“Guerrillas use violence, generally directed against the police and army, but sometimes causing injury and death to civilians caught in the crossfire. Does she condemn that violence? ‘I don’t condemn it any more,’ she says. ‘If you’re an adivasi [tribal Indian] living in a forest village and 800 CRP [Central Reserve Police] come and surround your village and start burning it, what are you supposed to do? Are you supposed to go on hunger strike? Can the hungry go on a hunger strike? Non-violence is a piece of theatre. You need an audience. What can you do when you have no audience? People have the right to resist annihilation.’” — 'Arundhati Roy: They are trying to keep me destabilised. Anybody who says anything is in danger' (via yungkumari)

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“It is 3 am and we are sitting in your midnight blue Honda, In an empty elementary school parking lot, talking.
You are telling me stories from your childhood.
You tell me that Somali mothers
know how to grin and bare it better than any other women you know.
I listen to you tell me how your mother bared her way through raising four kids alone, in a country that didn’t want her.
You speak of her so delicately, that I almost mistook the word Hoya for a sliver of glass that you were trying not to cut your mouth on.
I imagine your mother,
grinning through the absence of your father and trying to turn you into the man she hoped he’d be.
You say that she says you are just like him when ever she’s mad.
I wonder if he taught you how to pick up and leave behind women as broken as she is.
Women who ache hard for everyone else forgetting to ache for themselves.
I watch your mouth as you tell me how much she worried for you,
how in Somalia, sheikhs would come asking her opinion on Islamic Rulings for women, but how in this country she is an immigrant, with no husband and traditional ways.
You say this place has turned her bitter, it has dried up her youth and her ability to trust.
You say you are nothing like your father.
That you could never destroy a woman so viciously.
And as I watch the beard on your face make everything you say sound pure,
I secretly pray to God that, that is the truth.” — Key Ballah (via keywrites)

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“I pray you are never infected by the insecurities that plagued your mother.
Or the late night devastation that comes from not loving even a sliver of yourself.
I pray that you never wake up in the morning, with loneliness waiting for you at the foot of your bed.
I promise he is no companion.
I pray I can teach you the value of your body, the value of your heart.
I pray you never find yourself kneeling in front of a toilet, with two fingers pressed down into the back of your tongue, trying to paint the toilet bowl in your self loathing.
It’s a colour that is unbecoming, even on you.
I pray that I can teach you that beauty is subjective, this is something I didn’t begin to understand until I was twenty.
I pray most of all, that you learn how important fajr is. And how truly blessed you are to be a woman.” — Key Ballah, More Lessons For My Daughter (via keywrites)

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u kno when you’ve had ppl round for several days and you’ve had to constantly be wearing bras even at night and then you finally take it off and it feels like freedom and liberty and justice yah

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“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 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.

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Throw Away Your Books, Rally In The Streets (Shuji Terayama, 1971)

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the weather was so perfect today. 

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“If you ever turn around and find that it’s been three months since you’ve faced Makkah.
And your shame is so overwhelming that it crashes over you like a tidal wave,
Do not run,
let it overcome you
and force you to your knees.
Your guilt is a mercy,
accept it, be grateful.” — Key Ballah, Things I Will Tell My Daughter (via keywrites)

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“There is no good in the weaponry of your tongue, the way you use it to sever women in places that only God knows about.
This was not a gift from your father,
it was a curse from shaitan, used to destroy women who look just like your mother.
Cut out your tongue, it is better for you.
If you only knew.” — Key Ballah, The Curse of Shaitan (via keywrites)

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“here. you are no woman until you have a secret that weighs as much as every second you’ve been alive.
the uglier the secret, the more of a woman you become.” — key ballah (via theamychronicle)

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“The word “art” is something the West has never understood. Art is supposed to be a part of a community. Like, scholars are supposed to be a part of a community… Art is to decorate people’s houses, their skin, their clothes, to make them expand their minds, and it’s supposed to be right in the community, where they can have it when they want it… It’s supposed to be as essential as a grocery store… that’s the only way art can function naturally.” — Amiri Baraka (via yungkumari)

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anneemond: spring!


anneemond: spring!

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A Greek organisation for anxious South Asian premed students: Rho Beta Rho

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