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These stories, about gays murdered in Iran, waken questions. The stories are recurrent and they all resemble one another, without enough detail to individuate them. They’re all unsourced — usually there’s a newspaper article the writer never actually read. They have their own life and appear in locust cycles, not so much out of design as from a summer swelter of fear and xenophobia, whenever a crisis between the US (or Israel) and Iran is imminent, or wanted. I’ve seen them many times before. The repression of LGBT people in Iran is real. These stories have little or nothing to do with it.

Instead, these rumors seize the lives of distant human beings, hollow them out, and use the husks. The victims become both mannequins and messages, static and imperative like propaganda posters. They also distort the reality of death as it’s actually dealt out to prisoners in Iran. Look at the gays, they say, the ”innocent” ones like us, twisting our attention away from the scope of atrocities and the other dead who aren’t assimilable or attractive.

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— 1 month ago with 79 notes

#Iran  #homonationalism  #LGBT*  #queer  #gay  #politics  #homocolonialism  #homosexuality  #USA  #colonialism  #media 
Defense Secretary Proposes Big Cuts to U.S. Military Spending →
— 1 month ago with 1 note

#military  #USA  #politics  #DoD  #-___-  #gross 
From an article on two Arizona bills “that would allow businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians on religious grounds.”

The proposed law is so poorly crafted it could allow a Muslim taxi driver to refuse service to a woman traveling alone.

i.e. These bills are so preposterous in our eyes, let us use Muslim stereotypes that offend normative North Atlantic sensibilities (including, but not limited to, liberal: WOMEN, and conservative: ISLAM) to make our point.

And this is how you perpetuate “The Other.”

Edit: This is the definition of homonationalism…

(Source: azcentral.com)

— 1 month ago with 60 notes

#Islam  #Muslim  #USA  #politics  #islamophobia  #gay  #lgbt  #queer  #homonormativity  #Arizona  #gender  #women  #sterotypes  #religion  #homonationalism 
"After 9/11, everyone [in Pakistan] was worried. People were ruthlessly disappeared after the New York attacks. No one knew why their loved ones were taken. The first few months were like hell for me. Then I regained my consciousness and said I could not accept all this. I said I would fight. I said I would get my husband back. It’s not about ‘missing’ people – this is about abduction. I started organising files on these abducted people and eventually I had 788 families on my list and I started conducting research. And we got about 200 prisoners released. The courts ordered this. They were all still in Pakistan. Others, we know, had been taken to Bagram, three or four to Guantanamo Bay where at least we knew they were alive."
Pakistani activist Amina Janjua on the ‘missing people’ of Pakistan.

(Source: mehreenkasana)

— 1 month ago with 537 notes

#پاکستان  #USA  #politics 
Being Gay in America →

I have issues with a bunch of premises in this post. However, it tackles the issue of ‘US exceptionalism.’ I leave you with the last two paragraphs:

— 2 months ago with 7 notes

#Sochi  #LGBT*  #gay  #queer  #politics  #US  #USA  #US exceptionalism  #Russia  #gay rights  #queer rights 
NSA Maintains Secret "Five Eyes" Satellite Facility in Israel →
— 2 months ago with 4 notes

#NSA  #USA  #Palestine  #Zionism  #Zionist Entity  #Israel  #colonialism  #settler colonialism  #politics  #فلسطين  #إسرائيل  #صهيونية  #الكيان الصهيوني  #إستعمار  #פלסטין  #ישראל  #ציונית  #הישות הציונית 
American Muslims Stumble Through Stereotypes and Double Consciousness →

Excerpt:

Recommend reading the whole thing. 

— 2 months ago with 16 notes

#Islam  #USA  #Canada  #North America  #Muslim  #Muslims  #Stereotypes  #Sana Saeed  #H/T:  #Kawrage 
NSA Was Able to Capture Live Data From Compromised iPhones in 2008, Including Live Camera, GPS, and More →
— 3 months ago with 1 note

#iphone  #tech  #nsa  #usa  #politics  #espionage  #spying  #big brother 
Study Finds More Drugs in Our Drinking Water Than Anybody Knew →

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— 4 months ago with 3 notes

#environment  #drugs  #water  #USA  #waste  #medicine  #pollution 
U.S. faces major Internet image problem, former gov't official says | PCWorld →

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Many overseas critics of the U.S. see the Obama administration’s push for Internet freedom as “profoundly hypocritical” in the face of the NSA surveillance revelations and a continued push by U.S. trade officials to have U.S. trading partners filter the Internet to protect against copyright violations, said McLaughlin, now president of Digg, the online news aggregation service.

The NSA surveillance has led to an intense “level of anger and the degree of betrayal” in many countries that U.S. policy makers don’t seem to fully appreciate, he said. And many countries have begun to explore other options beyond U.S. technology companies because of the surveillance revelations, he added.

— 4 months ago with 17 notes

#NSA  #big brother  #surveillance  #spying  #USA  #politics  #internet 
The Largest LGBT Donors Are Drone Manufacturers →

(h/t: Kawrage)

Excerpt:

Click on link to read full article

— 4 months ago with 59 notes

#Gay  #LGBT*  #queer  #lgbt  #politics  #USA  #HRC  #drones  #Capitalism  #Democracy  #Homonationalism  #h/t:  #Kawrage  #human rights campaign 
Somewhere in America, Muslim Women Are "Cool" →

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— 4 months ago with 9 notes

#h/t:  #Kawrage  #Muslim  #Islam  #women  #USA  #religion  #secularism  #power  #veil 
Oy, North Atlantic countries!

What’s up with your militant spread of democracy and secularism when places in the US have “Biblical Morality Policies" instituted?

What type of colonial hypocrisy happens when foreign aid by these very countries is dependent on how the recipient countries deal with their ‘sexual minorities’?

— 4 months ago with 3 notes

#power  #Colonialism  #USA  #religion  #education  #queer  #LGBT*  #gay  #politics 
"It’s all about love!"

I am working at a café (with headphones on) and there are a couple of (maybe) college-aged women who are next to me discussing a text. Apparently the male-interest of one of these women mistreated her. He was drunk while they were on a phone call and took out his frustrations on her, to the point where he hung up the phone. He then sends her this piss-poor excuse of an apology in text form and tells her he loves her.

The woman tells her friend that she loves him, and with that, it’s all OK. She will continue to talk to him, to be in this relationship with him, love is what makes a relationship, no matter how unbalanced; abusive and misogynistic, ok. The couple can figure it out. They have agency. It’s OK. (One could write an entire post of the gendered dynamics at play here.)

Earlier this year, I was visited by a government official to search through the background of one of my oldest friends. He is a non-US national who is engaged, to be married to someone who is a US citizen and works in the government. One of the official’s final questions in her reportedly 15 minute, but actually turned into an hour, ‘interview’ was: “Do you know of any reason other than love that the couple would want to get married?” It genuinely struck me! Based on current news it should not be surprising that the U.S. government is invested in marriage, as perplexing as it actually is. However, now they are invested in the romance between the parties involved! Love has become the sole-legitimate reason for wedlock, even in the eyes of the US government. Love as a means of patrol and control. Love is what ‘protects our borders’. (HA!)

But what about other types of marriages? What makes love the sole legitimate reason to be coupled? And how, as Kawrage has pointed out, is it portrayed as a timeless norm despite its recency? Those married in my extended family were all done under an arrangement; they would all be considered arranged marriages - including my father and his wife. Why is the accepted dominant N. Atlantic rhetoric that these relationships are less acceptable/ideal/desired?

To be clear, I am not advocating arranged-marriages over ones based on romantic partnerships, nor am I advocating an ideal type of relationship (including marriage itself, monogamy, heterosexuality, etc.) However, I am simply baffled at how deep this particular ideal seeps in a N. Atlantic consciousness… to an almost colonial level! Romantic-partnered marriages are civilized (despite the fact that overall they are not as frequent and they are more recent). They are something ‘We’ do. ‘We’ value them so much, we put them in our popular media (films: Titanic, Cartoons: Disney, etc) and don’t see the message.

Arranged marriages, however, happen ‘over there.’ The prototypical image is of non-caucasian (read: not dominant N. Atlantic) societies. It takes away the agency of the woman (as though romantic-marriages don’t!) And thus, it is barbaric and backwards. If a romantic-based relationship fails, it is a particular case. It is the fault of married couple. Arranged-marriages, however, are doomed for failure. The fault lies in its very premise. Arranged marriages in every way are seen as less than those based on romance.


Why? Why is this the case? Obviously all systems have flaws, but why is it assumed that a dominant N. Atlantic way of being is seen as 1) natural, 2) timeless and universal, or compatible everywhere and for all time, and 3) without fault, or at the very least with the least amounts of faults? And what types of erasures and delegitimization does it do to other ways of being?

والله أعلم
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— 5 months ago with 29 notes

#hegemony  #power  #politics  #love  #marriage  #arranged marriage  #'the west'  #USA  #big brother  #government  #normativity  #marriage equality  #gay marriage