The tragedy in the southern Mediterranean Sea in the early hours of October 3 — in which more than 350 Eritrean refugees drowned in a shipwreck off Lampedusa, near Sicily — shook Europe, and rightfully so. The television images and newspaper reports linger: people struggling desperately to be saved but then, exhausted, slipping through rescuers’ hands; divers entering the boat’s sunken hull to find hundreds of dead bodies packed inside; dead children wrapped in their mothers’ arms. Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, said after visiting Lampedusa that the sight of rows of “coffins of children and their mothers” had “shocked” him.
Photo: An Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) ship carrying rescued migrants arrives at the AFM Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta’s Marsamxett Harbour on October 12, 2013. © 2013 Reuters
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Today, we celebrate International Day of Rural Women with Oliva Kishero’s story.
Oliva was born on a coffee farm in 1973 in the same village that she lives in today. She left school at 17 to get married to her husband Joseph. She regretted not being able to study to ’O’ Level and…
Cynicism, in one graph that ought to scare people who believe that legitimacy matters in a democracy.
no surprises here
R.B.G. is a complete and total boss. Plain and simple.
I just can’t contain how much I love this woman.
What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income — to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression. That’s what I’m opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics. Now let me be clear — I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He’s a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.
But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.
I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda. I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama (D), Oct. 2, 2002
Remember this, Mr. President?(via cognitivedissonance)
Remember remember the days of September…
The Johnson Treatment
President Lyndon B. Johnson laughs with Abe Fortas. 7/29/65.
-ID # A966-16 from the LBJ Library
Mimicked response, defensive, flight ready posture. Tyrant bully, imposing and threatening posture.