“i want to tell him about my dad, who came to America in 1985 and has spent the last 25 years realizing that discrimination in America exists just like it does everywhere else in the world but there are laws against it here so it has to be really subtle. my dad wants to leave America and move to Europe as soon as he can, where he hopes that people there will at least drop the pretense of being post-race. the “Das” in Das Racist rhymes with “pass” and is supposed to sound like “that’s racist” but it first brings to mind Das Boot, the movie about the German U-Boat in WWII, which is a movie that my dad watches because he is obsessed with the holocaust. i want to tell Himanshu that to me, Das Racist is a project about immigrant disillusionment, about realizing that the possibilities for immigrants in America are not as vast as they appeared from outside it, and when i listen to Das Racist it helps me understand my dad because sometimes it is hard for him to be direct about why he wants to leave. but it is weird to tell someone something so direct and personal like that so i skip it”—Das Racist: “We’re Not Racist, We Love White People: Ford Trucks, Apple Pies, Bald Eagles” - The Awl (via afghanipoppy)
Yesteday’s announcement by Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel will not extend its settlement freeze in lieu of ongoing peace talks with the Palestinians should come as no surprise to anyone. Israel has walked into these talks half-heartedly, eager to satisfy US demands that it do the needful to…
I never took a political science class lol. I'm going to next year though. I always thought I would not be interested or that I'd do bad. We'll see.
And shit, protect the pipelines? Yikes. I don't think I even have to research to really connect the dots. Answer the question what we thrive on and steal the most from countries in the Middle East besides sometimes their well being and anyone can figure out.
I hope we're going in the right direction by handing some shit over to people who honestly want to deal with that. Canada needs to get its act together.
And LOL you know what? Silly of me to ask. They aren't considering me EITHER LOL! I'm in the same boat as you though. I don't know if I SHOULD go to Law school to do what I want to do but I'm sure it would be the best asset besides a BA. The ones I'm "considering" are only the ones I know about - Western, UofT, York, some school in London (I went to an info session) and that's about it...oh, I think Laurier too.
man FMTTM, i know i do this every time but i’m so sorry i take so long to respond to you. i swear every time you write something so much comes to mind and i don’t know how to respond but you still patiently respond every time, i seriously love our messages lol.
honestly, check out this documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbsMHq681Fk i know your probably did more research after writing me the message but Michael Claire’s book “Blood & Oil” says it all better than i ever could (the above doc is based on his work).
and i too hope you’re right in handing off the afghanistan situation but we’ll see how it turns out. i don’t particularly fancy our current gov. at all and don’t think they know what they’re doing but that’s an entire discussion in itself (you saw the way the G8 & G20 were handled, i never stop thinking about it). and to think, we *might* have another election which i think will, unfortunately, solidify another couple of years for the conservatives.
and now way man don’t say that lol; have hope! i know i have none for me but i really believe you’ve got potential! man, and it’s still early for you, you can honestly get accepted if you put your mind to it! you know that expression “aim for the stars, if you miss you’ll end up in the clouds”, its way better than being on land (or in my case, soon to be underground [unemployed and in extreme debt lol :(]. it’s still early for you in your post-secondary studies, put your mind to it and i know you can achieve big things!
oh, and i forgot where i put it but i have some resources concerning law schools, requirements, and some other pretty essential info that will help the process. if you want it, give me some time and i’ll find it and maybe email you it? let me know though. and best of luck with the studying! (p.s. basketball season starts in less than a month! though this season may be wack, i’m still so stoked! i hope you are too!]
“At this point, I didn’t believe it was possible, but the Obama administration has just reached an all-new low in its abysmal civil liberties record. In response to the lawsuit filed by Anwar Awlaki’s father asking a court to enjoin the President from assassinating his son, a U.S. citizen, without any due process, the administration late last night, according to The Washington Post, filed a brief asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit without hearing the merits of the claims. That’s not surprising: both the Bush and Obama administrations have repeatedly insisted that their secret conduct is legal but nonetheless urge courts not to even rule on its legality. But what’s most notable here is that one of the arguments the Obama DOJ raises to demand dismissal of this lawsuit is “state secrets”: in other words, not only does the President have the right to sentence Americans to death with no due process or charges of any kind, but his decisions as to who will be killed and why he wants them dead are “state secrets,” and thus no court may adjudicate their legality.”—
but i can’t do it. i literally can’t do it. there’s just so much to do (and even more to read!)
i’m sorry i haven’t been posting much. the thing is school is in full-swing and i’m fully behind, as to be expected. but i check back here every so often and i’m glad to see many of my favourite tumblr peeps are still on here and still blogging as much as ever.
i hope you’re all doing well, making the most of your time (unlike myself), and staying true to your word (again, unlike myself lol). i’ll be back again, so take care, peace, and much love to you all.
“Go easy on yourself, for the outcome of all affairs is determined by God’s decree.
If something is meant to go elsewhere, it will never come your way, but if it is yours by destiny, from you it cannot flee.”—Umar [ibn al-Khattab] (may Allah be well pleased with him)
Something I’ve always loved about Tumblr is that so many of us have big hearts. When news spread that an Iranian woman, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, was sentenced to be stoned to death, Tumblr stood up to fight for her. In fact, a huge portion of the online community organized to try and convince those who had sentenced her to reconsider. We can all remember the outrage we felt when we heard her story.
Many times we write about and reblog stories about human rights violations happening outside of our ( I am referring to America. I apologize for the US-cetricness of this post. ) borders and the outrage is palpable.
Well, tonight the injustice occurred within our own borders and it continues to happen. Tonight a mentally disabled, 41 year old grandmother from Danville, VA was murdered. And, yet, there was little outrage to be heard. Maybe it’s because Teresa murderer was the United States government.
Teresa Lewis was charged with hiring two men to kill her husband and her step-son. Upon pleading guilty, Teresa went before a judge who had a reputation for never sentencing anyone to death. She was hopeful that she would be showed mercy and receive the same sentence that the two triggermen were given: life in prison. Instead, she was sentenced to death. That’s right. The two men who actually pulled the triggers were given life without parole and Teresa, who has been shown to have an IQ of 70, Dependent Personality Disorder and was addicted to prescription pain medication, was sentenced to die.
One of the men, Matthew Shallenberger, admitted that he knew Teresa was mentally disabled and that he saw her as a perfect target for his scheme. He manipulated her, told her he loved her, took advantage of her disabilities, took advantage of her sexually, and convinced her to help him and Rodney Fuller kill her husband and step-son so that they could collect the insurance money and be together. For this, the two men received a life sentence. Shallenberger later committed suicide while in prison.
Where were the rally cries for Teresa? Where was the outrage? Where were the petitions being reblogged to convince our government not to carry out her execution? Where was the anger over the fact that our justice system had decided that a borderline retarded, poor, disadvantaged woman would pay the ultimate price for her crime and the two able-bodied men who concocted the plot were shown mercy?
I admit that I too ignored this case. I became so wrapped up in fighting injustice elsewhere that I didn’t see it happening in my own backyard. Part of the reason for this is that the media barely said a word about the case. We are so quick to point fingers and condemn those outside our own country. We are so quick to reach out and help those in need in other countries, but we barely even notice when our government executes our own citizens. While the death penalty is now opposed by many people in America, when it actually gets carried out barely a word is said about it. Just another day in the USA.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that we shouldn’t be upset by injustices in other countries besides our own. We should and we should stand up and fight against them. But why don’t we do the same for our own people? Why do we continue to ignore the people who are sitting on death row right now? Why do we continue not to care about people like Teresa?
We need to start cleaning our own house, people. We need to start fighting against the injustices in our country just as hard as we fight against the injustices elsewhere in the world. When we don’t, the world does take notice.
Teresa Lewis “is to be executed … while her physician believes that she was suffering from mental disorder at the time of her husband’s murder – but nobody pays any attention to this issue”, the Iranian President complained during an interview in New York.
Mr Ahmadinejad compared the lack of protests in the case of Lewis, 41, a grandmother from Virginia, to the “Western media storm” over that of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman sentenced to death for adultery.
“There are 3.7 million internet pages about this woman. Her case is not yet final but Iran is being heavily attacked,” he told an Islamic audience in New York.
“Western media are propaganda agents who continuously speak about democracy and human rights though their slogans are sheer lies.”
While I do not agree with the assertion that Iran should not be held responsible for the treatment of Ashtiani, I, and I hate to admit this, do agree with Ahmadinejad concerning the blind eye we Americans turn when it comes to human rights violations happening on our own soil.
If you were to ask most people if it’s ok for our government to execute the mentally handicapped they would say no. They would be right. Yet we allowed it to happen. You, me, and everyone else allowed this to happen.
We failed Teresa Lewis. The entire country failed Teresa Lewis. We stood by and we let her be murdered.
I am outraged. I am outraged at myself, my fellow citizens, and my government.
It’s time we start demanding justice for ourselves. If we don’t, we’ll soon find that it’s too late. It’s too late for Teresa, but it’s not too late to stand up and fight.
No more death penalty. No more government sanctioned murder of our women, our men, and our basic human rights.
“What did I think about the decision to construct a “mosque” this close to ground zero? I thought it was a no-brainer. Of course it should be built there. I sometimes wonder if those people fighting so passionately against Park51 can fathom the diversity of those who died at ground zero. Do we think no Muslims died in the towers? My husband, Eddie Torres, killed on his second day of work at Cantor Fitzgerald while I was pregnant with our first child, was a dark-skinned Latino, often mistaken for Pakistani, who came here illegally from Colombia. How did “9/11 victim” become sloppy shorthand for “white Christian”?”—9/11 widow: The media duped us - Life stories - Salon.com (via greaterthanlapsed)
It is reported that Ibrâhîm b. Adham[ (d162H) rahiimahullaah] once passed through the market of Basrah. People gathered around him and asked:
O Abû Ishâq, Allâh the Exalted says in his Book. ‘Call on me, I will answer your prayers’, but we have been calling on Him for a long time and He does not answer our prayers. [Ibrâhîm] replied, “O people of Basrah, your hearts have died in respect to ten things: First, you know Allâh but you do not give Him His rights; second, you have read Allâh’s Book but you do not act by it; third, you claim to love Allâh’s Messenger – Allâh’s peace and blessings be upon him – yet you abandon his Sunnah; fourth, you claim to be enemies to Shaytân but you conform to [his ways]; fifth, you say you love Paradise yet you do not work for it; sixth, you say you fear The Fire yet you put yourselves closer to it [by sinning]; seventh, you say death is true but you do not prepare for it; eighth, you busy yourselves with the faults of others and disregard your own; ninth, you consume the favors of your Lord but are not grateful for them; and tenth, you bury your dead but take no lesson from them.”
i had 2 good bangladeshi friends in jeddah. they told me they've forgiven pak/pakistanis. i didn't even know about these war crimes till i read muhammad yunus' book and he mentioned it. thanks for putting it up. xoxo
really eh? it isn’t surprising though, i swear every bengali person i know is such an awesome person, it’s in their nature to forgive; even things as grave as the history of the independence. and are you talking about the pinoneer of microfinance, Muhammad Yunus? no way? what’s his book called? another title i must add to the must-read list for sure. and np for the post.
and you rangeenhaseen, man, so much to say to you but you’ll have to check your messages box eventually lol. but last and most importantly, thank you for being you. do us all a huge favour and never stop smiling :)
It's fine, I'm glad you brought that topic up. It's really nice to see that people remember, it was like woaah, people know about this stuff!
Anyways thank you for following me, I really enjoy your Tumblr and I love Toronto too, it's like my second home. :)
I know what you mean, occasionaly i’ll find a tidbit of Sri Lankan history on here that puts me to shame. Honestly this place is a gathering for such profound minds, sometimes i think it’s better i just silently reblog than ever open my mouth around such amazing people.
and likewise, though i really should be thanking you for the follow, i don’t know what you see on here but i’m glad you’re enjoying it. :)
and no way, a fellow ex-pat! don’t tell me you were from scarborough too! lol
your tumblr's REAL mashallah
PS ontario represent!
oh my, such praise from one of the most fascinating people i follow. i don’t even know how to respond to this but jazak’Allah khair. and btw, i love reading those intimate posts of yours; you, sister, have a beautiful mind.
and yes yes! though cowboys will probably be after me for this but it’s all about the East Side! Ontario’s the best province in Canada, hands down :D haha.
I’m not going to go into this too much right now. Maybe at some other point.
At least 3 million Bengalis were killed (mass killings) during the independence from Pakistan, via acts of genocide.
The mass killings in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) in 1971 vie with the annihilation of the Soviet POWs, the holocaust against the Jews, and the genocide in Rwanda as the most concentrated act of genocide in the twentieth century. In an attempt to crush forces seeking independence for East Pakistan, the West Pakistani military regime unleashed a systematic campaign of mass murder which aimed at killing millions of Bengalis, and likely succeeded in doing so.
At Hariharpara, a once thriving village on the banks of the Buriganga River near Dhaka, they found the three elements necessary for killing people in large numbers: a prison in which to hold the victims, a place for executing the prisoners, and a method for disposing of the bodies.
As was also the case in Armenia and Nanjing, Bengali women were targeted for gender-selective atrocities and abuses, notably gang sexual assault and rape/murder, from the earliest days of the Pakistani genocide. Indeed, despite (and in part because of) the overwhelming targeting of males for mass murder, it is for the systematic brutalization of women that the “Rape of Bangladesh” is best known to western observers.
In her ground-breaking book, Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape, Susan Brownmiller likened the 1971 events in Bangladesh to the Japanese rapes in Nanjing and German rapes in Russia during World War II.
“… 200,000, 300,000 or possibly 400,000 women (three sets of statistics have been variously quoted) were raped. Eighty percent of the raped women were Muslims, reflecting the population of Bangladesh, but Hindu and Christian women were not exempt. … Hit-and-run rape of large numbers of Bengali women was brutally simple in terms of logistics as the Pakistani regulars swept through and occupied the tiny, populous land …” (p. 81).
My mother was old enough to remember seeing the heads of Bengali men, cut off and paraded around on sticks. Her side of the family was constantly hiding, for those in positions in what Bengalis consider power (those educated) were considered a threat. My grandfather, a well-known Professor, was included in this.
My fathers’ family had moved back from England that year, on a whim because my grandfather missed Bangladesh. 1971, the year of the bloodshed. My father saw his uncles’ throat get cut by someone they had known, a traitor.
We are so completely privileged growing up here in North America.
Inner-city gang-fights may be, but we are not directly involved in country-wide warfare, where you constantly fear for your life.
You fear of exposure of your ethnicity, your religion, your gender. Nowhere to hide.
Of course there are exceptions. But not everyone is the exception.
But does that excuse Bangladesh’ brutal military government today? Does that mean we will not donate to Pakistan’s flood relief? No and no.
Times change. Every country has a history. Some of them have fairly brutal histories. Just because you acknowledge that there are atrocities going on in the world today does not mean you are forgetting, or negating the past. Nor is it, or should be, an excuse for the removal of human rights today. Otherwise, the human race- with our globalized capacity for war- really is doomed.
I remember hearing once that bengalis have a deep-seated animosity towards pakistanis but i never understood why. it’s obvious i don’t know my bengali history at all, and i will definitely look into all this more later, as should all of you.
This has got to be the most amazing Ramadan i’ve ever witnessed. too many things have been so special, and i dunno about y’all but i swear over the last 20 some-odd days i can say i’ve literally felt an atmosphere of mercy placed around all of us and it’s going to be so sad to see it lifted after this month is gone.
May we all be among those fortunate enough to witness the next and many more Ramadans to come. May Allah forgive us of our sins and erase them, and may He accept our prayers, duas, and our good deeds during these last 30 days. and may we depart from this Holy Month with a tremendous imaan boost that will last us ‘till next year. Ameen.
I act differently at home then I do around my friends, I’m not sure which one is the real me
I never want to get married because I lose interest very easily and I think I’d be prone to cheating somehow.
I want to give up my current life for something ‘simpler’
I’m overly optimistic about the futures of those around me but i’m the complete opposite when it comes to myself. i have faith that “things will work out” but deep down i don’t think it’s in the blueprints for me to be happy or to find love, or to be loved. there’s been no consistency in my life and i really don’t see it changing at all in the future. it’s a slow and mild terror, yet it creeps and overwhelms me sometimes. i keep pushing people away and it has always cost me but after everything i think i’m meant to be on my own, or maybe just for now at least.
what’s worse is that i can’t believe her when she tells me she loves me. i know, i’m horrible but i really can’t. i can’t keep up this silence.
So yeah, you're a Sri Lankan Muslim? Do you know about Arwi? What language does your family speak? Where'd you grow up? Sorry to ask you so many questions.
yup, i’m a Sri Lankan Muslim. And up until you mentioned it, i had no idea what Arwi is, but after searching it up, man what a language. Tamil as it is complicated enough lol, i can only imagine a Arabic-Tamil fusion.
and well, my family was born and raised mostly around the west coast and Colombo. My dad would be a Moor (i think he’s a Tamil Moor, TBH i don’t even know) and my mom’s Malaysian and they both speak Tamil and Sinhala but i doubt they have any idea of what Arwi is. But man, after quickly wiki’ing it i wish i knew Arwi or was more familiar with it. Next time i’m in SL, i’m going to try and find something in Arwi, there’s bound to be something left in the north. Unless the SL gov. got to it first (n).
and no worries, Comrade. I love the questions, keep ‘em coming.
and how about you? first, how did you hear about Arwi? How many languages do you know? i imagine you must be literate in a handful, if not entirely fluent in all of them? Also, where are you from QB?