"I do not know which of us has written this page."

Amer Zahr and ensemble @Arab americanmuseum

First, human rights literature relies on a framework of a modernized first world that should go in and rescue, civilize and liberate those facing yet another crisis in the third world, always imagined as a ‘region of aberrant violence’. Second, human rights discourse presumes women only as individual, autonomous beings who can be rescued, rather than as members of families or other group identities. This demonizes socioeconomically disempowered men in particular ways as the oppressors of women, pits marginalized groups against and in competition with one another, and promotes international organizations as the saviors when marginalized men, as a group, also lack systematic access to resources and decision-making power. Third, this paradigm presumes that women can be identified as a group. In other words, to argue the collective rights of women ‘assumes women live their lives solely as women, a universalizing move that ignores the fact that women are not all gendered in the same ways’
Elora Halim Chowdhury on the silences embedded within the universalising rhetoric of human rights (via kawrage)

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katb kitaab/nikkah 3.28.2014 @waqwaqwaq #latergram

katb kitaab/nikkah 3.28.2014 @waqwaqwaq #latergram

pre-kitab/nikkah selfie #latergram

pre-kitab/nikkah selfie #latergram

thestolencaryatid:

sext: want to overthrow the bourgeoisie with you

hey guys

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thedailyballet:

Elizaveta Cheprasova in The Sleeping Beauty.

imsomadattheworld:

Today in Brooklyn I saw trees with sweaters on them.
Someone literally knitted sweaters for the trees.
How about you get your head out of your ass you gentrifiers??? Lmao!
The trees aren’t cold they don’t need your help. You know who is cold? The dozens of homeless New Yorkers who every week ask us for blankets jackets hats gloves and socks. If you have time to knit giant sweaters for trees maybe you should use your free time to help other humans. Ugh.

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Prévert’s world is founded in marvellous encounters, unobtrusive looks which overturn the face of the world, liberating rage, avenging humour, cries of defiance, finding love, love without restriction, in the streets, in parks, greenhouses and hovels.
Adonis Kyrou as quoted in Michael Richardson’s Surrealism and Cinema (2006).

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(Let us be trivial, let us be intimate)
The Waves - Virginia Woolf (via vvirtuous)

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I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra  (via levantineviper)

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In any case, New Imperialism is upon us. It’s a remodeled, streamlined version of what we once knew. For the first time in history, a single empire with an arsenal of weapons that could obliterate the world in an afternoon has complete, unipolar, economic and military hegemony. It uses different weapon to break open different markers.

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Poor countries that are geopolitically of strategics value to the empire, or have a ‘market’ of any size, or infrastructure that can be privatized, or, god forbid, natural resources of value — oil, gold, diamonds, cobalt, coal — must do as they’re told or become military targets. Those with the greatest reserves of natural wealth are most at risk. Unless they surrender their resources willingly to the corporate machine, civil unrest will be fomented, or war will be waged. In this new age of empire, when nothing is as it appears to be, executives of concerned companies are allowed to influence foreign policy decisions.

This brutal blueprint has been used over and over again, across Latin American, Africa, Central and Southeast Asia. It has cost millions of lives. It goes without saying that every war empire wages becomes a just war. This, in large part, is due to the role of the corporate media. It’s important to understand that the corporate media doesn’t just support the neo-liberal project. it IS the neo-liberal project. This is not a moral position it has chosen to take, it’s structural. It’s intrinsic to the economics of how the mass media works.


Arundhati Roy, An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire  (via khilaaf)

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baladii:

Les Sylphides, Kirov Ballet.

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