North African colonial soldiers in France, 1918
This little old abandoned house in my neighborhood is a beautiful sight on a spring day
Haunting portraits of the victims of America’s drone war in Pakistan
Edward Said in an interview with Timothy Appleby (1986) on the question "Can an Arab & Jewish state coexist?"
TA: Why don't you, once and for all, renounce terror?
ES: We're not in a position to renounce anything that confirms our status as essentially terrorists, which is what the Israelis have since the middle 1970s been trying to convince the world of. That all Palestinian acts of resistance are acts of terror. It's blatant hypocrisy, it's a lie, from a state that commands its bombers from a height of 10,000 feet to bomb refugee camps.
ES: Nonetheless, I'm telling you about the image. Images are formed by the media, and you know as well as I do that you're not interested in covering Al Fajr [an Arab newspaper published in Jerusalem], but you do cover random outrages by individuals who attempt to blow up a bus in Israel. Have you ever actually done a body count? Have you? Have you any idea of the disparity between Israelis killed and Palestinians killed? I mean, we're talking hundreds to one...
TA: Why do you think you have such a hard time convincing anybody of this?
ES: Because we are a non-Western people from a civilization that has always been in conflict with the West. The world of Islam has always been a historical competitor, and it has never capitulated. So the one thing people don't understand is, why do you Palestinians whimper? Why don't you go away? Forget it. But we don't.
TA: Maybe time is running out.
ES: They said that five years ago [in 1981] -- the midnight hour. The fact is, every Israeli realizes they have no military option against us. What are they going to do? Kill everybody? So some of us say, WE FIGHT ON. And we keep saying, We're going to live together with you. That no matter what they do, we're a shadow.
TA: It seems quite clear the Israelis are not going to give up...
ES: It was very clear in Algeria. And they fought for what? 130 years? Then they gave up... [T]hey said that about the British in Kenya. Who could have imagined that after 300 years of colonization in India they would have left? They come and they go.
today during lunch a girl tried to tell me that abortion is sinful under all circumstances even if the fetus is a threat to the woman’s life… ok.
A black man rides a bus restricted to whites only, in Durban. In an act of resistance to South Africa’s apartheid policies, 1986.
i like my outfit today // i spent the afternoon taking pics yay