Race Relations

White proverb: It is you who is the REAL RACIST

I wasn’t going to comment on the Emmerdale Shila Iqbal sacking primarily because I’ve never gotten into it, it seems like a very exclusive white environment that only the most compliant token minorities get accepted into and also because I have no sympathy for non black poc who use the N word but then I saw Anton Du Beke in the news, being treated the exact opposite to Shila, his use of the P word against Laila Rouass all those years ago seemingly having no effect whatsoever on his opportunities and I started to think about other white people who appear to be thriving despite their use of racial slurs and general racist vibe (think Jeremy Clarkson) and all the brown people falling by the wayside, once they’ve fulfilled their hallowed token status.

Shila Iqbal was sacked by ITV bosses when old tweets from 2013 resurfaced in which she uses the N word. This follows the sacking of Marc Anwar from Coronation Street when he was sacked for ‘racist’ tweets against Indians. That’s like Jamaicans getting shit for calling Africans the N word. It’s even more of a travesty when you consider white people consider themselves the referee, when they routinely deny poc’s lived experiences of what is and isn’t racist.

Anton du Beke is still employed by the BBC and looks set for a promotion by the looks of things, his sights set on Darcy Bussell’s vacant seat. The same BBC that sacked Tommy Sandhu for his ‘racist’ remarks against Pakistanis. As a Pakistani, I think he’s a bit dense and a chamcha, or a spoon, doing a great job of stirring things up but a racist? Would that be because Islam is racialised? Was he being racist to Muslims? Cos they’re both brown people from the same subcontinent otherwise. Don’t forget though, white people say you can’t be racist to Muslims cos Islam is not a race.. and yet.

This is the same BBC that platformed a swastika tattooed nazi without challenge on the news. The BBC that made Nigel Farage a household name, the one whose presenters are friends with Britain First’s leaders and downplays terrorist attacks against brown people suggesting ‘racial motive theories’ when assailants were heard screaming ‘white power’ for example. ITV isn’t that much better to be honest. From Corrie’s “more roots than Kunta Kinte” to the Midsomer Murders row (cos poc don’t live in the country, apparently) and more recently Vanity Fair (I switched off the quickest I ever have) to Victoria (empress of my arse), ITV is just as sentimental for the good old days of empire and raping and pillaging and world domination. The stoic civilised white person is just jolly in their jingoism, they don’t mean to offend, they just do. It’s those foreigners who are the real racists, with the real hurtful intentions (despite having little structural power).

White people invented this racialised system of deserving and undeserving. They divided and conquered minorities to maintain it. They devised eugenics to justify it. Some of those divisions are still being manipulated and yet still, white people evade justice for their role in creating and administering it. They still control perceptions of racism and who it does and does not affect. They punish people for it when they are the worst offenders and avoid scrutiny for it, keeping their jobs and privileges, erasing and rewriting narratives.

They must be stopped.

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How did the UK get into this Brexit mess?

That’s what they’re asking, the political journalists. Like they’ve been on another planet for the past couple of decades, or only woke up to vote in the referendum. Theresa May as home secretary vowed to get rid of human rights and in order to do that they had to make themselves unaccountable to the rest of the European union and its court for human rights – a union that was forged to prevent the kind of atrocities Europeans are famed for, against their own neighbours more often than not.

If we were taught history truthfully then we would never have been left with the impression that Britain and its allied forces were fighting fascism and saving Jews. No, in fact East Europe wanted a piece of the action, with western Europe wielding power over whole continents as a result of various empires, Hitler even admired the British for the way they annihiliated entire cultures, slaughtering millions and modeled his empire on theirs. He coveted a ‘new world’ like America, another British endeavour. East and Central Europe was only doing what western Europe had been doing to the rest of the world and somehow this fact has gotten lost in history, the extended narrative around socialism and nationalism deliberately muddies the waters so we forget that it is white western imperialism that is the underlying cause for most of the wars of the past 200 years.

The union was set up to prevent further infighting between Europeans. Collectively they could continue to exploit the rest of the world but they formed an alliance to ‘never again’ turn on each other the way they had during the world wars. Imagine the unease felt by the rest of Europe when Britain decided to cut its ties and become a sovereign nation unaccountable to anyone, the way it was when it dehumanised my ancestors in the name of civilisation. Britain considers itself above the rest of Europe or it is saying that it cannot guarantee it won’t invade neighbouring nations and that’s why Europeans are antsy.

Lisa Nandy, the Labour MP for Wigan was quoted yesterday as saying “this is not normal” as a result of being accosted on the way in to cast her vote and was called a fucking traitor by rabid Leavers loitering outside parliament. The same Lisa Nandy who said “Labour should be a party of patriotism not placards”. She also said “I am very liberal in my outlook around immigration….But I feel very, very angry – like many of my constituents – that the system of free movement has allowed us to ignore the skills and aspirations of young people in towns like mine”. Nandy is by no means alone, when MPs and journalists were busy making similarly inflammatory statements we were on the sidelines booing them and warning that their words would contribute to a slippery slope into white supremacist nationalism, because human beings are just not sophisticated enough to leave it at a ‘debate’. Using emotive language like ‘angry’ then claiming ignorance when it all goes to plan, who do they think they’re kidding eh? When Theresa May said MPs were to blame for the Brexit impasse, Lisa said “Theresa May has trashed our democracy and put MPs in danger” so she knows how drip fed propaganda works.

Pander to racists and they will eventually start killing people, they were emboldened by your divisive rhetoric. You prioritised their hateful agenda and claimed they had ‘legitimate concerns’. Now they’re beating up police officers and bullying MPs under the watchful eyes of UKIP and the EDL and it’s only going to get worse.

The world is a stage and bread and circuses keep us all focused on the Brexit red herring. Brexit isn’t where this began. Brexit is a cover up, as I said many months ago. It’s a convenient smoke screen for more insidious operations. This government has already enacted a genocide against the British people with 100s of 1000s dead under austerity but it went through legal channels so there’s no backlash (yet). Only those personally affected have so far acknowledged its impact. Tyrant Theresa has condemned many others to a cruel death; from those who perished at Yarlswood to those of the Windrush generation, who spent their last moments afraid and destitute having been wrongly deported under the ‘deport first ask questions later’ policy, (surely a grave human rights violation).

This government isn’t looking to enact a genocide, they are already in the midst of it. Pushing through Brexit would just have made it a whole lot easier.

So I put this to the politicos who haven’t a clue, why don’t you? You get paid to seek the truth no? Are you being paid to repeat the party line? Are we in the ‘jump ship’ phase because this venture is doomed to fail? Is the ire of the British public limitless and non discriminatory like we said it would be? Did you genuinely think you would be fine, because you’re white? I genuinely want to know.

Genocide is still on the cards

Conservative Party Conference, Day One, Manchester, UK - 01 Oct 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock (9101397q) Theresa May in the Conference Hall Conservative Party Conference, Day One, Manchester, UK – 01 Oct 2017

Theresa May’s hostile environment has succeeded. Muslims are afraid, asylum seekers are afraid, the Windrush generation and their descendants, the disabled, young people, students, those holding a European passport.. the list goes on. Following her frankly aimless announcement the other day when she shifted the blame for the Brexit farce on MPs, leaving journalists and the general public agog at her impending statement only to dash any hopes they had of resolution or her resignation, we woke up to the news on Thursday that five Birmingham mosques were targeted in a racially motivated terrorist attack. This comes on the heels of a government pledge to double the security fund for religious buildings in the wake of the New Zealand terror attack, following several credible reports that the UK is next.

These apparently random attacks are anything but. Look at the way in which the Brexit debacle has been fanned out to build a sense of urgency and resulting impatience, the rollings news is relentless in its breakdown of every little seemingly irrelevant twist and turn. I’m so jaded by the mainstream news I watch as regular folk are swept up by the narrative because they still think they’re playing by the rules and the comedown they experience when yet again, Teflon Theresa issues a non statement and lives to see another day. She fucked the mandate and survived. Her party, embroiled in tax fraud scandals and electoral fraud continues to hold onto power, despite bringing the country to its knees, at home and on the world stage. Regular folks are plodding by in a daze, completely bamboozled by it all and if they’re criminally minded, as white supremacists are, they’re going to take matters into their own hands. Even her own MPs are speaking out against her toxic narrative, labeling it divisive and an incitement to violence, proving that parliamentarians know exactly what they’re doing when they allude to problematic groups.

Brexit means Brexit they said, which translates to ‘pakis out’. The longer they eke this out the more regular fascists are going to react, because they have been indoctrinated by the media and politicians. Theresa May is a narcissistic sociopath. She didn’t get to where she is through hard work and dedication, she’s manipulative and ruthless. She doesn’t meet with victims of terror attacks, look at the way she treated her own citizens after Grenfell. Even the queen, albeit begrudgingly, rolled up to pay her respects but not the tyrant Theresa. She’s a snake charmer. Her knowing looks down the camera and sneaky side eyes might work on her gammon henchmen but she must be apprehended for her crimes, which are countless. What use are security measures on an environment of her own creation? This is like a really badly written script with no thought for continuity and the only reason it has so far prevailed is because we have let it. Similarly, Farage and his (reportedly) 100,000 strong Brexiteer army are already causing chaos across the UK. Their ‘go slow’ protests on busy motorways are a sign of things to come. This is the entitlement of little Englanders, caked spittle in the corners of their thin lipped gammon traps, who’ll threaten violence against workers striking for better working conditions but turn up like Morris dancers with bells on when there’s some racism to be had.

We can’t afford stuff apparently so 100s of 1000s of needy and vulnerable British citizens have died but throwing millions at mosques because the hostile environment was successful, we’re going to just ignore that are we? Think about how that will impact on fascists. Not because we care about their feelings but because we want to stay alive. Think about this attack on a young person in Stanwell, just going about his business only to be confronted by a horror movie monster wielding a knife and baseball bat. Sajid Javid says he is with us, which is ironic given that his party is squarely to blame for the hostile environment all around us. Add to this the revelation that police forces in the UK are failing to identify almost half of all suspects in racially motivated attacks and you can probably understand why it feels like the worst is yet to come.

Google ‘racially aggravated’ and select results for the last week. These page 11 stories are dotted through national and local newspapers, sporadic and understated so we’re never alarmed at the rate with which they’re happening. If these attacks were being committed by men of colour they’d be splashed all over front pages, given the centrefold, we’d read nothing else for weeks. White ISIS has been allowed to brutalise minorities unchecked and now they’re grown too large to slam on the brakes. I still maintain there simply aren’t the numbers to for one nation to carry this on their own, which is why Nazis have joined forces all over the white supremacist west. This process took years, and could have been prevented.

Intense human suffering is on the horizon. Atrocities we said we’d never see again are billed for the foreseeable. Sadly I don’t think we are going to avoid it. Only once they have committed the unimaginable will we be able to justify a violent retaliation. The Silicon Valley trials has a particular ring to it. I can think of several world leaders I’d like to see rotting in The Hague. I can only hope I will survive long enough to see them brought to justice.

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(One of the comments posted after I blogged on Kiwi Farms and their response to New Zealand authorities request for data)

New Zealand’s National Treasure

In the days since the white supremacist terrorist attack on a mosque in Christchurch New Zealand we’ve seen things that have shocked us, angered us, left us feeling helpless. As the British government doubles the security fund for religious buildings to make mosques safer here, repercussions are felt all over the world as we feel them here. However there is one shining light pouring through the cracks, soothing the almost physical pain at times, and that is New Zealand’s human prime minister. Never mind that they’ve just had a terror attack in which so many perished, I want to live there.

From the way she has handled the victims and their families to the reforms she is firing through and the respect and dignity with which she carries herself, knowing exactly the right thing to say and do, well I’d hang up my anarchist hat for her. She refuses to refer to the terrorist by his name, because he wanted notoriety and I love her so hard for that. She labelled it a terrorist attack, actions that place her head and shoulders above our government and media. She is a just leader. She understands coercive power and control and toxic masculinity, she won’t compromise on her values. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern doesn’t believe putting a scarf on her head, as a feminist, is contradicting her beliefs because she’s not doing it for herself, but for them, those who’ve so cruelly suffered in her nation. I’m sure this tiny gesture would have been so lovingly received, in this world the bar is so low that even basic respect is a radical act.

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I know that my heart flutters when I see her in the news. I feel an affinity with her because she knows right and wrong and how to feel and think appropriately. She’s like Jeremy Corbyn in that respect. I’m sure they would listen to ideas they don’t necessarily believe and could be swayed with logic. I think they’re open to regular people in a way that world leaders the world over just aren’t. The 1% have a lot to answer for.

New Zealand is a place I’ve wanted to visit. Never met a Kiwi I didn’t like. They tell me that it isn’t so great, there are problems lurking under the veneer but then isn’t everywhere like that? Surely what matters is the resistance to these issues? I don’t care that there will always be racists so long as there are plenty of us willing to punch the fuck out of them.

Plus these guys, they’d be good to have on side, don’t you think?

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Love to the people of New Zealand for respecting and honouring humanity.

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For balance (I do tend to get carried away*): a Muslim perspective from inside New Zealand. Sadly it’s the same everywhere

The hypocrisy of New Zealand’s ‘this is not us’ claim

https://f7td5.app.goo.gl/i6eJR

*with other people’s good intentions

Joshua Moon and Kiwi Farms implicated in promotion of NZ terrorist

Kiwi Farms have been linked to the New Zealand mosque terrorist; both Brenton Tarrant and Josh Moon frequented 8chan before Moon was essentially pushed out for having extreme views and interests even the other nazis couldn’t stomach, like paedophilia. In light of this information New Zealand and Australian authorities had requested Tarrant’s data from Kiwi Farms host Moon, who decided he would still broadcast the footage of the massacre despite it carrying a lengthy prison sentence in most countries. Even facebook, that great enabler of white supremacist fake news took down the 1.5 million copies made by users in the first 24 hours but Josh has other ideas.

Such is the entitlement and narcissism of Joshua Conner Moon, this was the reply he sent to New Zealand Detective Senior Sergeant John Michael.

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Imagine making yourself an enemy of an entire country. This is the real face of Joshua Moon, an incel who has been hounding people on the internet for more than 5 years, who’s somehow evaded justice even though he is implicated in at least 2 mass shootings (not including NZ) and four suicides (of vulnerable people targeted for their protected characteristics). I have personally been on the receiving end of this harassment and bullying since 2013, when these freaks were still claiming to be protecting video games from girls and despite my protests that I couldn’t give a stuff about gaming, the abuse was relentless. It has left me housebound and afraid, as if my existing mental and physical disabilities weren’t difficult enough. I almost gave up a few times but I wouldn’t let them have that satisfaction.

I pleaded with journalists and politicians alike and was largely dismissed and silenced because acknowledging white supremacy would have legitimised my activism. Now we have multiple mass shootings and a crisis that could have so easily have been avoided had the mainstream media and the right-wing government heard our pleas instead of punishing us. They said we were entitled attention seekers but we suffered the most. At times it has felt like they’re working together, and I’m still not convinced that they’re not. Lives have been lost and many more ruined, their victims are countless.

For those of us who were able to reach out and connect, to do something, anything, to make these monsters accountable, we smoked them out where we could and identified them (work that should have been done by authorities) and doxxed them the way we had been doxxed. There were pleas from the usual liberals to consider our actions and how two wrongs don’t make a right but when it comes down to it, no one did a single useful thing to help us. Without the power to do anything else, we did what we could to claw back some control over our own lives. For example, in the UK we have the joint enterprise law that could see British users of Kiwi Farms charged with being complicit in a crime even if they did not personally commit it, but if they could have prevented it or indeed if they encouraged it, they can be handed a sentence equivalent to that of actually doing the crime. These ideas have been floating around for a while now but progress has been slow. We can only discuss it, the authorities have the power to act.

I thought to myself, something really deeply horrendously wrong has to happen for this to get the attention it deserves, to take Kiwi Farms and associated forums like Baphomet, Encyclopaedia Dramatica, lolcow etc etc off the internet using guidelines from the UN guide on prevention of genocide, if local laws fall short. There was the shooting in New Mexico but nothing happened even though two victims lost their lives. The attempted mass shooting in Canada didn’t get the attention it deserved either. The self-immolation of Chloe Sagal who felt she had no other choice but to kill herself in protest. The other suicides we know about and the ones we don’t. Now New Zealand has the world’s spotlight on it, Australia too, for birthing the terrorist who took 50 lives, some of them children. There are Kiwi Farm members in New Zealand. In Australia, Canada, the US, UK and across Europe. One report suggests the UK has 5 of the top 10 white supremacist extremist sites based here.

There weren’t too many of them back in 2013, that was the impression I got but platforms like facebook and twitter let them connect. We were suspended and banned for fighting back but they’re still on there. Tech giants have a lot to answer for.

Please do something before they do it again.

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This is the latest dossier on Joshua Conner Moon and Kiwi Farms cyberbullies:

https://pastebin.com/w2XmXVyk

https://archive.fo/N2rvu

https://www.pastefs.com/pid/102480

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https://paste2.org/nb4E5teP

https://archive.fo/msgSn

https://slexy.org/view/s20gtJof2H

https://archive.fo/Bmf6r

https://paste.ubuntu.com/p/RgSX589Xfh/

https://archive.fo/OURfs

https://paste.sh/XS5HgMDe#BGUnefq2MAE2QQmfaPzzuJo5

https://archive.fo/q37M8

Condemn the Racist Guardian and FB Friends

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In the wake of the New Zealand mosque attack a narrative is emerging that perhaps seeks to minimise the causes for these acts of terror. Facebook has taken down 1.5 million copies of the video clip filmed by the white supremacist terrorist as he slaughtered his victims. The Guardian suggests it is “highlighting the enormous challenge involved in keeping violent and offensive material off social networks”. Funny, I was banned for calling someone a rat on Twitter, I’d had previous suspensions for telling someone to eat his own weiner in retaliation to racist and sexist threats and with regards to fb in particular, I closed my account when I’d had enough of the racist threats to rape me, which fb said did not violate its apparently nonexistent standards.

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This didn’t happen in a vacuum, white supremacists didn’t one day decide to say and do all the things they’ve been legalled banned from doing so since 1965 with the Race Relations Act (the act banned racial discrimination in public places and made the promotion of hatred on the grounds of ‘colour, race, or ethnic or national origins’ an offence); this was a long process of normalisation, of proliferation via social media. It was a miscarriage of justice enabled by the institutionally racist police force and crown prosecution service. Freedom of speech doesn’t extend to protected groups, suspensions disproportionately affected minorities. These attitudes were confirmed in national newspapers with even ‘left wing’ columnists claiming silencing and oppression for having bigoted views.

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They enabled violent hate speech by claiming it was not islamophobic or transphobic to spout their privileged propaganda. Where is the inquiry into the causes for this breakdown in humanity? Perhaps the very same white supremacists who created this crisis are still in control of the reins and are steering it towards their original objective, white supremacy, self assured in their limitless power?

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Every time we see a white supremacist terrorist in the news they fit the type; worthless useless antonym of supreme kills people for kicks and white people everywhere claim a victory for white dominance. This clash of civilisations was a misnomer, there is no clash of equal strengths, they’re not crashing together like cymbals, it is a death match heavily weighted towards an historical oppressor. It should have been called the White Supremacist Superbug, its resistance to progression and social justice hypothesised as the catalyst for genocide the globe over.

These have-a-go-at-homicide nobodies would stop if one of their leaders went down for their part in the normalisation phase. Indict Mark Zuckerberg for crimes against humanity. Milo Yanofuckface should face charges not just a suspension from travel to Australia, for his comments following the massacre. Tumblr, for eg, has just taken down all its porn posts, essentially losing 1/5 of its user base yet Twitter and FB are hesitant to do the same with Nazis. It is for this reason alone silicon valley bosses have been slow to react to hatred and bigotry; white supremacy is big bucks, whether off the back of a terrorist slaughter or a good old fashioned war, these greedy pigs chose to line their own pockets over tolerance and humanity. Personally I don’t have a problem with porn but Nazis can die in a fire. I’d hazard a guess porn is a bigger money spinner than racist hate but no one wants to have sex with Nazis. 

We antifascists have been begging and pleading with those in power to give this issue the attention it deserves since at least 2012 and look at where we are now. We are still being silenced, still being oppressed and the architects of this injustice (and I include the Guardian in this for their platforming of bigots such as Suzanne Moore, Grace Dent and Julie Bindel to name a few) are revising the facts so that fb deserves sympathy as opposed to our wrath. The problem is the journalists, the tech geeks, the politicians, they all went to the same schools and hit up the same coke dealer for that good Columbian shit and this status matters more to them then scores of dead Muslims. They have more in common with each other than the rest of humanity. We should be joining the dots between the main offenders and figuring out who went to school with who, and who is in possession of whose dirty secret, so that we might get a handle on this shit show once and for all.

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(Happy Shamima Begum’s baby died after all, I bet)

Lord Ahmed, Pakistani-Indian bakwaas, and a Twisted Firestarter

It’s about 6 months since I was banned from Twitter. I closed my Facebook account 2-3 years ago when I couldn’t take the racist rape threats going unpunished anymore. To say I feel disconnected from the rest of the world is an understatement. However, I am still poring over the news and reacting in real time to the horror show that is modern times. I just don’t get to share my thoughts with as much frequency.

I’m going to attempt to address that on this here blog. I haven’t the strength to write about all the urgent issues as they arise but I could do a round up of my ‘wtf moments’ for the week.

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Lord Ahmed, a ROTHERHAM based life peer (recommended by Tony Blair in 1998) has been charged with the attempted rape of an underage girl and assault on a 13 year old boy. Most people don’t read past the headlines, and the media knows this. Lord Ahmed is charged with a rape he is alleged to have committed between 1971 and 1974 when he would have been between the ages of 14 and 17. Whilst it is still an offence, it is not as clear cut as the media would have us believe. Working as a temp for social services in the early noughties we had discussions around youth sex offenders and whether it was ethical to treat a 14 year old boy with the same contempt as we would an adult male in his 30s. It is illegal to have sex with underage girls, even if the perpetrator is himself underage. However the mind of a 14 year old boy is significantly different to that of an adult male. They’re still growing and learning. Is it fair to condemn a young person to a register for the rest of their lives? Depending on the severity of crime and the mind set of the perpetrator, there’s a sliding scale of offence. Surely the punishment should reflect that?

If Lord Ahmed had committed these offences now it would lead me to question his role in Rotherham and whether he was directly involved in the grooming gang cases and whether he was being thrown to the wolves by the rest of his establishment buddies. As it is, I can only consider the actions of a 14-17 year old Nazir Ahmed, a juvenile, not fully accountable for his actions. This presentation of historic abuse in the context of the narrative; Ahmed was not a grey haired media mogul sticking his fingers in knickers without consent. He should be tried, of course, but not through the lens we’re being handed by the establishment and their media buds. Consider the way Lord Lester was protected by his peers when a prominent women’s rights campaigner, Jasvinder Sanghera disclosed the harassment she experienced at his hands, where he offered her a peerage in exchange for sex. They closed ranks, and refused to bow to pressure, instead casting doubt on her version of events. They did not believe her, as has always been the case on rainy fascist island. He quietly resigned a short while later, no doubt the turning tide threatened to drag him out to sea and he scarpered before it could.

The movements that have shaped our world the past few years are winning. This doesn’t mean the establishment are going to stop perverting the course to justice, their modus operandi is to exhaust victims and re-traumatise us over and over again so that we give up. We mustn’t.

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It’s been a nerve wracking week given the tensions over the other side of the world in my motherland. I have lots of cousins, many of them dotted along disputed regions between India and Pakistan. I’d very much like for them all to live into old age but they don’t seem as bothered as I am by the escalating drama. It took my breath away to see Imran Khan inform his Pakistani parliament they would be handing back the captured Hindu pilot and the sound of their hands drumming the table in agreement seemed historic. On talking to Pakistani born relatives however I was saddened to learn this is how it always goes down, the Pakistani government and armed forces graciously hand back captives and India responds by chatting a load of guff and extending the threat in some sick display of power, as though Pakistan is weak for showing them hamdardi (empathy). India seems to have gotten ahead of herself. Right wing alliances between white nationalists and right wing Hindus only carry so far as their usefulness. India has forgotten this.

Apparently India demanded the cricket association disallow the Pakistani team or they would withdraw in protest, only to be told to get a grip or else pay a fine and face expulsion themselves. How old are you, India? Grow up.

I value Prime Minister Imran Khan for his resistance to war, it is pointless bloodshed. However I am of the opinion that humanity is so fragile and so precious that those who would deny it to others do not deserve to have their own humanity protected. The world must condemn India for its violent posturing, we don’t live in a world where we’ll be kowtowed into fighting for an arbitrary border anymore. We look back at those ‘great’ wars and the loss of life and shudder. We’ve learnt to become intolerant of the intolerant.

Modi must go, moderate Indian brothers and sisters. He is a relic and a laughing stock and is winding back the years. You belong in the future.

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Sad news today, Keith Flint of The Prodigy was found at his Essex home having apparently ended his own life. The sheer number of suicides over the past few years has been unsettling, and moreso to those of us who are battling to stay alive. With each one we’re reminded that even if our problems right themselves, if we’re able to thrive and do what we enjoy, it still might not be enough. I tell myself that poverty, poor health and unfulfilled potential drive my depression and if I could just tick even 2 out of 3 my mental health would be significantly improved. Then I think of Robin Williams, Anthony Bourdain and now Keith Flint, among others, and I’m stumped.

RIP firestarter, twisted firestarter, you gave me and my school friends many giggles pretending to be just like you.