Suzanna. In love with a schnauzer named Mimzy. Instagram
When wars are declared, everyone involved in the declaration assumes women will be raped. Invading soldiers do not necessarily rape women to hurt us, per se. Women are raped to stymie the moral of husbands, fathers, and sons. Women’s bodies are considered solely in regard to how they affect men. In the context of war, rape literally plants the seed of the invader in the body of a people. The secret weapon of war is spiritually crippling an entire nation of human beings and generations to come by sexually assaulting as many women and girls as possible.
Cunt:  A Declaration of Independence. (via ratsandcandy666)
#cunt   #feminism   #rape   #war   #book   #excerpt   #quote  
mothernaturenetwork:

A German Bundeswehr soldier plays with an orange tabby kitten while on a patrol in the Chahar Dara District near Kunduz, Afghanistan on Aug. 20.
The best animal photos of August

mothernaturenetwork:

A German Bundeswehr soldier plays with an orange tabby kitten while on a patrol in the Chahar Dara District near Kunduz, Afghanistan on Aug. 20.

The best animal photos of August

#animals   #war   #photo   #cats   #kitten   #cute  

cwnl:

Child soldiers: Real world problems.

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#Child soldiers   #africa   #asia   #war  

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#peace   #war   #economy  

promotingpeace:

FALLUJA, IRAQ - NOVEMBER 12: (R to L) Yousif Hamed, age 4 years old, his brother Anas Hamed and his sister Inas who suffer from birth defects are pictured on November 12, 2009 in the city of Falluja west of Baghdad, Iraq.

The true extent of the Iraq war’s most horrifying legacies has been kept from the international public’s view. In an excerpt taken from The American Conservative, UTNE describes how the American army has left behind untold (but high) quantities of depleted uranium (DU) that is the most probable cause of babies being born with three heads and other devastating defects.

UTNE lists a variety of cases of Fallujah babies in particular that born with defects. Some reported defects include:

Babies born with only one eye

Babies born with missing limbs or too many limbs

A higher than normal incidence of babies with brain damage or tumors

Cardiac defects

Missing genitalia

John Simpson, a world-renowned journalist, was presented with a photograph of a newborn with three heads when he toured a Fallujah hospital in March, 2010. And Ayman Qais, director of Fallujah’s general hospital, told the Guardian that “Most [deformities] are in the head and spinal cord, but there are also many deficiencies in lower limbs.”

Authorities have gone so far as to advise women to not have babies at all, at least for now.

Depleted Uranium

Everyone – scientists, doctors, and aid workers – is pointing to the war and the bevy of weaponry, waste, rubble, burn pits, and oil fires left behind as the culprit of this travesty. Some are calling depleted uranium (DU) this war’s agent orange (an herbicide that caused similar deformations in Viet Nam).

“DU is a dense, highly toxic, radioactive heavy metal that the military uses for its shielding and penetrative capabilities,” according to UTNE, that will not be completely eradicated for 4.5 billion years.

The U.S. left behind 320 metric tons of DU after the first Gulf War, but there’s no real sense yet of how much will be left behind this time. One journalist traveled through Iraq with a Geiger counter that detects radioactivity and found plenty of it, including where children play among the rubble.

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health verifies the notion that congenital malformations can be attributed to war-associated long-term exposure to contamination, but the U.S. Department of Defense denies responsibility.

The consequence of George W. Bush’s decision wage war on Iraq, for all the wrong reasons, are immediately felt by 15% of all new babies born in Fallujah. And they will continue to be felt for literally billions of years.

(Source: illumemagazine.com, via fatimahfeatnoam-deactivated2011)

#iraq   #war   #fallujah   #deformities   #disease   #health   #depleted uranium   #usa  
Since 2003, The U.S. spent $980 billion in Iraq, enough to wipe out world poverty for 10 years.
#quote   #usa   #war  
canisfamiliaris:

Francois Robert has created a series of powerful artworks made out of real human bones to remind people about the consequences of personal, military, economic, political and religious violence.
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canisfamiliaris:

Francois Robert has created a series of powerful artworks made out of real human bones to remind people about the consequences of personal, military, economic, political and religious violence.

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(Source: manuelneuered)

#war   #art   #bones   #francois robert  

TRIGGER WARNING FOR VIOLENCE/RAPE AGAINST WOMEN/GIRLS

In almost every conflict, mortality is disproportionately male. But whereas men are the normal victims of war, women have become a weapon of war – meant to be disfigured or tortured to terrorize the rest of the population.

Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn (2009), Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Oppression for Women Worldwide

#quote   #book   #excerpt   #half the sky   #war   #nicholas kristof   #sheryl wudunn  

TRIGGER WARNING FOR VIOLENCE/RAPE AGAINST WOMEN/GIRLS

In short, rape becomes a tool of war in conservative societies precisely because female sexuality is so sacred. Codes of sexual honor, in which women are valued based on their chastity, ostensibly protect women, but in fact they create an environment in which women are systematically dishonored.

Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn (2009), Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Oppression for Women Worldwide

#quote   #book   #excerpt   #war   #rape   #women's rights   #half the sky   #nicholas kristof   #sheryl wudunn  

canisfamiliaris:

Iraq war memorial in Santa Monica, CA; by Kevin Dooley, CC BY 2.0

The costs of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan are estimated at 225,000 lives and up to $4 trillion in U.S. spending in a new report by scholars with the Eisenhower Research Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.

(Source: costsofwar.org)

#war   #afghanistan   #iran   #pakistan   #middle east   #economy   #politics   #lives   #death  
mohandasgandhi:

gaywitchpracticingabortion:

“Books are weapons in the war of ideas.”

They’re only weapons if people actually read them.

mohandasgandhi:

gaywitchpracticingabortion:

Books are weapons in the war of ideas.

They’re only weapons if people actually read them.

#reading   #books   #war  
anelephantblog:

South Sudan Works To Aid Wildlife That Survived War South Sudan is poised to become the world’s newest  country in just a  few weeks. Two decades of civil war cost more than 2 million lives and  wiped out much of the region’s wildlife — but not all of  it.
A  few years ago, conservationists made a surprising  discovery: large  herds of antelopes and elephants. The government of South Sudan and the  New York-based Wildlife Conservation  Society are now trying to protect  animals that were once thought lost to war.
Read more.
Photo: Frank Langfitt/NPR, elephants are being tracked using radio collars to  help South Sudan figure out how to protect the animals from poachers and  development.

anelephantblog:

South Sudan Works To Aid Wildlife That Survived War
South Sudan is poised to become the world’s newest country in just a few weeks. Two decades of civil war cost more than 2 million lives and wiped out much of the region’s wildlife — but not all of it.

A few years ago, conservationists made a surprising discovery: large herds of antelopes and elephants. The government of South Sudan and the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society are now trying to protect animals that were once thought lost to war.

Read more.

Photo: Frank Langfitt/NPR, elephants are being tracked using radio collars to help South Sudan figure out how to protect the animals from poachers and development.

#animals   #endangered species   #wildlife   #elephants   #war   #war zone   #sudan   #south sudan  
caraobrien:

Postcards from Hell, 2011: Images from the world’s most failed states
Rafael Sanchez Fabres/LatinContent/Getty Images
#failed states   #economy   #politics   #poverty   #somalia   #war   #famine   #chad   #africa   #sudan   #haiti   #latin america   #caribbean   #drc   #congo   #zimbabwe   #afghanistan   #middle east   #central african republic   #car   #Democratic Republic of Congo   #iraq   #ivory coast   #guinea   #pakistan   #yemen   #nigeria   #niger   #kenya   #birundi  
poeticislam:

Boycott Israel, Need I Say more..

Is this specific to America, or does it also apply in Canada and the UK?

poeticislam:

Boycott Israel, Need I Say more..

Is this specific to America, or does it also apply in Canada and the UK?

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#israel   #palestine   #boycott   #war