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The problem is that I think it’s obvious, but U don’t see it at all.. The problem is that you don’t care what I want. I don’t think you know the meaning of “mean.” I can’t give you mean. I can’t give you truth, or openness. I can’t speak frank with you or tell you what’s going on with me. U will just turn it around, so that you are somehow the victim.There’s no victim in this story.We both want different things. You want things to stay the same and I would rather die than see things remain this way.
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“The image of conflict and violence in the developing world has not just becoming too familiar, but reflects nothing aside from the sheer scale of the problems. Often anonymous, they leave those who have experienced violence faceless. This is made most clear with women, where sexual violence is used as a weapon of war. However, there are those who don’t want this to be women’s only story.” (via Women Are Heroes | Article-27)
Despite Ali Saleh’s power-transfer to Hadi, Yemen remains largely under authoritarian rule. Those who have studied Yemen can see how Saleh’s sneaky ways have allowed his regime to retain dominance in the government.
Since 1990, Ali Saleh began to co-opt the tribes into Yemen’s government through his patronage system. Thus, the transitional government, which holds no interest in preserving political democracy and social change, has been made up of Saleh’s family.
His half-brother runs the air force, his son commands the Republican Guard and his nephew is in charge of the domestic security forces and the elite American-funded counter-terrorism unit.
With vanishing water supply, extreme poverty, major political and tribal divisions – what comes next for Yemen is highly unlikely to be simple or peaceful.
I have included 3 short, moving and compelling videos filmed by friends, sarahjishaq , SupportYemen team, and Adam Sjoberg. The first, filmed by Adam from Loose Luggage, tells the story of struggling communities and their love for breakdancing and the hip-hop culture. The last two videos highlight Yemen’s Revolution and their pursuit for collective liberation.
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Empowerment will remain powerless until we change power relations
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Start taking action. See where it goes. No matter what, don’t sit around and wait for others, whether in the movement or in power, to do for you what you think is right. If Occupy means anything, it means the power is already yours, and it’s up to you to occupy it.
And the people under the sky were also very much the same…everywhere, all over the world, hundreds or thousands of millions of people just like this, people ignorant of one another’s existence, held apart by walls of hatred and lies, and yet almost exactly the same — people who had never learned to think but were storing up in their hearts and bellies and muscles the power that would one day overturn the world.
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