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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Anonymous asked:

Do you think exes can be friends? Are you friends with/in touch with your exes? I know this probably seems like an odd question to ask but I'm asking because I wanted to get a guy's perspective. My dude is in touch with his ex whose mom has cancer. I feel I can't really tell him to not talk to her. He assures me their convos are cordial but it still makes me uncomfortable especially because I've never been in a relationship before so I have nothing to compare to.

navk:

I know that a lot of people have different views on this matter, but I think that if two people are mature enough they can still remain friends after a breakup. I’m not in touch with any of my exes. Personally, I’ve tried but failed but I honestly think it was because we weren’t mature or willing enough to make a friendship work. But with that being said, if any one of my exes reached out to me now I would treat them with respect and honour the fact that they’re making an effort. The way I see it is that you can still care about a person without having feelings towards them. Sometimes, we might care for someone simply on the basis that they were once a part of our lives. There are different periods in everyone’s life, some more or less significant than others, and some of these moments will be attached to certain people. I obviously can’t tell you how to feel about him talking to his ex, but I think it’s nice of him to at least offer some support at this time. Knowing a loved one has cancer is one of the worst torments one can possibly endure. If his intentions are pure, then he only wishes her well. This may make you feel uncomfortable right now, but I hope trust and honesty can see you both through it.

navk:

The realest dedication I’ll probably ever write. Stay tuned. #thewhitemajoritymademedoit #alleyesonsheets #ruglife #navk

navk:

The realest dedication I’ll probably ever write. Stay tuned. #thewhitemajoritymademedoit #alleyesonsheets #ruglife #navk

Beautiful dream of Israel has become a nightmare

The lights
are always on
in your eyes.
I hope no one
ever has the
audacity
to turn them off.

Nav K (via navk)

I love you, I hate you, you’re someone I relate to. And that’s one fact I hate, too, that violence is what made you. I lived alone before you came along, then there was a spark. And then we started living together and everything fell apart. You just wanted all my space, my livingroom and my kitchen. If we could just negotiate I swear things could be different. But then you ran and told all your friends about how I beat you, and without even hearing my story everyone is convinced that I should leave you. We started pointing fingers but you’ve already won, with your entire group of friends versus my corner with only one. But what’s worse is you’re the type to hurt another when they’re down. You’ve done it so much in fact that I’m convinced I belong on the ground. You see, I heard you had a past but it didn’t last, and you came to me for something better. So I gave you a place to stay and in return, you took all the credit and turned me into a debtor. You’re fluent in the language of ruin and whoever trusts you is completely asinine. Israel, you’re fucking crazy — signed truly yours, Palestine.

Nav K (via navk)

To women with daughters
hoping to raise subservient
domestic slaves:

Hand your daughter
a hammer
before you give her
a kitchen knife.

Or better yet,
let her choose
her own weapon.

Teach her how to
manage a bank account
before you enlist her
to domestic service.

Do
not
leave
the
dishes
for
her.

Equip her
with a strong voice,
so that she may
speak over
those who may feel
they know
her place better
than she does.

So no one
can make her
decisions for her.

Allow her to choose:
her own colours,
her own way,
her own likings.

She may not like
dresses after all,
what’s the harm?

Encourage her
to be independent,
to pursue her dreams.

You were not born
believing that your
body is a factory,
so why would
you impose the idea
on one of your own?

If you tell your daughter
that she is
in any way
less than a man,
the problem is that
she will eventually
believe you.

I don’t usually discuss the story behind a piece of writing, but this one stands out.

My parents had a few families over for dinner recently and I wanted to help in the kitchen to the best of my ability. So I was putting clean dishes away, clearing out the ones from inside the sink, etc.

As I did this, one of the ladies said to me from behind me: “It’s wonderful that you’re helping your mother out, but don’t you dare do this when you’re married, or else your wife will never do any work! ”

It could have been a joke, but it wasn’t. Because she proceeded to cite examples of wives who did not do “what they were supposed to do.” Essentially, she was telling me that it’s perfectly fine to help my mother in the kitchen, but unacceptable to do the same for my wife when I’m married.

The problem with this is that she has two young daughters of her own, and she is raising them with this backwards mentality that men should be excluded from domestic work simply on the basis of biology, which is completely unacceptable.

Boys aren’t princes and girls aren’t slaves. There is nothing more special about a man which puts him above a woman. There is something incredibly wrong with this mentality, the fact that it persists and is being instilled into children from a young age.

— Nav K

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