"A woman can hide her love for 40 years, but she cannot hide her hatred for more than an hour. And if the eyes of a woman cry over a man that oppressed her, then the Angels will curse him with every step walks."

— Ali (A.S)


A Health Ministry inspector poured bleach over pots full of food in a Sudanese restaurant in Tel Aviv Sunday night.

The inspector, from the ministry’s district office for Tel Aviv, was participating in a raid by police and municipal inspectors on illegal businesses owned by African migrants. Altogether, the raid shut down 10 businesses in the city’s Neveh Sha’anan neighborhood, confiscating their equipment and welding the doors shut. The equipment was then loaded onto vans by other African migrants who had been hired as contract workers.

Many diners saw the inspector pouring bleach on the food, and one, asylum-seeker Aladin Abaker from Sudan’s Darfur region, posted photos of the incident on his Facebook page. He also described his feelings of humiliation.

“Everyone − except the destroyers − was in tears from the humiliation,” he wrote. “The waitress told us, ‘I’ve seen very harsh things in my life, like torture in Sinai, but this humiliated me more than what happened to me in Sinai.”

Abaker accused the inspector of “insensitivity to people and their culture, which sees food as a sacred thing that must be respected,” and said the raid was aimed at “embittering our lives so we’ll return to Africa ‘voluntarily.’”

Altogether, he said, more than 200 kilograms of meat, chicken and fish and over 500 prepared meals were destroyed.

The inspectors said they didn’t know where the meat came from and therefore feared for the diners’ health, Abaker wrote. “We told them: But this is the only place we’ve eaten all our meals for four years now, and none of us ever had stomach problems. Even whites eat here.”

The Health Ministry responded that inspectors had discovered “deplorable sanitary conditions, food stored under unsuitable conditions and temperatures, and food from unknown sources. In order to preserve the public’s health and that of the diners themselves, it was decided to destroy the food immediately. As part of the process of destroying the food, chemicals suitable to this purpose are used. It should be noted that this was a routine process of food destruction that is no different from other destructions of food/meat.”

Tel Aviv’s deputy city manager, Ruby Zelof, said the raids were carried out “to eradicate the undesirable phenomenon of businesses operating illegally, with sanitation and safety problems and illegal connections to electricity and water, and sales of alcoholic beverages without permits.”

Haaretz | Photo credit: Aladin Abaker

Israel is deporting Africans and also planning to put tens of thousands into detention camps.

Knesset Member Miri Regev — a member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud Party — called the refugees “a cancer in our body” and Danny Danon — also a Likud Knesset Member — wrote on his Facebook page referring to the Africans as “infiltrators”. Interior Minister Eli Yishai said the African asylum seekers threaten “the Zionist dream,” adding, “Jobs will root them here.”

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This right here. The world is not paying enough attention to Muslim genocide in Palestine or Burma, at the hands of the government officials for the most part, and then condemn countries like Pakistan where a few Christian people get killed at the hands of radical, illiterate civilians.

There is just not enough one can do to spread awareness when people see it and choose to ignore it.

(Source: fajrarmy, via stay-human)

And these never made endless days of headlines.

June 8, 2008
Six people, most of them tied to the militia movement, are arrested in rural north-central Pennsylvania after officials find stockpiles of assault rifles, improvised explosives and homemade weapons, at least some of them apparently intended for terrorist attacks on U.S. officials.

October 24, 2008
Two white supremacists, Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman, are arrested in Tennessee for allegedly plotting to assassinate Barack Obama and murder more than 100 black people.

April 30, 2010
Darren Huff, an Oath Keeper from Georgia, is arrested and charged with planning the armed takeover of a Madisonville, Tenn., courthouse and “arrest” of 24 local, state and federal officials.

July 21, 2010
Attorney Todd Getgen is shot to death at a gun range in Cumberland County, Penn., and his weapon, a silenced AR-15 rifle, is stolen. Authorities arrest prison guard Raymond Peake nine days later, saying Peake was trying to accumulate weapons for an unnamed organization that intended to overthrow the government.

Jan. 14, 2011
Federal agents in Arizona arrest Jeffery Harbin, a member of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement, for allegedly building homemade grenades and pipe bombs that he apparently intended to supply to anti-immigration groups patrolling the Mexican border.

March 10, 2011
Six members of the antigovernment Alaska Peacemakers Militia, including its leader, Francis Schaeffer Cox, 28, are arrested and charged with plotting to kill or kidnap state troopers and a Fairbanks judge.

Jan. 17, 2011
Bomb technicians defuse a sophisticated improvised explosive device (IED) found in a backpack along the Spokane, Wash., route of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade with 1,500 marchers. Using forensic clues found in the dismantled bomb, officials about two months later identify and arrest Kevin William Harpham, a long-time neo-Nazi.

October 5, 2011
White supremacist ex-convict David “Joey” Pedersen, 31, and his girlfriend, Holly Ann Grigsby, 24, are arrested in California after a murderous rampage in three states.

November 1, 2011
Four members of an unnamed North Georgia militia are arrested in an alleged plot to bomb federal buildings, attack cities including Atlanta with deadly ricin, and murder law enforcement officials.

December 10, 2011
Four soldiers, later identified as members of a militia-type group called Forever Enduring, Always Ready (FEAR), are arrested for murdering 19-year-old former soldier and group member Michael Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York, because they feared the pair would talk about the group’s plans.

April 17, 2012
Joseph Benjamin Thomas and Samuel James Johnson of Mendota Heights, Minn., are indicted on federal weapons and drug charges following an investigation into their alleged plans to form a white supremacist group called the “Aryan Liberation Movement” and commit violence against minorities, leftists and government officials.

Here is a US soldier who killed 16 innocent Afghanis, and 9 of them were children.

And the world forgot to be so shaken up by this horrific incident. But at least, they are moving on towards justice.

**Well, at least we can hope they are. And not letting him live on under a new identity. I would expect that.

Saving Face

If you have a chance to see any of the Oscar short documentaries, watch Saving Face.  I’m still haunted by the horrific violation of women in Pakistan.  I can’t even talk about it without getting upset.  It’s very powerful.

While every country across the globe still has strides to make in the equality of women i.e. equal pay, equal job opportunities, equal testimony, Pakistani women just want equality of safety, the opportunity to live without fear, and the opportunity to receive justice for the the injustices carried out against them.

Every year an average of 100 Pakistani women are the victims of acid attacks from spouses and family members, and most likely there are more cases that go unreported out of fear.  Women who have had their faces burned off from battery acid.  Women who have been doused in gasoline and set afire.  Women with spouses who are abusive.  Women with in-laws who don’t want them anymore.  Women who are simply walking down the street.

(Source: heartkindlemyheart)

Alcohol Versus Marijuana

Earlier this week, me and my friends got into a pretty heated debate over the legalization of marijuana. Not that I support the idea, but when alcohol was brought up in the conversation, I stood to legalize weed. Why?

  • Under the influence of marijuana, people tend to be more aware of their impaired psychomotor skills, and drive well below the speed limit. Those under the influence of alcohol are much more likely to be clueless or defiant about their condition, and to speed up and drive recklessly.
  • Hundreds of alcohol overdose deaths occur annually. There has never been a single recorded marijuana OD fatality.
  • According to the American Public Health Association, excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of death in this country.
  • There have been no documented cases of lung cancer in a marijuana-only smoker, nor has pot been scientifically linked to any type of cancer. Alcohol abuse contributes to a multitude of long-term negative health consequences, notably cirrhosis of the liver and a variety of cancers.
  • While a small quantity, taken daily, is being touted for its salutary health effects, alcohol is one of the worst drugs one can take for pain management, marijuana one of the best.
  • Alcohol contributes to acts of violence; marijuana reduces aggression. In approximately three million cases of reported violent crimes last year, the offender had been drinking. This is particularly true in cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, and date rape. Marijuana use itself, is absent from both crime reports and the scientific literature.
  • Police officers throughout the U.S. and Canada report they have never had to fight a marijuana user. When’s the last time they had to fight a drunk? They look at their watches.
  • I haven’t heard of alcohol ever prescribed as a pain killer. Marijuana? Well, several times.

So, the argument really should be about making alcohol illegal, if marijuana cannot be made legal. As long as alcohol’s freely sold to people of age with a “drink responsibly” label, well why not sell marijuana with a “smoke responsibly” label too?


(Source: The Huffington Post)

In Lebanon, a coalition of groups including several NGO’s and the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs launched a nationwide media campaign entitled “Be a Man. Real Men Take a Stand Against Violence.”

In a time where men in the Middle East are often vilified, campaigns that seek to engage and and uplift the voices of men who are working against violence against women is important work. Add this one to the growing list of cool efforts working to engage men and boys in creating a world without violence.

Yolanda Dominguez gets real people in real life reproduce some of the ridiculous poses by female models in fashion.

This is just what I’ve been studying in my Psychology of Women class. Advertising and media have distorted the image and expectations of women: freewill and independence has been told to achieve through objectification and being a vamp.

Exposing just parts of a woman’s body instead of a whole person, turning her into the object they are selling (common with beer and liquor ads where the woman is the bottle itself), all of this results in our subconscious only looking at women as objects. Especially D&G advertisements put women in poses where they are about to be attacked, which is only helping promote violence towards them, only causing us to associate “sexy” with the idea of rape and battery. And assaulters to always defend themselves with “she was asking for it.”

As Yolanda explains: “I tried to express what many women feel about women’s magazines and the image of women in the media – absurd, artificial, a hanger to wear dresses and bags, only concerned about being skinny, beautiful… They seem dead, twisted, pulled. Why are men never put in these positions? They are always straight, successful, able and healthy?”

And even when men are posing naked in advertisements, they are always still portrayed as powerful, in control. It is what is expected of them now, isn’t it? And when high fashion does show women in leadership positions, research has shown majority of the population automatically associate “super bitch” with that image. As for men, the word is “successful”.

Women, we still have a long way to go. Those who have broken through the glass ceiling are respected and accepted by few, perceived to be real tough to work with (when male bosses being tough is only seen as his dedication to the organization), all because they are not resorting to their traditionally accepted role of “loving, nurturing, sacrificing”.

One theory has it that better and swifter medical treatment has reduced the number of murders by saving the lives of assault victims who would otherwise have died.

The US imprisons 2.3 million of its citizens, a number that has risen dramatically since the 80s when state legislatures began greatly increasing prison sentences out of fear of the surging crime rate.

One has it that the lead poisoning through paint and petrol of a generation raised in 60s and 70s caused violent behaviour as they entered their teens.

There are even those who believe the election of Barack Obama has inspired young black men to steer away from a life of crime, although that only works for the past two years and falls flat when trying to explain the past two decades.