“You can’t just start the clock on 9/11 and forget 50 years of unjust oppressive Western foreign policies in the Middle East.”

Medhi Hasan

Thank God someone finally said this. I’m so sick of stating that Western intervention and invasion of other countries fuels terrorism only for people to respond 'They did 9/11 first!' 

In 1953 the UK & the US staged a coup of the democratically elected leader of Iran and installed a dictator who was more to their liking. Today the US continues to support brutal dictators (such as in Saudi Arabia) where it suits them to do so. Palestine has been occupied for decades. The list of Western imperial foreign policies over the past decades could go on and on.

9/11 was not only a result religious extremism and it certainly was not because 'they hate our freedoms.' Terrorism is often primarily politically motivated and anyone who is serious about preventing it had better take some fucking notice of this fact.

(via insideonemind)

“Man shouldn’t be able to see his own face—there’s nothing more sinister. Nature gave him the gift of not being able to see it, and of not being able to stare into his own eyes. Only in the water of rivers and ponds could he look at his face, and the very posture he has to assume was symbolic: he has to bend over; stoop down, to commit the ignominy of beholding himself.
The inventor of the mirror poisoned the human heart.”

– Fernando Pessoa, the Book of Disquiet

lastuli:


Walls and Chains, Zuhdi al Aduwi 1980

As of today, there are over 5,200 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons. Considering the majority of those detained are male, the number of Palestinians detained forms approximately 40% of the total male Palestinian population in the occupied Palestinian territories.
There are currently 183 prisoners being held under Administrative Detention; a procedure which allows the Israeli military to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.
Furthermore, the number of minors held in Israeli prisons is 210 (28 under 16). Not to forget the 12 prisoners currently on hunger strike, 3 of whom are facing serious health problems.
Since these prisoners are being held in Israeli prisons, the families of the prisoners find it almost impossible see their imprisoned relatives since they need to obtain a permit in order to do so. Needless to say that transferring prisoners outside of the occupied territory from which they are detained is illegal under international law.

lastuli:

Walls and Chains, Zuhdi al Aduwi 1980

As of today, there are over 5,200 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons. Considering the majority of those detained are male, the number of Palestinians detained forms approximately 40% of the total male Palestinian population in the occupied Palestinian territories.

There are currently 183 prisoners being held under Administrative Detention; a procedure which allows the Israeli military to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.

Furthermore, the number of minors held in Israeli prisons is 210 (28 under 16). Not to forget the 12 prisoners currently on hunger strike, 3 of whom are facing serious health problems.

Since these prisoners are being held in Israeli prisons, the families of the prisoners find it almost impossible see their imprisoned relatives since they need to obtain a permit in order to do so. Needless to say that transferring prisoners outside of the occupied territory from which they are detained is illegal under international law.

— Maqamatu Badee’ez-Zamanil-Hamathanii; an Arabic collection from the 9th century of 400 episodic stories, roughly 52 of which have survived.

Original untranslated version of a previous post.

I’m experimenting with transliterating Arabic names into English. That’s why I wrote an-Nabighatuth-Thibaniiu in my last post rather than al Nabigha al Thibani; the latter is harder to make sense of and it doesn’t represent the mechanics of Arabic pronunciation.

I just need to watch all Shrek movies and everything will be better

poppoppopblowblowbubblegum:

luneprism:

When white western men condemn muslim men for misogyny, they’re not doing it because they give a fuck about women, because if they did they’d start by addressing the sexism they perpetuate personally. They don’t give a fuck about women, they want an excuse to be racist. 

ya but there’s more to it they’re also projecting their fantasies onto “savage muslim man”. like if you confront these white men on this guarantee the next thing out of their mouths will be “if you want to be a feminist go to saudi arabia where they really need it, you spoiled bitch”. and i always knew in my gut that what they really mean “go to ksa where you’ll get what you deserve”. where you’ll see what a “real savage” is like and learn to appreciate the good white men who have given you so much. of course they’re revealing their true feelings about what they wish to happen to women but slickly passing it off on the misogynistic muslim of their imagination. the muslim world also exists in the western imagination as a savage land where you can enact your secret or not-so-secret misogynist fantasies, where you can regain your manhood (these islamophobic types have deep-seeded insecurities of the “weak west” that is getting “taken over” by muslim hordes). white people have a long history of viewing other lands as lawless, amoral spaces where they can indulge their criminal tendencies without facing consequences, this is nothing new. i’ll give you an example, i read a story once written by a professor (what the fuck is it with professors today) about a trip he took his students on to egypt. some of the girls were wearing shorts or something. he didn’t want to tell them to cover up himself, didn’t want to dent his image of enlightened western man, so he PAID some local egyptian men to sexually harass the women into covering up. not saying there’s no sexual harassment in egypt but in this case this motherfucker PAID them to do it. so the girls got harassed and terrified into covering up by “scary brown men” and the white professor came out smelling like roses even though it was his desire that had been engineered into being. 

somepalestiniankid:

city-ghost:

somepalestiniankid:

city-ghost:

city-ghost:

?למה כלבים אוהבים את השפה העברית

בגלל שמית העצם

على هذه المذكرة، هل هذا يعني القطط مثل اللغة العربية؟

 لا! يمكن أن أحاول أن تترجم إلى اللغة العربية نكتة ربما

وكيف يتم العمل بها أن الترجمة بالنسبة لك؟ آسف، أنا أقول النكات سيئة حقا. ربما أنا لم تحصل على نكتة في المقام الأول. حياتي هو مجرد مزحة. سأبدأ في تعلم العبرية فقط وبعد ذلك سوف تحصل على نكتة، وربما

أفلا تعقلِون

my-killz:

The whole world has been against her. She’s become more of a punch line than a celebrity. Instead of celebrating with Lindsay about the small victories as you should with any type of addict (my step father was an alcoholic for 10 years) people have joked about how she can’t do it. I would cry too if someone finally told me to celebrate after spending so long being a joke.