north east africa

theguardian.com
Novel about Jewish-Palestinian love affair is barred from Israeli curriculum
Government accused of censorship after reportedly saying the award-winning Borderlife by Dorit Rabinyan risked damaging the ‘identity of the nation’

Was reminded of this shit recently, nothing is gonna promote mingling more than turning an entire identity into “fuck you, parents”. 

theguardian.com
Women warriors: story of Khatoon Khider and her Daughters of the Sun
Khatoon Khider used to be a popular Yazidi singer. Now she’s the head of an all-women battle unit with Isis in its sights. By Emma Graham-Harrison
By Emma Graham-Harrison

After what happened to Yazidi women and girls, I decided to stop singing until I take revenge for them,” she says. “Maybe I will go back to music, but I think this job as a soldier will be a long one.”

(As a side note: There’s dozens and dozens of these sorts of stories that are constantly mailed to me. I am usually uncomfortable posting them, as there’s a legitimate case to be made that they are wartime propaganda. Most I’ve seen have been poorly written, poorly sourced, and slanted to encourage cheerleading over critical thinking. What sets this one apart for me is its in-depth interviewing, and focus on who she is as a person over the ‘ISIS/ISIL/Daesh fears women’ narrative.)

(thanks to Becca for sending this in!)

Reince Priebus is Trump’s White House Chief of Staff. This is his statement on Trump neglecting to mention the Jewish or any other specific victims of the Holocaust. This is how they turn a targeted genocide into “something that happened.” A majority of Jews in Europe and enormous numbers of Jews in the Middle East and North Africa were murdered because of the Nazis during the Holocaust. Erasing that fact is antisemitism. Telling Jews to shut up about our own genocide is antisemitism. If you want to talk about the other victims, mention who they were. Don’t universalize. Don’t omit. The Holocaust was not universal. To pretend otherwise is Holocaust Revisionism and Holocaust Denial. Do not normalize it.

Appreciation post for wlwoc

wlwoc who almost never get recognized. Middle eastern wlw, North African wlw, Arab wlw, Jewish wlw, Saudi Arabian, Jordanian, lebanese, palestinian, Egyptian, kuwaiti, Sudani, Iraqi, Iranian, Syrian, turkish, kurdistani, and every other middle eastern-north African country that I haven’t mentioned (and all the countries that aren’t middle eastern or North African but are full of wlwoc who never get recognition). ya’ll are amazing and don’t deserve the homophobia/transphobia you’re given. sincerely Yours, An Arab wlw who wishes there was more representation of us

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THIS IS THE MIDDLE EAST.. BEAUTIFUL, FUN, NORMAL PLACE & BEAUTIFUL, FUN, NORMAL PEOPLE. NOT SOME RANDOM NONSENSE YOU SAW ON GOOGLE IMAGES OR FOX NEWS OR BREITBART OR WHEREVER TF YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION. 

PS. YES WE HAVE MODERN BEAUTIFUL CITIES, WE ALSO HAVE BEAUTIFUL AMAZING BEACHES, AND WE ALSO HAVE INCREDIBLE MOUNTAINS AND SNOW.

Eclipses in 2017

10th/11th February: Penumbral lunar eclipse, visible in Europe, most of Asia, Africa, North&South America

26th February: Annular solar eclipse, visible in South&West Africa, most of South America

7th/8th August: Partial lunar eclipse, visible in most of Europe, most of Asia, Australia, Africa, East of South America

21st August: Total solar eclipse, visible in West of Europe, North&East Asia, North&West Africa, North America and top of South America

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Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church - Cairo, Egypt

The church is located on Cleopatra Street in the Heliopolis district of Cairo