Israel on Sunday confiscated nearly 1,000 acres of privately owned Palestinian land near an Israeli settlement south of Bethlehem in the West Bank — a move described by Israeli rights group Peace Now as “unprecedented in its scope since the 1980s.”
Settlements built on Palestinian land occupied by Israel, including East Jerusalem, are deemed illegal by the United Nations. Israel’s refusal to halt their construction and expansion has at times arrested the peace process and increased resentment and distrust among Palestinians.Israel confiscates nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank | Al Jazeera America (via guerrillamamamedicine)
Once I stopped giving a shit about being seen as respectable my life got 100% better.
So Canada is basically tossing their protection of Humpback Whales in the garbage in order to enable them to put an oil pipeline right through critical habitat territory.
Just in case, y’know, anyone wants to stop talking about moose and maple syrup for a second.
Here, have a petition.
“Waiting for all the facts to come in” is a common trope whenever there’s a racially charged, or politically tendentious story in the news that captures all of our attention. In theory, it’s an appeal to some unreachable, platonic model of journalistic balance, the type of “some say, others say” equivocating that comprises most of the work done by our milquetoast national media. This myth presumes that the truth in any story must fall in the exact center of some probability distribution equation between either extreme. It assumes that both extremes hold equal validity, when that is almost never true.
There’s a more pernicious application of this line of thinking in stories like this, and it sounds like this:
“So, why didnt everyone wait until the facts came in before the went crazy?” one arbiter of universal factual equilibrium, in response to a previous Ferguson story on Esquire, wants to know. “Everyone just believed Dorian Johnson’s ‘story’ from the get go. Then every day or so the facts started rolling in—he had robbed a store, an autopsy showed no shots in the back, other witness accounts of the story detailing that he tried to jump through the cop’s window to get the gun, etc.”
It could have been lifted from the Trayvon Martin aftermath, or in the comments on reports about Eric Garner’s killing by the NYPD, or any of a hundred other stories about the dispatching of black men by authority figures. “Just the facts, ma’am,” says a nation of Joe Fridays, each a dispassionate observer here to sort through the emotional responses from the fool-hearty left.
Here’s a fact: Mike Brown, an unarmed teenager, was shot six times by an officer of the law.
Here are some other facts: “One of the bullets shattered Mr. Brown’s right eye, traveled through his face, exited his jaw and re-entered his collarbone,” the New York Times writes of the autopsy results. “The last two shots in the head would have stopped him in his tracks and were likely the last fired.”If You Are ‘Waiting for the Facts’ from the Police, You Will Be Waiting for the Rest of Your Life - Esquire (via guerrillamamamedicine)