today has been an odd day

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angryfemnists said: it’s just amazing that the russians literally had not crossed the border until recently and that is to provide humanitarian aid to the people that the ukrianian military are killing.. people that have nothing to do with this. god

it’s really hard to tell what’s…

i’ve been following it since it started too but not as intensely as my boyfriend has (he’s really obsessed with it) and it is a totally insane situation. it’s really amazed me how much the media has just…..not presented all the facts. and like you said, the innocent people being SHELLED and killed and injured and having their towns torn apart and it’s all being presented as if it’s the rebels doing it (of whom i do not support at all either… they are hardly any better). like they are just completely leaving out the fact that sure these ukrainian soldiers are being sent out to just kill and ruin random peoples lives, plus many soldiers have even defected to the side of the rebels, which was why when mh17 was downed and everyone was like ‘how could have the rebels done it without training they must be trained by russia!!!’ i was thinking yeah but nobody has mentioned how there have been tens of soldiers defecting to the side of the rebels once they have realised possibly how ridiculous what they’re doing is? and possibly have empathy like a normal human being

and THEN when our media refers to the rebels as russian backed, all i ever hear is russian backed rebels and there is literally no evidence whatsoever that they can provide that they are backed…by russia. like vladmir is no saint i certainly don’t like the guy but i’ll be damned if he doesn’t at least have a good outlook on foreign policy and how to interact with other nations and how to take their shit despite having done basically none of what he’s being accused of

oh my god the russian vehicles crossing the border thing, it was only a week or two ago when they were like yeah look at this video!!!! of russian vehicles on russian territory!! they came into our country. and nobody elaborates on it. they just show the videos and state that they’re russian but not the fact that they’re still in russia in the video, or the photos of the vehicles that was released a while ago as ‘proof’ of them crossing the border

and then mh17 happened and everyone said russia shouldn’t be invited to the g20 and it’s like yeah alright lets just fuck with russia, that seems like a great idea, one of the largest countries in the world (it probably is the largest country in the world? it’s fucking huge. i can’t be bothered to search it right now) and one of the most powerful leaders - but lets just not invite him despite he has some essential input

and as much as i’ve been following this i haven’t even heard of the mining strikes, i’ve heard very little about protests (although my bf/me does get most of the info we have from RT which is a very average-ly reliable news source) (good for what’s going on there at least)

both sides to this situation are terrible and then in the middle there are just the civilians that don’t want to be outlawed for speaking russian or have a fucking horrible government and eastern ukraine is basically russia anyway because they mostly speak russian and want to be a part of russia. but their vote doesn’t matter apparently

you probably know more about me than this (definitely know more) and i probably have said something wrong but god it is a situation that makes me so ridiculously angry with how it’s being represented in the media and how uninformed everyone is about it

i’m not really that fussed about the media prefacing the rebels with ‘Russian backed’ or ‘pro Russian,’ as there is definitely some sort of input from Russia there (it’s common sense, the rebels’ interests are in Russia’s interest), to which extent i’m not really sure of, however something that is ignored is that the rebels formed naturally as a result of the conditions (as simple as local people feeling threatened, and understandably so, by the new Ukrainian government and then choosing to take up arms) as opposed to appearing from thin air with weapons and vehicles.

there’s really not that much information on the miners’ strikes unfortunately, most of what i’ve heard about these have been mere bits and pieces from independent sources. having said that, a few months ago there was some attention given to miners in the Donbass who, if they were to strike, the oligarch in charge threatened to fire them and there was an event where said oligarch ordered the same miners to “protest” against the rebels (sacking if they did otherwise) but i haven’t heard anything about their plight since.

media wise, it’s really hard to find a news source to put trust into, The Guardian are usually progressive (especially when it comes to the UK and Australia) although in this case most of the articles about the Ukrainian conflict have bordered on towing the Ukrainian government party line. RT is an odd one, they are essentially the international media arm of the Russian state, but unlike most other sources they cover the lives of the locals and the refugees very extensively which despite the obvious pro-Russia leaning, is particularly vital and i can’t discount it completely for this reason. much of the information i get is from twitter/independent journalists (Anatoliy Shariy is one particular journalist/blogger).

overall it’s very difficult finding solid sources and very headache inducing.

19 hours ago
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at what point does it really happen and the ukrainians will say ‘i told you so’ despite constantly yelling that russia is invading, every single week for the past 6 months in the hope that they will actually be accurate eventually

21 hours ago
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next week’s Q&A is going to be A Major Event i can feel it already

1 day ago
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really liking this Ali Alizadeh guy on Q&A rn

not shy about revealing his political leanings which is real good

1 day ago
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i’m just a household electrical appliance kind of person

2 days ago
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Some person sliced through all the leather cushions with a knife in the uni cafeteria and I really don’t understand what could motivate anybody to do that

9 hours ago
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angryfemnists said: it’s just amazing that the russians literally had not crossed the border until recently and that is to provide humanitarian aid to the people that the ukrianian military are killing.. people that have nothing to do with this. god

it’s really hard to tell what’s going on in all honesty, i’ve noticed journalists who said they saw military vehicles etc. crossing the border only for them to not elaborate on it afterwards. in addition i had also heard about villages inside the Russian border being struck, although i’m not entirely sure about how real this was either.

i’ve been following this crisis ever since it has started and i do get the feeling that not enough attention is being given to those struggling under the weight of government bombing (not to mention instances of mining strikes which have garnered little mention overall?), and even those in other parts of the country protesting against compulsory conscription into the army. the Ukrainian government in particular aren’t to be trusted in just about anything they say, given their attitudes towards those unhappy with their rule ie. when Yatsenyuk labelled those concerned about the state of healthcare/social security etc. as “FSB agents.”

i don’t support the rebels either, for what’s it worth, and there’s no need to, their leadership exploits vague nostalgia for the USSR (something something about nationalisation) and displays pretty strong stink lines of Russian nationalism (as well as a fetish for Imperial Russia and the Romanovs) which is never good. unfortunately in Ukraine there’s very little sign of leftist action.

21 hours ago
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journolist:

When #IfTheyGunnedMeDown Happens in Print: 

Section from the Rolling Stone profile of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of two brothers who committed the Boston Marathon bombings vs section from the New York Times profile of Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. 

H/T to @daviddtss 

(via angryfemnists)

1 day ago
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"rent-a-racist" is a perfect term why hasn’t anybody thought of it until now

1 day ago
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if Nazbols weren’t actually real i would’ve thought they were some sort of elaborate tumblr left meme

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