the northern alliance

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[requested on anonymous] sansa stark/sophie turner narrating Histories and Lore : Northern Alliances to House Stark 

the North deserved to be wiped clean of the Boltons, yet my ancestors decided to spare them after their defeat, because they believed that the North couldn’t afford to fight itself any longer. time soon proved them right. when the Andals swept into Westeros, they obliterated all the kingdoms of the First Men, except the North. each of the southern kingdoms fought the invaders on its own, but the North fought as one. 

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A 21-year old woman in Northern Ireland has been handed down a three month suspended sentence for inducing her own abortion through abortion pills that she purchased online. She was reported to the police by her housemates. Abortion in almost all cases is illegal in Northern Ireland and can lead to extremely harsh criminal sentencing. In the wake of this case it is important to take a look at the draconian attitudes and legislation that exist in Northern Ireland in relation to abortion. They are outdated. There is at least one other current court case where a woman may be facing jail time for procuring/supplying abortion pills (which are illegal in the North) for her daughter. And with an open letter with approximately 200 signatures admitting to helping other women procure abortion pills in Northern Ireland, it is clear that these laws are unworkable, unrealistic and illogical. Every woman should have the right to choose, and it’s up to us to reduce the stigma so that women can make their own decisions without judgement, unwarranted criticism and criminal convictions.

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Their eventual marriage is meant to strengthen the Northern/Southern alliance, but Jon Targaryen and Sansa Stark can hardly stop bickering long enough to make peace with each other, let alone their kingdoms. But it only takes a few meddling parents, suggestive friends, and a jealous sorcerer’s magic spell to show this couple that what they’ve been dreaming of has been there all along.

(work and chapter titles from “this is my idea,” off the swan princess soundtrack)

People on here that act like they’re super-aware by going “THE CIA FUNDED AND TRAINED AL-QAEDA IN THE 1980S” are amusing because they’re making these big claims without realizing that the Mujahideen groups that formed al-Qaeda and the Taliban were actually famous for refusing American aid during the conflict and the majority of those groups that worked with the CIA later became the pro-Western Northern Alliance that fought to throw out the Taliban from the end of the Soviet occupation until they finally succeeded by allying with the U.S. forces entering Afghanistan in 2001

But hey, why be right when you can A) be inflammatory and B) assume literally all Afghan fighters in the 80s became terrorists thereby being horrendously racist?

How PTSD Became a Problem Far Beyond the Battlefield

by Sebastian Junger for vanityfair

The first time I experienced what I now understand to be post-traumatic stress disorder, I was in a subway station in New York City, where I live. It was almost a year before the attacks of 9/11, and I’d just come back from two months in Afghanistan with Ahmad Shah Massoud, the leader of the Northern Alliance. I was on assignment to write a profile of Massoud, who fought a desperate resistance against the Taliban until they assassinated him two days before 9/11. At one point during my trip we were on a frontline position that his forces had just taken over from the Taliban, and the inevitable counterattack started with an hour-long rocket barrage. All we could do was curl up in the trenches and hope. I felt deranged for days afterward, as if I’d lived through the end of the world.By the time I got home, though, I wasn’t thinking about that or any of the other horrific things we’d seen; I mentally buried all of it until one day, a few months later, when I went into the subway at rush hour to catch the C train downtown. Suddenly I found myself backed up against a metal support column, absolutely convinced I was going to die. There were too many people on the platform, the trains were coming into the station too fast, the lights were too bright, the world was too loud. I couldn’t quite explain what was wrong, but I was far more scared than I’d ever been in Afghanistan.

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