A 75-year-old man stabbed to death yards from his home may have been targeted in a racially motivated attack, according to police.
Mohammed Saleem, who used a walking stick, was stabbed three times in the back as he returned home from prayers at his local mosque in Small Heath, Birmingham, on Monday night.
The blows were struck with such violence they penetrated to the front of his body.
The father of seven also had no defensive wounds in what has been described as a swift, vicious and cowardly attack by the man leading the murder investigation, Detective Superintendent Mark Payne of West Midlands police.
Officers want to trace a white man, aged 25-32, of medium height and build, spotted on CCTV footage running near the scene of the attack around the time it happened, just before 10.30pm.
Police also want to trace a seven-seat people carrier captured on CCTV, driving near the mosque with the two male occupants, both white and in their 30s, who are considered “significant witnesses”.
In an emotional family appeal on Thursday, two of Saleem’s daughters, Shazia Khan, 45, and Nazia Maqsood, 44, called for the attackers to hand themselves in. They tearfully described their father as a “widely respected member of the community” and “much-loved”.
For just a minute, can we talk about how fucking broadcasted this would be if it was a Christian walking out of church?
The dictionary definition of terrorism states it is “The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.”
So why aren’t anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant attacks ever referred to as terrorist attacks? They seem to fit the dictionary definition perfectly.
This hurts my heart. :/
In the autumn of 2005, Najaf Shokri was on his way to work when he made an intriguing discovery in a rubbish bin near his house in downtown Tehran. The bin, outside a branch of the National Civil Registrations Organisation, was filled with old national identification documents, all issued in 1942 and long expired.
Shokri decided to create an art project out of his find, a collection of ID photographs that documents a generation. Shokri called the project Irandokht - “daughter of Iran” - after he noticed so many women by that name among the documents. It used to be a common first name in Iran.
Before their replacement with more modern ID cards, Iranian identification documents consisted of four-page birth certificates issued without photographs. A holder was required to add a photograph to the document before using it for various legal purposes such as marriage, the national university entrance examination (known as the concours), or voting. Though the documents Shokri found were issued in 1942, the images in Irandokht are largely drawn from the period between the late 1950s and the late 1970s, when most of the women pictured added their photographs to their IDs.
Between 1950 and 1978, women’s roles in Iranian society transformed dramatically. The middle class rapidly expanded, and women from different backgrounds found their way into schools and the job market. Basic primary education, once the preserve of the economic elite, spread to much of the populace. Young women in Iran’s cities either removed their hijab or never wore it in the first place.
“One can see the history of the era in these faces,” Shokri says. “Many of these women had mothers who were born to rural or small-town families but were married to men who came from the cities. The urban population was expanding and life was changing. It seems despite the fact that many of these families came from more traditional backgrounds they were in the process of adapting to the more westernised life of the big cities.”
A popular term from the early 1920s through the early 1940s, during the country’s preceding surge of modernisation, Irandokht is now out of fashion both as concept and name. But that’s in part exactly why Shokri chose it for his project.
“I wanted to transform expired private documents into public heritage,” he says. Irandokhts, the daughters of Iran, remind us of a past - in fact not so distant - when the Middle East had a different face. via theguardian
Their beautiful faces. This should have a MILLION notes.
I present the most badass gifset on Tumblr.
Legitimately turned on by this
This is the best thing.
Why this cartoon is the best cartoon.
My god, the movie even fucked THIS up. And there’s STILL going to be a sequel. Fucking Shyamalan. Can we please just make him a persona non grata for this series? Like legit?
A sequel…oh HELL NO
Trayvon Martin is murdered in cold blood and his past (which consists of…what? Pictures of guns? Smoking weed?) is brought up to muddy his name.
“But we live in a post-racial society! Barack Obama! The blacks are doing so well!”
A woman is raped and her sexual history is dragged all around so that people know she was asking for it.
“But women got the vote in 1920! Madonna’s worth a billion dollars! We don’t need feminism! Men’s rights!”