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Jul 12

wetheurban:

FASHION: Christian Dior Fall/Winter 2014 Haute Couture

Holy silhouette! With a streamlined stamp on Dior classics, Raf Simons presented a couture collection for modern-day royalty at Paris Couture Fashion Week.

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Jul 12

oumcartoon:

"The Witness"

As the murder of three Israeli teens spurs further violence across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, I wanted to post some cartoons by the infamous Palestinian illustrator Naji Al-Ali. 

Al-Ali himself was the target of extralegal violence and emblemizes the tragedy of Palestine. By way of a brief background:

Twenty-six years ago, a cartoonist was gunned down on the streets of London. The assassins of Palestinian illustrator Naji Al-Ali were never apprehended. Yet, the attempt to silence his voice proved ineffective. 

The signature character in Al-Ali’s cartoons was Handala, a young Palestinian boy observing the world’s tragedies. Handala’s back always faces the reader, situating him or her in the vantage point of the shoeless refugee boy. The viewer experiences Palestine and Israel through Handala, though Al-Ali’s pen also indicted Arab regimes, the U.S. and other enablers of Palestine’s refugee crisis. This act of witnessing has had a major impact on the region, and its cartoonists. Handala has been painted on the separation wall that splits Palestine and Israel, on barricades encircling Cairo’s interior ministry, and in Morocco’s medinas. 

With a Palestinian-American teen beaten yesterday, the top image—of Handala struck by an arrow—captured the angst and sorrow I was feeling about the situation.

The color images above are by Iraqi artist Hani Mazhar, who draws inspiration from Al-Ali, and presented these works last year at Katara, a cultural village funded by the Qatari state. It was apparently the first time that Al-Ali’s cartoons were presented in the Middle East:

“These paintings are aimed at paying homage to Naji Al Ali. I want to show the people the aesthetic side of his cartoons, not only the political message, which is very important to me because Naji Al Ali’s image in the media was limited to being a cartoonist only, not as an artist. For me it is very important to show his other side,” said Mazhar.

Jul 11

breakingfloor:

Well done, Abby Martin.

iheartbarca:

Let’s not forget them. Let’s not forget the Palestinians who are suffering each second of their lives because of the Israeli army. 
They are humans, just like us, yet the medias barely talk about them or when they do, they try to make us believe that the victims were terrorists and the israeli army is a good one; actually they are killing civil, kids, family. They are targeting family houses, schools, football fields etc… We need to open our eyes and try to make things change even if it’s a little bit.
The israeli army is destroying everything just to build new colonies for its people. Chasing away a population from its own land! What would you do if people came to your house, killed all your family and then said “now it’s my house, you have nothing to do here” why ? Because they have more money than you do. 
The israeli army is bombing from everywhere : air, water… What can the Palestinians do about that? They have absolutely nothing yet the Democratic countries is accusing the Hamas for “its attacks on Israel”. 
The israeli government is threatening to cut electricity and they are also destroying the dons (medicines, food, water, clothes…) that were given in order to help the victims. 
By the time I was writing this, a hundred of people were killed or wounded. So I’m begging you, who is reading this : don’t forget the Palestinians, let’s pray for them and keep them in our thoughts.
Let’s not forget also the people from Syria, Birmania…who live the same things but we won’t talk about them probably because of where they come from or their religion.
Jul 11

iheartbarca:

Let’s not forget them. Let’s not forget the Palestinians who are suffering each second of their lives because of the Israeli army.
They are humans, just like us, yet the medias barely talk about them or when they do, they try to make us believe that the victims were terrorists and the israeli army is a good one; actually they are killing civil, kids, family. They are targeting family houses, schools, football fields etc… We need to open our eyes and try to make things change even if it’s a little bit.
The israeli army is destroying everything just to build new colonies for its people. Chasing away a population from its own land! What would you do if people came to your house, killed all your family and then said “now it’s my house, you have nothing to do here” why ? Because they have more money than you do.
The israeli army is bombing from everywhere : air, water… What can the Palestinians do about that? They have absolutely nothing yet the Democratic countries is accusing the Hamas for “its attacks on Israel”.
The israeli government is threatening to cut electricity and they are also destroying the dons (medicines, food, water, clothes…) that were given in order to help the victims.
By the time I was writing this, a hundred of people were killed or wounded. So I’m begging you, who is reading this : don’t forget the Palestinians, let’s pray for them and keep them in our thoughts.
Let’s not forget also the people from Syria, Birmania…who live the same things but we won’t talk about them probably because of where they come from or their religion.

androphilia:

Why I’m on the brink of burning my Israeli passport | The Independent

By Mira Bar Hillel
July 11, 2014
I can no longer stand by while Israeli politicians like Ayelet Shaked condone the deaths of innocent Palestinian women and children
She is young. She is pretty. She is a university graduate and a computer engineer. She is also an Israeli Parliamentarian - and the reason why I am on the brink of burning my Israeli passport. Because behind that wide-eyed innocent face lurks the Angel of Death.
Ayelet Shaked represents the far-right Jewish Home party in the Knesset. This means she is well to the right of Benyamin Netanyahu, just in case you thought such a thing was not possible.
On Monday she quoted this on her Facebook page:  “Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.”
A week earlier, just before 17-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair was snatched and burned alive, Shaked wrote: “This is not a war against terror, and not a war against extremists, and not even a war against the Palestinian Authority. The reality is that this is a war between two people. Who is the enemy? The Palestinian people. Why? Ask them, they started it.”
So even before the boy died horribly she declared him to be the enemy, and afterwards, without any apparent hint of guilt or remorse, she was calling for the deaths of innocent women and their unborn babies.
She made me think about my mother’s sister Klara and her three small children who were living in Krakow in 1939 when the Germans invaded. They decided that the Jews – all Jews – were the enemy and had to be eliminated, not least the women and the little snakes they were raising. “Why? Ask them – they started it”, as the Nazis would say if asked.
I never met Klara or her children who had perished by 1942. I did meet my uncle Romek, who survived by working in Oskar Schindler’s factory, and his wife Yetti who survived because she spoke good German and was able to pretend she was a fine German woman who had kicked out her Polish Jewish husband, as she smiled prettily at every Nazi she came across.
My father’s brother Shmuel and his young family also perished before I was born, taken in Holland, to where they had escaped from Berlin, to the same camp Anne Frank died in.
I know what it is to have been helpless victims, living and dying under racist oppressors’ boots, and I know that today’s Israelis are no longer the victims but the perpetrators of the current crisis. Yes, Hamas are dreadful hate-filled killers and woe betide Israel had they had the wherewithal to carry out their intentions. But the fact remains that it is Israel which has the tanks, bombers, artillery, nuclear warheads and missile defences of Goliath, while ordinary Gazans had nothing a week ago and even less today, as even hospitals and schools were bombed.
Shaked got what she wanted: the death toll in Gaza is nearing 100, one in four being children. Hundreds more have serious injuries in a place where hospitals have also been bombed and medical essentials are running out.
In Israel, in spite of Hamas’s best efforts, not one death has been recorded, nor any serious injuries, although a wedding party was disrupted and got on the television news.
And, as the bombs rain on Gaza, Israeli teens have taken to tweeting scantily-clad selfies alongside their political sentiments.  In two now deleted tweets, one wrote “Death to all of you Arabs you transfag”, while another proclaimed “Arabs may you be paralyzed & die with great suffering!”  Another teen simply tweeted “Death to these f****** Arabs”, and attached a photo of themselves pouting alongside it.
Seeing these angelic faces of evil spouting such genocidal rhetoric, I pick up my Israeli passport and a box of matches. “Not in my name, people. Not in my name!”
Copyright © 2014 independent.co.uk.
[Photographs: Left: Palestinians carry the body of three-year-old Mohammed Mnassrah. (© Mohammed Saber/EPA); Right: Ayelet Shaked, a member of the Jewish Home party in Israel’s Knesset. (via Wikimedia Commons)]
Jul 11

androphilia:

Why I’m on the brink of burning my Israeli passport | The Independent

By Mira Bar Hillel

July 11, 2014

I can no longer stand by while Israeli politicians like Ayelet Shaked condone the deaths of innocent Palestinian women and children

She is young. She is pretty. She is a university graduate and a computer engineer. She is also an Israeli Parliamentarian - and the reason why I am on the brink of burning my Israeli passport. Because behind that wide-eyed innocent face lurks the Angel of Death.

Ayelet Shaked represents the far-right Jewish Home party in the Knesset. This means she is well to the right of Benyamin Netanyahu, just in case you thought such a thing was not possible.

On Monday she quoted this on her Facebook page:  “Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.”

A week earlier, just before 17-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair was snatched and burned alive, Shaked wrote: “This is not a war against terror, and not a war against extremists, and not even a war against the Palestinian Authority. The reality is that this is a war between two people. Who is the enemy? The Palestinian people. Why? Ask them, they started it.”

So even before the boy died horribly she declared him to be the enemy, and afterwards, without any apparent hint of guilt or remorse, she was calling for the deaths of innocent women and their unborn babies.

She made me think about my mother’s sister Klara and her three small children who were living in Krakow in 1939 when the Germans invaded. They decided that the Jews – all Jews – were the enemy and had to be eliminated, not least the women and the little snakes they were raising. “Why? Ask them – they started it”, as the Nazis would say if asked.

I never met Klara or her children who had perished by 1942. I did meet my uncle Romek, who survived by working in Oskar Schindler’s factory, and his wife Yetti who survived because she spoke good German and was able to pretend she was a fine German woman who had kicked out her Polish Jewish husband, as she smiled prettily at every Nazi she came across.

My father’s brother Shmuel and his young family also perished before I was born, taken in Holland, to where they had escaped from Berlin, to the same camp Anne Frank died in.

I know what it is to have been helpless victims, living and dying under racist oppressors’ boots, and I know that today’s Israelis are no longer the victims but the perpetrators of the current crisis. Yes, Hamas are dreadful hate-filled killers and woe betide Israel had they had the wherewithal to carry out their intentions. But the fact remains that it is Israel which has the tanks, bombers, artillery, nuclear warheads and missile defences of Goliath, while ordinary Gazans had nothing a week ago and even less today, as even hospitals and schools were bombed.

Shaked got what she wanted: the death toll in Gaza is nearing 100, one in four being children. Hundreds more have serious injuries in a place where hospitals have also been bombed and medical essentials are running out.

In Israel, in spite of Hamas’s best efforts, not one death has been recorded, nor any serious injuries, although a wedding party was disrupted and got on the television news.

And, as the bombs rain on Gaza, Israeli teens have taken to tweeting scantily-clad selfies alongside their political sentiments.  In two now deleted tweets, one wrote “Death to all of you Arabs you transfag”, while another proclaimed “Arabs may you be paralyzed & die with great suffering!”  Another teen simply tweeted “Death to these f****** Arabs”, and attached a photo of themselves pouting alongside it.

Seeing these angelic faces of evil spouting such genocidal rhetoric, I pick up my Israeli passport and a box of matches. “Not in my name, people. Not in my name!”

Copyright © 2014 independent.co.uk.

[Photographs: Left: Palestinians carry the body of three-year-old Mohammed Mnassrah. (© Mohammed Saber/EPA); Right: Ayelet Shaked, a member of the Jewish Home party in Israel’s Knesset. (via Wikimedia Commons)]

18-15n-77-30w:

gaptoothbitch:

TOME FW 2014

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Jul 11

18-15n-77-30w:

gaptoothbitch:

TOME FW 2014

18° 15’ N, 77° 30’ W

luvvdivine:

Today, I met Lt. Col. Julius Jackson, one of the Tuskegee Airmen. I was in Walgreens when I saw his t-shirt so I walked over to thank him. His words were such a gift and he was so humble. I was all teary afterwards.
He told me "Always know who you are." When I asked him for a pic, he chuckled and said “what do you need a picture of an ugly old man for?” and smiled. I thanked him again and he looked me straight in the eyes and said "I am your brother. You don’t need to thank me." But I do, Mr. Jackson.
He took my hand and said "You have beautiful eyes. That means you’re a good person. Keep your head up always. You’re a Queen."
He spoke power into me and I’m honored to have met him. Living history. Salute.
My week is made.
Jul 11

luvvdivine:

Today, I met Lt. Col. Julius Jackson, one of the Tuskegee Airmen. I was in Walgreens when I saw his t-shirt so I walked over to thank him. His words were such a gift and he was so humble. I was all teary afterwards.

He told me "Always know who you are." When I asked him for a pic, he chuckled and said “what do you need a picture of an ugly old man for?” and smiled. I thanked him again and he looked me straight in the eyes and said "I am your brother. You don’t need to thank me." But I do, Mr. Jackson.

He took my hand and said "You have beautiful eyes. That means you’re a good person. Keep your head up always. You’re a Queen."

He spoke power into me and I’m honored to have met him. Living history. Salute.

My week is made.

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raresenses:

what-id-wear:

www.heelsavenue.com

complete perfection
Jul 11

raresenses:

what-id-wear:

www.heelsavenue.com

complete perfection

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womensweardaily:

M Missoni RTW Fall 2014
Photo by Pavel Antonov
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womensweardaily:

M Missoni RTW Fall 2014

Photo by Pavel Antonov