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do people not understand that killing Shias, who commemorate the !!martyrdom!! of their saint 14 centuries later is not a smart idea, do they not understand that we never, ever, forget about our martyrs. have we not made it obvious enough, when we purposely march as 25 million + to Karbala, completely willing to be butchered en mass, or when we purposely issue rulings to go to Karbala when the most sectarian groups are trying to wage war against us, have we not made it obvious? you’re fighting us under pretexts that are lies, and even then, you’re using the wrong tactic. just thought Id let you know.  

PLEASE READ AND REBLOG!!!!

I rarely post on here anymore, but please PLEASE PLEASE reblog and raise awareness of what’s happening in Scotland right now, less than 15 minutes away from where I live. 

The Orange Order (basically a racist, homophobic, sectarian group of Neo-Nazi unionists) and other No voters have started mass riots and violence in George Square, where they are fighting, setting saltires and buildings on fire, singing sectarian songs, and giving Nazi salutes. They have BEATEN UP YES VOTERS, HARASSED AND THREATENED YOUNG GIRLS, BURNED SALTIRES, and EVEN STABBED PEOPLE WEARING YES BADGES/FLAGS. THE POLICE CANNOT EVEN CONTROL THEM. And yet, unsurprisingly, the BBC (Our MAIN NEWS OUTLET) has REPORTED NOTHING. And THAT is why we are RELYING ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO SPREAD AWARENESS, WE NEED YOUR HELP TO DO IT. 

Not only have we lost our chance at freedom, but already WESTMINSTER HAVE WENT BACK ON THERE PROMISE OF MORE POWER, AND INSTEAD ARE TAKING AWAY WHAT LITTLE POWER WE HAVE ALREADY. NO ONE IS SAYING ANYTHING ABOUT THIS, WE NEED THE WORLD TO HELP US GET THE POWER WE WERE PROMISED IN THE EVENT OF A NO VOTE. 

SCOTLAND IS FALLING APART AND WE ARE DESPERATE, POWERLESS, AND SCARED. SCARED OF OUR FELLOW SCOTS, AND SCARED OF WHAT ELSE WESTMINSTER WILL DO TO PUNISH US. PLEASE, PLEASE STAND UP FOR US AND OUR FREEDOM

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD, AND MOST OF ALL, IF YOU ARE IN GLASGOW, STAY SAFE AND STAY STRONG.

We asked New Yorker staff writer Dexter Filkins to talk with us about ISIS, how it compares to Al-Qaeda, the power it now has in Iraq and Syria, and how it’s war is beginning to destabilize neighboring countries. 

Here Filkins gives some context about the divisions in the Middle East:

“The modern Middle East was formed really, all but on the back of an envelope after World War I. You had the Ottoman Empire, ruled out of Istanbul, which governed most of the Middle East, collapsed after World War I and the British and the French basically just took out the pen and started drawing the borders and those are the borders we have today and they don’t represent much of anything other than the whims of the colonial powers at the time. They’re not aligned with tribal identities or religious or sectarian or ethnic groups or mountains or rivers or anything. I mean, look at Iraq. It’s a bunch of straight lines drawn with a ruler.”

Photo by Lynsey Addario/NYT

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I know that a lot if people around the world don’t care but it would mean a lot if we could get this out there, when I woke up this morning after the no vote, there were a lot if angry, hateful posts on Facebook aimed towards those that voted no, it was shameful and a disgusting way to behave, yes a lot of people were upset but there’s no need to abuse your fellow human beings, your friends, your neighbours. The photos are from later on today, the unionists and the BNP as well as the orange lodge, a sectarian group, came out in force to harass and abuse the yes voters in George square, I’ve seen videos of people being attacked, flares have been thrown and sectarian chanting, there are also rumours of a stabbing and there have been both saltires and union jacks burned in the centre of Glasgow. I’m devastated and I have to stress, these people do not represent glasgow or Scotland! These people are not the ones who care about their country and the rights if the people, THEY ARE OPPORTUNIST THUGS GRABBING AN OPPORTUNITY TO BEHAVE WITHOUT LAW OR DECORUM

I can’t bear to look and see what’s happening right now, Glasgow is the friendliest city I know and horrible people are ruining it, if you’re in Glasgow, stay safe tonight and just go home, there are too many dangerous people out tonight.

A revealing light on how we got here has now been shone by a recently declassified secret US intelligence report, written in August 2012, which uncannily predicts – and effectively welcomes – the prospect of a “Salafist principality” in eastern Syria and an al-Qaida-controlled Islamic state in Syria and Iraq. In stark contrast to western claims at the time, the Defense Intelligence Agency document identifies al-Qaida in Iraq (which became Isis) and fellow Salafists as the “major forces driving the insurgency in Syria” – and states that “western countries, the Gulf states and Turkey” were supporting the opposition’s efforts to take control of eastern Syria.

Raising the “possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality”, the Pentagon report goes on, “this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran)”.

American forces bomb one set of rebels while backing another in Syria. Which is pretty well exactly what happened two years later. The report isn’t a policy document. It’s heavily redacted and there are ambiguities in the language. But the implications are clear enough. A year into the Syrian rebellion, the US and its allies weren’t only supporting and arming an opposition they knew to be dominated by extreme sectarian groups; they were prepared to countenance the creation of some sort of “Islamic state” – despite the “grave danger” to Iraq’s unity – as a Sunni buffer to weaken Syria.
The word community has many connotations, some positive, some negative. Community can make us think of a safe togetherness, shared meals, common goals, and joyful celebrations. It also can call forth images of sectarian exclusivity, in-group language, self-satisfied isolation, and romantic naiveté. However, community is first of all a quality of the heart. It grows from the spiritual knowledge that we are alive not for ourselves but for one another. Community is the fruit of our capacity to make the interests of others more important than our own (see Philippians 2:4). The question, therefore, is not “How can we make community?” but “How can we develop and nurture giving hearts?”
—  Henri Nouwen