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Juwan Lakota

Jul 17, '14 | 58 notes | | |

Since proclaiming its “independence” in 1948, it has remained dependent on a large, now over $3 billion per annum and counting,” foreign aid” payment from the United States, far, far more than many poor countries that desperately need that aid but don’t get it. Supplementing this subsidy, Israel has its own advanced military industrial and technology complex upgrading and customizing weaponry in military and aerospace industries. Its current escalating war on Gaza is only the latest, following on the heels of seven “recognized” wars, two Palestinian intifadas, many reprisal operations and countless covert operations including interventions and assassinations. Its capacity to punish and its willingness to use advanced weapons in areas dense with civilians like Gaza is terrifying – and it is so by design. The United States may have used “shock and awe” in Iraq to launch its war there, but Israel has routinized it with 2,360 air strikes in its 2008-2009 “Cast Lead” campaign in Gaza alone. So far there has been well over l,000 sorties in this latest bloody blitzkrieg. Is it any surprise that of all its military branches it is the Air Force that is dominated the most by extremists and West Bank settlers. And, in all of its conflicts, Tel Aviv invents and then seizes a constantly reinforced “moral” high ground, immediately positioning itself as a victim and defending its actions as defensive. That view is then relentlessly streamed 24/7 to the public by lobby groups, PR firms and government agencies to and through a well-orchestrated network of political allies and supporters worldwide. This is not new, says Israeli historian Ilan Pappe: “The Israeli propaganda machine attempts again and again to narrate its policies as out of context and turns the pretext it found for every new wave of destruction into the main justification for another spree of indiscriminate slaughter in the killing fields of Palestine.”

How Israeli PR Sells Gaza Slaughter | Consortiumnews (via aboriginalnewswire)
Jul 17, '14 | 75 notes | | |

17\7\2014 - 230 Martyrs and 1960 wounded in the continues war on Gaza, more than 40% of them are children, The ministry of Health in Gaza said. The last massacre by the israeli occupation forces was the killing of four cousins while playing football on the beach on wednesday 16\7\2014. Those four cousins are Ahed Baker 10 years old, Zakaria Baker 10 years old, Mohammad 11 years old and Ismael Baker 9 years old, thought it was the time to have some fun, as the sky is empty from the Israeli killers noise.

Israeli Occupation Forces targeted and Killed 4 kids in Gaza while playing football | Stop the Wall (via aboriginalnewswire)
Jul 17, '14 | 8 notes | | |

As the Israelis once more inflict collective punishment in Gaza (a tactic which happens to constitute a war crime), it is time to consider the mind-set behind their repeated violent and sadistic behavior. One way to do so is to listen to the rationalizations they use, also repeatedly, to justify their actions. Among the many rationalizations offered by Israeli leaders for their violent behavior is the assertion that the Arabs, and Palestinians in particular, “only understand force.” If you do not use force against them they interpret its absence as a sign of weakness and this only encourages them to stand against the Zionist state.

The Periodic Slaughter of Palestinians | Consortiumnews (via aboriginalnewswire)
Jul 17, '14 | 19 notes | | |


The Hunter by Qaris Kosim Satyaputra


Jul 17, '14 | 10,416 notes | | |


Israel is about to unleash hell on the civilians of Gaza again, as if the last few weeks weren’t enough, or since the creation of the state of Israel. They killed 1,400 Palestinians in their last ground invasion of the besieged coastal enclave - between December 2008 to January 2009 - 300 of whom were children.

They bombed schools, used white phosphorus which is banned and shot at people waving white flags.

Make no mistake, Israel’s aim is to cleanse neighbourhoods - those are the words of an ex-Israeli soldier who took part in the assault. They went in and shot anything and everything that moved and they’re going to do it again.

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"I went to work with a fever one day, and I was trying to pull out a screw when the crowbar dislodged and hit me across the face. Two days later, I started to see a pink spray behind my right eye. They tried many surgeries, but over two months, my vision slowly faded to nothing until I was completely blind in the eye. My balance was ruined. I felt dizzy. I could barely walk. I spent $16,000 on surgeries, and then the hospital sued me for $40,000, even though they failed to save my eye. I was so sad and angry at myself, that I did nothing for a year and a half. I lost my house, my car, everything. Then one day, my friend said to me that he had an important job for me to do. And it was a very small job, but he gave me $1,000. He knew I wouldn’t take charity, so this was his way of giving me charity— overpaying me for a job. That was the way he was— Atilla Tetik is his name, from Long Island. And even though the $1,000 was a big help, seeing that I could finish a job made me feel powerful. And I immediately started working again."

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One Of World's Most Endangered Forests Set To Be Demolished To Build Wal-Mart Supercenter


One Of World’s Most Endangered Forests Set To Be Demolished To Build Wal-Mart Supercenter


A pristine patch of Florida forest, the home to dozens of animals species that biologists say are found no where else on the planet, will be bulldozed to make room for a…


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Launch of Website for Community-led Database for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women


As Indigenous peoples, working for justice for #MMIW is a process that starts within our own communities. The launch of this website is one example of the resurgence of community documentation as justice.

In April of 2013, No More Silence, Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network began what has become a long term vision for a community-led database documenting the violent deaths and disappearances of Indigenous women. It is our collective hope that the lives of Indigenous Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTTQQIA) will also be recognized as gender based violence also impacts these communities and is often invisibilized.

The website is available for viewing at: www.ItStartsWithUs-MMIW.com

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/for-immediate-release-launch-of-website-for-community-led-database-for-missing-and-murdered-indigenous-women/

Jul 17, '14 | 123 notes | | |


Community College Students Struggle Most with Student Loan Debt

Students who attend community college are defaulting on their loans more often than those who attend a four-year school. With 70% of students borrowing less than $6,000, this may come as a surprise.  However, low graduation rates may explain why so many cannot repay these small amounts.

Only 7% of young-adult families hold $50,000 or more in debt related to education.  In contrast, 58% of the same households have less than $10,000 in this type of debt.  These are the graduates who have a difficult time finding a job and paying back their loans.

Ryan Lane for US News suggests three points to help students from defaulting on their loans.

Jul 17, '14 | 48 notes | | |

Steps to Letting Go of Painful Memories


Experiences can leave us with some painful memories. They tie us to the past and prevent us moving on. And the only way to freedom is to work on letting go – so these memories don’t haunt us or keep us trapped in pain. Below are some guidelines to help you work on…

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These cats have such long hair! Gorgeous!




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