“These Young People Are Dying to Belong.”

Walking back from the grocery store, I listened to the newest episode of the great NPR podcast Invisibilia. When I returned to my desk and skimmed through the news, I saw just how apropos the episode is. A young Afghan man, a kid really at 17 years, apparently attacked people on a train near Würzburg in …

If there’s one lesson the war on terror should have taught the West by now, it’s that a powerful country’s fear is a terrorist’s greatest weapon. If a population gives in to this fear, it strangles itself through paranoia and violence. It destroys what is best inside itself. Molly Crabapple (via kevissimo)

“later that night i held an atlas in my lap ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered where does it hurt? it answered everywhere everywhere everywhere.” Warsan Shire: What They Did Yesterday AfternoonFriends on Instagram shared this quote by Warsan Shire today. This resonates so much after the horrible violence in Syria, Iraq, …

“Ceci n’est pas une religion.” (via @MoAsumang) Edit: Oh. I just realized that, in the Magritte original The Treachery of Images, the thing about the painting of the pipe is that it’s a representation of a pipe, not actually pipe, etc. On that level, what does this painting/picture say? That attack weapons are a religion but …

What’s the Marking of a Terrorist?

The UN Security Council recently passed a resolution against the travel of “foreign terrorist fighters.” In the face of ISIS, the horrifying terror group that is also recruiting men from the West, something needs to be done about this problem, no question about that. Yet the phrasing of the resolution made me nervous: Can rulings …

It’s worth remembering that the goal of the terrorist is to terrorize, and from that perspective, they’ve been really successful. Falling for Anything – Ta-Nehisi Coates – National – The Atlantic