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theatlantic:

What KFC’s Exit from Syria Says About the Country’s Horrifying Food Crisis

In 2006, Kentucky Fried Chicken opened Syria’s first American restaurant in Damascus. The franchise weathered more than two and a half years of war, but this month, it became one of the last foreign businesses in the country to close its doors.
The picture of a quintessential American brand thriving in an “Axis of Evil” country currently targeted by U.S. sanctions may seem contradictory at first blush. Yet, in the Middle East, people have spent up to seven times their daily income on a bucket of fried chicken. Even in the Gaza Strip, where the average income hovers around $2 (U.S.) per day, KFC remains popular. The KFC branch in Al-Arish, Egypt has smuggled in deliveries through Hamas’s tunnels for $30 a meal.   The United Arab Emirates, a country that has roughly the same population as New Jersey, opened its 100th KFC branch this May. Libya and Iraq crave KFC no less:  Knockoffs of the restaurant— “Uncle Kentucky” in Tripoli and Fallujah—thrive in places where American ideas may not be winning hearts and minds, but they are winning stomachs.
Read more. [Image: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters]


Oh yes. Talk about Syria (where bombs are going off and killing people) but center the story around buckets of fried chicken………… What a great angle…… 

theatlantic:

What KFC’s Exit from Syria Says About the Country’s Horrifying Food Crisis

In 2006, Kentucky Fried Chicken opened Syria’s first American restaurant in Damascus. The franchise weathered more than two and a half years of war, but this month, it became one of the last foreign businesses in the country to close its doors.

The picture of a quintessential American brand thriving in an “Axis of Evil” country currently targeted by U.S. sanctions may seem contradictory at first blush. Yet, in the Middle East, people have spent up to seven times their daily income on a bucket of fried chicken. Even in the Gaza Strip, where the average income hovers around $2 (U.S.) per day, KFC remains popular. The KFC branch in Al-Arish, Egypt has smuggled in deliveries through Hamas’s tunnels for $30 a meal.   The United Arab Emirates, a country that has roughly the same population as New Jersey, opened its 100th KFC branch this May. Libya and Iraq crave KFC no less:  Knockoffs of the restaurant— “Uncle Kentucky” in Tripoli and Fallujah—thrive in places where American ideas may not be winning hearts and minds, but they are winning stomachs.

Read more. [Image: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters]

Oh yes. Talk about Syria (where bombs are going off and killing people) but center the story around buckets of fried chicken………… What a great angle…… 

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notime4yourshit:

In movies, if you’re tall and thin and Black and not too bad looking, you’re usually a prostitute. If you’re fat, you play mothers, and if you’re ugly, you play maids. - Madge Sinclair

Mammy or Jezebel 

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"[TW: rape culture]
How porn is implicated in rape is complex and multilayered. Clearly, not all men who use porn rape, but what porn does is create what some feminists call a “rape culture” by normalizing, legitimizing, and condoning violence against women. In image after image, violent and abusive sex is presented as hot and deeply satisfying for all parties. These messages in porn chip away at the social norms that define violence against women as deviant and unacceptable, norms that are already constantly under assault in a male-dominated society. In most mass-produced images a woman has no bodily integrity, boundaries, or borders that need to be respected. Combined, these images tell us that violation of these boundaries is what she seeks out and enjoys. This is one among many rape myths that porn disseminates to users. Embedded in porn are numerous other myths, all of which seek to present sexual assault as a consensual act rather than an act of violence."

— Gail Dines, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality (via wretchedoftheearth)

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whitecolonialism:

Oh white colonialism..

And what scares me most is the people that look at this and see nothing wrong…

whitecolonialism:

Oh white colonialism..

And what scares me most is the people that look at this and see nothing wrong…

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"One of the ancient ploys of the film industry is to make a film about non-white people and find a way, however convoluted, to tell it from the point of view of a white character."

Film critic Roger Ebert on Hollywood in his review of “Flowers of War”

“Can you think of any reason the character John Miller is needed to tell his story? Was any consideration given to the possibility of a Chinese priest? Would that be asking for too much?”

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"When feminists can see the problem with all male panels but can’t see the problem with all white television programmes, it’s worth questioning who they’re really fighting for."

— Reni Eddo-Lodge (via rayemanadvoratrelundar)  (via norma-desmond)

(Source: thefword.org.uk, via youngbadmangone)

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motherjones:

Check out more infographics and stunning stats on gender disparities in film and TV (even children’s shows).

motherjones:

Check out more infographics and stunning stats on gender disparities in film and TV (even children’s shows).

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catzilab:

How quickly some people forget they have rights and are willing to trash them. 
How quickly they succumb to irrational FEAR. 
How quickly they like to play the victim. 
How quickly they turn hysterical, paranoid, and pathetic. 
How quickly they’re willing to do anything an authority figure tells them to do, no matter how ineffective or abusive that thing might be. 
How quickly they’re willing to live in a fantasy world where “Terrorists Are Hiding Around Every Corner”, Oh My!
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catzilab:

How quickly some people forget they have rights and are willing to trash them. 

How quickly they succumb to irrational FEAR

How quickly they like to play the victim

How quickly they turn hysterical, paranoid, and pathetic

How quickly they’re willing to do anything an authority figure tells them to do, no matter how ineffective or abusive that thing might be. 

How quickly they’re willing to live in a fantasy world where “Terrorists Are Hiding Around Every Corner”, Oh My!

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"It [Israel] doesn’t like journalists telling the truth and communicating facts and footage – the evidence of what it does. The most prominent example of that is from May 2010 [Israel attacked a Gaza flotilla], when Israel deliberately destroyed the memory cards of journalists… Israel also jammed communications, including satellite communication and cellular communication… So Israel is simply trying to suppress the truth."

Harry Fear, a filmmaker who is currently in Gaza, on Israel’s bombing of two media centres which hosts international media outlets including Britain’s Sky News, Italian RAI, German ARD, Kuwait-TV, Sky News Arabia, MBC TV, Al Arabiya, ORF. The strikes injured 6 journalists, one of whom had to have his leg amputated following the attack.

The Israeli Army later told BBC that they knew foreign journalists were in at least one of the buildings before the attack, and satisfied with this knowledge, they went ahead with the strikes.

(via israelfacts)

(Source: thebowspring)

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