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  • standwithpalestine:

    La Paz (AFP) - Bolivia on Wednesday renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state.

    President Evo Morales announced the move during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba.

    It “means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state,” he said.

    The treaty has allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia without a visa since 1972.

    Morales said the Gaza offensive shows “that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community.”

    More than two weeks of fighting in Gaza have left 1,300 dead and 6,000 wounded amid an intense Israeli air and ground campaign in response to missile attacks by the Islamist militant group Hamas.

    In the latest development, 20 people were killed after two Israeli shells slammed into a United Nations school, drawing international protests.

    Bolivia broke off diplomatic relations with Israel in 2009 over a previous military operation in Gaza.

    In mid-July, Morales filed a request with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prosecute Israel for “crimes against humanity.”

    Photos: Bolivian ambassador to the UN Sacha Llorenti wears keffiyeh in solidarity with Palestinians, July 2014. 

    (via maghrabiyya)

    atlasobscura:

    Inuit Throat-Singing: A Gutteral Game Gets a Cultural Resurgence

    “It’s a friendly competition between girls, something they would do while the men were out hunting,” said Kathy in at interview at the conference. Karin added: ”It’s part of Inuit culture. It’s an oral tradition, it’s something that can’t be written down, it has to be learned from someone else,.”

    A “game” of throat-singing begins with two women facing each other, standing close and sometimes holding each other’s arms. One begins to sing, while the other follows. The game can last up to a few minutes, and ends when one loses her breath, laughs, or breaks concentration in any way. Some sources, such as Pulaarvik Kablu Friendership Centre, cite that it was once practiced with their lips practically touching, the women using their opponent’s mouth cavity as a sound resonator.

    For more of the rich cultural history of Canada’s Inuit throat-singing, keep reading on Atlas Obscura…

    (via kararikue)

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