We need to revisit feminist analyses of the use of patriarchy in war, occupation, colonialism, genocide: mass rape, sexual assault, sexual torture & the systematic sexual humiliation of women & men. If we’re going to decisively defeat it, we need to understand how the oppressors use it & its relationship to militarism.
Documentation from Kashmir showing injury & damage from pellet guns: along with demands for the immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all Indian troops & the immediate release of all political prisoners, we must demand the immediate end to pellet guns & live ammo against unarmed protesters.
Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India #StandWithKashmir protest.
By Indian journalist Rana Ayyub: as American human rights activist Jeff Neff points out, “What are described here are not arrests, but kidnappings.”
Soura neighborhood in Srinagar defends #azadi:
“Women holding wooden sticks sit in a street during clashes with Indian government forces in Anchaar Soura of Srinagar, Kashmir. Jalla Begum (middle) says we are here to protect our boys from the government forces. She said that forces carry out raids on our places every night. Hundreds of young boys guard Anchaar in the night to stop troops from entering the locality & arresting the residents. The area has emerged as a hotbed of protests.”
Full story in Al Jazeera: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/kashmir-life-siege-190825132303986.html?
(Photo by Syed Shahriyar/Al Jazeera)
India is going full throttle against freedom of speech & freedom of press. There isn’t the least reason to feel smug about that since ‘whither India’, the US & other countries are right behind headed where Syria, Iraq, & Burma have arrived.
HOUSTON ‘KASHMIR CRISIS’ COUNTER-PROTEST TO ‘HOWDY, MODI’ RALLY ON SEPTEMBER 22nd:
Did Modi & the Hindutva crowd really believe he would get in & out of Houston, Texas without a massive counter protest? “Howdy, Modi’, my ass! When India’s siege & blockade internationalized the Kashmiri struggle for self-determination, it meant that Modi & his minions will face public protests wherever they show up, including Houston which is considered a stronghold of Hindutva in the US.
Kashmiri activists & their supporters are already organizing a Kashmiri crisis counter-protest. Please join them this coming Saturday at 2:00 pm at the Clear Lake Islamic Center, 17511 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77058. If you have any questions, contact Br. Mohammed Nasrullah 713-876-3624.
Tulsi Gabbard’s long associations with Modi & the fascist BJP party–not to mention her associations with Assad, Zionism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, & General Sisi–should lay to rest any suggestions that her campaign for US president is the least bit progressive–whatever her rhetorical pandering to the Assadist & Stalinist cult that has destroyed the antiwar movement.
Here she is in 2014–wearing a BJP noose around her neck–with Vijay Jolly, a BJP official holding up a biography of Modi at an Overseas Friends of the BJP (OFBJP) banquet. The banquet was to celebrate Modi’s election. Recognizing her as a kindred nationalist & genocidal spirit, Modi invited her to visit him in India that year. When she got married in 2015, a BJP spokesperson (& before that a long time fascist RSS executive) named Ram Madhav, delivered gifts to her from Modi at the wedding party. The RSS, is the mainspring of Hindutva nationalism.
Let it be said to confusionists like Tariq Ali who is promoting her candidacy on his wall, that one cannot support her & at the same time oppose India’s siege & blockade of Kashmir–at least without looking foolish. Perhaps they can learn that you also cannot support the Assad dictatorship & Syrian & Russian bombing of civilians & still call yourself a progressive.
(Photo from The Caravan)
India moves from one propaganda & public relations blunder to another. It’s impossible to tell Kashmir under Modi from Syria under Assad or Arakan state under Suu Kyi & the generals.
At long last, the struggle of West Papuans against Indonesian oppression is becoming widely reported on social media. We see what that has meant for the Kashmiri, Palestinian, Rohingya, & Uyghur struggles. Their struggles against exploitation, occupation, genocide are becoming internationalized.
Do you know what's happening in West Papua?Human rights violations largely going unnoticed. https://www.restlessbeings.org/articles/over-one-thousand-troops-no-internet-and-no-rights-west-papua-riots
Posted by Mabrur Ahmed on Wednesday, September 4, 2019