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thebowspring:

Can you even begin to comprehend? 9 members of the al-Qassas family - nine - where killed when Israeli shells targeted their house in Gaza City.

Four of them were children.

We usually lose loved ones one at a time and it’s unbearable. Israel makes Gazans do it 9 or 18 at a time.

Photos: Suhaib Salem / Reuters

— 20 hours ago with 234 notes
#gaza  #palestine  #israel  #family 
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michaonthemoon:

yaoibutts:

I love how potato in French is pomme de terre, which pretty much means “earth apple.”

like what stupid frenchman saw this:

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and said “zis petite légume looks like a, how you say, APPLE! hmmm… but it grows in ze earth… HON HON HON! MAIS OUI! C’EST UNE…

— 20 hours ago with 213882 notes
#ty 
notbadword:

whatever you do, don’t play that mover reel

notbadword:

whatever you do, don’t play that mover reel

— 22 hours ago with 1709 notes
#lok 
artmishap:

*Sailor Moon theme intensifies*
Another print done for FanX. Whoop whoop!

artmishap:

*Sailor Moon theme intensifies*

Another print done for FanX. Whoop whoop!

(via kamalakahn)

— 1 week ago with 13055 notes
#sailor moon 
peaceshannon:

Bae Chun Hee Halmoni passed away this morning around 5am at the age of 91. With her passing there are now only 54 remaining survivors of the 237 women who registered as a “Comfort Woman” survivor. Bae Chun Hee Halmoni was a woman of many talents who loved singing and making visitors sing (she often asked me to sing one of her favorite songs, “Summertime”) and spoke not only Korean, but also Japanese, Chinese, Russian, etc. Rest in peace, Bae Chun Hee Halmoni~

peaceshannon:

Bae Chun Hee Halmoni passed away this morning around 5am at the age of 91. With her passing there are now only 54 remaining survivors of the 237 women who registered as a “Comfort Woman” survivor. Bae Chun Hee Halmoni was a woman of many talents who loved singing and making visitors sing (she often asked me to sing one of her favorite songs, “Summertime”) and spoke not only Korean, but also Japanese, Chinese, Russian, etc. Rest in peace, Bae Chun Hee Halmoni~

— 3 weeks ago with 52 notes
#rip  #only a handful left  #comfort women  #survivors  #korea  #japan 
On Graduating From College and Moving to China « Gazillion Voices →

peaceshannon:

looking forward to seeing what the chinese adoptee community will be up to in the future~

My Wuhan friend applies lotion to my knuckles and slides a tight jade bangle onto my wrist.  I call her jiejie—older sister.  Jiejie whispers in Chinese, “I once heard the story of a young Chinese prince.  As a boy, he was taken as a political prisoner to a faraway country, never to return.  In the foreign land, the boy grew up to be an artist, and every day he painted exquisite meihua (a special Chinese flower).  Yet he always painted them without stems and roots.  ‘Why?’ the people asked him, and he always replied, ‘Because I am a person without roots.’”  Outside, the summer cicadas hum in the night, as jiejie rolls the jade around my wrist, checking the fit.  “Sisi.” She calls me by my child name. “Sisi, we pass jade bracelets down the mother line… from grandmother, to mother, to daughter, and then to her daughter.  But you can’t find your Chinese mother here, so I am giving you this one.”  The jade feels cool and smooth in the humid, stagnant air.  I do not know my age.  I do not know if my family gave me a name.  I do not know what it might feel like to look into another’s face and see my own.  The jade weighs heavy on my wrist and heavy on my heart because in some ways I, too, am a person without roots.

…I have searched for my birth parents in the past and have not found them.  After 50 sets of DNA tests came back negative, I have accepted the possibility that I may never find my biological parents in China’s sea of 1.35 billion.  Yet I do not feel all hope is lost: Through living in Wuhan, I can become closer to my birth family every day.  When I stand in line for hours to board the public bus, when I squat to use the toilet in my high heels, when I eat extra spicy noodles without breaking a sweat, I am becoming a part of my family.  Even though I may never be able to hold them, I can understand a part of who they are—a part of who I am—through living the way they live.  In this way, having the opportunity to live long-term in China will empower me to begin to paint my own roots.

The decision to temporarily relocate to a birth country after college is not a new phenomenon amongst adoptees.  In particular, older Korean adoptee friends and role models who have returned to Korea for extended periods of time post-college have influenced and inspired me.  Korean adoptees have returned to Seoul to conduct research (many on Fulbright), to teach English, to work as translators, to study in Korean universities, or to pursue activism.  Some chose to settle in Korea permanently, while others returned to North America or Europe for work, graduate study, or to raise families.  I often wonder: In 5-10 years, will there be certain bars and restaurants in Beijing, like in Seoul, that become designated “adoptee hangouts?”  Will China someday have a KoRoot Guest House or a KUMFA, a special adoption law or dual citizenship for adoptees?

…Regardless of exactly what I will discover in the next 18 months, it is empowering to have some sense of reclaiming the agency that I lost 20 years ago.  The next time I fly on a plane from China to America, I will have booked the ticket myself.  Where do I want to live?  Who do I want to be?  Now it’s my turn to decide.

— 3 weeks ago with 50 notes
#adoptee voices  #adoption  #china  #asian american 
jessehimself:

Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System
Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.
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Why might this not be a HUGE national story and his name not household? I’ll give you one guess what color those kids were.

jessehimself:

Pennsylvania Judge Sentenced For 28 Years For Selling Kids to the Prison System

Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash. He was convicted of accepting money in exchange for incarcerating thousands of adults and children into a prison facility owned by a developer who was paying him under the table. The kickbacks amounted to more than $1 million.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has overturned some 4,000 convictions issued by him between 2003 and 2008, claiming he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles – including the right to legal counsel and the right to intelligently enter a plea. Some of the juveniles he sentenced were as young as 10-years old.

Ciavarella was convicted of 12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering, mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also ordered to repay $1.2 million in restitution.

His “kids for cash” program has revealed that corruption is indeed within the prison system, mostly driven by the growth in private prisons seeking profits by any means necessary.

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Why might this not be a HUGE national story and his name not household? I’ll give you one guess what color those kids were.

(Source: thefreelioness, via peaceshannon)

— 3 weeks ago with 44940 notes
#disgusting  #children's futures ruined because of one man