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The most regal looks on royal women → As requested by anonymous

anonymous asked:

Even tho Cassie Clare was problematic at first, she got a whole lot better in her later books- Jem in TID, Cristina in TDA, etc. The Last Hours series is going to be released starting either 2018 or 2019, and it's going to have two biracial (British-Iranian) siblings. One of them will be a focal POV main character. Her name's Cordelia. Unfortunately the fandom thinks she is white because she has red hair. I wonder if they ignored the fact she has brown skin and speaks Farsi?

Cassandra Clare might have characters of color and LGBT+ characters in her books, and she might try to seem “inclusive” and “progressive” with “her” work. I think, however, that she utterly fails at that. Under the cut, a list of all the reasons why her diversity isn’t worth much, and why I don’t think anyone should be giving her any more money, as she will just keep on dissapointing. Call this… 

The Cassandra Clare is inexcusable masterpost: 

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Haleh Afshar (b. 1944) is a British-Iranian professor and life peer in the House of Lords. She is a Muslim feminist, concerned with equal opportunities and development.

She teaches politics and women’s studies at the University of York. She has written numerous texts on the role of women in politics, the state, and the workforce, particularly in Africa and Asia. She is a founder of the Muslim Women’s Network, and has been the Chair of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies.

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Queen Juliana of The Netherlands Silver Wedding Celebrations, 1962.

The Iranian flag is raised over British owned Anglo-Iranian oil company (later BP) after Iran oil industry was nationalized, June 10, 1951, Abadan, Iran

Iranian oil industry was nationalized by prime minister, Mohammad Mossadegh.

Mossadegh was later overthrown in 1953 during operation AJAX by the request of British government. 

Very impressed with Bernie Sanders at the #DemDebate for bringing up Mosaddegh, the democratically elected secular and progressive Prime Minister of Iran, who was overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the United States and the United Kingdom in order to protect British and American oil interests. Sanders brought this up to highlight the negative consequences of foreign intervention.

A little background, for those who are not familiar with Mosaddegh:

Mohammad Mosaddegh became the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran. He was a 71 year old lawyer, very well-educated in Paris and Switzerland. His whole life had been dedicated to the cause of bringing more liberty to Iran and having a constitutional government in his country. Under his leadership, the Iranian parliament voted to nationalize Iranian oil, instead of allowing the British, through the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC), to take away the majority of profits from Iran’s oil fields. In reaction to this, the British government imposed sanctions on Iran so that no oil could be exported from the country. This created a huge surge of economical problems and increased poverty. Meanwhile, Mossadegh, being a secular leader, had also infuriated Islamists for wanting Iran to be ruled as a secular democracy. The British government seized the opportunity of internal conflict, coupled with growing financial problems, to work with the American government, in order to oust Mossadegh. In 1953 a successful operation by the British and the American CIA was able to create a massive uprising in Iran by the angry Islamist groups, as well as others, to take Mossadegh out. It is very important to note that prior to this event Iranian people did not even view the American government with hostility, the British government had always been the one that they blamed for taking their natural resources. After the successful coup, the Shah was reinstated, the monarchy was restored, a secret service police named SAVAK was created to crackdown on political dissident, and of course the oil dispute came to an end with a huge portion of Iran’s oil profits going to foreign superpowers, including a large amount to the United States. The Anglo-Iranian Oil company was then renamed British Petroleum, and that marked Iran’s short lived and only ever secular democracy.  Never did I expect to hear an American politician running to be the president of the country openly mention this and highlight how disastrous it was!

Interesting historical fact of the day: what’s in a picture?

First, here is a history lesson on Afghanistan. From 1933 until 1973, Afghanistan was ruled under a man named Mohammed Zahir Shah. While he was a devout Muslim, he had a Western education in France. His reign marked four decades of peace and stability. With the introduction of a constitution Afghanistan progressively developed into a modern democratic state with free elections and a parliament, as well as a massive push for women’s rights, universal suffrage, education, worker’s rights, and civil rights. So yes, Afghanistan was doing well in the 60’s as this photo suggests. However, the photo doesn’t give you context for what went wrong.

During this period in time, the Soviet Union had a strong influence in Afghanistan. They supported modernization and education in the Afghan state. The United States, not wanting to risk their hegemony in the region, clearly had a major problem with this. They were terrified of the spread of Communism and quickly developed a plan. Afghanistan would become the Cold War’s chessboard. In the late 80’s, the Saudis, Pakistanis, and the Americans brought in radical Islamists from around the world. They armed, trained, and directed them into a militant force, and they were called the mujahideen. They became the US’ main offense against the Soviets. It wasn’t to defend the Afghans against the Soviets who were ready to pull out, but to deliver as much harm against them imaginable. Carter wanted Afghanistan to be the Soviet’s “Vietnam”. And it was. When they finally retreated Afghanistan spun into chaos and a civil war ensued under the militant mujahideen warriors. Within this framework we saw the rise of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and of course Osama bin Laden. All under the auspices of the United States security forces and American tax-payer monies. Clinton’s bombing of Sudan and Afghanistan was directly responsible for their rise. Oh, and then in what was most likely the greatest immoral injustice of the 21st century the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 only further driving the besieged nation further into turmoil.

What does this mean? The mujahideen, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda do not represent thousands of years of Afghan culture and Islam. They are a direct reaction to Western imperialism. The root cause for the disparity between the two pictures is foreign intervention. Not Islam, and certainly not Afghan people.

Second, here is a history on Iran. Before 1953, Iran was ruled under a democratically elected man called Mohammad Mosaddegh. Under his reign Iran saw a progressive movement of social and political reforms. During this time Britain tried to establish an oil company (British Petroleum) on Iranian soil, and promised to share profit and technology with the Iranian government. However the British, as usual, didn’t honor their agreement. They, and the United States, began to steal Iran’s oil. Prime Minister Mosaddegh would not stand for this and demanded the seizure of the oil fields and the ouster of the British. In response, the British and the United States overthrew him in a coup and installed the Shah who was a brutal tyrant and ruled the nation under an absolute monarchy. His security service, which amnesty international described as “the worst in the world” and “beyond belief” was trained by the CIA in torture techniques. 

The women in this picture did live well, but that was because they were members of a very small minority and in the Shah’s social circle. Everyone else in Iran lived under harsh conditions. The economy was failing, education was abysmal, and the entire nation was rural and very religious.

Today, Iran’s health care is better. They have more political freedom. Education is improving. The economy is slightly better off, however that is quickly changing with the Western world’s sanctions against Iran in midst of their nuclear propaganda campaign at the behest of Israel.

What does this mean? Essentially, the Islamic Revolution had little to do with the rise of an Islamic state; it was the resistance of Western imperialism. Almost every social and political group was united in resisting the Shah, from the communists to the secularists to the Islamists. They demanded Iranian sovereignty and political freedoms. Is the current regime in Iran perfect? Absolutely not, and I’m passionately against it. But this picture is extremely distortive of the truth.

Unfortunately, we have gone full circle. Today, the United States is supporting terrorist cells in Iran in an attempt to oust the current Iranian regime. They want to establish another pro-Western government like the Shah and “try again” where they failed. They have been doing this for decades and it hasn’t been working well. That is why we have seen media hysteria against Iran, and supposed quest to achieve nuclear weapons. Iran is a peaceful nation, and always has been. They have never attacked another nation, and have absolutely no intention of attacking Israel or anyone else for that matter. The United States’ war against Iran is rooted solely to seek revenge for their failed foreign policy in the 70’s and to once again take control of their natural resources.

In conclusion, if you think you can understand decades of history in Iran and Afghanistan, or anywhere for that matter, by looking at a photograph or two, you have absolutely no right to engage in intellectual discussion or give your opinion on anything. Ever.

Let me try a thought experiment here.

Iran is a beautiful country. Cradle of civilisation. Iranians have a right to express their culture.

Now imagine if I came over there and essentially carried out gentrification - bringing over lots of working-class white people into areas of cities, ripping up Iranian shops and replacing them with Tescos and Morrisons. Instead of seeing a highstreet full of cultural Iranian cuisine, you just see row on row of fish and chips and Greggs. Over time these Brits raise families and there soon appears ‘British’ areas within Iranian cities. Now, the Brits have every right to live there as they were born there, and though a lot of them make an effort to learn Iranian and adapt to the culture, a lot of them do not, and instead stay inside their own communities speaking English. The country is Iran. There is Iranian history and culture. Therefore the people inside of it should, the majority of the time, be representative of that Iranian history and culture.

Now do you see where people like myself are coming from? Wanting to lower immigration does not come from a fear or hatred of ‘foreigners’. It is simply out of a desire to see the culture and way of life of your home preserved. 

I hope that offers a perspective on things.

20 Questions Tag

Thanks @in-love-with-language for tagging me. Technically, you’re supposed to tag 20 followers but I’ll tag 7. The rest of you can do it if you wish!

Name: Darya

Nickname: Have none

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

Height: 5’

Orientation: pan

Nationality: British-Iranian (dual nationality)

Fav fruit: Mango

Fav season: Autumn!

Fav flower: not a big flower fan but orchids

Fav scent: idk my mind just went black. Coffee smells nice. I just don’t drink it

Fav animal: dogs!!

Coffee, tea or hot cocoa: tea all the way

Fav fictional character: it’s just because I’ve read this book but Woland from The Master and Margarita

Number of blankets you sleep with: just the one. I have a duvet

Dream trip: Korea!! And roundtrip around Europe with friends

Blog created: April/March 2016?


I’m tagging @mots-et-merveilles @livelikeliz @whennightmarescome @polyglotal @keinejavab @knowledgequeenabc @historyandlanguages

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Royals in the 60s

My favourite British-African Celebs

Models, singers and actresses I grew up with and like now

Malaika Firth (British-Kenyan)

Sophie Okonedo (British-Nigerian/Ashkenazi Jew)

Thandie Newton (British- Zimbabwean/English)

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (British South-African/English)

Wunmi Mosaku (British-Nigerian)

Ashley Madekwe (British-Nigerian/English)

Freema Agyeman (British-Ghanaian/Iranian)

Laila Abdesselam (British-Moroccan/Indian)

June Brown (British-Algerian/ Irish, Scottish, Italian)

Dame Shirley Bassey (British-Nigerian/Welsh)

Betty Adewole (British-Nigerian)