Discussions of Islam, Afghanistan and Politics. Also, BDS.
August 23rd
11:24 PM

Hiatus time from here and other social media for a while. Call/text/whatsapp/fax/etc if you need me. 

12:14 AM
Via
"عید آمد و هر کس پی کار خویش است
می نازد اگر غنی و گر درویش است
من بی تو به حال خود نظر ها کردم
دیدم که هنوزم رمضان در پیش است"
—  Eid has arrived and everyone is taking care of their own work, 
Everyone is enjoying themselves, whether wealthy or a dervish,
I’ve looked at my state without you,
And I see that Ramadan is still ahead of me.   (via musaafer)
August 20th
10:55 PM

In other news how do you take a break from draining and deeply painful realities that form a prominent thread through/ foundation of your professional, academic, activist and personal works? How do you distance yourself from realities and experiences that hit so close to home (and work/school/everything else)? It’s one thing to face this in one realm but another to face it in every.

9:00 PM
"O you who have believed, when you are told, “Space yourselves” in assemblies, then make space; Allah will make space for you. And when you are told, “Arise,” then arise; Allah will raise those who have believed among you and those who were given knowledge, by degrees. And Allah is Acquainted with what you do."
—  58:11

sun-thief-rai:

No words. She was also with Talib who was told by police to keep his hands up or they’ll blow his brains out. And some resident protestors are exhausted with everything and saying that street medics told them they’re experiencing a subcategory of PTSD.

So.

Yeah.

I’m weary.

12:40 AM

Oh man today some girl walked up to me at in n out after my presentation earlier that evening and she was like “Hi I’m ——-, and you’re beast!!!”

12:14 AM

I just got back from an event in which virtually all actively organized communities of color on campus came out to vocalize and contexualize their support for Palestine, man and it broke me.

The ways people connected their struggles and shared their stories moving and heartbreaking. Folks talking about genocides of their own, talking about their displacement and the realities of being immigrants to empire. One particular story that moved us all to tears was that of an undocumented woman who was saying how the realities of her existence entail being at school here and not knowing whether she’ll see her parents when she goes home for the weekend.. Or losing loved ones across the border and not being able to visit family and mourn.

It’s a tough life man and yeah it’s cool to see people come together for a cause but when you look behind and see how the pain and violence runs so deep for so many communities, it’s heartbreaking.

August 19th
1:42 PM

I got people all up my notifications tryna justify Israeli action in Gaza like “NO ONE IS PERFECT” like you’re outta your gotdamn mind if you think I’m even clicking on that notification w a ten foot pole to read further

12:12 PM
Via
"A lot of the liberal Zionist brothers and sisters would call Edward and say, “Oh, you know, we agree with what you’re talking about, we just can’t say that in public.” Why? ‘Cause they were scared, because their careers were at stake, because they didn’t wanna go against their friends, because it made their Thanksgiving dinners uncomfortable, if they told the truth […] Said had the military folk here at his office — I mean the security at his office […] every time you go see the brother you gotta go through security check ‘cause of death threats and so forth. And we know about the 285 FBI files keeping track of him every minute, going back to 1971 […] The liberal Zionists didn’t want to undergo that kind of risk either, it was just too much: “Oh my God, if we’re gonna tell the truth, we’re really gonna have to pay a cost.” You don’t say? “You have to bear a burden.” You don’t say? I mean, I recall in 1982 Edward and I went down in front of the New York Times just to get the numbers of how many folk were killed in Lebanon — they wouldn’t even print the numbers. Then we had to march again just to use the word ‘occupation’ in the newspaper. Then they didn’t wanna call it a ‘wall,’ they called it a ‘divide.’ Deodorized discourse. […] Edward said […] “I got some plain speech about this catastrophe of Palestinians linked to not just the U.S. empire, but linked to the cowardliness of autocratic Arab countries who were tied for big oil interests.” It’s not just the pro-Israeli lobby in the conservative sense, it’s the big oil dictation that allows for the Arab complacency and subservience, even as they ‘talk about’ their concern with the Palestinians. […] Said, ‘Professor of Terror,’ that’s what Commentary Magazine said, right? He’s a ‘Professor of Terror’ for throwing one rock. But Israeli Defense Forces? Never called terroristic, ever, by the mainstream newspapers, right? […] Said’s legacy makes all of us uncomfortable, deeply so."
—  Dr. Cornel West (via aloofshahbanou)
August 18th
11:20 PM
Via

cloud942:

musaafer:

What is happening in Ferguson - and the solidarity people from Palestine are expressing - is exactly what Angela Davis has been talking about. The internationalization of these oppressive structures. The prison industrial complex does not exist in a vacuum. Police brutality doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Apartheid doesn’t exist in a vacuum. These oppressive structures are interconnected.

This is why whenever I’ve seen her speak on the PIC or on feminism and abolition, she’s always connected it to Palestine. Global connections. When she was imprisoned in the 70s, in solitary confinement in an American prison, a Palestinian political prisoner in an Israeli jail sent her a message of solidarity - it was smuggled out of that Israeli cell an into Davis’ cell. Do we not see parallels of that today in those tweets sharing tips on how to deal with police brutality?

The struggles are distinct. Specific to specific communities. But the structures are interconnected. What does it say for American police to be trained by and often armed by the IDF; what does it say for weapons to be tested on Palestinians and then sold to the rest of the world; what does it say for military and prisons to both be privatized to this extent; what does it say for neoliberal institutions like the IMF and the world bank to be supporting private prisons as replacements of state functions in developing countries? We have to have attention to detail and we have to also be able to look at this in a larger framework.

I’m sorry but this is a completely misinformed and biased post. 

The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) does not “test weapons on Palestinians” and then sell them to the rest of the world. By saying this you’re not only misleading and misinforming the Internet, with absolutely no basis and no back-up except your own mindless opinions and observations, but you are disrespecting an entire nation and country and belittling the lives of countless loss civilians and soldiers ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT. 

First of all, the IDF is one of the most humane military forces in the world. Here are some resources WITH PROOF that justify why: 

Also, if anything Israel as a country is one of the LEAST apartheid countries in the world. Israel goes out of its way to offer freedom and equality to ALL its citizens, Palestinian and Israeli alike. You can ask thousands of Palestinians currently living in Israel today. Here are some more resources: 

  1. A full, detailed, and justified website site full of more resources showing that Israel is clearly not apartheid and does not distinguish between its Palestinian and Israeli citizens
  2. Former South African President de Klerk (under whom segregation ended) makes an official statement about how Israel is NOT an apartheid state/and another article with the same topic (to cross reference the truth)
  3. Another detailed article with even more resources
  4. A man who suffered under real apartheid explodes the Leftist/Islamic supremacist libel that Israel is an apartheid state

There are plenty more and I could spend all day citing resources, but the truth is probably no one will ever see this, and it makes me sick. 

This post already has almost 2000 notes, and people will reblog it and go on thinking everything true, and go on hating. 

I completely agree with everything this person said about Ferguson. We cannot close our eyes to the blatant crime that is occurring right under our noses. The outstanding police brutality we’ve seen over the past few days is astounding, and we can’t ignore it. 

But I beg ANYONE who sees this to spread this side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. MY SIDE. 

Because so many people spew hate, unbacked and unwarranted, but so few try to actually look at the facts. To see what’s going on right in front of their eyes. 

Yah kiddo you’re not about to spread your Zionist propaganda on my post 

- Israel’s use of DIME Explosives and experimental weapons 

- Here’s literally an entire book on discrimination and segregation is Israel

- you’ll also be thrilled to hear all kinds of accounts about how “equally” Israel treats refugees from East Africa here 

- Are you actually arguing that apartheid only existed in South Africa and that unless it mirrors South Africa exactly it’s not apartheid? Because a) in many ways it’s worse and b) that was not the first time segregation occurred in this world, I’m sure given your outstanding sympathy with Ferguson, I don’t have to remind you of the US’ own history with this. 

And I actually won’t even go on because you literally are arguing that Israeli genocide of Palestinians is okay because they text them ahead of time? lol txt it evacuate ur home we abt 2 bomb u?? To draw a weak analogy that you may comprehend, would it have been okay to kill Mike Brown if he had been texted about his imminent murder ahead of time? 

This dissonance is mind boggling, you “agree” with me on Ferguson and we “cannot close our eyes to blatant crime” but yet still we need to share ~both sides of the story~ so your Zionist ass can feel included and accounted for? Do you think your solidarity in this regard absolves you from complicity in another? There is no balance, no two sides, no conflict. There is literally nothing leveled about this war and to even have the audacity to demand the oppressor’s narrative be told is repulsive. 

You can quote however many people you want saying this isn’t apartheid, you know what that changes? Jackshit. The wall still stands 11.8 ft tall, streets and lives in the West Bank are still segregated, illegal settlements continue to be established on stolen Palestinian land, non-Jews are still second-class citizens, Gaza is still an open-air prison, close to 2,000 people are still dead in this latest assault on Gaza. So excuse me for not mentioning the Israeli that sprained an ankle while running into a bomb shelter and the motherfuckers who sat on hills in Sderot, watching the assault on Gaza from couches on hilltops but this isn’t about you and I owe you nothing. You can go on tirades on this elsewhere but don’t run your mouth on my posts with half-assed propaganda like this as if I owe any of y’all liberal fuckshits any kind of ~balance~ in discussions of situations that are inherently imbalanced 

1:53 PM
Via
pax-arabica:

paxamericana:

ahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

This is the kind of people we’re dealing with.
Sigh.

pax-arabica:

paxamericana:

ahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

This is the kind of people we’re dealing with.

Sigh.

12:40 PM

a message from Anonymous


Tips on how to do well at uni and blog efficiently at the same time? I think blogging is my top fav thing to do in my breaks, but either studying wins or procrastinating (i mean to blog but exhaustion takes over) here does. And I want to do BOTH.

If you absolutely have to blog, have a blog with a purpose. Define the parameters on your own terms and get in the habit of rebloggjng less and sharing more of your own original content. You’d be surprised how much that limits the time you spend here because, ideally, you’ll only come every once in a while when you want to share original content.

Academics come first, man. I occasionally leave this blog and don’t post for weeks on end because academics come first. This place is a cycle and once you step away for long enough, you’ll see it. Follow blogs that are productive and conducive to your interests. Limit your exposure and be protective of your time, space and sanity. Don’t follow fuckshit blogs, unfollow all the drama. Get to the point that whenever someone complains about drama on their dash, you have no idea who they’re talking about because you unfollowed it. Have loose attachments to this place. Make it work for you, not the other way around.

Put academics first, make this only a space to express thoughts here and there, not a means through which you define yourself and your voice. Be able to step away from here at any time as a way to gauge this ability.

August 17th
2:23 PM
Via
"Organised bands of armed Hindus — some from groups tied to Modi’s party — fanned across the state seeking revenge against Muslims for allegedly burning a train full of Hindu pilgrims a few weeks earlier. The Hindu rioters systematically sought out and destroyed Muslim homes and businesses, killing more than 1,000 people. Muslim women were singled out. According to many Indian and foreign sources, including a Human Rights Watch account and a report by an international research team called ‘Threatened Existence: A Feminist Analysis of the Genocide in Gujarat,’ women were stripped, gang-raped, often publicly, and in almost all cases then burned or hacked to death. The reason the violence reached such extremes was that the state police stood back and did not intervene to stop the attacks by Hindu fanatics and even told victims that it could not protect them."
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Please tell me again how Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi is your feminist icon from India for denouncing rape when he allowed this to happen under his watch.

Do enlighten me, liberals. I’m waiting.

(via vul-va)

2:12 PM
"At AIPAC’s Saban Student Leadership Seminar in July, attendees compiled a 72-point list of pro-Israel activities and campaigns to bring to campus, including a “siren simulation dinner,” which would be interrupted by a “red alert” siren. AIPAC did not respond to multiple requests for an interview."
August 16th
1:19 AM

How long until my intentional juxtaposition of excessive texting abbreviations with sarcastic use of random capitalization and unnecessary trademark signs appears in my academic writing?

Imagine my thesis rolling thru like “Furthermore the jurisprudential tools equip individuals w skills n mindsets to empower ppl and Bring About Change ™.”