Xenophobia, Fascism and Mass Surveillance in Aotearoa, NZ



Last night, Glen Grenwald, using Edward Snowden’s leaked NSA documents, revealed that anyone in Aotearoa, NZ is subject to mass surveillance at any given point/time - target or not.

This is a massive attack on democratic freedoms and the right to privacy, rights which so many in the West…



i will only fall for the moon
like wolves
and sunsets

howl groans
and how do I
not whole
not that hole
not that tall

l o v e  
/ the negotiation
/ the pacification
/ the carve
/ the unveil
/ the reveil
/ the devalue
/ the development

i will only fall for the moon
like wolves
and sunsets

                     is that sexy?

- Hala Nasr


My models — my private models — are not Hemingway, not Faulkner, not Dos Passos, or indeed any American writer. I model myself on jazz musicians, dancers, a couple of whores and a few junkies.
James Baldwin
One of the most disturbing scenes in Disney’s “Aladdin” is when Jasmine must pretend to seduce Jaffar in order to distract him. The clothing that the animators chose to put her in, complete with the shackles, are all a white, colonial wet dream. And she’s the only Disney princess who’s had to use her body in this way to distract someone. Then there’s this scene in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” where Esmeralda is shimmying her hips and breasts and basically ends with a pole-dance sequence: a far cry from the delicate waltzes and pirouettes that Belle and Aurora dance. The simultaneous fascination and revulsion that Whiteness has for WOC bodies are unmistakably evident in Disney’s posturing of Jasmine and Esmeralda.

The Jasmine Diaries Part II: ‘Exotic’ is not a Compliment

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A perfect example of “desert flower” fetishization/exotification. Women of color are always shown as “others”, they’re seen as women who have to use their sexuality to save themselves (or worse, as people who are just inherently sexual by their mere existence).

We’re putting these sexualized images of women of color into cartoons meant for children, essentially brainwashing them to grow into adults who fetishize non-white women. Gross.

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We will never give in to the prevailing web of conservatism against women in all regions of the world. … We shall not allow fundamentalists and extreme groups to disarm women from their rights. Women will not become the last bastion of colonialism. I am speaking for all the women of the world. We will continue to struggle for our rights.
Mervat Tallawy, Egyptian minister and women’s rights activist

Your death still shakes me to the core, Ali, but your legacy lives on. 
Rest in Power, habibna kolna.

Quick guide to CAIRO


Left Bank; Abou el Feda 
Great place to read and have a coffee. It’s very bright and has beautiful Nile views. I love this place. So chill.

Pottery Cafe; near Om Kalthoum tower, Abou el Feda, Zamalek 
What’s cool is you’re literally chilling on the side of the road (if you’re into that sort of thing). Nile views.

La Chantilly; main street in Korba, Heliopolis 
French-speakers galore.

Greco; Road 9, Maadi

Villa 55; Maadi

B A L A D I - B A R S

Stella; corner of Hoda Sha’rawy and Talaat Harb, Downtown
Dark dusty small bar. Activist/hipster watering hole. Women should never use the toilet, unless you’re into those outside watching your silhouette pee!

Happy Citynear Mohamed Naguib, Downtown


Vent; Asr el Nile St, near Tahrir side, Downtown
Full of AUC hipsters but it’s dark, has a good selection of alcohol and usually has good music. Opens after 6pm. 

Rooftop/Pour vous; 21 Maahad el Swisry, Zamalek 
Dopest view of the Nile. Smoke shisha/eat/drink.

The SnugPort Said Street, Maadi 
Dopest vegetable cafes, great selection of alcohol, outdoor/indoor flow, shisha available. Always heaps of foreigners and expats about. AMAZING service, especially from a waiter called Mandela (he’s my favourite). 

Hotel Flamenco; corner Gezira el wasta Street and Ismail Mohamed, Zamalek 

Red Onion; Maadi 
Kinda pub-like, but very intimate. Went on a very nice date there. Good selection of alcohol and frequented by expats. 


Cafe Riche; near Talaat Harb square, Downtown 
Great food and atmosphere. Beer and wine available. Foreigners and Egyptians alike. Said to have been a favourite for many famous Egyptians, include President Nasser.

Greek club; near Groppi, Talaat Harb Street, Downtown
Food’s not that great, but cheap beer and great company.

Abdel Wahab; Club 88, Abou el Feda, Zamalek 
Great Lebanese food. Shisha available. Nile views.

Tabouleh; Taha Hussein St, Zamalek 
Great Lebanese food. Shisha available. Very cosy.

Hotel Karven; near Marghany Road, Heliopolis

La Bodega; June 26 Mehwar, Zamalek 
Pretty expensive, date material and great selection of wines.


Lidos; Zamalek 
Best burgers at 2am I have ever had.


Nacelle; Pharoahs on Nile Road, Mohandessein 
Exclusive, partying with the elites in Egypt. Need to have gender-balanced groups and book in advance. Around 250 LE entry.

and I loved that you stain like beer

Part 4

and i loved that you stain like beer
not wanting to need the want to
take the road
then fucked it all away
but not before
six amnesia summers came to an
with those
warm leather gloves that time of
U-turns of hope
drawn in Tagamoa’s skies
haunting my horizon heart
out of
demon brick-wall compromise
and became forever

and i loved that you tried so hard
lost your spine in their
scripts, hash and
songs of prayer
with that godamn fantastic
cloud chaos desire inspiring
strumming my ear and

sweaty scenes, tangled
in your eye socket breath
those sober glimpses of
on body
on body

i loved all of your absence
makes beauty
it is not as fickle as them
it will forever be whether we are brave enough
to let it speak

-Hala Nasr

It doesn’t hurt because if you keep hurting the same part of you again and again and again, the nerve endings all die. And when that happens, that part of you goes numb. That’s why it doesn’t hurt. Don’t be proud of it.
Iain Thomas   (via radiumangel)

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