This is Afghanistan

  1. Why I want a husband from Afghanistan and not from the West (Post #4)

    by Shamayel Shalizi

    Disclaimer: Please forgive the terribly heterosexual/cis-gender nature of this post, I had to lean into one side of my bisexuality over the other to allow this synthesis.

    Afghan men are not all trash. I was raised by Afghan men, and amongst Afghan men. Don’t get me wrong, Afghan women have done a lot- but the bulk of me being the way I am was done by my Boba, an Afghan man, and my brothers, Afghan men. I have written about this extensively on IG on Blingistan, and on my personal account, so pardon for the repetition. For the people that are new here, yes, I was unconventionally raised by a house full of men in Kabul, Afghanistan. I am only this outspoken because of Afghan men. I am only this patriotic because of Afghan men. I am only me, because of Afghan men. If you vibe with anything I say, guess what? You agree with a lot of the Afghan men I know and love. Afghans are not a monolith, duh, that is the premise of this online loya jirga/e-majlis.

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  2. Magical Nadeeda, and Why Misrepresentation Matters (Post #5)

    by Shamayel Shalizi

    For context, I just got finished with a procedure at the hospital, and my right arm is not functioning but I dragged myself to the god damn virtual screening and panel about the United States of Al because I had to see what these people had to say for themselves.

    To think we live in a vacuum is cognitive dissonance- the audience of United States of Al are the same people whose tax money fund the killing of our people in Afghanistan. If you keep feeding them misleading, cartoonishly over-simplified narratives that continue to normalise and justify colonial occupation, what do you think that does but sustain the status quo within the West’s Orientalised imagination of “the Middle East” (Middle East who? We border China) that is the lifeblood of the manufactured consent for the war machine that’s been rolling for the past two decades now? This is textbook propaganda in direct support of the killing of our people. 

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  3. Guest Submission: The Current State of Ghazni (Post #11)

    by Guest Submission

    The security is getting worse day by day, we were actually hopeful that the "peace" talks between the government and the Taliban would bring some kind of peace or at least a ceasefire for a while- we are so tired of all this! but that has been a disaster. The delegates from both sides are having the time of their lives staying at fancy hotels in Qatar while the people of this country are getting slaughtered like sheep. Bad news is coming from every corner of Afghanistan, news of blasts, skirmishes, police brutality... that has killed our people.

    Here, it is actually better to not listen to the news. Whatever is happening in your own area is enough news to deal with. Like in our area, Shalez/ شالیز, there has been conflicts and fights almost every day. Shalez is about 20 minutes south of Ghazni city, to the west side of the Paktika - Ghazni highway. This highway has become a living nightmare for us all: there are police checkpoints alongside the paved road for “security”, they say, but actually it’s for taxing the cargo trucks and fighting with the Taliban. Neither of which benefits us every day folk nor our “security”.

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  4. A Humble Attempt at Hope (Post #14)

    by Shamayel Shalizi

    #14 15 August 2021 by Shamayel Shalizi   I was sitting in my then girlfriend’s apartment in Sarajevo, as I made arrangements for my father’s funer...
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  5. The Fetishisation of Nadia Nadim (Post #13)

    by Shamayel Shalizi

    You know what this refugee narrative is really used for? To perpetuate capitalism. Mhm. The C word. Because when we talk of Nadia’s story, we are never saying “oh I can’t believe she had to flee war, I wonder how she’s doing emotionally?” or “what’s that like?” or “WHY IS THERE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN? What’s happening there?” Yes she may have “overcome” but let’s not let any more daughters have to go through what she did to actualise their dreams. It’s like one of those “heartwarming” stories where little kids sell lemonade to pay for their medical bills which only begs the question...why must they do this? This system isn't real! We don’t need to be doing any of these things.

     

    There’s definitely layers of slut shaming to this whole situation as well. Because I see all of the Western Muslims, like Khaled Beydoun, who spend their time trying to pander to the whites, on how they’re religion isn’t scary, using Nadia as some kind of emblem of pious-ness. That makes my internal alarms go off. Are we only allowed to exalt sexless women?

     

    watandaar: countrywoman

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  6. The True Oppressors of Brown Women are White Men: A Case Study from Berlin, Germany (Post #10)

    by Shamayel Shalizi

    Though the liberation of Afghan women (and other non-white women) looks very different than what the West portrays it as/bases their invasion on, there are still many problems in the country- more than ever before. What else would happen after 50 years of war and foreign involvement? Patriarchy is GLOBAL, no doubt about that, but incorporating the voices of BIPOC/BAME women is the ONLY way to liberation. How do we make you listen!?
    "Come to Germany to be "free", but we WILL oppress you and prevent you from being "free"'. It's just such a perfect metaphor. To me, Herr Oppressor sounds more fitting of the adjectives given to our people: "backwards", "barbaric" and close-minded. And this man is from the same stock of people who runs around the world invading countries, dropping bombs, and stealing resources, in the name of "progression". We come and live in these people's countries for safety only to find the most miserable people- happy and secure people do not act like this. 
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