October 7th marked the 17th year of the U.S. led war on Afghanistan and the launch of the so-called “War on Terror” . It is also Indigenous peoples day — a relationship which was merged on 9/11, but goes as far back as this same date in 1492 when Columbus reached “the America’s”, which also know to natives and their supporters as “Turtle Island”.
In the days following 9/11, the US government began pushing its narrative weeks ahead of its military operation dubbed “Enduring Freedom”. U.S. officials claimed that international laws did not apply to Muslims detained on the battlefield of the War on Terror since they were “terrorists” or not fighting under any nation-state flag. International laws regarding rights of prisoners of war were ignored as the US introduced the term “enemy combatants” into modern discourse.
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Written by @brwnrage
Recent photos released on social media show armed Department of Homeland Security officers patrolling Bay Area Rapid Transit trains. The patrols, BART officials say, are a collaborative effort to thwart any potential terrorist threat, a “standard procedure” that BART riders have nothing to worry about. Continue reading
“Saturday, October 6th, 2018 @ The Oakland Islamic Community Center we will be discussing Imam Jamil Al-Amin’s seminal work: #RevolutionbytheBook
We will have copies of the book available for purchase with all proceeds going to @Imam Jamil Action Network’s continual effort to exonerate & #FreeImamJamilAlAmin the event will be free with dinner served”
This upcoming October 4th will be Imam Jamil’s 75th birthday Insha’Allah. Anyone that would like to write Imam Jamil:
Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin
P.O. Box 24550
Tucson, AZ, 85734
It’s hard to talk about Afghanistan’s recent history without talking about a much longer history and tradition. Those of us who are the children of the Mujahideen grew up on stories of our ancestors defeating Alexander the Great and the British Colonial Empire. When I talk to my generation, who grew up when Afghanistan’s current fighting began, about 40 years ago, they talk about those days with a fervor – our families suffered immensely and sacrificed dozens of uncles and relatives to the struggle against Soviet imperialism, but this wasn’t something that happened in isolation.
We’re Afghans – we’ve been killing colonizers since our history began. Not only that, we’ve been taking down their empires with them. The oldest photo we have of our family was stumbled upon by my father who one day found himself looking at his ancestors staring back at him when researching the second Anglo-Afghan war. A proud moment for a man who prides himself on being from a long line of anti imperialists