I was 100% confident from the 3rd chapter of Vampire Knight that Yuuki and Zero would be endgame.

5 years, 90 chapters, and endless ship wars later, my ship is finally vindicated!

I think I’m being dragged back into the Vampire Knight fandom after accidentally stumbling into the ZeroxYuuki tag (that I’ve abandoned for a year) and finding out my OTP is canon hell yeahhhhhh.

I salute the mangaka for ultimately picking the much healthier relationship that is ZeroxYuuki and not the emotionally abusive, manipulative, controlling, incestuous KanamexYuuki relationship.

america-wakiewakie:

It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All | NY Mag
When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay,” he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the region. 
But now, officials admit the kidnappings were not Hamas’s handiwork after all. 
Non-plagiarizing BuzzFeed writer Sheera Frenkel was among the first to suggest that it was unlikely that Hamas was behind the deaths of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach. Citing Palestinian sources and experts the field, Frenkel reported that kidnapping three Israeli teens would be a foolish move for Hamas. International experts told her it was likely the work of a local group, acting without concern for the repercussions: 

[Gershon Baskin] pointed out that Hamas has earlier this month signed an agreement to form a unity government with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, bridging, for the first time in seven years, the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank and Gaza.
“They will lose their reconciliation agreement with Abbas if they do take responsibility for [the kidnappings],” Baskin added.

Today, she was proven right:

After Israel’s top leadership exhaustively blamed Hamas for kidnap of 3 teens, they’ve now admitted killers were acting as “lone cell.”
— Sheera Frenkel (@sheeraf) 
July 25, 2014

Order of events: 3 teens kidnapped->100s of Palestns in WB arrested->revenge attacks on Palestinians->violence along Gaza/Israel border->war
— Sheera Frenkel (@sheeraf) 
July 25, 2014

To recap: 3 teens kidnapped->100s of Palestinians in WB arrested->revenge attacks on Palestinians->violence along Gaza/Israel border->war
— Sheera Frenkel (@sheeraf) 
July 25, 2014
Repeated inconsistencies in Israeli descriptions of the situation have sparked debate over whether Israel wanted to provoke Hamas into a confrontation. Israeli intelligence is also said to have known that the boys were dead shortly after they disappeared, but to have maintained public optimism about their safe return to beef up support from the Jewish diaspora. Writing for Al Jazeera, Musa al-Gharbi argued that Israel was deliberately provoking Hamas:

All the illegal and immoral actions related to Operation Brother’s Keeper were justified under the premise of finding and saving the missing teens whom the Israeli government knew to be dead — cynically exploiting the tragedy to whip up public outcry in order to provoke and then confront Hamas. This pattern of deception continues under the ongoing military offensive in Gaza. For example, last week in collaboration with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Abbas, in its efforts to alienate Hamas, Israel announced a bad-faith cease-fire proposal, which Hamas was not consulted on and never agreed to but whose violation supposedly justified Israel’s expansion and intensification of the military campaign into Gaza.

Despite continued negotiations, the violence shows no signs of letting up, and after Thursday night’s massive protests in the West Bank, there is still no ceasefire agreement. On Friday, it became clear that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempts to broker a seven-day truce were rejected by Israeli officials. Instead, Israel will apparently widen its ground operation in the Gaza Strip, despite international outcry about the civilian death toll. According to unnamed officials, the proposed truce was too generous to Hamas’s demands. 
Hamas, meanwhile, still hasn’t weighed in on the agreement, whose details are being kept secret, but continued to launch rockets into Israel. International peace talks are set to resume in France this weekend, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed.
(Photo Credit: Mohamed Farag/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

america-wakiewakie:

It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All | NY Mag

When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay,” he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the region. 

But now, officials admit the kidnappings were not Hamas’s handiwork after all. 

Non-plagiarizing BuzzFeed writer Sheera Frenkel was among the first to suggest that it was unlikely that Hamas was behind the deaths of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach. Citing Palestinian sources and experts the field, Frenkel reported that kidnapping three Israeli teens would be a foolish move for Hamas. International experts told her it was likely the work of a local group, acting without concern for the repercussions: 

[Gershon Baskin] pointed out that Hamas has earlier this month signed an agreement to form a unity government with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, bridging, for the first time in seven years, the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank and Gaza.

“They will lose their reconciliation agreement with Abbas if they do take responsibility for [the kidnappings],” Baskin added.

Today, she was proven right:

Repeated inconsistencies in Israeli descriptions of the situation have sparked debate over whether Israel wanted to provoke Hamas into a confrontation. Israeli intelligence is also said to have known that the boys were dead shortly after they disappeared, but to have maintained public optimism about their safe return to beef up support from the Jewish diaspora. Writing for Al Jazeera, Musa al-Gharbi argued that Israel was deliberately provoking Hamas:

All the illegal and immoral actions related to Operation Brother’s Keeper were justified under the premise of finding and saving the missing teens whom the Israeli government knew to be dead — cynically exploiting the tragedy to whip up public outcry in order to provoke and then confront Hamas. This pattern of deception continues under the ongoing military offensive in Gaza. For example, last week in collaboration with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Abbas, in its efforts to alienate Hamas, Israel announced a bad-faith cease-fire proposal, which Hamas was not consulted on and never agreed to but whose violation supposedly justified Israel’s expansion and intensification of the military campaign into Gaza.

Despite continued negotiations, the violence shows no signs of letting up, and after Thursday night’s massive protests in the West Bank, there is still no ceasefire agreement. On Friday, it became clear that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempts to broker a seven-day truce were rejected by Israeli officials. Instead, Israel will apparently widen its ground operation in the Gaza Strip, despite international outcry about the civilian death toll. According to unnamed officials, the proposed truce was too generous to Hamas’s demands. 

Hamas, meanwhile, still hasn’t weighed in on the agreement, whose details are being kept secret, but continued to launch rockets into Israel. International peace talks are set to resume in France this weekend, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed.

(Photo Credit: Mohamed Farag/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

systematicgenocide:

Sunni And Shiite British Imams Denounce ISIS Together In New Video

Sunni and Shiite Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom have come together to denounce the Islamic militant group ISIS in a video posted by a group called Imams Online, reports the BBC.

A statement on the Imams Online website says, “Senior British imams have come together to emphasize the importance of unity in the UK and to decree ISIS as an illegitimate, vicious group who do not represent Islam in any way.”

They hope the four-minute film will serve to counter the “digital propaganda” disseminated by ISIS, which has been noted for its heavy use of social media. Specifically, their goal is to strongly urge young Britons from traveling to Iraq and Syria to take part in the conflict. They also denounced Sunni-Shiite sectarianism, as earlier this week ISIS destroyed Shiite mosques and shrines.

"We are Muslims united against ISIS, against terrorism, against atrocity, against pain and suffering," says Sayed Ali Rizvi, head of the Majlis Ulama-e-Shia group, in the video.

statement from ISIS exhorted Muslims worldwide to join them upon their declaration of an Islamic Caliphate led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “It is incumbent upon all Muslims to pledge allegiance to (him) and support him,” it said.

The Imams Online video quotes the Quran to emphasize the importance of Islamic unity despite the sectarian nature of the conflict in the Middle East. From Surah Al-Imran:

And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favour of Allah upon you — when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by his favour, brothers.

"As a Sunni Muslim, I do not accept the Caliphate of ISIS, I consider ISIS as a terrorist organization," said Maulana Shahid Raza, of Leicester Central Mosque.

Abu Muntasir, chief executive of the charity organiztion JIMAS, said, “Brothers and sisters, if I could tell you in one sentence about ISIS I would tell you that they are evil, they are corrupt, they are self-seeking, self-centered, vicious people. Don’t get mixed up with them.”

wecanbeloopy:

Otakon 2013, where we got to march around with an Agon! :) (Secretly he’s one of the nicest guys we know, but he does a darn good snarl).

Photo by Yenra Photography—the other nicest guy we know.

wecanbeloopy:

Otakon 2013, where we got to march around with an Agon! :) (Secretly he’s one of the nicest guys we know, but he does a darn good snarl).

Photo by Yenra Photography—the other nicest guy we know.

silkelectrics:

Diana Ross

wecanbeloopy:

Hello! This is us. :) We edited these ourselves, but these lovely photos originally were taken by DROO photography!

More to come soonish. <3

I told Dieux soon after I met him that he should cosplay Hiruma because—well LOOK AT HIM he’s fucking perfect. :D So he tried watching Eyeshield, and here we are.

(Although I have more of a sailor’s mouth, and he’s a bigger fan of cream puffs….)

~W

كتب محمد سليمان من غزة على صفحته في تويتر تغريدة هزت قلوب الآلاف حول العالم:
I look forward to surviving. If I don’t, remember that I wasn’t Hamas or a militant, nor was I used as a human shield. I was at home
أصبو إلى البقاء على قيد الحياة، إن لم أتمكن من ذلك، تذكّروا أنني لم أكن عضواً في حماس، ولا عسكرياً مقاتلاً ولم أكن درعاً بشرياً. كنت في بيتي
(via mouridbarghouti)

invulnerate:

Malaysia: MH17

Ukraine: Russian Militants & Prime Minister Resigning

Gaza: More than 600 Palestinians have been reported dead in the past 15 days. Also 3,700 are wounded.

Syria: 3 year civil war; 1,700 killed in the past week while 150,000 have died overall.

Iraq: 1/3 controlled by…

Do you really think these attacks are unprovoked?? Ever heard of HAMAS?! Ya know, the terrorist organization Palestinians are letting have power

standwithpalestine:

(Photos: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters, July 25, 2014)

pax-arabica:

The 48,000 march on Qalandia is a culmination of the efforts of all Palestinian parties and political groups in Ramallah and its neighboring villages.

We grouped up in front of the Am’ari refugee camp, and from the start it was obvious that this was massive. To be totally honest, we most…

Tonight in Ramallah. July 24, 2014

vvlin91:


アイシ12周年ありがとう色紙1(x) from Murata Yusuke’s Twitter

I’m in fucking tears this is the most important manga of my life. I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since it ended, and 12 years since it began. ;_;
My life will not be the same without Eyeshield 21. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Eyeshield 21. And I can never love another sports series the way I love Eyeshield 21.
I’m a teary mess right now don’t come near.

vvlin91:

アイシ12周年ありがとう色紙1(x) from Murata Yusuke’s Twitter

I’m in fucking tears this is the most important manga of my life. I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since it ended, and 12 years since it began. ;_;

My life will not be the same without Eyeshield 21. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Eyeshield 21. And I can never love another sports series the way I love Eyeshield 21.

I’m a teary mess right now don’t come near.