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  • Alsephina@lemmy.mlOPtoUnited States | News & Politics@lemmy.mlInternational law
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    1 month ago

    He agrees with it like you’d expect so no need to worry.

    Biden denounces ICC for ‘outrageous’ implication of equivalence between Israel and Hamas

    The Biden administration on Monday forcefully denounced efforts by the International Criminal Court to seek arrest warrants for top Israeli officials and Hamas leaders, saying the court’s efforts put the terrorist organization and a top US ally on equivalent footing.

    Regardless, he is the face of the US empire right now. Makes sense to have his pic when the US is doing something again



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    If you’re gonna be such a pedantic shitlib, should I edit the caption to be something from this article Linkerbaan mentioned? Since it’s about this incident specifically.

    Biden denounces ICC for ‘outrageous’ implication of equivalence between Israel and Hamas

    The Biden administration on Monday forcefully denounced efforts by the International Criminal Court to seek arrest warrants for top Israeli officials and Hamas leaders, saying the court’s efforts put the terrorist organization and a top US ally on equivalent footing.

    Why go out of your way so much to try defending a fascist? Why do you have an image saved on your device to defend this piece of shit online?




  • Alsephina@lemmy.mlOPtoVideos@lemmy.mlWhy Biden's New Bill Is So Terrifying
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    Vocal participation in a genocidal system is endorsement of it. You can’t tell people to vote for one of the parties of Capital one year and then suddenly tell people that actually it needs to be overthrown and think that’s going to happen 5 years later.

    At some point you have to commit to it being “broken” (actually working as intended of course) and organize based entirely on the fact that it is and can not be supported in any way whatsoever. We’re long past that point with the “lesser evil” party currently committing genocide.

    Successful revolutions in the past have used elections primarily as a way to show the size of the movement, never by endorsing a party of Capital. Specially not one committing a genocide.

    put sanctions on Israeli settlers

    To pretend like it’s not state-supported settler colonialism and just an individual thing, and he even walked that back lmao. You’d expect the supposed “lesser evil” candidate to do the bare minimum of stopping all relations with “israel” when it’s committing a genocide in full view of the world.

    freeze military aid to Israel

    Biden bypasses congress to send weapons to the israel faster

    (this one and a “why voting is a bad idea if you are a left wing person” video) the logic of which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense if you take it at face value […] With no particular other solutions to offer

    Easy to tell you didn’t even watch the video lol

    The answer is to organize, since you don’t seem to have the patience to watch a video, seeing as how you put it through fucking chat gpt lmao. Why are you trusting shitty LLMs with political stuff?











  • Good fucking video

    From the comments:

    So there is such a thing as Occidentalism but it’s not the yin to the yang of Orientalism as some may think. Most often, it takes the form of irrational hostility towards the West. Things like rejecting well researched truths presented by Western academia solely on the basis that it’s Western. I’ve been highly critical of this in my videos, as it obfuscates “anti-colonialism,” with anti-Western bigotry in order to get away with it. Occidentalism as a stereotypical view of the West, however, doesn’t really exist as a perfectly symettrical counterpart to Orientalism.

    The reason why it’s mostly a one way street, and non-Westerners are generally better at representing the West than the other way around is because the West is currently the hegemon of this planet, in terms of cultural soft power. Therefore everyone around the world is intimately familiar with the generalities of Western culture because everyone is exposed to it.

    The average Iranian who lived in Tehran all their life can tell a British accent is distinct from Scottish, and we do associate Received Pronunciation British with “posh.” They do know the organ is a church instrument. Typical Western associations are well known to the average Iranian in Tehran.

    At the beginning of the video, my uncle and I mention Mozart and Ketèlbey, Western Classical composers, and the musical form of “alla turcas,” and “Baroque music”. That’s because every musician in the world knows Western music and its genres, styles, composers, etc. But it may take you months to find a single Classical Western musician who knows the names of Sheydā, Dimitrie Cantemir, or who know what the terms “peşrev” or “kalofonía” mean, and what musical forms they refer to.

    All musicians around the world can play Western music. We all do chords, harmony, play the piano and guitar; we all know and are familiar with Western music theory. Only a tiny fraction of Western musicians learn any music theory outside of their own. There’s a reason why Western musicians are the only ones who call their form of ethnic music “Music Theory,” whilst everywhere else, even between them, people preface their music theory with the cultural specifier like “Iranian music theory,” “Japanese music theory,” etc. I’m aware that this presents a rather unflattering picture of the West, but please understand that this is not a consequence of us non-Westerners being oh so wiser. Not trying to portray Westerners as inherently bad or evil. If we were the current cultural hegemons of the planet, we’d be just like that. In 500 years, if China or Brazil become the next superpower, they’ll be the ones generally ignorant about other cultures whilst everyone else knows about them. Average Westerners aren’t ignorant by default, they simply naturally embody the traits of a region with hegemonic global cultural influence, and we non-Westerners are simply luckier than them because unlike them, we all grow up listening to both our music, and Western music.

    TLDR: everyone in the world knows that Madonna exists. Most Westerners have no idea who Fairuz or Shajarian are. That’s just how it is due to the current geopolitical context. But that’s just this context. In 500 years, if Central Asia becomes the next cultural hegemon, they’ll be the exact same.




  • It’s literally the most watched television program on the planet lmao.

    What about the limits on children under 18 from participating in religious activities?

    Preventing child abuse and indoctrination is very cool and good actually. Wish I wasn’t exposed to it as a kid.

    The demolition of religious sites?

    What? Xinjiang has some of the largest mosques in the world lol. And a pretty high ratio of mosques to Muslims (about as high as my own Muslim country’s actually).

    The requirement for religious leaders to register with the state?

    Good. If the capitalist Russian Federation also continued to suppress the church and its leaders like the USSR did and China does, so much of the population would not have become so religious and reactionary.

    What’s with this obsession with relating Uyghur culture to religion? Sure, so long as it’s only adults exposed to religions and it’s consensual, fine, but Xinjiang’s culture is much more than that, as are those of any region where religions are unfortunately still prevalent.

    Religions are generally in decline in every place that’s progressing economically, and Xinjiang is no exception. That’s a good thing.


  • Pretty normal (and necessary) to have a national language lol. 96% of Tibetans can speak their local language since it’s part of the curriculum, and Tibetan, Uyghur and other local cultures are highly promoted in Chinese media as mandated by the CPC.

    promote social harmony

    True and good.

    cultural erasure […] homogeneity

    Do you watch Chunwan? It’s the most watched media in China and its national television, where every year there are displays of traditional Uyghur culture in Xinjiang — dresses, dances, music, etc. Dilraba Dilmurat, the most popular celebrity in China, is of Uyghur descent and performs in those traditional garbs.

    Here’s one of her performances

    Claiming China is “suppressing Uyghur/Tibet culture” or other bs like that is hilarious nonsense to anyone who knows even a little about the country lmfao. If you don’t know about the country you’re speaking about, you should ask questions and look into it instead of parroting imperial core narratives.

    Didn’t think this would be a hot take

    You’re not on Reddit full of western liberals. Lemmy is a bit more lefty in comparison.