1. 11:30 21st Oct 2014

    Notes: 111884

    Reblogged from its-almost-as-if


    "I would NEVER have guessed you had anxiety and depression issues ! You’re always so confident and everything !”



  2. 17:23 20th Oct 2014

    Notes: 895

    Reblogged from unjapanologist


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  3. I finished reading ‘A Quiet Revolution’ a few days ago, part of my effort to educate myself to better deal with the onslaught of Islamophobia Australia is facing. It traces shifts in the veil’s meaning, focusing particularly on Egypt and North America, and on the role of colonialism and US hegemony. In some ways, I can see this book being a bit misleading with its focus on the growth of an activist (rather than militant) form of Islamism (which Ahmed does repeatedly remind the reader is not representative of the majority of Muslims). Overall, though, it’s an important examination of the ways in which different interpretations of Islam are affected by the broader context in which they develop. Next on my reading list for this program is Lila Abu-Lughod’s ‘Do Muslim Women Need Saving?’, unless anyone has a more compelling recommendation.

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  5. 12:58 17th Oct 2014

    Notes: 424

    Reblogged from medievalpoc

    Tags: sighracismso many sighs

    qarnaim said: Shameful. Do your research before you post unsourced, uninformed statements BY OTHER PEOPLE. Having a source to some idiot saying something that goes against literally all of the historical records, contemporary statements, etc. Does not actually make it legitimate information. WHY is everyone so adamant about throwing the truth out the window when it comes to Cleopatra? She was an INBRED GREEK WOMAN. ***WE HAVE THE RECORDS FROM WHEN SHE WAS ALIVE.***


    I literally had to do the research for you

    And then I had to do it FOR you again

    And you still are going to believe what you WANT to believe.

    I really, truly hope that every single last one of my readers sees this and understands that there is absolutely NOTHING that will change people minds when they WANT to believe something.

    And this ^^^ is why “curing ignorance” isn’t always the answer to the issues I bring up on this blog.

    The ‘interesting’ thing about this is that medievalpoc provided multiple references TWICE, while qarnaim, each time, provided no references at all,while also saying, ‘but look at the facts! what about facts?’

  6. The truth should be told about what we did to Indigenous people, but also the truth about the benefit of civilisation

    Christopher Pyne last year. It echoes Tony Abbotts comment on Indigenous people on Q&A back in 2010:

    Now, I know that there are some Aboriginal people who aren’t happy with Australia Day. For them it remains Invasion Day. I think a better view is the view of Noel Pearson, who has said that Aboriginal people have much to celebrate in this country’s British Heritage’

    It is no surprise that the review commissioned by Christopher Pyne recommends a greater focus on Western civilisation and scaling back emphasis on Indigenous & Asian history.

    Our current educational system is already a racist anglocentric account of Australian history that sanitises the invasion and colonisation of Australia. Australian textbooks still refer to white colonisation as a settlement and not an invasion. It still ignores the armed resistance of Indigenous tribes. It is light in recounting the wars that were fought. Most Australian students are still painfully unaware which tribe has ownership of the land that they reside on. Many are incapable of identifying an Aboriginal language. A sizeable proportion of the population are completely unaware of racist laws such as the Flora and Fauna Act that identified Indigenous people as flaura and fauna and not people as recently as 1967. First nations lives lost in the Frontier wars are still not honoured or recognised on ANZAC day. I don’t think its possible to sanitise or further ignore Indigenous history and culture than we already do, white history is still front and centre of our current curriculum, the achievements of ‘white civilisation’ still exalted. If Australia wants to embrace its march towards a prosperous multicultural modern nation it needs to reflect on the racist and violent roots that have borne untold misery and torn Indigenous communities apart, not ignore it. 

    (via progressiveauspol)

  7. 11:47 13th Oct 2014

    Notes: 229

    Reblogged from moniquill

    Tags: Canadaartpoliticsgenocide


    Karine Giboulo

    What is My Name?, 2013

    From the artist’s website:

    What Is My Name? deals with the theme of forced cultural assimilation by a dominant group of people over the indigenous minority, and the resulting long-term repercussions. It exposes the history of the “Indian residential school system” which saw thousands of Aboriginal children taken away from their families and homes, and put into the harsh and often abusive environment of church administered, government-funded schools from the nineteenth to the mid twentieth centuries.

    The work depicts various scenes from traditional camp life to school life, and the physical and mental transformation of the children. The base of the tree contains scenes of life on the land referencing the idea of family and cultural roots, the place where one comes from and to which one belongs. The branches, comprised of scenes from life at the residential schools, symbolize the growing of ill, even fatal, effects of contact with non-aboriginals on Aboriginal peoples. Like the branches in a genealogical tree, they also suggest that future generations must deal with the consequences of the loss of cultural identities and ancestral languages .

    In her previous projects, Karine Giboulo focused on the social, economic, and political situation of “the other” in foreign lands, and the role of the Westerners was minimized. The latter would usually make an appearance as a guest (or intruder) in the world of “the other”. Their presence was used as a narrative device to illustrate an idea about globalization in our contemporary world. In this diorama, Giboulo focuses her attention on the West, and the story of her own country. Claiming (as she often does about all of her work) that “when we talk about others we are actually talking about our- selves”, here she is committed to directly critiquing the self while assuming the part of the oppressor.

    This work is an acknowledgment by the artist of the historical plight and suffering of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. It is meant to help the artist come to grips with wrongdoings from the perspective of the descendant of the transgressor. It is about exposing an atrocious history through compassion and regret. Giboulo states that this project was “a labour of love”, and that she treated each of her delicately hand-sculpted figures with sensitivity, sympathy, and respect.

    (Source: karinegiboulo.com)

  8. aamerrahman:

    By Aamer Rahman


    Community leaders in Australia have expressed dismay at the number of young Australians seeking to join campaigns of terror overseas.

    In a chilling video, radical hate preacher Tony Abbott recently unveiled his plans to send up to 600 fighters to take part in a further invasion and occupation of Iraq, pledging weapons and financial support to those who decide to go.  Previous campaigns by Westernist extremists in the region have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.

    Abbott’s violent rhetoric has spurred hundreds of homegrown racists to emerge and engage in an unprecedented wave of hate crimes across the country in the past few weeks, mostly targeting women.

    A community spokesperson, who chose to remain anonymous out of fear of retribution, said “…when will we address the fact that there is something fundamentally wrong with their [Australian] culture?  This whole country was built on violence and racism, but you’re just not allowed to talk about it.  Their leaders are in denial.”

    In addition to encouraging young people to engage in criminal acts of violence in Iraq, Abbott and his associates maintain their support for young Australians travelling abroad to join associated terrorist groups such as the Israeli Defense Force.

    Demands continue for moderate Whites to condemn this latest wave of radicalisation and terror.

  9. "White media pundits and academics have a standard tactic: “Twitter is public.” Therefore, no one, and especially black women and other WOC, have rights or can complain about their digital bodies and intellectual property being taken without permission, plagiarized, used for media and academic data and news. This consistent appeal – “Twitter is public” – obscures the reality of Twitter as a digital publics, subject to the same problems of surveillance and ethics we find in geographical space.” - Dorothy Kim

  10. 12:08

    Notes: 1140

    Reblogged from mehreenkasana

    Tags: notinmynameIslamophobiaracism


    #NotInMyName is a well-intended initiative by Muslims who wish to reassure the world that not all of us are raging extremists who want to see communities burn to ashes. But that’s the problem. In a symptomatic reading of the many sincere apologies coming from young and old Muslims, one should not focus on the overtly stated text but what has not been said in those apologies. What you don’t see is that these messages are coming from harmless men and women who simply want their humanity to be registered in the reactive and hyper-alarmed Western world before they are made to pay for a group that, ironically enough, came into existence as a splinter faction when the United States invaded Iraq. What you also don’t see is that these messages shy away from stating the fact that the biggest victim of ISIS is not the United States or the collective West but the average citizen in Iraq and Syria. Stating this is an offence to American political sensibility, a faculty that endlessly amazes me with its parochial view of the world it inhabits. A haunting image of a masked Muslim man attempting to behead a western journalist injects horror in the Western imagination but if you go back a bit into the past, not many people remember British Royal Marines beheading indigenous communists of Malaya. The methods implemented in taking a human’s life is identical and yet the reactions are polar opposites. In the latter case, majority of the West has little to no memory of such a massacre.

    Take it this way: In 2011, white men constituted over 69% of those arrested for urban violence and yet black men made up for the majority of the prison population thanks to the American prison industrial complex. The majority of school shooters and mass murderers in the United States are white men (97% of them being male and 79% being white) from upper-middle class backgrounds. But for some curious reason, Twitter or Facebook or even your favorite news channels have not seen a flood of apologies from white men under the hashtag #NotInMyName. I already expect indignant comments to tell me that these men were lone cases who had mental disorders and no friends because it’s the go-to reason when a white man decides to shoot schools up. Unfortunately, brown and black men cannot use the same excuse. Furthermore, white communities do not worry for their well-being when a white person is indicted with a crime the way non-white communities do. Similarly, when American soldiers go on killing sprees in Afghanistan and other lands under siege, we do not witness social media inundated with American soldiers tweeting #NotInMyName. If anything, we rarely hear of such bloodsport. When Mike Brown was murdered by officer Darren Wilson, we did not see white Americans tweet #NotInMyName to highlight the utter barbarity of Wilson’s racially motivated attack. But we did see over $50,000 donations go to Wilson and the cash came out of white pockets. This list goes on and so does the violence but the apologies never make an appearance. I, for one, am waiting.

    Let me make it clear to anyone expecting an apology from me: There is none.

    I will apologize for ISIS when every single American apologizes for the production of the War on Terrorthat, like the brilliant Iraqi poet Sinan Antoon says, is the production of more terror and thus, endless war. I will apologize for ISIS when every single white American apologizes for the mass incarceration of black and brown people in the United States. I will apologize for ISIS when I see American men and women post lengthy and introspective apologies for what the US Empire has done to the world, including my native country, since its very advent. I will post an 8,000 word apology when English people email me individual apologies for what the British Empire did to the subcontinent. I will carry a banner around Union Square that reads “I condemn ISIS as a Muslim and everything else you think I’m responsible for because I share an identity with someone else” when I start seeing white Americans wearing shirts that read “I condemn the KKK, slavery, plantations, gentrification, the genocide of Native Americans, the internment camps for East Asians, the multiple coup d’etats my country facilitated abroad, the other 9/11 that Chileans suffered and yet everyone and their mother forgot, Christian fundamentalists who can’t pronounce Mohammad but think all Muslims need to be racially profiled and segregated from the rest of America and a lot more as a white person.” I won’t limit this to whiteness only; I will apologize when every single ethnic, religious group apologizes for whatever someone did simply because, under this debauched logic, they owe the world an apology for sharing an identity. When I start seeing these apologies, I will apologize too.

    Until then, kiss my ass.

    Full post can be read here: No Apology