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Love these but also hate the decontextualised way these are presented. #DoBetter journalists… via @guynamedgabe
It wasn't just the Soviet invasion. It was US meddling AND then support for the most regressive groups possible. And well before 1979
Those pics of women in skirts at Kabul University make me really angry, especially as it was US+ the 'West' that helped destroy that society
Let's be clear, no woman needs Western clothes to be 'free' but the brutal repression of women in the country didn't come from nowhere
Let's remember exactly WHO supported, armed, funded the most regressive, misogynist groups because....geopolitics! #ColdWar
Let's be clear: these pics of 'liberated' Iranian/Afghan/insert-name-here pictures help push a racist, Islamophobic, imperial narrative
They render those who destabilised society+politics and promoted war in these countries innocent while dogwhistling convenient fears
These decontextualised pics serve the white supremacist far right (and frankly Western mainstream) very well because they are comfortable
They are comfortable because they erase the centuries of colonial history. They erase the recent history of destabilisation and violence
They erase TODAY's violence. Even worse, they rationalise the violence inflicted upon Afghanistan/Iran and more in guise of 'saving women'
AND they help push the Islamophobic 'they hate women' narratives back in US and Europe, feed the racist narrative about 'Western values'
So ENOUGH! #DoBetter!

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Oct 7, 2018
A short thread:

Many in the US can be very insular. And even those who are international have imperial filters so the rest of the world is to be feared/discovered/saved.

This is why it needs saying: Kavanaugh is vile and should never have been confirmed. But it’s a long war!
Also let’s pay attention:

A woman - Nadia Murad -who had been held in sexual slavery and survived and works against SV got the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday.
Women in India are speaking up and speaking out in numbers and in ways that are unprecedented.

And this summer the 377 judgement laid down the principle of ‘bodily sovereignty.’

Think closely on what that means.
Read 12 tweets
Sep 15, 2018
Read this. Personal story: I moved to UK in my 30s. I have paid taxes from day one. I speak English. I am educated. But I keep my interactions to a bare minimum and get full medical checks when I go to India.
Why? Because I know my concerns are not taken seriously. And yes this is after I have been registered at multiple surgeries (because of change in address).
So questions that I know are important (given family health history) are ignored or dismissed.

At one surgery, I got regular lectures from the (English) nurse on the dangers of eating wheat - herpersonal bug bear - instead of actual health advice.
Read 8 tweets
Sep 7, 2018
Reading #Sec377Verdict. This thread will pick up my reading from Page 96 and section on privacy. The first thread upto this point here:
"...within the compartment of privacy, individual autonomy has a significant space. Autonomy is individualistic. It is expressive of self-determination and such self-determination includes sexual orientation and declaration of sexual identity."
"Under the autonomy principle, the individual has sovereignty over his/her body."

Although this section is on privacy, this sentence stands out because of its implications for other areas of civil rights, including future body data rights.
Read 68 tweets
Sep 6, 2018
I LOVE that #Section377Verdict starts with a quote from Goethe (also Schopenhauer and Stuart Mills but GOETHE):…

#loveislove #lovewins
"...the sustenance of identity is filament of life. It is equivalent to authoring one's own life script where freedom broadens everyday. Identity is equivalent to divinity."

"Denial of self-expression is inviting death."

This!!!! This.
Read 43 tweets
Sep 1, 2018
Seeing parts of London I have never seen before!

Yup, security tweet.

On the next table: “but I am the subject matter expert. Do you see the irony.”

Yes I fucking do!
I want to be pathetic paranoid little @MrAndyNgo type writing fearfully from Zone 1-2 for @wsj tonight.

Instead I get London at its best
Read 5 tweets
Sep 1, 2018
He is a lovely man and fortunate to love and be loved so much.

BUT for f*ck sake, there is nothing heartwarming about a super power that does not have basic, affordable, public transport infrastructure!
And yes ‘he could take the bus’ hides a great deal of shittiness about the state of public transport in the US
Surely providing a state funded car or specialised transport service for senior citizens (various places in Europe do this) is not prohibitively expensive or difficult to put in place.

But yeah, capitalist paradise 🙄
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