Many people know that women make 77 cents to the dollar compared to men. But did you know that African-American women make just 64 cents to the dollar, and Hispanic women make just 56 cents? One group offers an interesting way to fix this.
I just don’t understand why all of these posts ignore that the racial pay gap also impacts men of color.
I honestly believe that this oversight is on purpose because nobody wants to acknowledge that Black and Latino and Native men are being paid less than white WOMEN. Because that would totally re-frame this pay gap conversation if it was widely acknowledged. And suddenly, there would be NO reason for white women to be front and center.
Bilateral security deal ensures that President Obama will pass off the Afghanistan war and his new war in Iraq and Syria to his successor
Sep. 30 2014
The longest war in American history will last at least another decade, according to the terms of a garrisoning deal for US forces signed by the new Afghanistan government on Tuesday.
Long awaited and much desired by an anxious US military, the deal guarantees that US and Nato troops will not have to withdraw by year’s end, and permits their stay “until the end of 2024 and beyond.”
The entry into force of the deal ensures that Barack Obama, elected president in 2008 on a wave of anti-war sentiment, will pass off both the Afghanistan war and his new war in Iraq and Syria to his successor. In 2010, his vice-president, Joe Biden, publicly vowed the US would be “totally out” of Afghanistan “come hell or high water, by 2014.”
Obama called Tuesday “a historic day” for the US and Afghanistan, as the security pact, which puts US troops beyond the reach of Afghan law, “will help advance our shared interests and the long-term security of Afghanistan.”
The primary explicit purpose of the deal, known as the Bilateral Security Agreement, is to permit the US to continue training Afghanistan’s roughly 350,000 security forces, which the US and Nato have built from scratch.
But with domestic US political acrimony swirling over the rise of the Islamic State (Isis) after the 2011 US withdrawal from Iraq, the accord is also a hedge against the resurgence of the Taliban and a recognition that 13 years of bloody, expensive war have failed to vanquish the insurgency.
Any earlier termination of the deal must occur by mutual consent, ensuring a US veto in the event of an about-face by newly inaugurated President Ghani or his successor. Ghani’s predecessor, Hamid Karzai, incensed the Obama administration by refusing to sign the basing deal, rebuking the country that installed him as Afghanistan’s leader after the US drove the Taliban from Kabul in 2001.
Ghani also agreed to a garrisoning accord with Nato forces, known as a Status of Forces Agreement. Nato has agreed to fund Afghanistan’s soldiers and police through 2017.
Under the Bilateral Security Agreement’s annexes, the US military will have access to nine major land and airbases, to include the massive airfields at Bagram, Jalalabad and Kandahar, staging areas not only for air operations in Afghanistan but the US drone strikes that continue across the border in tribal Pakistan.
The additional bases – in Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, Herat, Helmand, Gardez and Shindand – ensure the reach of the US military throughout Afghanistan.
US defense leaders greeted the signing of the accord with enthusiasm.
“These agreements will enable American and coalition troops to continue to help strengthen Afghan forces, counter terrorist threats, and advance regional security,” said Defense secretary Chuck Hagel.
“Our partnership is an important one, and as we prepare to transition to a traditional security cooperation mission in the coming years, we remain committed to providing the necessary support to our Afghan partners and, in particular, to their national security forces,” said General Lloyd Austin, commander of US forces in the Middle East and South Asia.
In May, Obama pledged to reduce the US troop presence to 9,800 through most of 2015, ahead of what he called a “normal embassy presence” by the end of his presidency. Yet he hedged by saying the US will continue to conduct counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan, a less visible mission than the training of Afghan forces.
Nothing in the bilateral deal prevents a US president from ramping troop levels back up. The accord’s terms “acknowledge that US military operations to defeat al-Qaida and its affiliates may be appropriate in the common fight against terrorism.”
The “intention” of future counter-terrorism missions in Afghanistan is to partner US and Afghan forces together, with the goal of placing the Afghans in the lead, similar to the broader training mission. In 2013, Rolling Stone released a video showing Afghan forces that the US relies upon for counter-terrorism torturing a detainee.
In a September 25 letter to Ghani, Human Rights Watch urged the new president to end the “widespread impunity for members of the security forces responsible for serious violations of human rights in Afghanistan.”
This is absolutely disgusting and the people who lead this country are massive pieces of shit.
Reading week went by entirely too fast
I needed this time off from school to catch up on lost sleep, regulate my sleep schedule, and read books for the hell of it again
Wet moon volume 1 by Ross Campbell
Once: poems by Alice Walker
Poetic injustice by Remi kanazi
God in pain: inversions of apocalypse by slavoj zizek
In search of our mothers gardens and her blue body everything we know both by Alice Walker
Clearly I needed a week to read for myself
but only if you are thin.
Black women can take up space!
but only if you are thin.
Stylized portraits of black women!
but only if you are thin.
Black women rule the world!
but only if you are thin.
so so SO bored with ya’ll.
Thousands of Palestinians performed noon prayers in the street on Friday as Israeli authorities barred men under 50 from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Israeli police forces deployed heavily throughout East Jerusalem as all roads leading to the holy site were closed. (Maan)
Recently , Jerusalem has been a hot spot and due to israeli polices towards the city and its residents it may go to a no return point soon.
Two days ago , major clashes broke out :
Israeli Occupation soldiers and policemen entered the mosque from al-Mughrabi Gate (Dung Gate), attacking worshippers, a majority of elders, with rubber bullets and sound bombs.
The worshippers were also beaten by batons in the courtyards to evict the mosque, and soldiers were spread around the area.
Clashes still continue now between the Israeli soldiers and the worshippers who managed to observe I’tikaf (worship the whole night), to protect the mosque from sudden attacks, while the soldiers throw sound bombs inside the building.
The Israeli forces imposed an aggravating siege upon the mosque. Women were not allowed to enter the mosque, while men under the age of 60 were denied access. (PNN)
"The Palestinians will brook no delay in defending Islamic and Christian holy sites," al-Husseini, who is also the governor of Arab East Jerusalem, said.
In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers – usually accompanied by Israeli security forces – have repeatedly forced their way into the holy site.(Palestinian official warns of looming ‘religious war’)
It “follows with deep concern the escalating criminal events carried out by the Zionists, who are occupying the land of Palestine, against al-Aqsa Mosque including very serious raids,” the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) said in a statement cited by Middle East Monitor on Thursday, October 9.
In March 1983, an unconventional series of books held the top three entries of the Sunday Times bestseller list. These were Fighting Fantasy books – gamebooks similar to The Keys, the first book in my YOU are the Hero series, but different in that to take part in the fun of Fighting Fantasy, you also needed a pencil, eraser and dice.
The next book in the YOU are the Hero series, The Haunting of…
No matter how many things you want to do, you can only do one thing at a time. -Gullah proverb
This week’s #WeeklyTongue is Gullah/Geechee, in light of US Independence day on the 4th. Gullah is also called “Sea Island Creole” by academics. It’s an English-based creole similar to Jamaican Patois, Trinidadian and other English-based Carribean Creoles. Gullah speakers are found on the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. The Gullah are descendants of West African slaves. The Gullah and their language are referred to as Gullah in South Carolina whereas they’re called Geechee in Georgia. The Bible has been translated to Gullah too, yet they have little online presence.
Check out this beautiful video of Caroline speaking Gullah and English from our channel.
The Gullah are well known for their sweetgrass baskets and their storytelling. One of the stories explains why a cat doesn’t wash his face before breakfast and it goes something along the lines of this…
"Why Bro Cat na da wash e face of e eat e brekwas"
Bro rat fell into Bro Cat’s breakfast and Bro Cat wanted to eat him. Bro Rat saved himself by saying “Maan a nina way roun de edge ob de barrel fa lok ten an a skip an a faal een. Eef you hep me fa git outa ya, I let you eat me fa brekwas” = “Man, I was curious about what was inside the barrel and slipped and fell in. If you help me out, I’ll let you eat me”.
Once Bro Rat was out of the barrel, Bro Cat wanted to eat him but he said that Bro Cat would choke on his wet hairs, so he should sit in the sun to dry. In the mean time, Bro Cat should wash his face. While Bro Cat was washing his face, naturally Bro Rat ran away. This is why cat’s don’t wash their face before breakfast anymore. [Source: Gullah Culture in America]
The origin of the word Gullah is vague, but most historians agree that the Gullah language has African roots.
Here is an impressive collection of Gullah words. http://gullahtours.com/gullah/gullah-words
This page has extra links that are worth looking at too! http://studysc.org/elementary/gullah-culture
Let’s celebrate the beauty of Gullah for this week’s #WeeklyTongue!
Despite the commonly believed myth, equality doesn’t have a dress code