Politics A La Americana

Hi guys! Politics is both a hobby and a career for me. I recently attained my BA in Political Science from Boston University. I focused on on American domestic politics and American foreign affairs so this blog will mostly reflect that. My personal political beliefs run towards the more moderate/liberal side of things, depending on the topic. Please feel free to message me if you want to talk shop! I love this stuff way more than I should!

omgitsbrilliant:

livindavidaloki:

redhjedi:

The Hulk ain’t never lied.

I can’t even express how much respect I have for Mark Ruffalo.  The dude’s on the US terrorism watchlist for fuck’s sake.

Omg, it’s true

In honor of comic con, some political wisdom from the Hulk.

(via shipatfirstsight)

micdotcom:

The New York Times: “Repeal prohibition, again”

On Saturday, the New York Times came out strongly in favor of marijuana legalization, publishing an editorial titled “Repeal Prohibition, Again.”

The Times is the biggest U.S. news publication to endorse reformed cannabis laws yet and is a huge slap-in-the-face to antiquated laws that criminalize marijuana smoking and possession. 

As part of a series entitled “High Time,” the editorial board is rolling out a six-part interactive examining state laws, the criminal justice system, the history, health, track record and regulation surrounding marijuana.

Why this is huge for marijuana | Follow micdotcom 

(via thepoliticalfreakshow)

A spokesman for Hamas has said the group would not accept Israel’s ceasefire extension, CNN reports.

"Any humanitarian cease-fire that does not include the withdrawal of the occupation soldiers from Gaza borders and allowing citizens to return to their homes and evacuate casualties is unacceptable," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said according to CNN’s report.

Israel’s Cabinet decided to extend a truce for 24 hours, until midnight (2100 GMT) Sunday. AFP had earlier reported that Hamas would not agree to the truce extension.

— Andrew Hart

To put it mildly: the world is a mess.
Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright on Face the Nation discussing recent world events. 

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Seriously. Every time. “Well, if they would stop bombing Israel!” “Its a little more nuanced than-“”STOP BOMBING!”

thenewwomensmovement:

hylianears:

micdotcom:

Canadian music festival takes huge step against Native appropriation

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From their announcement:

For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.

We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.

Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.

Take notes, US.

(via mylifeisquestionable)

inothernews:

Context for this week in aviation news.

Although energy is still off the table (and I can’t really imagine it being in play ever) it looks like the EU had decided to get a little tougher with Russia. 

In a statement on Wednesday, Brazil condemned what it said was a  ”disproportionate use of force” by Israel in its Gaza Strip offensive by pulling out its ambassador from Tel Aviv for “consultation.” The country is the second country to recall its ambassador from Israel; Ecuador did so earlier in the week.

At first, the official reaction from Israel appeared sanguine. ”Brazil is a friend, but we think its position is not balanced,” Israel’s general consul in São Paulo, Yoel Barnea… Things soon took a turn for the worse. “This is an unfortunate demonstration of why Brazil, an economic and cultural giant, remains a diplomatic dwarf,” Israeili Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said on Thursday, the Jerusalem Post reports. “The moral relativism behind this move makes Brazil an irrelevant diplomatic partner, one who creates problems rather than contributes to solutions.”

Oh look, Israel’s making friends. 

politicsalamericana:

The way people on this website state opinions as if they were indisputable facts is legitimately frightening. 

And worse, other people accept their opinions as gospel. 

The way people on this website state opinions as if they were indisputable facts is legitimately frightening. 

Israeli media say the country’s Security Cabinet has unanimously rejected a US proposal for a temporary pause in Israel-Hamas fighting.

The proposal by Secretary of State John Kerry calls for a temporary truce during which Israel and Hamas would hold indirect talks about easing the border closure of the blockaded Gaza Strip. Hamas has demanded that Gaza’s crossings be opened.

Israel TV reports that on Friday evening, Israel’s Security Cabinet — which groups top ministers on security issues — rejected the proposal in its current form Friday, mainly because it would mean Israel has to cut short an ongoing effort to destroy Hamas military tunnels under the Gaza-Israel border.

There was no immediate Israeli government comment.

Associated Press -Jerusalem

So now each side has rejected a truce.