From Pakistan, With Love

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rafaadsan:

I really think of feminist critique that labels Hadith as controversial as lazy and pedestrian type of scholarship. it’s significantly easier to completely reject an act/rule/concept on the basis of modern concept like human rights, rather than attempting to understand why/how that specific…

bombshellssonly:

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Today, when war and militancy in Pakistan are often equated with the activities of al-Qaeda and the Taliban, few, even within Pakistan, know much about Balochistan and the separatist movement that has brewed there for decades. Stories of Balochistan’s “disappeared” have received some attention in the press and from the authorities—especially from courts investigating accusations against Pakistani security forces—but have rarely been placed within the context of an ongoing war between Baloch separatists and the Pakistani state. Fewer still have heard of Nazar, a doctor-turned-guerrilla commander who was abducted and tortured by Pakistani security forces for his involvement in Baloch student movements, including the Baloch Student Organisation–Azaad, which he founded over a decade ago. Nazar now leads a middle-class insurgency—of engineers, peasants, college dropouts, ex-policemen, shopkeepers and others—that is the latest iteration of Balochistan’s 67-year-old movement for independence. In a country full of battle lines, Nazar is engaged in an old war between the Pakistani state and a motley group of separatist sarmachars—a Balochi word for militants that means “those who are willing to sacrifice their heads.”

For the Pakistani state, Balochistan is both a strategic asset and an inseparable piece of the puzzle that makes up the country. The province is Pakistan’s largest; it forms 45 percent of the country’s territory, and borders Iran and Afghanistan. It has the country’s longest coastline and largest natural gas reserves, and contains a vast array of resources such as coal, oil, copper, gold, lead and zinc. Other countries have not only kept a close eye on Balochistan, but have, at various points, been involved in its internal affairs. The nature of that involvement has varied from support for the separatist rebellion (Afghanistan, allegedly India); the deployment of fighter jets and gunships to squash the rebellion (Iran); the construction and operation of a lucrative deepwater port (China); the hunting of the province’s fowl (Saudi Arabia); an old lease on parts of its territory (Oman); the requisition of its long and winding roads to transport goods to troops in Afghanistan (the United States); and billion-dollar investments to mine its mineral-rich earth (anyone who can get their hands on a contract).

Over two years and more than a hundred interviews with Baloch in the province, as well as in cities such as Karachi and Islamabad, it became clear that the BLF, and other middle-class organisations such as the Baloch National Movement and the Baloch Student Organisation–Azaad, are gaining in influence. Middle-class Baloch are increasingly forsaking statist, electoral politics out of sympathy for a rapidly changing separatist movement. The state’s heavy-handed response—army operations, kidnappings, and bans on the movement’s political wings—has spurred further support for separatists.”

—   Mahvish Ahmad, "Home Front". Mahvish Ahmad spent a considerable amount of time on the ground in Balochistan, personally interviewed Allah Nazar Baloch, the commander of the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF), and became acquainted with the local Baloch populace there. She tells their stories in this article. It’s incredibly difficult to find honest reporting on Balochistan and the military occupation there due to the propaganda perpetuated by Pakistani state and popular media, and the incredible divisiveness of the topic. With the first bombing outside Balochistan in Islamabad by the UBA, which targeted and caused the death of civilians, Balochistan has become even more relevant to Pakistanis living outside the province. We cannot begin to understand Baloch militancy without understanding the enforced disappearances, the endemic torture, the restriction of freedoms and economic strangulation occurring against the Baloch. This article is a good place to start in gaining knowledge on the contemporary situation. (via churayl)
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thisradicalchange:


We didn’t know that our activism and our peaceful displays would result in guns literally looking down our eyes. Literally looking down our eyes. Guns.
And I had young people who were willing to die. For justice. 
I had a young person — and he’s definitely the example of many young people that I represent who said "I didn’t think I would make it to twenty-one years old so I’m ready to die now. Let’s do it now."

State senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (@MariaChappelleN) speaks on the Senate floor about the events she witnessed in Ferguson, Missouri in the weeks following the execution of Mike Brown. Senator Chappelle-Nadal was one of many protesters tear gassed for three hours without reprieve by the Ferguson PD.
She has been consistent and unrelenting in her criticism of Governor Jay Nixon — to the point of tweeting him “FUCK you, Governor!” — for his lack of action over the violation of citizens’ constitutional right to peacefully protest, and passionately vocal about the violent ways in which protesters were abused by the police.
Full video of Senator Chappelle-Nadal’s speech is available for download here (.wmv format). 

My State senator, thank you very much!

kyssthis16:

thisradicalchange:

We didn’t know that our activism and our peaceful displays would result in guns literally looking down our eyes. Literally looking down our eyes. Guns.

And I had young people who were willing to die. For justice.

I had a young person — and he’s definitely the example of many young people that I represent who said "I didn’t think I would make it to twenty-one years old so I’m ready to die now. Let’s do it now."

State senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal (@MariaChappelleN) speaks on the Senate floor about the events she witnessed in Ferguson, Missouri in the weeks following the execution of Mike Brown. Senator Chappelle-Nadal was one of many protesters tear gassed for three hours without reprieve by the Ferguson PD.

She has been consistent and unrelenting in her criticism of Governor Jay Nixonto the point of tweeting him “FUCK you, Governor!” — for his lack of action over the violation of citizens’ constitutional right to peacefully protest, and passionately vocal about the violent ways in which protesters were abused by the police.

Full video of Senator Chappelle-Nadal’s speech is available for download here (.wmv format). 

My State senator, thank you very much!

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“In the 1890s, when Freud was in the dawn of his career, he was struck by how many of his female patients were revealing childhood [sexual] victimization to him. Freud concluded that child sexual abuse was one of the major causes of emotional disturbances in adult women and wrote a brilliant and humane paper called “The Aetiology of Hysteria.” However, rather than receiving acclaim from his colleagues for his ground-breaking insights, Freud met with scorn. He was ridiculed for believing that men of excellent reputation (most of his patients came from upstanding homes) could be perpetrators of incest.
Within a few years, Freud buckled under this heavy pressure and recanted his conclusions. In their place he proposed the “Oedipus complex,” which became the foundation of modern psychology… Freud used this construct to conclude that the episodes of abuse his clients had revealed to him had never taken place; they were simply fantasies of events the women had wished for… This construct started a hundred-year history in the mental health field of blaming victims for the abuse perpetrated on them and outright discrediting of women’s and children’s reports of mistreatment by men.”

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Lundy Bancroft

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read this carve it into your brains permanently etch it into your skulls r e a d  t h i s

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durgapolashi:

Arundhati Roy (1990s)

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Queer Muslim Masterpost

strawberreli:

This post pretty much came about because I was asked if I had resources for Muslims who were discovering or newly coming to terms with their sexuality. I didn’t, and the poor advice I had to offer was … poor. So, I pulled up a few of the blogs I followed that are targeted towards queer Muslims, and put together this little post for you!

Queer Muslim Blogs:

Queer Muslim 101:

A good thing to remember is to avoid the self-hatred phase, if you can. Focus on loving yourself, and realising that Allah made you just the way you are, and that you are loved. If this phase is unavoidable, here are some helpful sites:

If you are a student and would like to get Faisal Alam to speak at your uni, or to see if he is coming to your uni soon, click here.

If you would like to attend Faisal Alam’s 2013 Retreat for Queer Muslims and their partners, here is the facebook event, and here is more info. Register for the retreat here.

If you are from Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or India and want to share your experiences (anonymously), please click here.

If you can spare some funds, help navigatethestream, a queer Muslim, become an Imam to help the Muslim LGBT* community!

Lastly, here is a link if you are NOT a queer Muslim, but want to be a good ALLY! (And here is another on how NOT to be a saviour!)

Muslim-Queer-Friendly Blogs:

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Maria Borges backstage at Suno

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musaafer:

[tw rape]

Last weekend, four women were gang-raped in Afghanistan. They were able to identify the rapists and the trial was broadcasted live on national TV just now.

I don’t want to post the pictures but there were pictures of when the survivors identify the rapists and they were so…