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“Today ‘human rights’ is much in fashion, which makes it the subject of a certain amount of humbug. In a world where virtue is no longer its own reward, there are plenty of human rights prizes, many funded by corporation exposed for exploiting the poor, awarded to well-paid lawyers, well-meaning journalists, well-photographed actresses and politicians who have never had to risk their careers in a cause perceived by national authorities as subversive. Ironies abound: the Simon Wiesenthal Center, celebrated for tracking down Nazi war criminals, today gives its peace prizes to supporters of the government of Israel. Self-promoting pop stars are prepared to promote politicians if they support the right to debt relief, but not the anti-war and anti-corruption measures without which there can be no relief for the poor in countries bankrupted by armed conflicts and the extravagance of their rulers. In 2005, the ‘Live 8’ campaign to ‘make poverty history’ made no mention of ending the impunity which in Africa makes poverty inevitable. It would be churlish to decry the fashionability of human rights, but premature to think that this means the struggle to have them enforced - the crucial ‘third phase’ of the human rights revolution - has yet been won.”

Geoffrey Robertson QC, in Crimes Against Humanity: The struggle for Global Justice (via lametisse)
May 23rd at 7PM / via: bethechange-now / op: lametisse / reblog / 736 notes

hic non profundus est.: Comparisons →

bearoline, you’re awesome.

carolinehament:

Storytelling has become a twisted competition. Naturally we love to see who can tell the funniest story or whose story has the happiest ending. But the twisted part is that we have actually begun to compete for whose story is the worst—the saddest, the most heart-wrenching, the most extreme.

May 14th at 11PM / via: carolinehament / op: carolinehament / reblog / 7 notes

“Hang in there. It is astonishing how short a time it can take for very wonderful things to happen.”

Frances Hodgson Burnett (via emotional-algebra)
May 14th at 2PM / via: mollyinkenya / op: emotional-algebra / reblog / 2,137 notes

“You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!”

Eckhart Tolle (via emotional-algebra)
Apr 10th at 2PM / via: mollyinkenya / op: emotional-algebra / reblog / 111 notes

DC needs these. like everywhere.

(Source: poweredbygirl)

Apr 9th at 10AM / via: bethechange-now / op: poweredbygirl / reblog / 155,807 notes
Just in case you don’t already love Justice Sotomayor, here is reason to. Get it gurl! 

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Just in case you don’t already love Justice Sotomayor, here is reason to. Get it gurl! 

(Source: fuckingscreaming)

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abernadette11:

A heartwarming tidbit for you from the vault. Recorded in Jinja, Uganda on February 2, 2012. 

if i could do anything today, it would be watch cars, take a walk to madhvani to get sodas, and eat avocado with that child. miss ya kymbo slice.

Mar 28th at 3PM / via: abernadette11 / op: abernadette11 / reblog / 2 notes

“Education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don’t need little changes, we need gigantic, monumental changes. Schools should be palaces. The competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be making six-figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge to its citizens, just like national defense. That’s my position. I just haven’t figured out how to do it yet.”

Sam Seaborn, The West Wing, “Six Meetings Before Lunch” (via books-feminism-everythingelse)

everyday is a new adventure: If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have... →

carsonc:

If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am…

Mar 19th at 10AM / via: carsonc / op: carsonc / reblog / 1 note

wordsbydan:

7 Great quotes about libraries on photos of beautiful libraries

With libraries around the world in danger of extinction, Flavorwire posted a series of great quotes about libraries from famous writers. I decided to pair them with some of the world’s most beautiful libraries. You’re welcome;

  1. Trinity College Library - University of Dublin
  2. University Club Library – New York City
  3. Admont Abbey Library – Austria
  4. Real Gabinete Português de Leitura – Rio de Janeiro
  5. Suzzalo Library at the University of Washington – Seattle
  6. Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
  7. Canadian Library of Parliament – Ottawa

Click on the photo to see it full size. Support your local library, kids.

i just really love books, okay?

Mar 15th at 4PM / via: bethechange-now / op: wordsbydan / reblog / 23,938 notes
handsome little man! kymbi, i miss you terribly. thanks, haleyfritzler for the lovely photo!

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handsome little man! kymbi, i miss you terribly. thanks, haleyfritzler for the lovely photo!

Mar 11th at 3PM / via: haleyfritzler / op: haleyfritzler / reblog / 2 notes
haleyfritzler:

Sitting outside the SUUBI building stringing beads

missing the suubi ladies! what a beautiful shot.

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haleyfritzler:

Sitting outside the SUUBI building stringing beads

missing the suubi ladies! what a beautiful shot.

Mar 11th at 2PM / via: haleyfritzler / op: haleyfritzler / reblog / 2 notes
ganesha at the hindu temple in kampala

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ganesha at the hindu temple in kampala

bethechange-now:

bunnika:

burrowklown:

dasupastar:

Graffiti Gardening…kinda dope.

Fucking awesome

omg even one of the examples is a bunny. It’s like they were specifically telling me I should do this. o.o

whhaattt this is so cool

SO COOOOOOOL

Mar 5th at 7PM / via: bethechange-now / op: lulubonanza / reblog / 187,995 notes

hopeinthemidst:

We wanted to share a few photos from our Christmas party in Uganda. Thank you to everyone who donated and made this possible!

take me back already

Mar 4th at 11AM / via: hopeinthemidst / op: hopeinthemidst / reblog / 3 notes