By the way the whole “US supporting Islamist extremist groups to destabilize/overthrow a Middle Eastern government it doesn’t like” thing that destroyed Afghanistan and led to the rise of the Taliban is happening again right now in Syria, where the US has been providing money, weapons, and training to extremist Islamist rebels including the literal al-Qaeda branch currently running Idlib who are celebrating the Taliban retaking Afghanistan on Twitter. You don’t want another country to look like Afghanistan in 20 years? Get the US the fuck out of Syria.
posters by Syrian graphic artist Burhan Karkoutly, from the Palestine Poster Project archives
(they read respectively - Long Live Solidarity with Palestine, The Palestinian Revolution Lives, Jerusalem Is Ours - Victory Is Ours, November 29 - International day of solidarity with the Palestinian people)
The Damask rose is one of the oldest rose varieties that has been always linked to the memory and identity of Damascus. In 2015 it was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List. Syrians have historically used the rose to make jams and rose syrup for the drink شراب الورد
as arabs, we see little to no representation in media and when there is, it's often offensive caricatures and stereotypes. we can't fix the world with one art tutorial, but educating more artists will hopefully make a difference.
most importantly: if you have a question about the arab world, or arabic culture, ask an arab!
arabs feel free to add onto this, nonarabs please reblog!
This is only a fraction of the issues the world is facing. This is not to say that Muslim’s are only facing hardship, I am simply trying to raise awareness about these specific countries. This post doesn’t cover all of it. Our brothers and sisters in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Albania, Kurdistan and so many more are still suffering. These are beautiful countries that are masked by war and famine.
All I hope from each of you is that you learn something new each day. If you’re reading this right now it is likely you come from a place of privilege. Use that privilege to educate yourself and stay informed on the issues this world is facing today.
Pyramid-shaped mound holding 30 corpses may be world's oldest war monument
A huge burial mound holding the corpses of at least 30 warriors in Syria could be the oldest war memorial ever discovered, dating back at least 4,300 years at the now submerged site of Tell Banat, said a team of archaeologists.
The memorial is also the first example of a particular type of monument described in ancient inscriptions from Mesopotamia in which the bodies of either enemies or local battle dead are piled up to form a highly organized structure.
This discovery also shows "that ancient people honored those killed in battle, just as we do," Anne Porter, a professor of ancient Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto, said in a statement. "We do not know whether they were the victors or the losers of that battle. We do know that they [the people from Tell Banat] took the bodies of the dead from some other place, perhaps long after the event, and interred them in a huge mound that was visible for miles around," Porter said in the statement. Read more.
“I hope one day you’ll see our culture on TV and not our trauma. I hope one day you’ll click on links to visit our countries and not mutual aid funds. I hope one day the skies will stand still above our homelands and the only thing that makes loud noise in the air is laughter.”