hoomie says: Regarding that picture of that racist ass TX protester in the burqa, I cannot believe whoever runs this blog didn't think for a single damn second how racist and Islamophobic that was. I really thought you guys were at least a little intelligent, but I guess not. Done with this blog until someone who still follows it reblogs an apology from you guys onto my dash. This is disgusting of you.
» SFB says: I was at the protests all week, and this protester’s statement stood out, so I took a picture and posted it on the blog. I didn’t say I supported the costume; I just posted a picture of it. That’s what photojournalism is. I apologize if you found it offensive or disrespectful, but my goal with this photograph, and the others I took, was to document what was happening in Texas this week—the good, the bad, and the ugly. So again, I understand why you found it offensive, but we weren’t implying an opinion either way on the image. — Seth @ SFB
14:23 // 9 months ago
A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of a new Wisconsin law that bans doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing abortions
We wrote about this stealthily-passed anti-abortion law here. Planned Parenthood pledged to challenged it as soon as Scott Walker signed it, and it looks like doing so paid off—at least until July 17th, when a fuller hearing will be held. The judge said that “there is a troubling lack of justification for the hospital admitting privileges requirement.”
22:29 // 9 months ago
At a parade celebrating Venezuela’s independence day, President Nicolas Maduro announced today that he will grant Snowden political asylum in his country so that “he can come and live away from the imperial North American persecution.” Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s offer was more conditional; he said that Snowden would be granted asylum “if circumstances allow it.” Venezuela’s offer is the first “yes” Snowden has received in his numerous requests for political asylum; however, he still doesn’t have a passport, and so leaving the Russian airport in which he’s (believed to be) holed up may still prove difficult.
20:47 // 9 months ago
Death toll rises in wake of Egyptian coup
30 killed in Egypt today as protests over President Morsi’s ouster flare up around the country. Muslim Brotherhood supporters are calling today the “Friday of Rage,” and over 10,000 have taken to the streets to protest the President’s removal two days ago by the military. The National Salvation front, which supported Morsi’s overthrow, has called for counter-protests this Sunday. source
20:34 // 9 months ago