaza City neighbourhood of Shejaiyah on August 1, 2014. (Dusan Vranic/AP)

fotojournalismus:

A graduation photo of a Palestinian boy is hung on the wall in a destroyed house in the heavily bombed Gaza City neighbourhood of Shejaiyah on August 1, 2014. (Dusan Vranic/AP)


fotojournalismus:

Palestinians look at an unexploded Israeli shell that landed on the main road outside the town of Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on August 1, 2014. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

fotojournalismus:

Palestinians look at an unexploded Israeli shell that landed on the main road outside the town of Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip on August 1, 2014. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)


Juli 23

Juli 22

thisisfusion:

Nearly one in every 100 adults in America is in prison or jail.

Or, as John Oliver so helpfully points out, America has more prisoners at the moment than China. And we don’t have more of anything than China, ‘other than, of course, debt to China.’

Overcrowding in America’s prisons has become so pervasive that Sesame Street is now stepping in to explain just how we got here (2:30 minute mark)

"And of course, it’s tricky to know how to feel about all this because on the one hand, the war on drugs has completely solved our nation’s drug problem. So that’s good," Oliver jokes. "But on the other hand, our drug laws do seem to be a little draconian and a lot racist."

And Oliver isn’t wrong.

Drug offenders make up a shocking amount of prisoners in America’s penitentiary system.

Drug offenders account for more inmates than those being held on immigration-related charges, The Huffington Post reports:

"People convicted of two broad categories of nonviolent crimes — drugs and immigration — make up over 60 percent of the U.S. prison population,” The Huffington Post reported in March.”

No wonder we need John Oliver and Sesame Street to explain this system to us.


Juli 20
thepeoplesrecord:

Gaza, a poemBy Nisha Bolsey
I’m walking and a man says, “If the Palestinians would just love their children more than they hate their enemy, the violence would be over.”Yes.If only.If only they would love their children.If only they had chosen the four corners(so they would die)or kept them in the middle(so they would die).If only they would have brought four-day old Noura back to life.If only they would kiss their children’s dead mouths and breathe life into them.If only they would raise their arms to the sun to block the bombs with the palms of their hands.If only they would dry the rivers of blood in the streets and pour them back into the hearts of their daughters and sons.Why don’t they?Why can’t they just pull out their own lungs and stick them into their slaughtered children’s chests?Why can’t they just sing, 24 hours a day, louder than thunder, to prevent their ears from hearing the sound of bombs?If only they would love their children, and carry their bodies up into the air, above the siege, past the blockade, into freedom.If the Al-Batsh boys’ parents had really loved them,they wouldn’t have let their insides be wrenched apart by the bomb that fell.They would use their hands to hold their limbs together so that they could stay in one piece.If only they would stop the vibrations which create sound,the sound which crashes and bleeds through their children’s ears.If only they would stop all light from traveling, so that their children wouldn’t have to see their sisters, cousins, fathers, brothers.Dead on the floor.Their house turning to rubble.Their family turning to dust.Their family turning to nothing.Their world disappearing.And why doesn’t their love sustain their children more than food?Heal the wounds from the weapons?They had seconds to leave before the bombing began.They should have thrown their children out the window,knowing they would take flightwith the wings their love had created.If only they loved Mohammed, Ahed, Zakaria and Mohammedenoughto rise above their soccer game and changethe magnetic forces of the Earth,to pull away the bomb,headed for the beach.

thepeoplesrecord:

Gaza, a poem
By Nisha Bolsey

I’m walking and a man says, “If the Palestinians would just love their children more than they hate their enemy, the violence would be over.”
Yes.
If only.
If only they would love their children.
If only they had chosen the four corners
(so they would die)
or kept them in the middle
(so they would die).
If only they would have brought four-day old Noura back to life.
If only they would kiss their children’s dead mouths and breathe life into them.
If only they would raise their arms to the sun to block the bombs with the palms of their hands.
If only they would dry the rivers of blood in the streets and pour them back into the hearts of their daughters and sons.
Why don’t they?
Why can’t they just pull out their own lungs and stick them into their slaughtered children’s chests?
Why can’t they just sing, 24 hours a day, louder than thunder, to prevent their ears from hearing the sound of bombs?
If only they would love their children, and carry their bodies up into the air, above the siege, past the blockade, into freedom.
If the Al-Batsh boys’ parents had really loved them,
they wouldn’t have let their insides be wrenched apart by the bomb that fell.
They would use their hands to hold their limbs together so that they could stay in one piece.
If only they would stop the vibrations which create sound,
the sound which crashes and bleeds through their children’s ears.
If only they would stop all light from traveling, so that their children wouldn’t have to see their sisters, cousins, fathers, brothers.
Dead on the floor.
Their house turning to rubble.
Their family turning to dust.
Their family turning to nothing.
Their world disappearing.
And why doesn’t their love sustain their children more than food?
Heal the wounds from the weapons?
They had seconds to leave before the bombing began.
They should have thrown their children out the window,
knowing they would take flight
with the wings their love had created.
If only they loved Mohammed, Ahed, Zakaria and Mohammed
enough
to rise above their soccer game and change
the magnetic forces of the Earth,
to pull away the bomb,
headed for the beach.


Jehad Saftawi, IMEU:

"On July 16, while I was in eastern Gaza City taking photos of the many buildings recently destroyed by Israeli forces, a man approached me and asked if I wanted to enter his home to take photos of the inside.

I accepted his offer and as he showed me around, I learned his name is Khamis Mraish and that his brother, Dr. Riad Mraish, ran a clinic from the home.  As Khamis took me through each corner of the house, he described in detail the damage in every room. Most of the family’s belongings, including Dr. Mraish’s medical equipment, were now ruined, scattered in pieces and covered with debris.

It was horribly sad to witness his pain — and how he so badly wanted to share his story with the world. And the more people I speak with, the more I realize there is this same feeling everywhere. The people in Gaza want, and need, the world to see what they are going through.”

(via fotojournalismus)


fotojournalismus:

A father comforts his daughter, whom medics said was injured by an explosion during an overnight Israeli assault, as she is treated for her injuries at Shifa hospital in Gaza City on July 18, 2014. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

fotojournalismus:

A father comforts his daughter, whom medics said was injured by an explosion during an overnight Israeli assault, as she is treated for her injuries at Shifa hospital in Gaza City on July 18, 2014. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)


fotojournalismus:

Women and children huddle outside after an Israeli air raid on their house in Gaza City on July 18, 2014. (Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto)

fotojournalismus:

Women and children huddle outside after an Israeli air raid on their house in Gaza City on July 18, 2014. (Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto)


fotojournalismus:

A Palestinian inspects the destroyed home belonging to the Inteiz family after Israeli air strikes in Al Shejaeiya on July 18, 2014. Three members of the Inteiz family, Abd Ali Inteiz, 23, Mohammed Salem Inteiz, 2, and Mohammed Ibrahim Inteiz, 12, were killed after Israeli tanks shelled their home. (Mohammed Saber/EPA)

fotojournalismus:

A Palestinian inspects the destroyed home belonging to the Inteiz family after Israeli air strikes in Al Shejaeiya on July 18, 2014. Three members of the Inteiz family, Abd Ali Inteiz, 23, Mohammed Salem Inteiz, 2, and Mohammed Ibrahim Inteiz, 12, were killed after Israeli tanks shelled their home. (Mohammed Saber/EPA)


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