"They went to school and never returned"

Attended a vigil for the victims of the Peshawar school attack in Islamabad (the capital) tonight. Also went and donated blood. Candlelight vigils and marches were widespread throughout the city, along with smaller memorials here and there. The one I attended had at least 100 people easily. In a strange way, it was nice and comforting to see everyone gathered together, in solidarity for once. Absolutely gut wrenching to think that over 140 people, 132 of them children my age and younger were just massacred in cold blood, their only crime being that they decided to attend school that day. I sincerely hope that this has removed any sympathy for the Taliban out of anyone’s mind. These barbarians need to be bought down and I fully support the new terrorist death penalty. No one should ever be able to get away with this. Praying that our government and politicians can stick with the new hardness against the Taliban and all their affiliates and finally make progress towards ending terrorism in Pakistan.

Pakistan in mourning for 132 children killed in Peshawar school massacre

A boy prays at a candelight vigil in Karachi, Pakistan Pakistan was a country deep in shock today. Candles were lit and vigils held. And parents buried their children in mass funerals.

In a country almost numbed to daily violence and terrorist atrocities, the massacre of 132 students at a school in Peshawar by the Taliban took most Pakistanis to new, raw depths of despair.

Three days of mourning has been declared by President Nawaz Sharif after a mass killing so depraved it was even condemned by the Afghan Taliban as un-Islamic.

Many schools throughout the country have been closed as a mark of the respect for the 141 dead, who included nine teachers and staff. At those schools which stayed open, prayers were said for the victims. Schools in neighbouring India observed a two-minute silence.

American media has - for so long - tried so hard to establish a correlation between ‘terrorism’, a ‘hatred of freedom’ and Islam.

This is coming from a country which has killed, enslaved and tortured hundreds of millions of people. This is a country responsible for destroying the infrastructure of other nations, and stealing their sources of wealth. A country known to have corrupted and overthrown other democratically elected governments… All while holdingIn God We Trust" as it’s ’motto’. How ironic.

The fact that the Taliban has the audacity to even think God’s name after the horror they’ve unleashed for so many years makes me go nearly mad with rage.

The Taliban, Isis, all these groups, they do not know what it means to speak God’s name, to do His will. They label cold blooded murder as Jihad. They spit on God’s precious children, maim them, kill them, all while claiming to do so for Him.

They are disgusting, and they do not deserve to ever utter God’s name ever in all their lives.

May their evil be erased from this world.

From After Pakistan Attack, ‘the Smallest Coffins Are the Heaviest’, one of 28 photos. An injured Pakistani student who survived a Taliban attack on a school that killed more than 140 people, admitted to a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, on December 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing and wounding scores, officials said, in the highest-profile militant attack to hit the troubled region in months. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

anonymous asked:

I've been meaning to ask you but what do you think about everything that's been happening with Sony? Both with The Interview & what other leaked info says about the state of Hollywood. Sorry if that's too much to ask but I was interested in your opinion.

I’m spitting angry about it on SO MANY LEVELS.

I’m pissed that it happened in the first place. It’s a fucking movie. A fucking SATIRE movie.

I’m pissed that it’s hurt SO MANY people at Sony, who had absolutely fucking nothing to do with the film. Their medical records online. Social Security Numbers. Contracts for things that they’ve been working so hard on. I know people personally who are now facing the possibility that their lives just might be ruined. Over something they have absolutely no fucking control over, other then the fact that they took a job.

I’m pissed that some people at Sony higher up were hella sketchy and racist and awful with the contract fuckery. What the actual fuck, Sony execs.

I’m pissed that there’s so much exposed about the film industry that is everything against what I believe about the film industry. As an industry, as a creative and cultural force, we need to be better about this. We need to stop being racist. We need to stop screwing people in the contracts. This fucking sucks, and we’re better than that.

And lastly, I’m fucking pissed that we had to cave. I mean, I know why. They were threatening actual physical harm to many many innocent people. It’s the responsible thing to do. But it fucking sucks, cause it feels that the bad guys won. That we will be censured, all you have to do is scare us enough.

And that’s not what I got into the film industry to be a part of and it pisses me right the fuck off.

Mari Berhenti Menghubungkan Islam dengan Terrorisme


Bayangkan Anda pergi bekerja pagi ini dan tak pulang lagi… untuk selama-lamanya. Bayangkan bagaimana perasaan keluarga dan orang-orang yang Anda kasihi.

Tori Jhonson dan Katrina Dawson adalah dua korban tewas tragedi penyanderaan yang dilakukan Man Haron Monis di Martin Place, Sydney, Australia. Bayangkan Senin pagi, 15 Desember 2014, mereka pergi bekerja, seperti biasa… Ketika Haron Monis menodongkan senjata dan menyekap mereka, Tori yang merupakan manajer Lindt Café sedang melakukan rutinitas kesehariannya di tempat kerja, sementara Katrina barangkali tengah menikmati segelas cokelat atau kopi pagi sebelum ia menuju kantornya yang tak jauh dari café itu. Dan setelah 17 jam penyanderaan bersama belasan korban lainnya, Tori dan Katrina menjadi dua orang yang tak bisa pulang lagi ke rumah mereka… untuk selama-lamanya.

Apa yang dipikirkan Haron Monis sebelum ia memutuskan melakukan penyanderaan berdarah itu? Kita tak tahu, sebagaimana pemerintah Australia dan kepolisian New South Wales belum bisa menyimpulkan apa motif di balik aksi teror lelaki imigran Iran itu. Tetapi kita sama-sama tahu bahwa Monis melakukan tindakan gila. Dan penyekapan, apalagi hingga menimbulkan korban jiwa, sama sekali tak bisa diterima akal sehat dan benar-benar merupakan kejahatan keji di hadapan ukuran apapun yang bisa diterima akal sehat manusia.

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Thoughts on Sony's Decision to Scrap "The Interview"

I’m not happy that Sony was forced to scrap “The Interview” but I understand why they made that decision.

According to Sony’s statement:

“In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

"Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."

They had no choice. So many major theater chains had already said that they wouldn’t be showing the movie. THEY were the ones that broke and gave in to threats. With all these theaters gone, where was Sony supposed to show the movie? How would they have made a profit? Who would dared to have watched it after all of this?

Ideally, if one doesn’t like a movie, they simply choose not to watch it. If they feel others shouldn’t watch it they do so with a suggestion, a negative review saying “I don’t recommend this.” Or a PEACEFUL demonstration to give people your point-of-view. One should NEVER resort to violence or threats of violence in order to get their way - like the party behind the Sony hack in this matter. It truly is saddening that we’ve decided to make threats of violence a factor in what movies we’re allowed to see.

Remember The Dark Knight Rises and the controversy surrounding its release?  There was that tragic shooting but that did not sway theater owners from showing the movie still, it did not stop people from going to see the movie.  People were able to recognize that the tragedy was the work of one eccentric individual - they did not let the fear of violence dissuade them from seeing what they wanted, from showing to the public what they wanted.  This debacle with The Interview should be no different.  One eccentric party (or you could even just be an individual - nobody knows who) attempted to use violence to scare people - but unlike The Dark Knight Rises, people allowed that fear to determine their actions.  

I don’t fault Sony in their decision to shelf The Interview, not completely.  That was a decision that came about from the theater owners who allowed violence to determine how they run their business instead of their own sense, the public who allowed threats of violence to determine what movies they should or should not see, And finally, Sony had little choice to abandon The Interview the way a company would abandon any enterprise that would no longer prove to be profitable. 

Immediately following 9/11 there was a surge of pride in America, a determination that “No! We will NOT allow terrorists to scare us!  We will NOT allow violence to determine what we do in our country.”  Over a decade later, it seems, that we’ve lost the desire to think for ourselves and have let the terrorists win and make our decisions for us. 

சென்னை பள்ளியில், பெஷாவர் தீவிரவாத தாக்குதலில் உயிரிழந்தவர்களுக்கு மெழுகுவர்த்தி ஏந்தி அஞ்சலி செலுத்திய மாணவி கண்ணீர் விட்டு அழும் காட்சி.

Today at BNU we were all invited to gather for a moment of silence and for prayers for the ones who are not with us anymore. What I really found uplifting was how everyone showed up, all united under a common stance, for a terror free Pakistan. The deans discussed how we as a nation need to unite in this fight support the national forces moraly in their mission. They were all deeply moved.

They have called upon tomorrow an emergency crisis discussion cell where we will be talking about how the youth can play its role in this mission. This is a great step forward. Every institution should have this.

It is time we take this seriously, It is never too late.