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We are part of a generation that gobbles down headlines without ever reading the story. Headline wording is extremely important. If I am about to read an article that’s titled “Ferguson Calm Until Bottles Fly” that would lead me to believe I’m about to read about how a flying bottle broke the peace. Even though this was the headline, the article never once mentioned a bottle. What does that tell me as a thinking person? The sole purpose of that headline was to cast a negative light on a peaceful protest that I witnessed with my own eyes. The purpose was to make people think that a militarized police presence is justified. Who else can stop dangerous water bottles? It shifts the narrative from “police should not be executing the unarmed citizens they are sworn to protect” to “maybe people should stop throwing things at police.” That article was grossly unfair to the community of Ferguson.
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"It's hard to be an up & coming female rapper nowadays because people don't know what to do with us. Like, they don't know what to do with women in Hip-Hop, so the best thing to do is to pit them against each other and it's like, 'You are gonna be better than her because she's the only one doing it right now,' and there are so many male rappers now that no one says that about." (x)

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Zayn Malik | Where We Are TourFOXBORO, MA | 8.8.14 ►

Zayn Malik | Where We Are Tour
FOXBORO, MA | 8.8.14 

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octobra:

sorry mom you’ve hit ask limit

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vul-va:

I know many people are concerned for Pakistan and as Pakistanis within the country and abroad, we all appreciate it and feel grateful for it. But what we don’t need is an over-simplification of the events taking place in Pakistan at the moment. It is very easy to accept bits and pieces of information from here and then and regurgitate it until it doesn’t make sense anymore. Please remain wary of ISPR-sourced links; they are the military cited info-bits and if you study our history, you will see that the military uses civilians against each other and then appoints itself as the guarantor of “democracy.” Please also understand that Imran Khan and Qadri have their own class interests to pursue and it is more than obvious that they do not care about the civilians on ground sacrificing themselves. If they did, you wouldn’t see them behind bulletproof shields, a luxury their supporters do not have at this moment. Please also remain aware of the fact that this case is not a case of choice: Pakistanis are quashed in the middle of three different entities that care very little for the average man and woman. First is the Military institution that has America’s covert and overt funding and support; this institution presently approves of Khan and Qadri. Second is the civilian leadership that works in cahoots, more often than not, with the same military but remains invested in its own nepotism and rigging (the dominant complaint from citizens today). Third is the judicial institution that oscillates between civilian and military positioning but rarely provides justice to the common man and woman.

This development also comes at a time when there is a US-funded PK-executed military operation taking place in Waziristan. By fragmenting the attention toward the barbaric offensive against Pakistani civilians, the Army and the Civilian leadership has everyone tied to the capital. There’s a lot going on and reducing it to a rushed post doesn’t help anyone, least of all the Pakistanis.

S. Ijaz sums it up wisely:

The illusion of civilian, democratic supremacy has been the primary casualty of the fiasco thus far; the velvet coup is upon us already. The real possibility is that it will reduce the business of all governance to politics of survival; one long day at a time. The non-existent debate on social and economic rights will remain non-existent. There will be no time or energy for institutional reforms. In due course, the saturation point with the political drama, with the shenanigans of Imran and Qadri, on the one hand, and the indifference of Nawaz Sharif, will be reached on the other. The recently politicised urban middle class will go back to normal life, shrugging their shoulders and with the customary, “they are all the same”. The democratic project undermined now, will diminish further, perhaps worse, it will create a vacuum yet again for a demagogue egoist, another Imran Khan with hollow rhetoric to come in another few years. We do not need that.

At the end of the day, when the middle class goes back to a lull, the working class, poor Pakistani will face the viciousness of all three institutions once more, even worse than before. Please keep these points in mind when you reblog and share photos. It’s easy sharing context-less info but it has a dangerous outcome: You oversimplify a country’s history to a meme and we all know how dismissive and disrespectful that is.

Please be mindful of these things.

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allhailthehutch:

Taking naked pictures of yourself does not make you a bad person. People who share them without your permission are bad people.

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