LenelenkaSaigon, 2013


The most powerful oppressor is not the one who can kill, but the one who can convince the world that the oppressed deserves their oppression.

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If actual holocaust survivors can acknowledge Israel is fucked up straight out there is literally 0 excuse for removed Jewish American teenagers to be all “my emotional attachment to Israel makes things complicated”. It’s a fucking genocidal state, there is nothing “complicated” about supporting ethnic supremacy and genocide, you’re a piece of shit is what it is.

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Please keep Ethiopian Muslims in your duas and well wishes this year. Please pray for their safety and right to live without persecution.

Last Eid, there were peaceful protests against the Ethiopian government’s systematic and vehement profiling and surveillance of Muslims which rapidly erupted into police brutality, injuries and mass detainment.

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Urbanization Reading List


The following is a list of readings from my urban anthropology class last quarter. It was a Marxist perspective on urbanization and by far the best class I’ve taken so far. People have been asking about recommendations and I’ve been sending them the syllabus but I think it’s time I just publish…


A product of the war on terror, Communications Management Units (CMUs) have cut hundreds of Americans—most of whom are Muslim—off from the outside world, often by labeling their acts of dissent “terrorism.”

Like Guantanamo Bay, the CMU is a child of the war on terror. In…


FBI pressured Muslims into committing terrorist acts, then arrested them: report | Raw Story
July 21 2014
The FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a report published Monday.
“Far from protecting Americans, including American Muslims, from the threat of terrorism, the policies documented in this report have diverted law enforcement from pursuing real threats,” said the report by Human Rights Watch.
Aided by Columbia University Law School’s Human Rights Institute, Human Rights Watch examined 27 cases from investigation through trial, interviewing 215 people, including those charged or convicted in terrorism cases, their relatives, defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges.
“In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act,” the report said.
In the cases reviewed, half the convictions resulted from a sting operation, and in 30 percent of those cases the undercover agent played an active role in the plot.
“Americans have been told that their government is keeping them safe by preventing and prosecuting terrorism inside the US,” said Andrea Prasow, the rights group’s deputy Washington director.
“But take a closer look and you realize that many of these people would never have committed a crime if not for law enforcement encouraging, pressuring and sometimes paying them to commit terrorist acts.”
US Attorney General Eric Holder has strongly defended the FBI undercover operations as “essential in fighting terrorism.”
“These operations are conducted with extraordinary care and precision, ensuring that law enforcement officials are accountable for the steps they take -– and that suspects are neither entrapped nor denied legal protections,” Holder said July 8 during a visit to Norway.
The HRW report, however, cites the case of four Muslim converts from Newburgh, New York who were accused of planning to blow up synagogues and attack a US military base.
A judge in that case “said the government ‘came up with the crime, provided the means, and removed all relevant obstacles,’ and had, in the process, made a terrorist out of a man ‘whose buffoonery is positively Shakespearean in scope,’” the report said.
The rights group charged that the FBI often targets vulnerable people, with mental problems or low intelligence.
It pointed to the case of Rezwan Ferdaus, who was sentenced to 17 years in prison at age 27 for wanting to attack the Pentagon and Congress with mini-drones loaded with explosives.
An FBI agent told Ferdaus’ father that his son “obviously” had mental health problems, the report said. But that didn’t stop an undercover agent from conceiving the plot in its entirety, it said.
“The US government should stop treating American Muslims as terrorists-in-waiting,” the report concluded.
Mike German, a former FBI agent now with the Brennan Center, said FBI counterterrorism excesses were a source of concern — “concerns that they both violate privacy and civil liberties, and aren’t effective in addressing real threats.”
But JM Berger, a national security expert, said law enforcement faces a dilemma: it can’t just ignore tips or reports about people talking about wanting to commit a terrorist action or seeking support for one.
“The question is how to sort out which cases merit investigation and which do not,” he said.


In the first half of 2014, civilian casualties in Afghanistan have risen by 24 percent, according to a mid-year report by UNAMA. From January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014, around 4,853 civilians have been killed, mostly by ground combat and crossfire. The alarming rate of…

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"I will never apologize for the United States — I don’t care what the facts are… I’m not an apologize-for-America kind of guy." — George H. W. Bush as Vice-president, during a presidential campaign function (2 Aug 1988), commenting on the Navy warship USS Vincennes having shot down Iran Air Flight 655 in a commercial air corridor on July 3, killing 290 civilians, as quoted in “Perspectives”, the quote of the week section of Newsweek (15 August 1988)


lahore by Aun Raza on Flickr.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
- Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets (via satyanaas)

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