The phrase “rubber bullets” is often used to describe what are more accurately termed “rubber-coated metal bullets”, heavy steel projectiles with a minimal coating of 1mm or 2mm of rubber, that are regularly used to lethal effect alongside — not instead of — live ammunition.

Rubber-coated metal bullets are fired from metal tubes placed on the end of high-velocity rifles such as the M-16s commonly used by Israeli troops. Tubes contain around 8 rubber-coated, cylindrical, steel projectiles, which are powered by blank rounds fired from the gun’s magazine.

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Writing in the medical journal, The Lancet, [doctors] said firing the bullets at civilians made it “impossible to avoid severe injuries to vulnerable body regions such as the head, neck and upper torso, leading to substantial mortality, morbidity and disability.”

They added: “We reported a substantial number of severe injuries and fatalities inflicted by use of rubber bullets when vulnerable upper-body regions such as the head, neck and upper torso were struck.

“This type of ammunition should therefore not be considered a safe method of crowd control.”

Misleading terminology: “Rubber” bullets  (via wot4)

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nakazn:

aphrussiaheadcanons:

Russia secretly loves having his belly poked, rubbed, or touched in an affectionate way because he’s secretly a giant two-year-old who misses the days when Ukraine would blow raspberries on his belly.

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pax-arabica:

Sorry, I know I’m harping on this, but I still can’t wrap my head around the “we were here first” argument.

Let’s just suppose for arguments sake that indeed today’s Palestinians have “only” been on the land since the 7th century, as many ahistorical drones like to say. (false)

Is racist European Zionist colonialism and ethnic cleansing now justified?

How long do a people need to live on a land before their ethnic cleansing and genocide becomes wrong?

A century? A millennium?

What’s the expiry date on someones humanity?

Because basically that’s what this argument boils down to. Even if you could somehow prove this point, it wouldn’t be beneficial to your stance.

Don’t let anyone drag you into a game of “who was there first”. We’re not playing musical chairs. It’s a moot point, really.


disciplesofmalcolm:

"Your book, Old Nazis, the New Right, and the Republican Party, exposed the deep involvement in the Republican Party of Nazi elements from Central and Eastern Europe, including Ukrainians, dating back to World War II and even before. As the Ukrainian crisis unfolded in the last few weeks, there have been scattered mentions of a fascist or neo-fascist element, but somehow that never seems to warrant further comment or explanation. I can’t think of anyone better to shed light on what’s not being said about that element. The danger of Russian belligerence is increasingly obvious, but this unexamined fascist element poses dangers of its own. What can you tell us about this element and those dangers?”

If all the white people who claim they don’t hate us would ever get together and do something to the whites who claim they hate us, we’d see some action. Talk is cheap, if white people didn’t want to have a South African situation … there’d be none. If white people in America didn’t want segregation, there’d be none … it is the man who allows him to lynch who is never seen.

Malcolm X

Taken from Hakim Jamal’s book “From the Dead Level: Malcolm X and Me” (page 180)