Protesters in Venezuela are portrayed as peaceful students repressed by an authoritarian Maduro government that has caused shortages and widespread crime. In this light, many will wonder why Nicolás Maduro’s administration continues to have widespread support.
The explanation is that the situation is much different than the way it is portrayed in the media. The protests are neither a student rebellion, nor are they peaceful. There is no government repression or censorship, and while there are economic and criminal problems, living conditions in the country have improved sharply.
Students have led opposition protests, but they are only a small minority from wealthy areas. Under the late leader Hugo Chávez and current President Maduro, the education system has been revolutionized to the benefit of the entire population, leading to an increase in the number of university students from 895,000 in 2000 to 2.3 million in 2011. Most of those are students from poor families who are pro-government. This has been confirmed by student elections.
Jon Terbush, in Michele Bachmann: The gay community is a big mean bully (via theweekmagazine)
I like how in conservative fantasy land, “not being able to discriminate against a specific group without there being social backlash” means, “being bullied”.
A persecution complex is one hell of a drug.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), quoted by the Huffington Post.
A Republican is incapable of hearing themselves whine. She equates no longer being able to torment and discriminate the gay community with being bullied? Her gay-bashing is tiresome!
So follow her conservative logic on bullying: she feels bullied by the gay community, therefore, we should get rid of anti-bullying laws in schools.
Fucking idiotic piece of refuse. Yes. The “gay lobby” created the idea that you can be fired for being gay in half of the country, and are specificially banned from being a teacher in more than half of that.
I can never have respect for a failed state like the USA while this woman is a rockstar of one of its biggest political parties… #whosaiddemocracywastthebest?
Jesus. The “logic” of slaveowners meets modern racism.
“They’re teaching Mexicans how to speak English,” Toups told the local Tri-Parish Times, referencing Biblioteca Hispana, a Spanish-language section of one of the nine branch libraries. “Let that son of a bitch go back to Mexico. There’s just so many things they’re doing that I don’t agree with. … Them junkies and hippies and food stamps [recipients] and all, they use the library to look at drugs and food stamps [on the Internet]. I see them do it.”
American-Arab group says Coachella’s sporting mascot stereotypes Arabs as hook-nosed, bearded and angry.
Also, we are OK with the killing of Arabs, just not the discomfort of Israelis….
“Israel used white phosphorus, a chemical weapon, during 2008 war over Gaza. America, UK, France did NOT intervene. WHY?”
Via I Acknowledge Apartheid Exists
Exxon Mobil is believed to be the largest Fortune 500 company to discriminate against LGBT employees. To see if this holds true in the hiring process, the LGBT group Freedom to Work created fake resumes for two candidates applying for an open position. One applicant appears more qualified for the job and has experience in LGBT activism, while the other seems somewhat less qualified but does not show any sign of being LGBT.
Here’s a look at what happened. Does Exxon discriminate against LGBT applicants? You tell me. (via the Huffington Post)
New York City is the heart of America’s “melting pot” of cultures and ideas. Yet even here, violence against those seen as “other” occurs. This week we mourn the brutal death of Mark Carson, a 32-year-old, shot and allegedly taunted with homophobic slurs by the shooter. The killing happened in Greenwich Village, one of the city’s most famous gay friendly neighborhoods.
In recent years, we at the New York City Anti-Violence Project have seen an increase in reports of anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer hate violence throughout the city and the country. From 2010 to 2011, we saw a 13% increase of reports of this violence in New York City, which followed an 11% increase from the year before. In 2011, our National Coalition (NCAVP) reported the highest number of LGBTQ bias-related homicides in its 15 year history."
— Sharon Stapel for The Guardian
Fidel Castro has done more to help the oppressed people of Latin America and Africa in five decades than the United States...