"The myth of religious violence should finally be seen for what it is: an important part of the folklore of Western societies. It does not identify any facts about the world, but rather authorizes certain arrangements of power in the modern West. It is a story of salvation from mortal peril by the creation of the secular nation-state. As such, it legitimates the direction of the citizen’s ultimate loyalty to the nation-state and secures the nation-state’s monopoly on legitimate violence. In the United States, it helps to foster the idea that secular social orders are inherently peaceful, such that we become convinced that the nation that spends more on its military than do all other nations of the world combined is in fact the world’s most peaceloving country. The myth also helps to identify Others and enemies, both internal and external, who threaten the social order and who provide the requisite villains against which the nation-state is said to protect us."

William T. Cavanaugh, The Myth of Religious Violence (via readyokaygo)

"المدن رائحة: عكا رائحة اليود البحري والبهارات. حيفا رائحة الصنوبر والشراشف المجعلكة. موسكو رائحة الفودكا على الثلج. القاهرة رائحة المانجو والزنجبيل. بيروت رائحة الشمس والبحر والدخان والليمون. باريس رائحة الخبز الطازج والأجبان ومشتقات الفتنة. دمشق رائحة الياسمين والفواكة المجففة. تونس رائحة مسك الليل والملح. الرباط رائحة الحناء والبخور والعسل. وكل مدينة لا تُعرفُ من رائحتها لا يُعوَّل على ذكراها. وللمنافي رائحة مشتركة هي رائحة الحنين إلى ما عداها… رائحة تتذكر رائحة أخرى. رائحة متقطعة الأنفاس، عاطفيّة تقودك كخارطة سياحية كثيرة الاستعمال إلى رائحة المكان الأول. الرائحة ذاكرةٌ وغروب شمس. والغروب هنا توبيخ الجمال للغريب"

"Cities are smells: Acre is the smell of iodine and spices. Haifa is the smell of pine and wrinkled sheets. Moscow is the smell of vodka on ice. Cairo is the smell of mango and ginger. Beirut is the smell of the sun, sea, smoke, and lemons. Paris is the smell of fresh bread, cheese, and derivations of enchantment. Damascus is the smell of jasmine and dried fruit. Tunis is the smell of night musk and salt. Rabat is the smell of henna, incense and honey. A city that cannot be known by its smell is unreliable. Exiles have a shared smell: the smell of longing for something else; a smell that remembers another smell. A painting, nostalgic that guides you, like a worn tourist map, to the smell of the original place. A smell is a memory and a setting sun. Sunset, here, is beauty rebuking the stranger. But to love the sunset is not, as they say, one of the attributes of exile.” - Mahmoud Darwish, In the presence of Absence (via nowinexile)


A ‘flower shop’ barricaded against war damage - Beirut .

A ‘flower shop’ barricaded against war damage - Beirut .

yooo-gehn:

tedx:

Ballet brain — TEDxAmsterdam + the Dutch National Ballet visualize the human brain through dance in this beautiful performance from the Dutch event. Watch the whole performance here»

Totally mesmerizing 

euo:

David Oliveira is Portuguese fine artist from Lisbon that has a power to bow and bend wired sculptures where it produces an illusion of a sketch-like look out of thin air. 

euo:

David Oliveira is Portuguese fine artist from Lisbon that has a power to bow and bend wired sculptures where it produces an illusion of a sketch-like look out of thin air. 

kahl-ocelot:

everywhere is a bed if you try hard enough

really-shit:

Newest work by Vik Muniz that creates a large photograph using hundreds of other photographs. Nothing was spared in this project, with writings and backs of photographs utilized as well. Stunning job!

kanyewesticleandthepeasants:

Quick Facts about Guantánamo Bay:
Approximate number of prisoners detained at Guantánamo since January 11,2002: 779
Number of detainees released due to insufficient reason to keep them: 600
Number of detainees who remain at Guantánamo as of February 2012: 171
Number of trials completed since it’s opening: 3
Age of the youngest Guantánamo prisoner: 13
Age of the oldest Guantánamo prisoner: 98
Number of suicide attempts in Guantánamo Bay since 2002: 23
Number of alleged suicides amongst Guantánamo prisoners since 2002: 6
Interrogation methods in Guantánamo include, but are not limited to: water-boarding, physical abuse, forced injections, sexual assault, sexual humiliation,  sleep deprivation, environmental manipulation, violent dogs, forced nudity, using phobias, extreme cold, cultural humiliation, sensory bombardment, stress positions, sensory deprivation, isolation, ect.
In 2010, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson (former aide to Secretary of State Colin Powell) stated that top U.S. officials, including George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld, had known that the majority of the detainees initially sent to Guantánamo were innocent, but that the detainees had been kept there for reasons of “political expedience”, meaning their reasons were inclined towards domination rather than being fair or just.

kanyewesticleandthepeasants:

Quick Facts about Guantánamo Bay:

  • Approximate number of prisoners detained at Guantánamo since January 11,2002: 779
  • Number of detainees released due to insufficient reason to keep them: 600
  • Number of detainees who remain at Guantánamo as of February 2012: 171
  • Number of trials completed since it’s opening: 3
  • Age of the youngest Guantánamo prisoner: 13
  • Age of the oldest Guantánamo prisoner: 98
  • Number of suicide attempts in Guantánamo Bay since 2002: 23
  • Number of alleged suicides amongst Guantánamo prisoners since 2002: 6
  • Interrogation methods in Guantánamo include, but are not limited to: water-boarding, physical abuse, forced injections, sexual assault, sexual humiliation,  sleep deprivation, environmental manipulation, violent dogs, forced nudity, using phobias, extreme cold, cultural humiliation, sensory bombardment, stress positions, sensory deprivation, isolation, ect.

In 2010, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson (former aide to Secretary of State Colin Powell) stated that top U.S. officials, including George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld, had known that the majority of the detainees initially sent to Guantánamo were innocent, but that the detainees had been kept there for reasons of “political expedience”, meaning their reasons were inclined towards domination rather than being fair or just.