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The Navy just pinned its first female four-star admiral.
Vice Admiral Michelle Howard is now the first female four-star admiral in the Navy’s 236-year history.

Cathedral of Kazan, Saint Petersburg, Russia
by Дмитрий Мишин


Found on a wall in the former nuclear submarine facility in Balaklava, Crimea, Ukraine.
Do not say all that you know,but always know what you are saying!
(could be culturally translated as: “Loose lips sink ships!” perhaps)

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The last Imperial children, 1911

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"His grandmother and I are raising him. I worry about putting him into the public school system. I was a teacher for many years. I’ve seen so much confidence destroyed by the standardized system. Every human is born with natural curiosity. I’ve never seen a child who wasn’t inspired. But once you force someone to do anything, the inspired person is killed. I dropped out of school myself in 7th grade. So I know. I taught a GED course for years, so I’ve seen the end results over and over. I’ve seen so many kids who have complexes and insecurities because they were forced to do something they weren’t ready to do, and then they were blamed when they weren’t able to do it. What we call ‘education’ today is not organic. You can’t take something as complex as the human mind, compartmentalize it, and regiment its development so strictly."

Sub-Saharan African nations currently with a US Military Presence (Image Credit: Washington Post)
Total number: 13 (1 more, Chad, as of 2 days ago)
This is US neo-imperialist aggression in action. And it is crucial to remember that the charter for AFRICOM (United States Africa Command) is explicitly to “advance U.S. national security interests.”
There is no altruism here, and there is no such thing as “limited” anything with regard to the US military industrial complex. This is why three years ago the US House of Representatives homeland security committee, even as thousands of Nigerians were being slaughtered by Boko Haram and tens of thousands more being displaced, cooly issued a report, ‘Boko Haram: Emerging Threat to the US Homeland’, in which they stated:

Boko Haram has already adopted many of al-Qaida’s targeting tactics. If Boko Haram continues this trend, Nigerian oil facilities will be in the crosshairs

Altruism and dedication to helping the Nigerians being hurt and killed in droves by Boko Haram, or a resource grab by the US like we saw in Iraq? From the above, we see in their own words their underlying intentions suddenly become transparent and obvious. Additionally they state:

The rising threat of Boko Haram presents the United States an opportunity to expand diplomatic and military engagement with both Abuja and Nigerian Muslims in the north

Boko Haram is “an opportunity” for the United States. Read that carefully and meditate on it. An Islamic insurgency killing and kidnapping thousands of people is “an opportunity” to “expand diplomatic and military engagement.” The US has its own interests in going into all of these countries and expanding their presence on the ground, and issues like #BringBackOurGirls and #KONY2012 are simply window dressing and manufactured consent for US military and diplomatic ambitions.
Moreover, The Guardian in covering this story also noted:

There is also suspicion in Nigeria that American pressure for a greater role will be used by Washington to justify the establishment of the US Africa Command and to get it a foot on the ground after Abuja rejected pressure for it to be based in Nigeria and openly opposed its creation.

These are blatant power grabs that are part of a long history of neo-imperialist aggression by the United States on the continent. US military intervention is not the answer, and has long term repercussions that will shake out for years to come. Moreover, it fundamentally decenters the conversation away from accountability from local government officials, even as hashtags like #BringBackOurGirls have levied incredible pressure on them for their moral bankruptcy. We do not need Western saviors, who in many cases have caused the instability in the first place and are simply catering to their own neo-imperialist ambitions; what we need is for our leaders to actually be held to account for their failures and inaction. International pressure levied in a coordinated fashion with activists on the ground can make that happen, military intervention with boots on the ground and drones hammering us from the skies are not needed.
I have no patience for people who see news reports about the US sending troops into countries and act like these are all isolated incidents. The history is all around us in stark relief, and the current US military presence has been increasing across the continent and in other parts of the globe as well (US forces recently returned to the Philippines, one of our former colonies, as well). Competition with China, one of the other major neo-imperialistic power currently brutalizing and carving up Africa as well, or what have you—what we do know, though, is that the US does not appear to be leaving anytime soon, and that they are here to serve their interests and not those of the people in these African countries.
This map and larger trend should be troubling and disturbing to us all, and leaves me wondering—What country is next? The US seizes opportunities like #BringBackOurGirls and #KONY2012 for exactly this reason, to make seemingly “justifiable” this long term roll out of US military personnel and assets across the content. And as an African seeing it all laid out here in stark relief in graphic form has left me incredibly unsettled and apprehensive about what’s to come.
Check out more about the history of US military aggression in Africa in this great PolicyMic piece, “This Map Shows All the Countries in Africa Where the U.S. Has Active Military Operations”
Related Posts:
The Problematics of #BringBackOurGirls (Audio Post)
Say ‘No’ to US military intervention to #BringBackOurGirls
(h/t PolicyMic)

South Korea’s Not-So-Subtle Racist Hiring Practices
Every year, hundreds of young English speakers drift into East Asia, looking to while away a couple of aimless years between college and the inevitable round of grad school applications that await them back home. Korea is an especially popular destination: The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education alone plans to hire 655 foreign teachers in 2014, a fraction of the 22,000 expat educators working in the country. But if you want to teach English in Korea, it’s a lot easier if you’re white.
For most would-be instructors, the racism begins before the even get through the door, thanks to the standard South Korean practice of requiring applicants to submit photos alongside their resumes. Some employers are more blunt: A recent Craigslist ad for English teachers from TalknLearn, a Seoul language academy, simply states, “Need: White” on its list of required qualifications. When black teachers do make it into the classroom, they’re often passed over in favor of their white counterparts.
“I’ve had kids pulled from my class and placed in Caucasian teachers’ classes due to the request of the parents wanting their child to learn from a white American and not a black one,” said Megan Stevinson, an American English teacher in Seoul, whose parents are black and Korean.


Various types of Uzbek folk costumes by Evelina Usmanova. (x)

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Day 2: Favourite Residence (Part 2 of 2)

The Catherine Palace (Russian: Екатерининский дворец) is one of my favorite two Romanov residences. The Alexander Palace is the other. The Catherine Palace is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoe Selo, built in early 18th-century. It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars. Empress Catherine I of Russia is the namesake of the palace. Although the palace is popularly associated with Catherine the Great, she actually regarded its “whipped cream” architecture as old-fashioned.

Loved it!

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One of the most famous Georgian dishes - Khinkali (ხინკალიI) first appeared in several regions of Georgia, but soon spread to different parts of the Caucasus. Hence the manifold varieties of khinkali. Unlike ravioli, the dough used for Khinkali does not use eggs. Stuffing can also vary, depending on taste preferences: it can be spiced pork, beef, herbs, onions, and mushrooms

This brings back memories of Tbilisi…

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FIFA Investigating German Team’s Fans for Wearing Blackface During World Cup Game With Ghana

life as a black person is one where you must always walk with your guard up because you never know when or where the latest attack on your humanity will come from. smfh.

It’s sickening

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If Black People Said The Stuff White People Say

OK, the internet has just won everything. i have nothing left to fucking say. just watch this please and get right.

*my hopes of representation in the media just manifested*



this is legit how I talk to white people when they make me mad

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Kommunalka: A soviet ideal of public housing that never came true

Old houses are like old people, and sometimes their eyes – the windows – turn weak with age or go blind. But they absorb the stories of their inhabitants and repeat them for a long time. St. Petersburg’s public housing is full of the traces of eventful lives. 

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Godfried Donkor, Jamestown Masquerade Series, 2011

Creative. Beautiful.

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