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When the Last Train Leaves
I dont know much abt history of Pakistan, so this is a legit idk question. If there is going to be a military take over, why are people so horrified? It's not as if we're gonna lose true democracy. We don't have it. Is being under military rule much worse than the current state we are in? in our history, has being under military rule been worse than when we were under a democracy? I just wana kw why ppl are so horrified of the idea of the army taking over. How r they worse than what we have now?
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stay-human:

So I’m not trying to attack you or anything because I understand you’re asking a genuine question that you have but I need you to understand that your question is ridiculous. The fact that you could even think ‘meh military dictatorship in Pakistan, what’s so bad about that’ comes from a very racist view of the world that’s deeply embedded in the colonial episteme which propagates ideas like poverty being an inherent part of ‘Africa’ or violence being an inherent part of ‘the Middle East’ or military dictatorships and corruption being the norm in Pakistan and so not all that horrifying. These ideas stem from the view that people who live in these countries are inferior or ‘backwards’ in some way making the violence that happens there ‘normal’ or dictatorships ‘just the way it is’ because these people clearly cannot ‘catch up’ to the civilized and perfect West. All of this ignores, of course, the role that the ‘West’ plays in constantly perpetuating this violence and poverty, in propping up tyrannical dictators to serve their own interests, in creating terrorist groups to fight their proxy wars and so on.

It bothers me to have to even say it like this but you would never ask the question “why would a military takeover be so horrifying in the US?” “why would a military takeover be so horrifying in England?” “why would a military takeover be so horrifying in France?”—do you understand what I’m getting at?

I’m not calling you racist here just to be clear, this view of the world is so extremely normalized that it’s a struggle for people in postcolonial countries to breakout beyond the racist shit they’ve been told about themselves by outsiders—it requires a lot of unlearning but you’ve got to do it man, you’ve got to move beyond the shit they feed you.

I will address your question in more specific terms though. Especially about the conditions in Pakistan under previous phases of military rule, mostly because there is a debate about whether or not Pakistan has ‘done better’ under dictatorships, I think it’s a ridiculous debate but you do need to be able to rebut the people that bring that crap up.

First of all, whenever these guys takeover they fucking love abrogating the constitution—which means basically all your fundamental rights were just shot straight down the drain. They give themselves unconstitutional powers that undermine the system of governance that we do have. For example Musharraf did this wonderful thing where he gave himself the right to dismiss/suspend the entire National Assembly, Senate, and the provincial governments. So basically if legislators didn’t do exactly what he wanted he’d just kick them out and find people who would. He also did this great thing where he tried to get the Supreme Court of Pakistan to validate the state of emergency he declared in 2007 in which the constitution was suspended again (think of the brilliant legal precedent that sets [he thought to do this because it had happened before]) and he just placed all the judges that refused to get on board under house arrest and kept the complacent ones.

These powers that they give themselves really fuck up our laws and we have to deal with the consequences for years and years. Just take the teeniest look at Zia ul-Haq’s years in power and all the messed up laws that were passed then but are much harder to repeal now. And then of course there’s the repression of other political parties, of activists, the horrifying force used against protesters, and the dissidents who are jailed/tortured.

As for the ‘is Pakistan’s economy better under dictatorships’ stuff, please read this article.

One of the biggest problems we have in getting our democracy to work in Pakistan is the fact that the military is the strongest institution of the country. Militaries are supposed to be under the civilian government but our civilian government exists at the mercy of the military institutions. The fact that the military has so much influence with civilian government affairs is a great part of what’s in our way to ‘true democracy’ as you put it. So saying that military rule isn’t that bad cuz it’s not like we have proper democracy right now is like suggesting an asthmatic person having an attack go live in a dust storm ‘because they’re not breathing properly right now anyway’. 

The last elections marked Pakistan’s first ever democratic transition. Yes there was rigging, yes there were problems, but the sheer number of people that came out to vote was absolutely amazing. And it showed that Pakistanis want to participate in the governance of their country, they want accountability, they want a government that works for them and at the end of the day that’s what matters: what the people want. The people do not want a fucking military takeover: that is the most important answer to all of your questions.

actualmenacebuckybarnes:

thecuckoohaslanded:

earthlydreams:

feminismisatrick:

misanthrpologie:

Saving Face (2012), acid attacks on women in Pakistan

Meanwhile, in America, feminists are complaining about how dress codes are oppressive.

You idiots have never experienced oppression, and pray you never do, because this is what it looks like.

As a South Asian American feminist, let me remind everyone that oppression is not a competition.

Just because we fight one type of sexism doesn’t mean we don’t care about other instances of sexism that don’t affect us directly in our day to day lives.

My heart goes out to this woman and the hundreds of other victims like her. I want to educate people about these kinds of incidents. I support organizations that help women like this.

You may think that dress code issues are trivial, but they are related to a larger issue of women’s bodily autonomy, which affects women’s health and safety.

So please, let’s try to bring awareness and bring about change instead of insulting entire groups of people because they are facing issues that are less scary than the one presented.

oppression is not a competition

thank you so much for this wording

And jackasses who use tragedies like this as a “GOTCHA FEMINISTS!!” card hardly care about South Asian women. 

paradoxical-pterodactyl:

GAHHH HE’S SLEEPING ON THE CHARGER TO GET WARM!!!!!
MY HEARTMY HEART

paradoxical-pterodactyl:

GAHHH HE’S SLEEPING ON THE CHARGER TO GET WARM!!!!!

MY HEART
MY HEART

twoshots:

…on Pariah.

An African-American teenage lesbian grows up in the inner-city, a place where that status leads to the film’s title.  Well-done indie movie, small story told well, told simply and to the point.

  “A scarlet steam engine was waiting next to a platform  packed with people. A sign overhead said Hogwarts Express, eleven o’clock. Harry looked behind him and saw a wrought-iron archway where the barrier had been, with  the words Platform Nine and Three-Quarters on it.
  Smoke from the engine drifted over the heads of the chattering crowd, while cats of every color wound here and there between their legs. Owls hooted to one another in a disgruntled sort of way over the babble and the scraping of heavy trunks.”

Happy September 1st, y’all!

shelbyroseholmes:

hailthepjoartists:

bloodthirstybookworm:

I don’t think one actress should play Aphrodite I think it should be multiple woman of different races and looks because beauty isn’t just white woman alone or black woman alone or Asian woman alone or any other race alone. everyone is beautiful and that is who Aphrodite is, she is beauty.

This should have more notes

she could look different for every person because beauty is in the eye of the beholder or whatever

We’re all born a Witch. We’re all born into magic. It’s taken from us as we grow up
- Madeleine L’Engle (via volchitza)

haialyy:

backtobellatrixblack:

Remus and Harry make me so sad. Think about the first time Harry met Remus, on the Hogwarts Express. Remus is staring at this teenager, this boy that is so painfully Lily and James’ son. In another life he would have been ‘Uncle Remus’, swinging by every Sunday for supper, babysitting Harry with Sirius. Instead he’s a complete stranger.

RIGHT IN THE HEART

aud-works:

ron, harry & hermione!
i like to imagine that after the war ends & everything gets cleaned up, the three of them get a flat together while they recuperate & try to figure out where to go from there.  and they all have a tough time of it at first, but eventually they create someplace all of them can call home.

aud-works:

ron, harry & hermione!

i like to imagine that after the war ends & everything gets cleaned up, the three of them get a flat together while they recuperate & try to figure out where to go from there.  and they all have a tough time of it at first, but eventually they create someplace all of them can call home.

homohysteria:

inaruri:

thelastblackman:

Medical Examiner In Zimmerman Trial Sues For $100M, Claims Prosecution Threw Case
In a bombshell allegation, Florida medical examiner Dr. Shiping Bao (pictured) claims that Florida state prosecutors were biased against Trayvon Martin and purposely threw the case, and he is suing the state for $100 million, reports WFTV.com.
According to Bao, the medical examiner, state attorney’s office, and Sanford Police Department all felt that Martin “got what he deserved.” Bao also claims that he received the strong, though subtle, message not to speak on certain things:
“He was in essence told to zip his lips. ‘Shut up. Don’t say those things,’” said Bao’s legal counsel, legendary Attorney Willie Gary.
Bao’s allegations come swiftly on the heels of him being fired from his position as associate medical examiner.
Volusia County released a letter on Tuesday, stating that Bao was fired last week. Spokesman Dave Byron declined to give a reason for Bao’s termination, citing “county standard personnel practices,” reports CBS News.

you go medical examiner Bao, you go!

SLOW CLAP FOR THIS HERO OF COLOR PUTTING HIS NECK ON THE LINE TO GET THIS DONE FOR OTHER CHILDREN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR.

homohysteria:

inaruri:

thelastblackman:

Medical Examiner In Zimmerman Trial Sues For $100M, Claims Prosecution Threw Case

In a bombshell allegation, Florida medical examiner Dr. Shiping Bao (pictured) claims that Florida state prosecutors were biased against Trayvon Martin and purposely threw the case, and he is suing the state for $100 million, reports WFTV.com.

According to Bao, the medical examiner, state attorney’s office, and Sanford Police Department all felt that Martin “got what he deserved.” Bao also claims that he received the strong, though subtle, message not to speak on certain things:

“He was in essence told to zip his lips. ‘Shut up. Don’t say those things,’” said Bao’s legal counsel, legendary Attorney Willie Gary.

Bao’s allegations come swiftly on the heels of him being fired from his position as associate medical examiner.

Volusia County released a letter on Tuesday, stating that Bao was fired last week. Spokesman Dave Byron declined to give a reason for Bao’s termination, citing “county standard personnel practices,” reports CBS News.

you go medical examiner Bao, you go!

SLOW CLAP FOR THIS HERO OF COLOR PUTTING HIS NECK ON THE LINE TO GET THIS DONE FOR OTHER CHILDREN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR.

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