silverducks

silverducks asked:

Hi! Just wanted to say I understand about people in London not choosing it either. I don't know where you stand politically (or what else you'd have liked to have said about my post! LOL! Free free to say :-) ) but I think there's a lot of political unrest across the whole of the UK & there's definitely this feeling in the North that we're controlled too much by the South East. How true that really is, I don't know, nor how easy it would be to fix, but shake up would be good! :-)

ripplesfromawaterlily answered:

That’s ok! :)  As someone who used to work with young people in the North on a regular basis, I am definitely aware of how people there feel. I would certainly acknowledge that the level of feeling disconnected is higher and this is sometimes for different reasons than it is in London. I am also aware of the higher levels of poverty and struggle that many of your communities face. However if you look at some of the maps/statistics of political representation/poverty/service cuts we in London, although culturally different are often more alike to you. A large blob of red in an otherwise Southeastern sea of blue!

As to the rest of your post, it was the Ireland thing as I know you acknowledge it but I would personally be scared to post something like that as it is such a sensitive topic. Also I don’t think the results in Scotland are that conclusive and I am not quite so optimistic that this will be used as an opportunity for change like that, although of course it would be nice!

Thanks for responding! :)

silverducks:

What I meant about London was more that the main politics of the UK is run from there. And that a lot of the politics seems to see things from a London perspective - an elitist and financially well off London perspective! And I think all the parties are guilty of this to some extent, tbh.

I hope you’re wrong about it not shaking things up though. I don’t really know what can be done for the best, but there are too many differences across the UK for it all to be controlled from a central point, ie London. But I am glad Scotland had the chance to vote - and they voted to stay in. It means (hopefully!) the time that would have been spent sorting out just what is going to happen now with everything, can be used to look at the issues and make good changes to strengthen the UK.

You do have far better public transport in London though! I just love your oyster card system ;-)

And I never thought about Ireland being a touchy subject, I just saw that it was a UK thing, so Northern Ireland, not just Ireland - purely a geographical correction! I do apologise if that caused any offence.

#Just reblogging this in case I did cause any offence/confusion. I promise not to get too politcal #Cause I doubt anyone cares about my opinions on that! LOL! :-) #And I am by no means an expert in politics at all!


Definitely agreed on the transport :)

silverducks asked:

Hi! Just wanted to say I understand about people in London not choosing it either. I don't know where you stand politically (or what else you'd have liked to have said about my post! LOL! Free free to say :-) ) but I think there's a lot of political unrest across the whole of the UK & there's definitely this feeling in the North that we're controlled too much by the South East. How true that really is, I don't know, nor how easy it would be to fix, but shake up would be good! :-)

That’s ok! :)  As someone who used to work with young people in the North on a regular basis, I am definitely aware of how people there feel. I would certainly acknowledge that the level of feeling disconnected is higher and this is sometimes for different reasons than it is in London. I am also aware of the higher levels of poverty and struggle that many of your communities face. However if you look at some of the maps/statistics of political representation/poverty/service cuts we in London, although culturally different are often more alike to you. A large blob of red in an otherwise Southeastern sea of blue!

As to the rest of your post, it was the Ireland thing as I know you acknowledge it but I would personally be scared to post something like that as it is such a sensitive topic. Also I don’t think the results in Scotland are that conclusive and I am not quite so optimistic that this will be used as an opportunity for change like that, although of course it would be nice!

Thanks for responding! :)

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descentintotyranny:

Warning: Extremely graphic descriptions of torture below
Amnesty International Report Details Crimes by US/NATO Forces in Afghanistan
Aug. 11 2014
Thousands of Afghan civilians have been killed by United States and NATO military forces since 2001, but, according to Amnesty International, there have been only six cases in which the US military has “criminally prosecuted” officers for “unlawfully killing civilians.”
The human rights organization put out a report [PDF] containing ten cases of apparent war crimes, where proper investigations and justice for the victims have been absent. These cases involve instances of night raids by US Special Operations forces, air strikes, drone strikes and torture that have occurred within the past five years of the Afghanistan War.
One hundred and twenty-five Afghan victims, family members and eyewitnesses to attacks, which resulted in civilian deaths, were interviewed by Amnesty. The organization also sifted through “documentary records” to research the US military’s investigative and prosecutorial practices in order to further highlight how war crimes are not punished.
From December 2012 to February 2013, an elite unit, Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) or “A-Team,” was “responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture and enforced disappearances. “Up to 18 people were killed” by a unit in the Nerkh and Maiden Shahr districts of the Wardak province.
Qandi Agha, a former prisoner detained for forty-five days, arrested in early November 2012, held at a base in Nerkh and then transferred to Bagram in late December, where he was confined for nearly one year, provided a horrific and vivid account of torture he experienced:


First they took off my clothes. Then they tied a thin plastic cord around my penis so I couldn’t pee. Then they forced me to lie down face down on the floor. Four people beat me with cables. They tied my legs together and beat the soles of my feet with a wooden stick. They punched me in the face and kicked me. They hit my head on the floor. They tied laces around my neck to strangle me.
During the day they’d leave me in the cell with my arms pulled out to the side, stretched out. During the night, they’d hang me from the ceiling from my hands. I have scars on my hands. My feet would be tied together. They’d barely touch the ground. My eyes were blindfolded. They’d pour cold water over my head. They’d do this from about 9 pm until 10 or 11 pm. They did this for 4 nights in a row.
They were questioning me all the time. Whenever they tortured me, they had someone with a pen and notebook. They’d ask, “Where are the weapons? Where are you hiding them?” I’d tell them that I worked as a cashier for the Ministry of Culture: “Ask them about me,” I’d say.
They left the string around my penis for 4 days. My abdomen was bulging. I wasn’t able to pee for those 4 days.


Agha described being dunked in a “large barrel of water.”


…They’d dunk me in the tank head first, with just my legs and feet sticking out of the water. My feet would be tied together, and my arms would be tied to my side. They would hold me there until I was unconscious. I’d breathe in water. They did that to me two times, on about the seventh or eighth night I was held. The Americans gave the orders and the Afghans did it…


Such torture would have been taking place years after President Barack Obama issued an executive order prohibiting waterboarding as an “enhanced interrogation technique.” Was the unit operating under the presumption that if they were not using their own hands to do the torture they could claim to have no responsibility?
Read More

descentintotyranny:

Warning: Extremely graphic descriptions of torture below

Amnesty International Report Details Crimes by US/NATO Forces in Afghanistan

Aug. 11 2014

Thousands of Afghan civilians have been killed by United States and NATO military forces since 2001, but, according to Amnesty International, there have been only six cases in which the US military has “criminally prosecuted” officers for “unlawfully killing civilians.”

The human rights organization put out a report [PDF] containing ten cases of apparent war crimes, where proper investigations and justice for the victims have been absent. These cases involve instances of night raids by US Special Operations forces, air strikes, drone strikes and torture that have occurred within the past five years of the Afghanistan War.

One hundred and twenty-five Afghan victims, family members and eyewitnesses to attacks, which resulted in civilian deaths, were interviewed by Amnesty. The organization also sifted through “documentary records” to research the US military’s investigative and prosecutorial practices in order to further highlight how war crimes are not punished.

From December 2012 to February 2013, an elite unit, Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) or “A-Team,” was “responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture and enforced disappearances. “Up to 18 people were killed” by a unit in the Nerkh and Maiden Shahr districts of the Wardak province.

Qandi Agha, a former prisoner detained for forty-five days, arrested in early November 2012, held at a base in Nerkh and then transferred to Bagram in late December, where he was confined for nearly one year, provided a horrific and vivid account of torture he experienced:

First they took off my clothes. Then they tied a thin plastic cord around my penis so I couldn’t pee. Then they forced me to lie down face down on the floor. Four people beat me with cables. They tied my legs together and beat the soles of my feet with a wooden stick. They punched me in the face and kicked me. They hit my head on the floor. They tied laces around my neck to strangle me.

During the day they’d leave me in the cell with my arms pulled out to the side, stretched out. During the night, they’d hang me from the ceiling from my hands. I have scars on my hands. My feet would be tied together. They’d barely touch the ground. My eyes were blindfolded. They’d pour cold water over my head. They’d do this from about 9 pm until 10 or 11 pm. They did this for 4 nights in a row.

They were questioning me all the time. Whenever they tortured me, they had someone with a pen and notebook. They’d ask, “Where are the weapons? Where are you hiding them?” I’d tell them that I worked as a cashier for the Ministry of Culture: “Ask them about me,” I’d say.

They left the string around my penis for 4 days. My abdomen was bulging. I wasn’t able to pee for those 4 days.

Agha described being dunked in a “large barrel of water.”

…They’d dunk me in the tank head first, with just my legs and feet sticking out of the water. My feet would be tied together, and my arms would be tied to my side. They would hold me there until I was unconscious. I’d breathe in water. They did that to me two times, on about the seventh or eighth night I was held. The Americans gave the orders and the Afghans did it…

Such torture would have been taking place years after President Barack Obama issued an executive order prohibiting waterboarding as an “enhanced interrogation technique.” Was the unit operating under the presumption that if they were not using their own hands to do the torture they could claim to have no responsibility?

Read More

silverducks
silverducks:

Reblogging some pretty pictures as very pleased Scotland decided to continue to remain with us in the UK.
#Though it should really be Northern Ireland in the gif, but I couldn’t see any others with pretty pictures to reblog
#And not to get too political on my blog, but I’m kinda finding it hard to not laugh at all the Tumblr posts about rejecting freedom. Independence from the UK and freedom are definitely not the same thing! I mean, Scotland had the choice to leave or stay. That’s not about choosing freedom! If they didn’t have freedom, they’d never even have been given the choice to vote!
#And I’m glad they had the chance to vote, because they had a say in their future. And I really hope it helps reform politics across the whole of the UK! It’s not just the Scots who don’t like being controlled from London - I’m in the North of England and we get stuck with the rubbish they choose from London too!

Just about managing to zip it about the rest of the post but I have to say that as a Londoner, if you really look at the situation and makeup of most of us, we did not choose this rubbish either! :)

silverducks:

Reblogging some pretty pictures as very pleased Scotland decided to continue to remain with us in the UK.

#Though it should really be Northern Ireland in the gif, but I couldn’t see any others with pretty pictures to reblog

#And not to get too political on my blog, but I’m kinda finding it hard to not laugh at all the Tumblr posts about rejecting freedom. Independence from the UK and freedom are definitely not the same thing! I mean, Scotland had the choice to leave or stay. That’s not about choosing freedom! If they didn’t have freedom, they’d never even have been given the choice to vote!

#And I’m glad they had the chance to vote, because they had a say in their future. And I really hope it helps reform politics across the whole of the UK! It’s not just the Scots who don’t like being controlled from London - I’m in the North of England and we get stuck with the rubbish they choose from London too!

Just about managing to zip it about the rest of the post but I have to say that as a Londoner, if you really look at the situation and makeup of most of us, we did not choose this rubbish either! :)