23.Jul.14 2 hours ago


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700+ workers protest in Myanmar after South Korean factory closed without paying them
July 17, 2014

More than 700 workers protested Thursday in front of the South Korean Embassy in Myanmar to demand officials help them after a Korean-owned factory closed without paying their wages.

The workers from the Master Sports Footwear Factory in Yangon said the owner closed the plant illegally and without notice in May and has left the country. They are demanding that the Korean ambassador help them. They said they were having trouble paying their rent and wanted assistance in finding new jobs.

After an elected government took office in 2011 in Myanmar, industry has grown and foreign investment poured in in the wake of Western nations dropping most of the sanctions they had maintained against the previous repressive army regime.

Factory workers’ strikes and protests have increased markedly. The new government instituted economic reforms, including the legalization of labor unions.

The workers said they have contacted not only the embassy, but also the Labor and Social Security ministries, parliament and the opposition National League for Democracy for assistance but had received no help.

"This is because the government never stands for the grassroots people," said U Htay, a lawyer for the workers. "They never stand for the protection of the grassroots people or workers. It’s all because they cannot handle the rule of law and there is even more corruption and bias on the part of government officials and the businessmen. The only victims are the workers and grassroots people."


17.Jul.14 6 days ago
Syndikkat Sending because of the awesome prominence of MIA songs in the name playlists haha


hahaha that’s cool :)

S - Sunshowers - M.I.A.
Y - Ya Halali Ya Mali - Mohammed Assaf
N - Nicki Minaj & Trey Songs - Bottoms Up
D - Double Bubble Trouble - M.I.A.
I - I AM A GOD - Kanye West
K - Kimnotyze - Lil Kim & Dj Tomek
K - Kelis - Milkshake
A - Art Groupie - Grace Jones
T - T-PAIN ft B.o.B - Up Down (Do this all day)

Oh shit AND you put a Grace Jones track on there

Thank you!

17.Jul.14 6 days ago


Scars show as Gaza’s children endure third war (via AP)

The children of the Attar clan have lived through three wars in just over five years, each time fleeing their homes as Israel bombarded their neighbourhood in the Palestinian Gaza Strip.

They live in Atatra, a neighbourhood in northeastern Gaza, just a few hundred meters from Israel. Residents of Atatra fled their homes in Israel’s three-week military offensive in the winter of 2008-2009, during a week of cross-border fighting in November 2012 and again over the weekend.

After Israeli aircraft dropped leaflets over Atatra on Saturday warning residents to leave, sisters Mariam and Sada Attar bundled a few belongings into plastic bags and rushed out of their homes. They had 10 children in tow, as well as Mariam’s husband Omar, who she said suffers from stress-induced psychological disorders and can no longer function normally.

Their psychological scars show. Some act out, others cling to their mothers or withdraw, like 12-year-old Ahmed who sat by himself on a bench in the courtyard of a U.N. school where his family once again sought shelter.

"They bombed very close to my house," said the boy, looking down and avoiding eye contact. "I’m scared."

Experts said it will be increasingly difficult to heal such victims of repeated trauma.

"For the majority of the children (in Gaza), it is the third time around," said Bruce Grant, the chief of child protection for the Palestinian territories in the United Nation’s children’s agency, UNICEF. "It reduces their ability to be resilient and to bounce back. Some will not find their way back to a sense of normalcy. Fear will become their new norm."

The families sought shelter in the same U.N. school where they stayed during the previous two rounds of fighting. In all, 20 U.N. schools took in more than 17,000 displaced Gazans, many of them children, after Saturday’s warnings by Israel that civilians must clear out of northern Gaza.

Members of the Attar clan took over part of the second floor, with more than 40 people sleeping in each classroom. Mariam, Sada, Omar and the children were squeezed into one half of a room, their space demarcated by benches. Another family from the clan stayed in the other half of the room. A blanket draped across an open doorway offered the only measure of privacy.

In the classroom, the scene was chaotic, with children pushing and shoving each other and mothers yelling at them to behave. There was nothing to do for children or grown-ups, except to wait.

Mariam Attar, 35, said they spent the night on the hard floor for lack of mattresses.

She sat on the floor, her back leaning against a wall, and held her youngest, 16-month-old Mahmoud. She said her older children have become clingy, some asking that she accompany them to the communal toilet.

Recalling the latest bombings, she said: “We felt the house was going to fall on top of us and so the children started to scream. I was screaming and my husband was screaming.”

Her 14-year-old son Mohammed said the family cowered on the ground in the living room during the bombing to avoid being hit by shrapnel. He said the time passed slowly because they had no electricity or TV.

Mohammed and Ahmed, who is from another branch of the clan, said they and other children often play “Arabs and Jews,” fighting each other with toy guns or wooden sticks as make-believe weapons. Arabs always win, the boys said.

Rasem Shamiya, a counselor who works for the U.N. school system, said many of the children show signs of trauma, including trouble paying attention, aggressive behavior or avoiding contact with others. “They are very stressed,” he said. “Since these children were born, they have never known peace.”

According to figures released by the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 80 percent of the fatalities caused by Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip have been civilians. More than 20 percent were children. The organization also estimates 25,300 children are in need of psychosocial support.

The children’s fears are very real and parents in Gaza are increasingly unable to reassure them, said Pierre Krahenbuhl, who heads the U.N. agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees.

"Today, we met with families who shared with us that they have simply no more answers to give when the children ask them why are the homes shaking, why is there so much destruction," he said.

Sada Attar, 43, said she worries her children and others in that generation will come to see violence as normal.

"These disturbed children are not going to be good for Israel’s long term interests," she said. "The child will naturally rise up and confront the Zionist enemy with the stone, with fire, with everything in their power."

Photos taken by Associated Press photographer Khalil Hamra on July 14, 2014 at the New Gaza Boys United Nations school, where dozens of families have sought refuge after fleeing their home in fear of Israeli airstrikes.

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17.Jul.14 1 week ago



"I don’t think that my work is actually effectively dealing with history. I think of my work as subsumed by history or consumed by history." —Kara Walker

New episode from Art21’s Exclusive series: An in-depth look at the creation of Kara Walker’s monumental public project for Creative Time, A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby (2014), at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, NY.

WATCH: Kara Walker: “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby”

IMAGES: Production stills from the Art21 Exclusive episode, Kara Walker: “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby”. ©Art21, Inc. 2014.

I don’t live in NY and didn’t get to view the exhibit in person; this short film above is good. I was sorry to hear that some Black people who saw the exhibit had to wade through anti-Blackness and other ignorance being said/done while viewing the exhibit and/or felt triggered. However, others have told me that they’re glad they saw the exhibit. Kinda been talking to some Black women off and on about their feelings on it, if they saw it in person. I don’t know if I could considering the stressfulness of just seeing 12 Years A Slave in a mixed race crowd theatre and dealing with laughter and inappropriateness; can’t imagine how I would navigate being at such an exhibit then.

09.Jul.14 2 weeks ago


glow blog

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Michelle Frankfurter


Michelle Frankfurter has recently completed her multi-year project titled Destino documenting Central American migrants traveling through Mexico to cross into the United States.  Riding on top of freight trains through the southern Mexican states, the trip becomes even more perilous as the migrants approach the notoriously violent border. Frankfurter’s sensitive images are remarkable in their beauty and ability to capture both the danger of this journey and a sense of optimistic adventure. Frankfurter describes the project like this: “In Destino I seek to capture the experience of people who struggle to control their own destiny when confronted by extreme circumstances. Destino is both a social commentary on one of the biggest global issues of our times and an epic adventure tale. It conveys the experience of a generation of exiles, driven by poverty and the dysfunction of failed states, traveling across a landscape that has become increasingly dangerous, heading towards a precarious future as a last resort.”

04.Jul.14 2 weeks ago


Norman Behrendt

Burning Down the House

Through a series of portraits and interviews, Norman Behrendt introduces us to the anonymous authors of Berlin’s public space and gives a human face to the often-discussed subject of the illegal “writing on the wall”. Instead of accompanying and photographing the graffiti writers on their nocturnal adventures even forgoing the depiction of the graffiti itself, Behrendt decided on a quieter alternative to give the writers freedom to choose where and how they were photographed. The resulting photographs and interviews to reflect on the tense relationship between visibility and anonymity, recognition and ownership.


Very insightful look and radically different approach on analyzing the artists behind the “writings on the wall”

03.Jul.14 2 weeks ago

Social scientists estimate that 15 to 30 percent, or, “[a]s many as 600,000 to 1.2 million slaves” in antebellum America were Muslims. 46 percent of the slaves in the antebellum South were kidnapped from Africa’s western regions, which boasted “significant numbers of Muslims”.

These enslaved Muslims strove to meet the demands of their faith, most notably the Ramadan fast, prayers, and community meals, in the face of comprehensive slave codes that linked religious activity to insubordination and rebellion. Marking Ramadan as a “new American tradition” not only overlooks the holy month observed by enslaved Muslims many years ago, but also perpetuates their erasure from Muslim-American history.

Although the Quran “[a]llows a believer to abstain from fasting if he or she is far from home or involved in strenuous work,” many enslaved Muslims demonstrated transcendent piety by choosing to fast while bonded. In addition to abstaining from food and drink, enslaved Muslims held holy month prayers in slave quarters, and put together iftars - meals at sundown to break the fast - that brought observing Muslims together. These prayers and iftars violated slave codes restricting assembly of any kind.

For instance, the Virginia Slave Code of 1723 considered the assembly of five slaves as an “unlawful and tumultuous meeting”, convened to plot rebellion attempts. Every state in the south codified similar laws barring slave assemblages, which disparately impacted enslaved African Muslims observing the Holy Month.

Therefore, practicing Islam and observing Ramadan and its fundamental rituals, for enslaved Muslims in antebellum America, necessitated the violation of slave codes. This exposed them to barbaric punishment, injury, and oftentimes, even death. However, the courage to observe the holy month while bonded, and in the face of grave risk, highlights the supreme piety of many enslaved Muslims.

Ramadan was widely observed by enslaved Muslims. Yet, this history is largely ignored by Muslim American leaders and laypeople alike - and erased from the modern Muslim American narrative.

Ramadan: A centuries-old American tradition (via simhasanam)

I want everyone to read this. The general (though unspoken) conception is that Ramadan and Islam in general is a religious practice that began in great numbers in the West with the influx of Arab and South Asian immigrants and that is far from the truth and a grave injustice to the contributions of Black Americans. Islam has been here and its foundation began with them.

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This is connecting so many dots in my head right now. 

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Ken Hermann


The true face of a victim
Every year people in Bangladesh are disfigured beyond recognition by acid attacks. The victims are literally scarred for life. Award-winning photographer Ken Hermann and video journalist Tai Klan visited Bangladesh and returned with a striking series of photos and a documentary that emphasizes the resilience of the mutilated victims
It is not the almost indistinguishable scar tissue at the left corner of her mouth that tells the true story of a disaster. Rather, it is her dark eyes that meet the spectator with a stern look.
Popy Rani Das was just 22 years old, when her life changed irreversibly. The previous year she had been married off to a man that initially seemed to be madly in love with her. But soon after the wedding her husband became obsessed with obtaining more money from Popy’s mother. Coming from a poor family savings had already been used on Popy’s dowry. In response, her husband became gradually more violent.
One night when she asked him for something to drink, he decided to taken an irrevocable revenge and handed his thirsty wife a glass of acid. Today, only a small scar, like a drop of acid etched into the skin in the corner of her mouth, reveals the price she paid for her family’s poverty and the subsequent cruelty of her husband. Her internal organs are severely damaged, and she is now fed through a tube.
New dreams and hopes
To those who are victims of acid attacks in Bangladesh, dreams and hopes are splintered in seconds. Medical treatments and surgeries are mere dreams beyond their means. Instead they go on living with marks of cruelty literally branded into their faces and bodies. Stigmatization follows, and rebuilding life and setting new goals for the future require both determination and strength.
Umma Aysha Siddike Nila is a woman of such qualities. She was still a teenager when her husband, then in his thirties, drowned her face with acid, because she refused to follow him his home in Saudi Arabia. The acid has left an irrevocable trail across her beautiful face and forever put an end to her dreams of becoming an actor and dancer. Still, Nila refuses to see herself as a victim.
"I have nothing to hide. I look at myself and love myself for who I have become in spite of what I have suffered," she says.
Nila has devoted her life to support other acid victims in her community. It is her contribution the enduring fight to reduce the number of acid attacks in Bangladesh and the culture that perpetuates the attacks.
Most acid attacks directed against women and children
Since 1999, more than 3,100 people in Bangladesh have been disfigured by acid. Thanks to the advocacy work done by the Dhaka-based NGO Acid Survivor Foundation only 71 cases was recorded last year – a reduction by almost 85% from just 10 years ago..
The vast majority of victims are young women under the age of 35 who are mutilated by men they already know. Typically, attacks are motivated by suspicions of infidelity, rejection of marriage offers, demands for dowry, and disputes over land. One in four victims is a child.
SURVIVORS is a story about people, not victims
The multimedia production SURVIVORS by photographer Ken Hermann and video journalist Tai Klan consists of a series of portraits and a documentary about the people behind the portraits. It is the result of Ken Hermann and Tai Klan’s visit to Dhaka, Bangladesh, where they met with victims and entered their life worlds. The story as it unfolds in photos and on film capture the personal strength of people whose lives were radically changed when they became victims of other people’s hunger for revenge.
"We wanted to create a visual universe with emphasis on the beauty of each face rather than simply displaying these people as freaks. Portraits of acid victims often create a strong reaction from audiences. In contrast we aspired to reveal the person behind the scars by focusing on the fragility and gracefulness of the people in front us," says photographer Ken Hermann.
12.Jun.14 1 month ago

Latest update on Outfit By Night - Manufactured Opulence featuring this bomber jacket from River Island, UNIF shoes, some vintage jewelry and Ksubi shades.

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