When I hear myself speak French, I look at myself differently. Certain aspects will feel closer to the way I feel or the way I am and others won’t. I like that—to tour different sides of yourself. I often find when looking at people who are comfortable in many languages, they’re more comfortable talking about emotional stuff in a certain language or political stuff in another and that’s really interesting, how people relate to those languages.
|—||Francois Arnaud for Interview Magazine (via gonzomessiah)|
The Iraqi children ‘drinking their parents’ BLOOD to stay alive
Children trapped on a mountain by Islamic State militants in Iraq are drinking blood from their parents to stay alive, it emerged today.
Their horrendous plight was revealed after some 8,000 Yazidis were finally able to escape down Mount Sinjar where they have been under siege from jihadist fighters for the last week.
Those fleeing have made it to relative safety at a camp in Dohuk Province in Kurdistan, where they have told horrific stories of the 30,000 who have been left behind.
Sky News correspondent Sherine Tadros, who is at the camp, said: ‘One man has just told us how he saw four children die of thirst.
'There was nowhere to bury them on the mountain so they just put rocks on their bodies.
'Another man was saying the children were so thirsty, their parents started cutting their own hands and giving them blood to drink.'
1. Your skin may never be perfect, and that’s okay.
2. Life is too short not to have the underwear, the coffee, and the haircut you want.
3. Everyone (including your family, your coworkers, and your best friend) will talk about you behind your back, and you’ll talk about them too. It doesn’t mean you don’t love each other.
4. It’s okay to spend money on things that make you happy.
5. Sometimes without fault or reason, relationships deteriorate. It will happen when you’re six, it will happen when you’re sixty. That’s life.
|—||Five things I am trying very hard to accept (via aumoe)|
The very far north of India, from Kashmir to Ladakh, has been renowned since antiquity for the freedom of its women. The ancient Sanskrit-speakers called this area ‘Strirajya’: Government by Women. The Mahabharata, India’s defining Sanskrit epic, speaks half-nostalgically of the ancient liberty of women, who once ‘roved about at their pleasure, independent’. ‘Such was the rule in early times’; ‘it is still practised among the northern Kurus.’
Uttarakuru, the land of the Northern Kurus, was known in ancient Sanskrit texts as a paradise. In the Ramayana, the Northern Kurus are described as ‘liberal, prosperous, perpetually happy, and undecaying. In their country there is neither cold nor heat, nor decrepitude, nor disease, nor grief, nor fear, nor rain, nor sun.’ Uttarakuru’s boundary was the River Sila, which turned to stone anything that touched it. It was a land ruled by women, where no man could dwell for more than half a year.
Foreign visitors to India repeated stories they had heard of Uttarakuru’s legendary women. It is probably Uttarakuru that became Megasthenes’ ‘Hyperborea’, the Indian land to the north whose inhabitants lived for a thousand years. In the seventh century CE, the Sui Shu (History of the Sui Dynasty) described Ladakh as the ‘Empire of the Eastern Women’. The backpacking monk Xuanzang, who journeyed through the Buddhist lands of India in the seventh century, repeated this lore, noting that Uttarakuru is the ‘kingdom of the women’ where for ‘ages a woman has been the ruler’. The husband of the queen ‘knows nothing about the affairs of the state’, he wrote. ‘The men manage the wars and sow the land, and that is all’.
|—||Alice Albinia, Empires of the Indus (via jokhang)|
"Our women are the better sniper, they have a steady hand and lots of patience. And the best: The Islamists believe that not going to heaven, who is killed by a woman."
YPG Women Fighters of Kurdistan
|—||Eckhart Tolle (via tellmefive)|
When including other illicit activities, its revenues total up to $1.4 to $1.5 billion per year. While this makes it the wealthiest extremist group in the world, it does not make its caliphate model economically viable in the long run. Administering the six provinces where it has majority control (Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor, Salahuddin, Diyala, Anbar, and Nineveh) requires enormous funds and the ability to deliver services to a large territory, home to eight million people (five million in Iraq and three million in Syria).
In areas under IS control, costly repairs and reconstruction efforts are required, including work on roads, electrical grids, schools, and hospitals. In Deir ez-Zor, a province home to 1.6 million people prior to the Syrian war, there were 27 hospitals and over 1,000 schools. Raqqa likewise housed about one million people with 13 hospitals and over 1,300 schools, but much of this infrastructure is now destroyed or inoperable.4 With similar population sizes, the Anbar and Diyala regions in Iraq would need comparable reconstruction efforts.
The reconstruction and repair needs aside, just the cost to run these areas seems to exceed the Islamic State’s income. For example, the official budget for Salahuddin province was $409 million this year, Anbar’s budget was $1.153 billion in 2010, Diyala’s budget in 2012 was $123 million, and Nineveh’s in 2013 was $840 million, totaling over $2.6 billion in Iraq alone. Although the budgetary needs in Syria are more difficult to estimate, as the provinces do not have independent budgets, the amount required would be sizable nonetheless. The Syrian government set an $8.18 billion fiscal budget in 2014 merely for areas under its control to cover food and fuel subsidies and public salaries, among other expenses. If IS seeks to finance its armed expansionist push, it would face a significant deficit, exclusive of reconstruction costs, applying past administrative budgets for these regions. With subsidies maintained, this deficit will be even greater. If IS prioritizes its expansion, this would come at the expense of existing administrative and military expenses for services in Iraq and Syria—and without such services the public backlash would be considerable.
literally all the girls i follow on here are funnier than every popular male comedian i know of
'Meet the Generation of Incredible Native American Women Fighting to Preserve Their Culture' via Marie Claire
"ISIS are afraid to see Women with Guns"
BBC meets Kurdish YPG Fighters