When you say “imperialism” and those who complain about a US centered view only hear your words as “US imperialism”..

I’m not Dutch. I’m Moroccan, and a Moroccan with Belgian nationality who lives in the Flemish part of Belgium and therefore uses the Dutch language. Please don’t call me Dutch :)

the13thcatsmeow:

DIASPORA: (POST) COLONIAL VISIONS

So during my final year at uni, I was a research assistant for my supervisor which is part of his project ‘Memory Matters’ that documented the ways in which British-Congolese young people engaged with the urban and socio-historical spaces of (post)colonial memories. 

A range of heritage workshops were organised including a 3 day visit to Brussels. In Brussels, the young people participated in an urban tour of the city’s colonial monuments and a visit to the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA), a ‘Little Versailles’ dreamt by the Belgian King Leopold II to stage the grandeur of its colonial rule. Coined the 'only colonial museum left in the world' it still bears the ubiquitous mark of Leopold II, showcasing a whole universe of colonial fantasies.

When transcribing interviews, participants expressed the ways in which the museum presented the civilising desires and animalised aesthetics of a ‘primitive Other’ through decontextualised and a-temporal visions of an imagined ‘Africa’

'Diaspora: (Post)colonial Visions' is also a witness to the struggle of Congolese activists in London, engaged in long-distance transnational politics.

Below are links to previews of my supervisor David Garbin’s papers on Congolese diaspora

Roots & Routes Congolese diaspora in UK

'Saving the Congo'

Politics of diaspora among the Congolese diaspora in London & Atlanta

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thejewsareinspace:

tamghrabit:

When CNN uses sexism and anti-Muslim racism to get clicks for an article that treats female involvement in an imperialist war as progress for Arab women.

yes christian and muslim kurds and yazidis fleeing from ISIS genocide of their people are really a western islamaphobic imperialist plot, good job, all resistance in the region to ISIL is nothing more than an imperialist american front

Good job in totally not understanding what I said.

thejewsareinspace:

tamghrabit:

When CNN uses sexism and anti-Muslim racism to get clicks for an article that treats female involvement in an imperialist war as progress for Arab women.

yes christian and muslim kurds and yazidis fleeing from ISIS genocide of their people are really a western islamaphobic imperialist plot, good job, all resistance in the region to ISIL is nothing more than an imperialist american front

Good job in totally not understanding what I said.

When CNN uses sexism and anti-Muslim racism to get clicks for an article that treats female involvement in an imperialist war as progress for Arab women.

When CNN uses sexism and anti-Muslim racism to get clicks for an article that treats female involvement in an imperialist war as progress for Arab women.

fr muslim girls who considered suicide when the ummah wasnt enuf

zanzoobamagdoos:

fr mariam , khadijah, fatima, hajar, alla , yall,

fr our communities that hold us, 

recite algebraic formulas against evil eye

2 × al fatiha plus 3 astaghfirallahs =

your eyelashes wont fall out

written with such love and concern

fr when we struggle w them

against islamophobia , 

racism , the revolution

do our dawah n make

dua fr you, me, the deen

thinkin abt the dirty linen

we spent all night

folding with our teeth clenched…

this is fr the muslim girls who are nvr

gna marry  

fr the ones who infuse their every day

w islam but still 

arent muslim enuf fr

the ummah

fr the ones who cldnt wake up

to pray because they cldnt

get out of bed

fr the ones who feel like khadijah would understand their hustle but that imam jones wont, fr the ones wearing hijab because its easier than not, the ones who want to and the ones who are tired of talking about it all again, 

the ones in the short skirts and the ones in the lime green abayas , fr the ones in all black, fr the ones who know how to cover up a black eye before the halaqa, 

fr the times we wondered if rape counts as zina, and if it’s double sins because it happened inside the ummah,  

fr the ones who cut themselves open to feel sumthin already lost

fr the ones who skip prayers to smoke, who dont pray unless reciting al fatiha during sex , fr the ones who dont want to talk abt sex 

the ones holding hands in the mall, not bc theyre cuzins but cuzz they find luv in it, the ones who find revelation in the lines of their sweaty palms after reading poetry, playing music, singin more than nasheeds

this is fr the muslim girls who want more than taqwacore, who are stuck somewhere between gnawan night visions in moroccan dance clubs, beanpies n biryani street corners, the ones struggling to fuse worlds apart into peace be upon you and pieces be into me

the ones who experience violence

bt never said alhamdulillah

who arent humble or thankful or patient

fr the ones who are sick of ur shit

bt are too exhausted to say it

we survive on intimacy and inshallah’s,

our spirits are too ancient to understand

the separation of god n growth, 

my faith is too delicate to have thrown back on my face, my faith is

too beautiful to have thrown back on my face, my faith 

is too raw to have thrown back on my

face, my faith is too magnificent to have

thrown back on my face, my faith

is too magical to have

thrown back on my face,

my faith is too pure. 

too mine,

too nuthin,

too everythin, 

to us,

to have thrown

back on my

face

-ameen

Tonight was one of those moments when Chleuh gather in our home and talk about how they hate Riffians. Today one man who grew up in Casablanca even started talking about how the monster Hassan 2 called them awbach, as if that monster was right. A few minutes after this he agreed Hassan 2 was corrupt. But he seemed to admire how he fought against the people of the Rif.. These are Chleuh who pretend to be friends with Riffians but talk bad about them behind their back. If I had my own home I wouldn’t let them come inside or forbid them to have such conversations at my place. The only thing I can do now is make clear their words disgust me and leave the living room.

Although it’s nothing new I’m always surprised when a Muslim brother first shows his misogyny and then acts as if he’s following a path of justice, as if Islam is like a set of clothes to wear to cover his denigration of women. Progress is when we stop staring at the clothes, see through them and reject unrightful treatment of women when we see it.

Yesterday in #Bredene at the #Manifiesta festival about solidarity I met Angela Davis. After she signed my copy of her autobiography it was not allowed to take pictures. Davis: “Let’s do it anyway.” :)

(photographer: my sister Saïda) #AngelaDavis #feminism #antiracism

Yesterday in #Bredene at the #Manifiesta festival about solidarity I met Angela Davis. After she signed my copy of her autobiography it was not allowed to take pictures. Davis: “Let’s do it anyway.” :)

(photographer: my sister Saïda) #AngelaDavis #feminism #antiracism

#Agadir beach. I miss this place, and all other parts of Agadir (that are luckily not filled with Western tourists). I posted this picture earlier on instagram with this message: May Allah reward the guy who makes it cheaper for Moroccans to sit here, and I think he does what many do here: make things even cheaper when you speak Tachelhit. This is a nice experience when you see how anti-Amazigh racism makes many here ashamed to speak their #Amazigh language. #Morocco #Maroc #Marokko #tmazirtino2014 #rslreis

#Agadir beach. I miss this place, and all other parts of Agadir (that are luckily not filled with Western tourists). I posted this picture earlier on instagram with this message: May Allah reward the guy who makes it cheaper for Moroccans to sit here, and I think he does what many do here: make things even cheaper when you speak Tachelhit. This is a nice experience when you see how anti-Amazigh racism makes many here ashamed to speak their #Amazigh language. #Morocco #Maroc #Marokko #tmazirtino2014 #rslreis

In Morocco

I’m in Morocco since August 18 and this is first time I check Tumblr because of a bad internet connection with Inwi (if someone of Inwi reads this: you really need to do something about the bad connection in regions in Agadir like Azrou, Temsia, Oulad Dahou,… instead of only offering fast internet in places where the more wealthy Moroccans and iromin stay).

I limited my internet use to Instagram, Facebook and a little bit of Twitter. So I have no clue if someone here sent me a message or mentioned me somewhere. Next week I’ll be back in Belgium inshaAllah and I’ll try to answer and read what I missed.

For those who are curious about what I’ve been doing and what I saw in my beautiful Morocco: check hashtag tmazirtino2014 on Instagram.

My favourite moment was in Haha on an aghiyul:

Pause. Time for #henna. (by my sister) #mehdni #hennadesigns

Pause. Time for #henna. (by my sister) #mehdni #hennadesigns

Another tweet list about those useless and (sorry) lazy boycott lists.

Another tweet list about those useless and (sorry) lazy boycott lists.

Bought #Palestinian flags today. A few with normal big size made in London and one that is 3 meters long made somewhere in #Limburg for the national demonstration this Sunday in #Brussels. #FreePalestine #SupportGaza

Bought #Palestinian flags today. A few with normal big size made in London and one that is 3 meters long made somewhere in #Limburg for the national demonstration this Sunday in #Brussels. #FreePalestine #SupportGaza

About the name: Tamghrabit means 'Moroccan woman' in Tachelhit which is a Moroccan Amazigh language.

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