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Mat, 19, Rochester, New York.
I've lived in US, Germany, and Belarus.
Deutsch, English, Nederlands, Pусский

Foreign exchange student in Germany from 2009 to 2010.
Travelled through Europe, March-July 2013.
I have a burning desire to change the world.

I strongly believe that those who realize that we as human beings are born onto a free planet - not into a state, or a society, or anything manmade - have reached a level of enlightenment.

This blog mainly focuses on the Middle East and Human Rights.
I hope you find it very informative.

Most recent photos under the "me" tag

When you plan out your future, you cannot think of consequences - you absolutely cannot. They are what will hold you back from experiences no one else will ever believe.

Other blogs: Libertarian | Personal

Country count: USA, Canada, the Bahamas, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Monaco, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Israel, Palestine, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland.
⇨ Currently in: New York

† R.I.P. †
Tomasz Kaczowka

Died in Line of Duty
16. May 1993 - 24. December 2012 - I will miss you hero.
Matthew Hovagimian
19. July 1994 - 18. June 2013 - My literal doppelganger. I'll never forget our times together.
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Aden didn’t choose these labels - he has been forced to pay the price of wearing labels that somebody else put upon him.

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Please explain to me how what Israel is doing to Palestine is not genocide.
Asked by spookbutts



I’ll keep this simple for you. The Palestinian population is growing. That means there are more Palestinians this year than there were last year. And there were more last year than there were the previous year, in which there were more than there were the year before that. Do you see the pattern here?

In fact, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (hmm, sounds like a Zionist front group to me) the Palestinian populations’ growth rates of both Gaza and Judea & Samaria are around 2.94 – 3.44%. (We can discuss percentages at a later time, once you grasp the concepts of “greater than and less than”, addition, and subtraction.) The 2013 estimated Palestinian population is over 4.4 million. Back in 1948, there were only a bit over 1.1 million Arabs, who hadn’t yet been relabeled as “Palestinians”. See? There are more now than there were then, the exact opposite of what happens during a genocide.

To further clarify the issue, let’s look at some actual cases of genocide. In 1948, there were over 850,000 Jews living in Arab/Muslim nations. As of 2011, there were only about 7,500 left. Notice the huge drop in Jewish population, just as if there had been genocide. In Mohammed’s time, there were Jews living on the Arabian Peninsula. And then there weren’t. Genocide.

Let us also consider the Christian populations of Muslim nations. They are shrinking. Christians are being murdered, persecuted, forced to convert to Islam, and generally being the victims of an Islamic inspired genocide. The number of Christians in Muslim lands is shrinking. Again, using our math skills, that means that their numbers are smaller than they once were, the opposite of what’s been happening to the Palestinian population.

Got it?

*laces fingers together*

My family was part of those Jewish populations in 1948 in Arab/Muslim countries, notably Iraq (also another Muslim country, but I won’t actually get into that because I don’t want to waste that much time on you). I will tell you why my family does not reside in Iraq: starting in the 1930s, there was a rise in anti-Semitism largely due to Nazi influence that later fed into Iraqi Arab nationalism. I want to assure you that it was entirely the fault of the Iraqis (and the Nazis, of course), and I highly doubt there was even one Palestinian that came to Iraq to drive us out of there. Really, unless you can show me some decent records of that happening, then please stop using my family’s history as some sort of cheap bargaining point for your racist diatribe, all right?

The population in West Bank and Gaza together is considered to be around 4.4 million; however, this is not the same as the population of Palestinians living in Palestinian territories. Actually, 17% of West Bank’s population (we’ll put that at 2.8 million) is Israeli Jewish; that’s about 476,000 Israeli Jews, which puts it down to 2.3 million. That makes the Palestinian population approximately 3.9 million rather than 4.4 million. That is compared to around 11 million Palestinians worldwide. Combined with the 1.3 million living in modern definitions of Israel, that equals only 47% of the Palestinian population actually living in their homeland (without considering Israel, it’s 35%). 4.3 million Palestinians are registered as refugees (not including internally displaced refugees)—or somewhere around 40% of the entire Palestinian population.

The reason that there are so many more Palestinians living in the Palestinian territories is because prior to 1948, those ‘Palestinian territories’ encompassed a much broader range of land. The Arab population in 1948 was 1.2 million, but it’s important to note that Palestinian society at this point was much different than it was today—all populations tend to grow quickly with the advent of medical care, larger distributions of water, urbanization, etc. (even with the limited access that Palestinians are today given by Israel). That does not make them any less the victims of ethnic cleansing (Palestinians and non-Palestinians alike have contested the use of genocide and debated about how applicable the term is, what its meaning is, etc. so you can feel free to go ask a Palestinian about that—either way, ethnic cleansing is not debatable). If it wasn’t for Israel, then West Bank and Gaza would not be so crowded and Palestinians would be able to spread out over the land and have access to the same rights that Israelis do. That is simple fact.

Moreover, Israel is prosecuting Palestinian Christians; indigenous Christian populations all over the Middle East and North Africa are targeted, but this is not the fault of Palestinians (especially considering that 6% of Palestinians are Christian, comprising a significant minority).

tl;dr Palestinians are not responsible for the actions of all Muslims, for someone who’s so condescending about math you clearly cannot do it yourself, and you’re a racist


speak of john green within five feet of me and i will snipe you


Viva Palestina


Viva Palestina

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Ads Against Apartheid (AAA) launched these brilliant ads on the Boston subway system this week.

“The ads simply state the facts and are backed up with citations from credible human rights and international organizations, including the United Nations,” said Chadi Salamoun, the president of Ads Against Apartheid, who added that “if the ads are shocking, that’s because the reality on the ground is shocking.”

Richard Colbath-Hess, a Jewish-American faculty member at the University of Massachusetts, and the co-founder of Ads Against Apartheid, noted that “American tax dollars help the Israeli government maintain an incredibly brutal military occupation, which has denied the Palestinian people their basic rights for decades. These ads show what Israel’s occupation and apartheid really look like, and it is important for Americans to see that.”

Read more at Mondoweiss

(Source: fajrarmy)


Fox News being racist and xenophobic as fuck.


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Arabic is the language of the Qur’an, but Arab culture is not the culture of Islam.
Tariq Ramadan (via deenoverdami)

How I got through Ramadan

  • 0330: why am i awake right now
  • 0345: wait where did 15 min just go
  • 0400: I think I'll have eggs
  • 0410: Eggs are not possible
  • 0420: *As adhan goes off* MORE WATERRRRRRRRRR
  • Fajr: Yo i got this, i could last for days without food
  • 1200: if i could eat i would be eating now
  • 1600: is this clock retarded or
  • 2050: oh Allah thank you for all these delicious samosas and pakoras and nihari and biryani and oh my god I am going to die of cardiovascular problems
  • Magrib: *Allaaaaaa~* LET THERE BE FOOD IN ME
  • Taraweeh: stomach can u not

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So, who is the terrorist?


Question: Which country alone in the Middle East has nuclear weapons?
Answer: Israel .

Question: Which country in the Middle East has just recently used a weapon of mass destruction, a one-ton smart bomb, dropping it in the center of a highly populated area killing civilians including children?
Answer: Israel .

Question: What country in the Middle East was cited by Amnesty International for demolishing more than 4000 innocent Palestinian homes as a means of ethnic cleansing?
Answer: Israel .

Question: What country on Planet Earth has the second most powerful lobby in the United States , according to a recent Fortune magazine survey of Washington insiders?
Answer: Israel .

Question: Which country in the Middle East receives U.S. weapons for free and then sells the technology to the Republic of China even at the objections of the U.S. ?
Answer: Israel .

Question: Which country in the Middle East regularly violates the Geneva Convention by imposing collective punishment on entire towns, villages, and camps, for the acts of a few, and even goes as far as demolishing entire villages while people are still in their homes?
Answer: Israel .

Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely kills young Palestinian children for no reason other than throwing stones at armored vehicles, bulldozers, or tanks?
Answer: Israel .

Question: Which country in the Middle East refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars international inspections? ?
Answer: Israel .

Question: Which country in the Middle East seized the sovereign territory of other nations by military force and continues to occupy it in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions?
Answer: Israel .

Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely violates the international borders of another sovereign state with warplanes and artillery and naval gunfire?
Answer: Israel .

Question: What American ally in the Middle East has for years sent assassins into other countries to kill its political enemies (a practice sometimes called exporting terrorism)?
Answer: Israel .

Question: In which country in the Middle East have high-ranking military officers admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of war were executed?
Answer: Israel .

Question: What country in the Middle East refuses to prosecute its soldiers who have acknowledged executing prisoners of war?
Answer: Israel .

Question: What country in the Middle East created millions of refugees and refuses to allow them to return to their homes, farms and businesses?
Answer: Israel .

Question: What country in the Middle East refuses to pay compensation to people whose land, bank accounts and businesses it confiscated?
Answer: Israel .

Question: In what country in the Middle East was a high-ranking United Nations diplomat assassinated?
Answer: Israel .

Question: In what country in the Middle East did the man who ordered the assassination of a high-ranking U.N. diplomat become prime minister?
Answer: Israel .

Question: What country in the Middle East blew up an American diplomatic facility in Egypt and attacked a U.S. ship, the USS Liberty, in international waters, killing 34 and wounding 171 American sailors?
Answer: Israel .

Question: What country in the Middle East employed a spy, Jonathan Pollard, to steal classified documents from USA and then gave some of them to the Soviet Union ?
Answer: Israel .

Question: What country at first denied any official connection to Pollard, then voted to make him a citizen and has continuously demanded that the American president grant Pollard a full pardon?
Answer: Israel .

Question: What Middle East country allows American Jewish murderers to flee to its country to escape punishment in the United States and refuses to extradite them once in their custody?
Answer: Israel .

Question: What Middle East country preaches against hate yet builds a shrine and a memorial for a murderer who killed 29 Palestinians while they prayed in their Mosque.?
Answer: Israel .

Question: Which country in the Middle East deliberately targeted a civilian U.N. Refugee Camp in Qana , Lebanon and killed 103 innocent men, women, and especially children?
Answer: Israel .

Question: Which country in the Middle East is in defiance of 69 United Nations Security Council resolutions and has been protected from 29 more by U.S. vetoes?
Answer: Israel .

Question: Which country in the Middle East receives more than one-third of all U.S. aid to the world yet is the 16th richest country in the world?
Answer: Israel .

Question: Which country in the Middle East had its Prime Minister announce to his staff not to worry about what the United States says because “We control America ?”
Answer: Israel .

Question: Which country in the Middle East signed the Oslo Accords promising to halt any new Jewish Settlement construction, but instead, has built more than 270 new settlements since the signing?
Answer: Israel .

Question: Which country in the Middle East has assassinated more than 100 political officials of its opponent in the last 2 years while killing hundreds of civilians in the process, including dozens of children?
Answer: Israel .

iraq-karbala by ameen2010


iraq-karbala by ameen2010