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  • qillatadab:

    arabrhizome:

    One of the best things I’ve seen about the Lebanese Civil war is a 4 part Al Jazeera documentary on it. It was in Arabic, but I think you can find it with subs. It was pretty thorough and spoke to almost all the main actors of the civil war, who are now the political leaders of Lebanon. It was called Harb Loubnan if my memory serves correctly.

    This is the playlist on YouTube (I think it’s complete):

    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF6B01968202F649A

    (via noor3amoor)

  • People who go “both countries are at fault”

    pax-arabica:

    What they think they sound like:

    “I’m so rational. The truth is somewhere in the middle, they’re both wrong. I’m so nuanced and enlightened with my views.”

    What they actually sound like:

    “History and context are things that do not exist to me. In whatever dimension I exist in, I believe that there is an equivalence between an advanced occupying army that is notorious for war crimes, and an occupied brutalized population.”

    (via qawiya)

    July 15 – 10048 Notes
    #y3aniii
    #yeah
    #palestine
    #israel
    #mena
  • egyptoo:

    -egypt have a lot of eyes to love.

    -Beautiful and painful photos from Egypt by Denis Dailleux

    - you can see the photos good quality from here

    http://denisdailleux.com/index.php?%2Falbums%2Fegypt%2F

    (via egyptoo)

    March 3 – 1470 Notes
    #egypt
    #mena
    #photography
  • qamaranwzaytoun:

    from the “I Am My Own Guardian” series by Saudi Arabian artist Saffaa

    (via zaman-al-samt)

    February 21 – 375 Notes
    #mena
    #saudi arabia
    #art
  • theuprooted:

    A tragic love story between two Palestinians living under Israeli occupation received an award at the Cannes film festival on Monday and broke new ground as the first film fully funded by the Palestinian cinema industry.

    "Omar" by director Hany Abu-Assad, known for the 2005 award-winning film "Paradise Now", is a political thriller interwoven with a story of trust and betrayal as two lovers are torn apart by Israel’s secret police and Palestinian freedom fighters.

    Omar, a baker, is in love with Nadia, the sister of his friend Tarek who is a Palestinian fighter in the West Bank.

    (Reuters)

    I’m so excited to watch this! Paradise Now is dope too.

    (via alhayatjamilah)

    February 21 – 168 Notes
    #aaaah i have to watch this
    #mena
    #palestine
    #mecp
  • faineemae:

    World’s youngest mayor: 15-year-old teenage girl in Palestine

    15-year-old Palestinian girl took office as the mayor of a West Bank town and became the youngest person in the world to occupy this position.

    As part of an initiative to empower youth and involve them in the decision-making process, Bashaer Othman will be the mayor of the town of Allar in the city of Tulkarm in the northwestern West Bank for two months.

    Othman is in charge of all matters related to the municipality of Allar and which include supervising employees and signing all official documents with the exception of financial ones.

    Othman is working under the supervision of elected mayor Sufian Shadid who expressed his enthusiasm for the teengar’s appointment as a step towards supporting youth.

    “There are many ways of supporting youth other than financial means. First, we should make sure we remove obstacles that might stand in their way and with determination and perseverance we can do so,” he said. 
    For Othman, the new position constitutes a major challenge that she is hoping she can be up to.

    “I want to go through this experience in order to be able to share it with other youth so that they can be prepared for running state institutions in the future,” she said.

    (Source: faineemae, via cognitivedissonance)

    January 31 – 26911 Notes
    #cool
    #palestine
    #mena
  • readyokaygo:

    Photos like this are being spread across the internet lately, and they are dangerous for a few reasons. If you’re too lazy to read below; basically ignorant Americans are blaming other people, governments, and religions for problems their own nation caused.

    First, here is a history lesson on Afghanistan. From 1933 until 1973, Afghanistan was ruled under a man named Mohammed Zahir Shah. While he was a devout Muslim, he had a Western education in France. His reign marked four decades of peace and stability. With the introduction of a constitution Afghanistan progressively developed into a modern democratic state with free elections and a parliament, as well as a massive push for women’s rights, universal suffrage, education, worker’s rights, and civil rights. So yes, Afghanistan was doing well in the 60’s as this photo suggests. However, the photo doesn’t give you context for what went wrong.

    During this period in time the Soviet Union had a strong influence in Afghanistan. They supported modernization and education in the Afghan state. The United States, not wanting to risk their hegemony in the region, clearly had a major problem with this. They were terrified of the spread of Communism and quickly developed a plan. Afghanistan would become the Cold War’s chessboard. In the late 80’s, the Saudis, Pakistanis, and the Americans brought in radical Islamists from around the world. They armed, trained, and directed them into a militant force, and they were called the mujahideen. They became the US’ main offense against the Soviets. It wasn’t to defend the Afghans against the Soviets who were ready to pull out, but to deliver as much harm against them imaginable. Carter wanted Afghanistan to be the Soviet’s “Vietnam”. And it was. When they finally retreated Afghanistan spun into chaos and a civil war ensued under the militant mujahideen warriors. Within this framework we saw the rise of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and of course Osama bin Laden. All under the auspices of the United States security forces and American tax-payer monies. Clinton’s bombing of Sudan and Afghanistan was directly responsible for their rise. Oh, and then in what was most likely the greatest immoral injustice of the 21st century the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 only further driving the besieged nation further into turmoil.

    What does this mean? The mujahideen, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda do not represent thousands of years of Afghan culture and Islam. They are a direct reaction to Western imperialism. The root cause for the disparity between the two pictures is foreign intervention. Not Islam, and certainly not Arabs.

    Second, here is a history on Iran. Before 1953, Iran was ruled under a democratically elected man called Mohammad Mosaddegh. Under his reign Iran saw a progressive movement of social and political reforms. During this time Britain tried to establish an oil company (British Petroleum) on Iranian soil, and promised to share profit and technology with the Iranian government. However the British, as usual, didn’t honor their agreement. They, and the United States, began to steal Iran’s oil. Prime Minister Mosaddegh would not stand for this and demanded the seizure of the oil fields and the ouster of the British. In response, the British and the United States overthrew him in a coup and installed the Shah who was a brutal tyrant and ruled the nation under an absolute monarchy. The women in this picture did live well, but that was because they were members of a very small minority and in the Shah’s social circle. Everyone else in Iran lived under harsh conditions. The economy was failing, education was abysmal, and the entire nation was rural and very religious.

    Today, Iran’s health care is better. They have more political freedom. Education is improving, and the country is slowly globalizing. The economy is slightly better off, however that is quickly changing with the Western world’s sanctions against Iran in midst of their nuclear propaganda campaign at the behest of Israel. 

    What does this mean? Essentially, the Islamic Revolution had little to do with the rise of an Islamic state; rather the resistance of Western imperialism. Almost every social and political group was united in resisting the Shah, from the communists to the secularists to the Islamists. They demanded Iranian sovereignty and political freedoms. Is the current regime in Iran perfect? Absolutely not, and I’m passionately against it. But this picture is extremely distortive of the truth.

    Unfortunately, we have gone full circle. Today, the United States is supporting terrorist cells in Iran in an attempt to oust the current Iranian regime. They want to establish another pro-Western government like the Shah and “try again” where they failed. They have been doing this for decades and it hasn’t been working well. That is why we are now seeing media hysteria against Iran, and their false quest to achieve nuclear power and bomb Israel. Iran is a peaceful nation, and always has been. They have never attacked another nation, and have absolutely no intention of attacking Israel or anyone else for that matter. The United States’ war against Iran is rooted solely to seek revenge for their failed foreign policy in the 70’s and to once again take control of their natural resources.

    In conclusion, if you think you can understand decades of history in the Middle East, or anywhere for that matter, by looking at a photograph you are a fucking idiot who has no right to engage in intellectual discussion or give your opinion on anything other than what you watched on TLC last night.

    (via lostintrafficlights)

    December 10 – 48995 Notes
    #mena
    #us imperialism
    #afghanistan
    #iran
  • ali-badi:

    Palestinian children, check the pool of blood after the bombing of an Israeli barbaric

    (via dravidianqueen)

    October 24 – 5365 Notes
    #tw blood
    #tw violence
    #palestine
    #israel
    #mena
  • mama-panther:

    I’m sick of every single Arab from the Gulf states who deliberately deflects from the issue of violent exploitation of migrant workers in their countries. All those motherfucking buildings your glittery asses roam around in and all those motherfucking roads you do fucking desperate stunts on in your land cruisers are built by migrant workers from South Asia, Central Asia and Africa. THE FUCKING GROUND YOU DRAG YOUR DESIGNER CUNT HEELS ON ARE PAVED BY THESE MIGRANTS FOR PALTRY WAGES AND NOT EVEN THAT IN MANY CASES. Have you ever seen what the construction sites and warehouses they work in and live in and eat in and die in look like? Countless migrants have DIED in debt bondage in horrific conditions while your fucking scum youths go around partying in clubs. Don’t fucking talk to me about some nonexistent Ummah while you continue to crush people from the same Ummah for your own filthy profit. Fuck you all. “Not all of us are like that!” I don’t give a god damn shit if this offends the likes of cynicalapathy the Saudi bitch who told a Pakistani man on this site to “stop talking over Arabs” because he dared to raise the issue of migrant workers issues in the Gulf states of which thousands and thousands are Pakistani. I’m not even bringing up the millions of other migrant workers who come from Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Philippines and beyond. Why don’t you fucking start embellishing this city state with your own hands? All those skyscrapers, all those malls, all those roads, all cafes and restaurants. Who jumps from the buildings out of despair? Who cries in cramped up rooms where 6-7 other migrant workers barely find space to sleep in? Who keeps your city spic and span? Who has to hear racist mockery from Arabs? Who gets raped while tending to children who don’t even see her as a human? Who is sexually trafficked through networks of sociopathic dealers? Who loses their own children in labor abuse? Who is deported abruptly after their labor is used and abused endlessly? Who can’t see their families back home for years under debt slavery? Migrant workers, ya fucking dicks.

    I have seen so many Khaleeji Arabs on this website and offline who deliberately erase this issue and get offended if it’s brought up. Fuck you all. Run you over with bulldozers.

    (via susurrations)

    October 6 – 416 Notes
    #yes yes
    #gulf states
    #mena
    #qatar
    #uae
    #south asia
    #migrant workers