I will have an undergraduate class, let’s say a young white male student, politically-correct, who will say: “I am only a bourgeois white male, I can’t speak.” … I say to them: “Why not develop a certain degree of rage against the history that has written such an abject script for you that you are silenced?” Then you begin to investigate what it is that silences you, rather than take this very determinist position-since my skin colour is this, since my sex is this, I cannot speak… From this position, then, I say you will of course not speak in the same way about the Third World material, but if you make it your task not only to learn what is going on there through language, through specific programmes of study, but also at the same time through a historical critique of your position as the investigating person, then you will have earned the right to criticize, you be heard. When you take the position of not doing your homework- “I will not criticize because of my accident of birth, the historical accident” - that is the much more pernicious position.

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flippydoodle:

westernghats:

Can all the leftists and Indian diaspora stop having such a huge boner for Arundhati Roy until they acknowledge that Dalit people have been critiquing her ever since she wrote The Doctor and The Saint? Not engaging with those critiques because they are inconvenient for you is intellectually dishonest. 

Forget about inconvenience, many are outright defending the things she said, and demonising Dalits. And honestly, I am so angry, because she is touring all these universities, promoting her book, and when asked about The Doctor and the Saint, she is simply stating that she always gets violent reactions to what she writes, and this will die down soon. Considering that it is usually rightwing nuts who burn her books and file court cases against her, she is basically comparing the absolutely legitimate criticism of her work by Dalits, to Hindu rightwing groups. That is so dishonest and disgusting, I can’t believe she thinks this is an okay thing to spread around.

I know that it is shitty that the international community usually cherry picks a single intellectual from a country to summarise the entire country for them, but that is the way things often are, and Arundhati Roy is treated like the intellectual voice of India by a lot of those who want to know more about the political situation. So she should have some semblance of responsibility to what she is saying, because spreading such crap to the international community is just another continuation of the violence and erasure against Dalits. 

I mean, I don’t like being in the business of declaring people as “problematic”, but I keep cringing now whenever I see her on my dash (which is happening a lot today). Am I being ridiculous? Well, not as ridiculous as people who shut their ears and go “naa naah NAAH" at criticism of her. 

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irresistible-revolution:

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I hope those of you on the island get your fill of kiribath, kokis, kavum and everything else. Blessings and love to everyone <3

brianmichaelbendis:

"Batman: Strange Days" - Bruce Timm’s Batman 75th Anniversary tribute

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modernagecomics:

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. New Poster

On 18 April 1997, Asiaweek reported that the fourteen year old war had claimed 75, 000 lives. The Sri Lankan Government, however, only admitted a toll of 50, 000 realising that the majority of those killed were civilians. This tragic fact was brought out when a tally was made of the combatants killed. In January 1997, the Tamil rebels reported that their losses at the end of November 1996 stood at 9, 300. The London Observer Service, placed a similar number (9, 800) on the Government side for roughly the same period. Even if one accepted the Sri Lankan Government’s version of 50, 000 as accurate, it left the civilian toll at a staggering 30, 000! According to the Sri Lankan State-Controlled “Daily News” (inclined to exaggerate and thereby demonise Tamil rebels) of 4 March 1996, the Tamil Tigers were responsible for the deaths of 3, 571 civilians. This meant that the balance 27, 000 or more of the civilian deaths were those of Tamils at the hands of the Sri Lankan Government! Of course, if one went by Asiaweek’s estimate, the Tamil civilian toll rose to an astounding 52, 000 plus - well over 93% of all civilian deaths!

Sri Lanka: One Island, Two Nations by Ana Pararasingham (1997)

Add to this the civilian death toll at the tail end of the Civil War which ranges from 10, 000 according to the Government of Sri Lanka to 40, 000 according to UN estimates. Estimates from various other sources sometimes reach as high as 70, 000.

And of course mere body counts do not reveal the extent of crimes of systematic torture, rape, dispossession as well as destruction of ethno-linguistic identity carried out by the Sri Lankan state.

The ‘slow-burning’ genocide of Eelam Tamils is real and must be stopped.

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On 18 April 1997, Asiaweek reported that the fourteen year old war had claimed 75, 000 lives. The Sri Lankan Government, however, only admitted a toll of 50, 000 realising that the majority of those killed were civilians. This tragic fact was brought out when a tally was made of the combatants killed. In January 1997, the Tamil rebels reported that their losses at the end of November 1996 stood at 9, 300. The London Observer Service, placed a similar number (9, 800) on the Government side for roughly the same period. Even if one accepted the Sri Lankan Government’s version of 50, 000 as accurate, it left the civilian toll at a staggering 30, 000! According to the Sri Lankan State-Controlled “Daily News” (inclined to exaggerate and thereby demonise Tamil rebels) of 4 March 1996, the Tamil Tigers were responsible for the deaths of 3, 571 civilians. This meant that the balance 27, 000 or more of the civilian deaths were those of Tamils at the hands of the Sri Lankan Government! Of course, if one went by Asiaweek’s estimate, the Tamil civilian toll rose to an astounding 52, 000 plus - well over 93% of all civilian deaths!

Sri Lanka: One Island, Two Nations by Ana Pararasingham (1997)

Add to this the civilian death toll at the tail end of the Civil War which ranges from 10, 000 according to the Government of Sri Lanka to 40, 000 according to UN estimates. Estimates from various other sources sometimes reach as high as 70, 000.

And of course mere body counts do not reveal the extent of crimes of systematic torture, rape, dispossession as well as destruction of ethno-linguistic identity carried out by the Sri Lankan state.

The ‘slow-burning’ genocide of Eelam Tamils is real and must be stopped.

davidmarquez:

PART ONE OF THE BIGGEST SPIDER-MAN STORY OF THE YEAR “REVIVAL”!

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A BIG BIG BIG villain from PETER PARKER’s past is alive and well and about to turn New York upside down!

The last page will have ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN fans SCREAMING!

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cubao-en-la-coabana:

Hatuey, immortalized in Cuba as “the first American slain in Baracoa” is celebrated as Cuba’s first national hero. Hatuey was a Taíno cacique (chief) born on Quisqueya/Ayiti (modern-day República Dominicana and Haiti).

Hatuey traveled to the island of Cuba during the early 1500s to share information on the atrocities committed by the Spanish against the indigenous inhabitants of Quisqueya. As Hatuey showed the people of Coabana (Cuba) the gold the Spanish lusted after, he referenced the paradoxical Catholic values the Europeans pushed along with the murders, rapes and pillaging they committed. 

" …They tell us, these tyrants, that they adore a God of peace and equality, and yet they usurp our land and make us their slaves …" - Hatuey addressing the Taíno of Coabana

Hatuey lead an armed resistance of Taínos against the invading Spanish and for a short time was able to keep los españoles confined to Baracoa (one of the eastern most regions of Cuba).

The cacique was eventually captured and while facing death refused to acquiesce to the God of the Spanish. When he asked about the afterlife of the Spaniards, Hatuey asserted that, 

" …He did not want to go there but to hell so as not to be where they were and where he would not see such cruel people …” 

On February 12, 1512, Hatuey was burned at the stake by the orders of Diego Velázquez.  

Picture 1: The monument of Hatuey - Taino chief, Baracoa, Cuba by Michael Zalewski

Picture 2: Hatuey by Joe Navin 

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A Sri Lankan asylum seeker on a bridging visa is fighting for his life after dousing himself in petrol following a decision by the Australian immigration department to deport him back to Sri Lanka.

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More blood on the hands of not only the Abbott government but also the Rajapaksa regime.

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thatmeansprogress:

Rama kills Ravana

fuckyeahsouthasia:

perugu—-annam:

Hopefully this makes the Indian elections a little easier to understand. (x)

redphilistine:

bilmishmish:

somepalestiniankid:

yawayli:

sarah-sings-her-life-away:

yawayli:

awaitingmyescape:

szxxxxx:

hassaaam:

szxxxxx:

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