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Globalization is not a natural, evolutionary, or inevitable phenomenon, as is often argued. Globalization is a political process that has been forced on the weak by the powerful. Globalization in not the cross-cultural interaction of diverse societies. It is the imposition of a particular culture on all others. Nor is globalization the search for ecological balance on a planetary scale. It is the predation of one class, one race, and often one gender of a single specie on all others. ‘Global’ in the dominant discourse is the political space in which the dominant local seeks control, freeing itself from local, regional, and global sources of accountability arising from the imperatives of ecological sustainability and social justice. ‘Global’ in this sense does not represent the universal human interest; it represents a particular local and parochial interest and culture that has been globalized through its reach and control, irresponsibility, and lack of reciprocity.

Globalization has come in three waves. The first wave was the colonization of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia by European powers over the course of 1, 500 years. The second wave was the imposition of the West’s idea of ‘development’ on non-Western cultures in the postcolonial era of the past five decades. The third wave of globalization was unleashed approximately five years ago as the era of ‘free trade,’ which for some commentators implies an end to history, but for us in the Third World is a repeat of history through recolonization. Each wave of globalization has served Western interests, and each wave has created deeper colonization of other cultures and of the planet’s life.

— Vandana Shiva. “Ecological Balance in an Era of Globalization.” (2000). The Globalization Reader, Fourth Edition. 2012. (via thedarksideoflight89)

toxicmilitary:

A Map of the US Military’s Golf Courses Around the World

From California to the Korean DMZ, the pentagon runs nearly 200 golf courses

The United States military is undeniably massive. In 2012, the Pentagon spent 4.4 percent of our GDP on defense, with hundreds of billions going to contractors for assorted weapons, equipment, and essentials. What is not known is exactly how much money funds the military’s international golf habit. Mother Jones has found that the Pentagon currently operates at least 194 golf courses and 2,874 holes of golf worldwide. Hover over any flag to tee up more information about the location, name, and size of these courses.

Nearly all of the military golf courses are on US bases. Unsurprisingly, most are in the United States. However, greens can also be found throughout the Middle East, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. They somewhat coincide with strategic military locations, leaving states like Florida, Hawaii, and Virginia and countries like Germany and Japan covered with flags. The military’s Morale, Warfare, and Recreation and Marine Corps Community Services programs, which run the courses (as well as library programs, youth programs, fitness centers, and bowling alleys), say they are designed to maintain troop morale and combat readiness during stressful situations or down time.

According to MWR officials, military golf courses must “generally" be self-supporting; however, they are quite expensive to run. As journalist Nick Turse pointed out in 2008, fairways and greens regularly need refurbishing. The US Golf Association estimates a standard 18-hole course can cost around $384,000 to $636,000 a year in maintenance fees. (Building a golf course can cost $1.6 to $4.5 million.) Just last year,the Pelican Bay Golf Course at Florida’s Tyndall Air Force Base shut down after running a $270,000 average annual deficit since 2006.

The quality of military golf courses can differ dramatically, ranging from the sprawling 54-hole championship complex outside Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, DC, to a couple of holes plopped in the highlands of Mosul, Iraq. The terrain is further varied. The military operates its golf courses in volcanoes, surrounded by landmines, and just outside the notorious detention center in Guantanamo Bay. It also boasts the “World’s Most Dangerous Golf Course"—a singlepar 3 just below the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea.

Estimates of the total number of courses vary. In 1975, Wisconsin Sen. William Proxmire called out the Pentagon for spending $14 million a year to maintain 300 courses. Today, the most commonly reported number of courses is 234, but a thorough search turned up 194.

read more: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/pentagon-military-golf-courses-map


Incidents Involving US Military in Okinawa →


toxicmilitary:

Despite protests, the U.S. military has begun construction of runways off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, potentially harming a critically endangered marine mammal

In the bright blue waters of Henoko Bay, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, endangered dugong graze on fields of sea grass growing on the ocean floor. The gentle, manatee-like mammals, also called “sea cows,” have long been regarded as cultural icons by the Okinawans and are lauded as the inspiration for seafarers’ tales of mermaids and sirens. They’re also disappearing at a rapid rate.

The local population is estimated to include only one remaining herd with as many as 50 to as few as three animals, which is why American and Japanese conservation groups are outraged that the U.S. military is set to pave over their last remaining habitat.

[…]

For the Okinawan people, the dugong have also become a symbol of the multitude of burdens they’ve faced because of the presence of the U.S. military, which now occupies 20 percent of the main island. Frequent grievances include aircraft noise, the risk of aircraft accidents and crimes committed by U.S. military personnel, such as the rape and sexual assault of local women.

read more: http://www.vocativ.com/usa/military/okinawa/


kushandwizdom:

dragonheartedrabbit:

"Waste of good ammo. It’s my privilege to buy you a replacement box."

"All self-respecting whites have a moral responsibility to support our growing number of martyrs to the failed experiment called diversity."

"I thank all Police, you are the ‘Thin Blue Line’ protecting normal Americans from aggressive and entitled primitive savages. America is surely at the tipping point."

Just a few quotes (in case it’s hard to read) from that collection of donation messages for Darren Wilson.

Does anyone else want to say it’s not about race?

It’s not about race remember.. You’re racist for calling people racist remember.. Lol
People don’t change and history always repeats itself..


Following Ferguson: Asian Americans Can Choose ‘Invisibility, Complicity, or Resistance’ →



But what about how tons of Japanese people say that it's completely okay to wear kimonos? Like I don't wear one but they always say they like it?

— Asked by Anonymous

uhmmm im not japanese so you asking the wrong person lmao

ask thisisnotjapan

— Answered by blackfemalepresident

cho-yu:

to the anon:

this has been discussed before: Homogeneous countries like Korea and Japan are not exposed to the racial politics/dynamics of the US: they do not share a shred of the experiences diasporic Asians face in the US along the lines of being marginalized, stereotyped in the media, etc;

and so, saying: “but Japanese people from JAPAN say it’s okay!!” is a completely invalid, and quite ignorant, excuse, not to mention in most cases this kind of thing is said to invalidate many Asian-American’s ethnicity purely out of racist inconvenience, and later, they will strip the “American” from them. 

And in fact, many Koreans have stepped up (yes, Koreans in Korea) to say that they do not appreciate (hate) random foreigners finding them on facebook and asking about KPOP: they think it’s disrespectful that foreigners think just because they like KPOP Koreans should be happy, when in reality, they hate that to foreigners, Korean culture has been reduced to KPOP (so no, you’re not making many Koreans happy by saying “but I love KPOP! You should be happy I pay attention to you!!) You can see students talking about this in Wilkine Brutus’ vlogs.


owning-my-truth:

atane:

atane:

This is a story that isn’t getting the traction in the press that it should. I posted the case about Howard Morgan not long ago here.
Morgan was a veteran police officer in Chicago. He is black. He was shot 28 times by 4 white officers. 21 of those shots were administered to the back of his body. Morgan never fired a weapon, and a witness corroborated that. In fact, one of the officers took Morgan’s weapon away from him. Morgan was acquitted of aggravated discharge of a weapon in 2007. 
Some key facts via this online petition

Howard Morgan’s van was crushed and destroyed without notice or cause before any forensic investigation could be done. The State only produced 3 of the 28 bullets shot into and taken from Howard Morgan’s body, whereby the rest of the 25 bullets could have shown whether or not the police officers who shot Mr. Morgan shot him with his own gun after taking it from him. Howard Morgan was never tested for gun residue to confirm if he even fired a weapon on the morning in question. The State never produced the actual bullet proof vest worn by one of the officers who claimed to have allegedly taken a shot directly into the vest on the morning in question. The State only produced a replica.

Despite all this, and the fact that Morgan was earlier acquitted of firing his own weapon, Morgan was found guilty of attempted murder of the 4 white officers who shot him 28 times, with 21 of those shots having entry points on the back of his body. How does one not fire a weapon, get shot 28 times by four officers, and then be found guilty of attempted murder? It doesn’t make sense.
Morgan is set to be sentenced in April. More info here.

Since people insist on contacting to tell me “not all cops”, I’ll be reblogging old posts of the most egregious cases of police brutality. This isn’t about individual “nice” cops. This is about a systemic problem. Good cops are forced to tow the line or they will get dealt with. No one is denying that cops have a tough job. Who said they didn’t? Isn’t that what they signed up for? Don’t jump in the lion’s den and then complain about lions.
The case above is about a Black Chicago cop named Howard Morgan. Why his case didn’t gain national attention beats me. He was shot 28 times by fellow officers, and 21 of those shots came from behind. He survived somehow. One officer took his weapon away from him. Black cops are not safe either.

And note this again from atane’s original post:

Despite all this, and the fact that Morgan was earlier acquitted of firing his own weapon, Morgan was found guilty of attempted murder of the 4 white officers who shot him 28 times, with 21 of those shots having entry points on the back of his body. How does one not fire a weapon, get shot 28 times by four officers, and then be found guilty of attempted murder? 

The hatred of black people in this country knows no bounds.

owning-my-truth:

atane:

atane:

This is a story that isn’t getting the traction in the press that it should. I posted the case about Howard Morgan not long ago here.

Morgan was a veteran police officer in Chicago. He is black. He was shot 28 times by 4 white officers. 21 of those shots were administered to the back of his body. Morgan never fired a weapon, and a witness corroborated that. In fact, one of the officers took Morgan’s weapon away from him. Morgan was acquitted of aggravated discharge of a weapon in 2007. 

Some key facts via this online petition

Howard Morgan’s van was crushed and destroyed without notice or cause before any forensic investigation could be done.

The State only produced 3 of the 28 bullets shot into and taken from Howard Morgan’s body, whereby the rest of the 25 bullets could have shown whether or not the police officers who shot Mr. Morgan shot him with his own gun after taking it from him.

Howard Morgan was never tested for gun residue to confirm if he even fired a weapon on the morning in question.

The State never produced the actual bullet proof vest worn by one of the officers who claimed to have allegedly taken a shot directly into the vest on the morning in question. The State only produced a replica.

Despite all this, and the fact that Morgan was earlier acquitted of firing his own weapon, Morgan was found guilty of attempted murder of the 4 white officers who shot him 28 times, with 21 of those shots having entry points on the back of his body. How does one not fire a weapon, get shot 28 times by four officers, and then be found guilty of attempted murder? It doesn’t make sense.

Morgan is set to be sentenced in April. More info here.

Since people insist on contacting to tell me “not all cops”, I’ll be reblogging old posts of the most egregious cases of police brutality. This isn’t about individual “nice” cops. This is about a systemic problem. Good cops are forced to tow the line or they will get dealt with. No one is denying that cops have a tough job. Who said they didn’t? Isn’t that what they signed up for? Don’t jump in the lion’s den and then complain about lions.

The case above is about a Black Chicago cop named Howard Morgan. Why his case didn’t gain national attention beats me. He was shot 28 times by fellow officers, and 21 of those shots came from behind. He survived somehow. One officer took his weapon away from him. Black cops are not safe either.

And note this again from atane’s original post:

Despite all this, and the fact that Morgan was earlier acquitted of firing his own weapon, Morgan was found guilty of attempted murder of the 4 white officers who shot him 28 times, with 21 of those shots having entry points on the back of his body. How does one not fire a weapon, get shot 28 times by four officers, and then be found guilty of attempted murder? 

The hatred of black people in this country knows no bounds.


rareharvest:

kararikue:

altersociety:

kateceratops:

People are giving Wilson money to thank him for killing an unarmed black teenager. Please report this to GoFundMe, as it violates their Terms of Service and they get 5% of the tens of thousands of dollars being donated. Click to report.
This is my message, in case you want to copy and paste:
Your Terms of Service prohibit “items that promote… hate, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” Take a look at the comments that come with the donations on this page and tell me that doesn’t violate your terms. “Support Officer Wilson” is a thin veil for people rewarding Wilson for killing a black kid.

Reporting this fuck out of this racist shit.

Done. It takes like a minute. Fuck this white asshole and his racists supporters. He shouldn’t profit 200k from killing a black child.

Signal boost.  Shut it down.

rareharvest:

kararikue:

altersociety:

kateceratops:

People are giving Wilson money to thank him for killing an unarmed black teenager. Please report this to GoFundMe, as it violates their Terms of Service and they get 5% of the tens of thousands of dollars being donated. Click to report.

This is my message, in case you want to copy and paste:

Your Terms of Service prohibit “items that promote… hate, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” Take a look at the comments that come with the donations on this page and tell me that doesn’t violate your terms. “Support Officer Wilson” is a thin veil for people rewarding Wilson for killing a black kid.

Reporting this fuck out of this racist shit.

Done. It takes like a minute. Fuck this white asshole and his racists supporters. He shouldn’t profit 200k from killing a black child.

Signal boost.  Shut it down.


Darren Wilson’s “blowout fracture”

delphoxqueen:

edits in bold throughout post
If you’ve been keeping up with what the media is saying about Darren Wilson, you may have read this article that claims he suffered a blowout fracture: a fracture of one or more bones surrounding the eye. Here is a screencap from the article of a CT scan.
In the original version of this post, I assumed this to be  Darren Wilson’s CT scan, as the author wanted the average reader to believe. I was not the only one to do so. "To be fair, Hoft never explicitly says that the CT Scan in his post was that of the officer; however, he clearly invites the reader to draw that impression. Further, there is no convincing reason to scrub the reference to the University of Iowa other than to hide the fact that this is very obviously not a CT Scan of Officer Wilson.” 

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When the article later stated that “police sources” said 12 witnesses had taken Wilson’s side, I was incredible skeptical, obviously.

[I also want to mention that this article is using pictures of the convenience store where the owner’s lawyer blatantly stated that Mike Brown did not steal anything.]
side note on whole altercation: Dorian Johnson confirms theft of cigars, Still Not Reason To Shoot Unarmed Teen Six To Eight Times

This article lists the side effects of an orbital blowout fracture. It also posts a video taken by Piaget Crenshaw, a woman who lives on the street where Mike Brown was killed. The video shows Darren Wilson standing around Mike’s body soon after his murder, showing no signs of pain; and you see the officer he’s reporting to acting like Wilson hasn’t been injured at all. That isn’t very likely for someone who would have visible signs of trauma. 

The second article also shows “Darren’s” CT scan, and one that looks exactly like it, but: in the corner it says UNIV OF IOWA ETC-TC. Just to check up on this, I looked up the words “university of iowa blowout fracture” and set Google to where it would show posts from before this year, guess what. On uiowa.edu, this CT scan was on a page made in 2008[It’s about all kinds of eye trauma.]Below is a screencap with the url in it so you can see what I’m talking about, if you don’t want to scroll through a page with graphic injuries. 
[This simply tells you that Hoft, author of article one, wanted the average reader to see this CT scan as proof of Brown attacking Wilson, therefore justifying his murder.]

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(“There’s no more racism in America! We have a black President!”)

Now listen to me. If an article does not post credible sources (“two local St. Louis sources” does not count at all) or only goes off what the police is saying: double, triple, quadruple check it before you share the information, just to cause less hysteria for everyone trying to stay updated on these horrific events.



It is difficult to generalize about a large group of people. There were, for example, over 700,000 Korean Americans in the United States in 1990, and over 7.2 million people of Asian descent. Cleavages of class, gender, and generation, not to mention disparate national origins and languages, elude facile generalizations. There are no clear-cut characteristics or essential features: some are fourth- or even fifth-generation immigrants, others have immigrated recently or are war refugees; some are Buddhist, others are Christian; some speak only English, others speak any number of literally hundreds of languages. Take educational achievement: in 1980, 51.9 percent of Asian Indians held college degrees, while the comparable figure was 2.9 percent for the Hmong from Southeast Asia. At the same time that the poverty rate among Laotians was 67.2 percent, it was only 4.2 percent for Japanese Americans. Although Korean Americans’ median family income was slightly above the U.S. average, so was their proportion of persons below the poverty level. Inequality and poverty remain serious problems for Asian Americans. Although Japanese Americans rank the highest among all ethnic groups in terms of per capita income, many Asian Americans face problems in finding jobs and fail to earn wages commensurate with their educational level.

More mundanely, little unity exists among Asian Americans. Conflict and even animosity plague different groups—oldtimers and new immigrants, Japanese Americans and Korean Americans, rich Korean Americans and poor Korean Americans, and so on. These latent conflicts manifested themselves during and after the L.A. riots; some Asian Americans blamed Korean Americans for what took place. Roy Yokoyama, a retired Japanese American grocer, said: “I did business with nothing but blacks and I never had no problem. You think, gee, these Koreans must be doing something wrong.” Past and present conflicts refute the presumed solidarity among Asian Americans. Intra-Asian American difficulties are not new. Historically, for instance, the relationship between Japanese Americans and Korean Americans reflected the Japanese colonization of Korea from 1910 to 1945. When the war broke out between Japan and the United States in 1941: “Koreans in America were excited. ‘Korea for Victory with America,’ they shouted. The Korean National Herald-Pacific Weekly declared the ‘fact’ that ‘every Korean born’ was ‘an enemy born for Japan.’ The unity of Asian Americans is often based solely on the racist characterization that Asian Americans “look alike.” The widespread conflation of all Asian Americans is well captured by Susan Moffat (1992, p. A20): “At the same place where Reginald O. Denny was attacked, Takao Hirata, a Japanese-American born behind barbed wire in a World War II internment camp, was nearly killed by a mob shouting anti-Korean epithets. Other Asians across the city were attacked or threatened in the same manner” (see also Alan-Williams 1994).

The model minority portrait thus obfuscates the racism and discrimination that persist against Asian Americans in general and Korean Americans in particular. The Korean American poet Chungmi Kim writes: “To say that I’ve suffered from the discrimination in this society because of my yellow skin and my flat nose is simplistic but true. To say that I’ve suffered from a sense of alienation because of the discrimination is painful, but true” (1992, p. 28). Ironically, the very perception of successful Asian Americans may breed resentment, ranging from European American students who complain of nerdy Asian American students to African Americans resentful of successful Asian Americans (Takagi 1992, pp. 60-61; Wellman 1993, pp. 235-236).

[…]

Finally, as Dan Kwong suggests, the model minority thesis exists not simply to praise Asian Americans but to chide lazy and rebellious minorities. At times the invidious comparison is direct and straightforward. Lawrence Harrison observes: “The Chinese, the Japanese, and the Koreans who have migrated to the United States have injected a dose of the work ethic, excellence, and merit at a time when those values appear particularly beleaguered in the broader society. In contrast, the Mexicans who migrate to the United States bring with them a regressive culture that is disconcertingly persistent” (1992, p. 223). Harrison also argues that the “black ghetto problem is now principally a cultural one” and that the solution is to acculturate to the mainstream culture (p. 211). In this line of reasoning, because cultural values determine the success of different ethnic groups, it is necessary to change the cultural values of unsuccessful ethnic groups. His analysis of the success of Asian Americans thus entails an explicit contrast with failed groups. Lurking behind the positive portrait of the model minority is its negation, the urban underclass.


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