seriously we can’t even pronounce these Valyrian names half the time. Davos deserves a Wall-sized star for starting with that book.
Do you ever get in those moods when everything annoys you and you’re just so irritated and nervous but you have no clue why, and you just want to punch a hole in the wall and then break down in tears?
A collection of photos from the third night of riots in suburbs all over Stockholm. Almost ten cars i Jakobsberg were set on fire, and rioters attacked the local police station, while strategically blocking roads to prevent the cops from stopping them.
Meanwhile, the prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt - and almost all of media and politicians - condemns the riots and tries to explain them with words such as “vandals” and “violence”, but refuse to talk about police violence, segregation and class politics.
A young man says: “They stopped me two hours ago and asked me if I had drugs on me. ‘You make me wanna riot’, I said to one of them”
I felt a sour taste in my throat, the one that immediately precedes my gag reflex, when I read the NY Times piece about an immigration official who forced a woman to perform oral sex on him in exchange for her green card.
After the 22-year-old Colombian woman, whose name has not been released, went in for an interview for her green card with immigration agent Isaac Baichu in December of 2007, she started receiving phone calls from Baichu demanding sex. When he called her to meet in a restaurant’s parking lot in Queens, she was prescient enough to stash her cell phone, which was recording their conversation, in her purse. Her cell phone captured Baichu asking for sex “one or two times. That’s all. You get your green card. You won’t have to see me anymore.” Later in the tape there’s a minute-long pause when, the reporter writes, the young woman “yielded to his demand out of fear that he would use his authority against her.” The Times posted an audio clip of the woman’s recording in the web edition of the article (yay, multimedia?).
The sexual exploitation of immigrant women is nothing new, but there’s a very specific pattern of abuse tied to this case. News of a Miami ICE agent who made a pit stop at his home so he could rape the Haitian woman he was responsible for transporting to detention and reports of sexual assault on a woman held at the Don T. Hutto Family Residential Facility, a de facto prison in Texas for families awaiting immigrations processing, come to mind. Similar scandals have been reported in Maryland (Deputy Lloyd W. Miner this year), California (Agent Eddie Miranda in 2007) and Georgia (Agent Kelvin R. Owens in 2005).
Anti-Immigrant Fever Ignites Violence Against Women
From RaceWire, 3/27/08
Sheriff Arpaio of Maricopa County, AZ. He has physically assaulted pregnant immigrant women, forced them to sleep in soiled sheets by denying them sanitary products for menstruation, and notoriously shackled detained immigrants to the bed as they gave birth.
the abuse of power turns my stomach.