One of those blog statistics sites reports that this month 7.6 thousand people read my blog where I repost my FB posts. That would be really gratifying if I didn’t think a good share of them were FBI, Zionist, or Hindutva bots & agents.

Saw a little girl on the sidewalk doing hip hop to Frank Sinatra’s dirgeful version of “Have Yourself a Merry Merry Christmas”. Usually his version makes you want to throw yourself under a train. The little one deserved the Christina Aguilera rendition that puts some jazz into the song which in the best of times ain’t great.

Just a reminder that Kashmiris have been the vanguard of the struggle against Indian fascism & are not opportunistically hopping on the current protests in India for the ride. This billboard on the New Jersey Turnpike was up in early October & remained up for a month right in front of the Newark Airport. It specifically links the occupation to Indian fascism.

It should be said without batting an eyelash that the educational work Kashmiris have done for years around India’s occupation has done more to alert Indians & inform international human rights & antiwar activists about the character of Indian fascism than any other individual or organization in the entire universe. Once you understand that, you can begin to understand the imperative of integrating support for Kashmiri self-determination & opposition to the occupation with the struggle against legalizing persecution of Muslims in India. Kashmiris should be respected as part of the political leadership of the movement against Indian fascism, not regarded as hangers-on to the movement in India.

(Photo shared by many Kashmiris, photographer unknown)

If anyone wonders why I don’t share posts directly from the walls of others, it’s because Facebook so frequently makes them inaccessible or deletes them in that form. They still delete some of them when posted by me but it’s my way of trying to outsmart the censors.

“The first eleven lines below are taken straight from Samih al-Qasim’s poem “The Ugliest of Words” (Aqbah al-kalimat). The rest follow naturally. Al-Qasim was one of Palestine’s most fearless poets and died only recently, in August 2014.

What should I do with the strongest
of English words—
The fiercest of French stereotypes—
The cruellest of German blows—
The ugliest of Hebrew terms—
The most horrible sound in Arabic—
The most dreadful word in Hindi—
The most sinister words in the home minister’s sparse English—
“Illegal immigrant”.”

–Jairus Banaji

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern may support the brutal occupation & lockdown of Kashmir but Kashmiri solidarity in NZ is active & ongoing. It was just a day or two ago they held another educational forum about Kashmir as they have held a few rallies. We’d like to hear Ardern’s views on India’s legalization of persecuting Muslims. Those crocodile tears she spilt for media over the Christchurch massacre are beginning to look a lot like grandstanding, maybe more to protect the tourist industry than to defend Muslims.