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Mass Grave Found Near Bosnia’s Donji Vakuf

thalamtnafsee:

Lejla Cengic, spokesperson for the Missing Persons Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said on Thursday that investigators had found a mass grave that could contain the remains of many civilian victims from Prijedor.

“The exhumation hasn’t yet started. We are waiting for the state prosecution’s order. We received the information and we found that there is a mass grave in the village of Oborci. It is suspected that the grave contains the remains of between 100 and 147 people,” said Cengic.

A large number of people from the Prijedor municipality are still missing since the war, said Edin Ramulic, a representative of the victims’ organisation Izvor (Source).

(Source: sarajevomoja)

nativeamericannews:

A Call for Help; Paramilitary Death Squad Targeting Indigenous Leader
The life of Indigenous Colombian leader Flaminio Onogama Gutierrez is in imminent danger and Amnesty International Canada (AIC) is approaching the Canadian and Colombian governments and the international community for assistance.

nativeamericannews:

A Call for Help; Paramilitary Death Squad Targeting Indigenous Leader

The life of Indigenous Colombian leader Flaminio Onogama Gutierrez is in imminent danger and Amnesty International Canada (AIC) is approaching the Canadian and Colombian governments and the international community for assistance.


(Source: indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)

pag-asaharibon:

Filipinos in the South of Market

Filipinos have deep roots in the South of Market, especially in the Yerba Buena area, where immigrants newly-arrived in San Francisco first settled and where a vibrant Filipino community once thrived. As newly arrived immigrants, most Filipinos could not afford to own property and settled in the area as low income tenants. The tremendous rise in property value, continued proliferation of large scale developments like SONY’s METREON and gentrification threaten to completely displace the SOMA-Filipino community. Following the 1977 evictions at the International Hotel in Manilatown, which served as a catalyst for nationwide tenant rights and affordable housing movements, a number of International Hotel residents settled in the South of Market. In 2001, concerned citizens of the San Francisco Filipino community held a series of town hall meetings to address the needs of the community and proposed the development of more affordable housing, employment opportunities, and the establishment of Filipino institutions to prevent further displacement of its SOMA-Filipino community.

I find this interesting since I use to visit the METREON during PlayStation 2 heyday. Since then Westfield has now taken the reins of the complex with the main addition of CityTarget last year. Local Filipino chain restaurant Inay Filipino Kitchen was also part of the food court overhaul.

pag-asaharibon:

Filipinos in the South of Market

Filipinos have deep roots in the South of Market, especially in the Yerba Buena area, where immigrants newly-arrived in San Francisco first settled and where a vibrant Filipino community once thrived. As newly arrived immigrants, most Filipinos could not afford to own property and settled in the area as low income tenants. The tremendous rise in property value, continued proliferation of large scale developments like SONY’s METREON and gentrification threaten to completely displace the SOMA-Filipino community. Following the 1977 evictions at the International Hotel in Manilatown, which served as a catalyst for nationwide tenant rights and affordable housing movements, a number of International Hotel residents settled in the South of Market. In 2001, concerned citizens of the San Francisco Filipino community held a series of town hall meetings to address the needs of the community and proposed the development of more affordable housing, employment opportunities, and the establishment of Filipino institutions to prevent further displacement of its SOMA-Filipino community.

I find this interesting since I use to visit the METREON during PlayStation 2 heyday. Since then Westfield has now taken the reins of the complex with the main addition of CityTarget last year. Local Filipino chain restaurant Inay Filipino Kitchen was also part of the food court overhaul.

(Source: thesffcc.com)

pag-asaharibon:

fuckyeahapihistory:

Filipino youths in the SOMA, San Francisco 1990s photo: Liwanag 
After the passage of the 1965 Immigration Reform Act, many more Filipino immigrants continued to settle in the South of Market. As a result of this huge immigrant influx, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Mission Street became predominantly Filipino, and so did Bessie Carmichael Elementary School. By the early-1970s, the Filipino population reached a critical mass and were able to convince San Francisco and the Federal government to fund programs that will serve the needs of newly arrived immigrants and elderly Filipinos. The Dimas Alang House, a retirement home for Filipinos and other San Franciscans, was built with HUD funding. The streets around the Dimas Alang were also named after Filipino heroes: street names such as Lapu-Lapu, Bonifacio, Mabini, and Rizal. Indeed, the South of Market is the only area in San Francisco where the streets have Filipino names. To take care of the educational needs of newly arrived Filipino immigrants, the Filipino Educational Center was built and staffed by predominantly Filipino teachers.

See also: Filipinos in the South of Market

pag-asaharibon:

fuckyeahapihistory:

Filipino youths in the SOMA, San Francisco 1990s photo: Liwanag

After the passage of the 1965 Immigration Reform Act, many more Filipino immigrants continued to settle in the South of Market. As a result of this huge immigrant influx, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Mission Street became predominantly Filipino, and so did Bessie Carmichael Elementary School. By the early-1970s, the Filipino population reached a critical mass and were able to convince San Francisco and the Federal government to fund programs that will serve the needs of newly arrived immigrants and elderly Filipinos. The Dimas Alang House, a retirement home for Filipinos and other San Franciscans, was built with HUD funding. The streets around the Dimas Alang were also named after Filipino heroes: street names such as Lapu-Lapu, Bonifacio, Mabini, and Rizal. Indeed, the South of Market is the only area in San Francisco where the streets have Filipino names. To take care of the educational needs of newly arrived Filipino immigrants, the Filipino Educational Center was built and staffed by predominantly Filipino teachers.

See also: Filipinos in the South of Market

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nativeamericannews:

Native History: Earthquake Devastates Native Village of Chenega
This Date in Native History: On March 27, 1964, the strongest earthquake in American history, measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale, shook southern Alaska, killing an initial 15 people.

nativeamericannews:

Native History: Earthquake Devastates Native Village of Chenega

This Date in Native History: On March 27, 1964, the strongest earthquake in American history, measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale, shook southern Alaska, killing an initial 15 people.




(Source: indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com)

"if you want your religious headscarf then you shouldn’t protest" says Houston cop badge number 3362 as she rips off my hijab in public

occupiedmuslim:

So I have just gotten back from Houston protesting along side janitors who clean the offices of the world’s wealthiest companies for poverty wages. We were doing peaceful civil disobedience by sitting in an intersection to bring attention to the issue, we complied and were respectful when we were arrested.

Initially as I was processed in the gym two cops were talking to me. Upon learning I was Muslim and wore my headscarf for religious reasons [one cop actually wrote in my paperwork (headscarf religious reasons) and verbally confirmed that she wrote it down so people would know and I wouldn’t be bothered about it]. The other cop next to her asked me if I was fasting for Ramadan and I replied no and inquired how he knew it was Ramadan. He said it was because they received a diversity training.

After I was done I took five step to the side where they held the other female prisoners and where a female cop badge number 3362 started to frisk me and suddenly started taking off my scarf. This is the dialogue to the best of my memory there were plenty of protestors with me when this happened.

"Whoa, whoa, wait a second I wear my scarf for religious reasons, can’t you just feel my hair through it?" I said as I backed into the wall.

No. If you want your religious headscarf then you shouldn’t protest,” she said as I was turned around pushed into the wall by her grabbing my neck and ripping my headscarf off in front of everyone. Later another jailer would say the exact same thing when they took my headscarf away for the entirety of being incarcerated.  

The others were yelling at her to stop and cops started yelling at them telling them “She’s going to get charged!”

You wouldn’t do this to a nun,” I told her and another cop who was looking at me as she violently frisked me. And I have been frisked, groped and padded down many a time via TSA since I am Muslim while flying.

My clothes were ajar and were placed immodestly around my hips. Later others would help me fix it as our hands were restrained behind our backs.

"It’s just procedure," the cop looking on said to me.

"God gave you free will and no one can take that from you," I replied.

She threw the scarf back on my head covering my face until the cop looking on told her to fix it and then it was covering my eyes.

Afterward I approached her seeing that she was upset. “Look, I just want to talk civilly with you about what just happened and since I can tell you are upset.”

She got defensive and started talking about procedure. “I understand it’s procedure. See, many faiths and cultures believe in covering the head. You taking off my scarf in public like that is like taking off my shirt in public.”

She replied that I could have been hiding a gun. I looked at her in disbelief. My scarf is made up of a light material and my hair is short. She ordered me to sit down and leave her alone.

Initially I felt upset and mad. But then I felt bad for her. I know system is to dehumanize and humiliate the people who don’t compile with the law but after thinking a long time I realized that when you treat others like beasts you become a beast. But being treated like a beast doesn’t mean I am one, I still have a choice, I can still reflect on the example of my Prophet during this holy Ramadan, I still can cultivate compassion and rise above. 

Nina Simone on the beauty of black people. [x]

"…I think what you are trying to ask is why am I so insistent upon giving out to them that blackness, that black power, that black pushing them to identify with black culture. I think that’s what you’re asking?
I have no choice over it, in the first place. To me we are the most beautiful creatures in the whole world. Black people. And I mean that in every sense, outside and inside.
To me we have a culture, that is surpassed by no other civilizations but we don’t know anything about it. ….My job is to somehow make them curious enough. Persuade them…to be more aware of themselves and where they came from. And what they are into, what is already there. Just to bring it out. This is what compels me. To compel THEM.
And I will do it by whatever means necessary.”

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Five Couples Challenge DOMA in Federal Lawsuit: Immigration Equality

carokinsellalaw:


UPI News Article-

"Immigrants challenge gay marriage ban" 



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Five same-sex couples challenged a U.S. law that currently bars the federal government from recognizing gay marriages. 


The lawsuit challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, was filed Monday by Immigration Equality in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. - 
  From the UPI Article  -


"I’m a citizen of this country just like anybody else," Heather Morgan, 36, a plaintiff in the lawsuit with her spouse, Maria del Mar Verdugo Yanez, who is from Spain, told The New York Times. "I’m very proud of this country. I don’t want to feel like I have to leave here in order to be with the person I love. I shouldn’t have to choose."


Under immigration law, a citizen can apply for a foreign spouse to gain legal permanent residency, experts said. However, federal authorities do not recognize same-sex marriages under DOMA, leaving same-sex couples with the choice of deportation for the immigrant or exile for the American.




[tw/advisory: rape, murder]
The Iraq Babes website shut itself down because of the anti-American use of their images. Sex in War was eventually bought by tamer porn producers. The photographs of fake Iraqi rapes, however, are still available on a number of free Internet sites. In fact, photos from the defunct Iraq Babes site appear now mostly on jihadi websites or in leftist American blogs - some of which repeat the accusation of GIs raping Iraqi women and use the images as proof.

Given the fact that Taguba’s investigation documented various brutal acts, including the rape and sodomizing of prisoners, belief in the fake photographs are understandable. Indeed, in the summer of 2006 five soldiers stationed in Mahmoudiya were charged in the rape and murder of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi girl and the murder of her family, including a five-year-old girl.

The Porning of America: The Rise of Porn Culture, What It Means, and Where We Go From Here by Carmine Sarracino and Kevin M. Scott, p. 151 - 152

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