In a dictatorship, you need a sense of humor

Recently someone suggested to me that I ‘look at the bright side’ of living under a totalitarian dictatorship because not everything under authoritarianism can be portrayed as macabre. I find this comment to be almost charming in its naivete but nonetheless point taken, one can’t be seething in revolutionary anger and contempt for the status quo 24/7. So here are some ‘jokes’ xD

What do you have to say to the neocolonialist bureaucrat in order to get them to sell out their own people? Not much, all you have to do is write some numbers on a piece of paper! (cue laughter)

How manny Gambian bureaucrats does it take to put in a lightbulb? Well first they will give an interview about how they plan to increase infrastructure and development of new technologies that might screw in the lightbulb. Then thats it, the lightbulb never gets put in but they will constantly talk about how we are moving towards becoming a society where the concept of putting in a lightbulb and actually having it work might be a possibility.

Knock Knock!

Dictator: Who is there?

Democracy!

Dictator: Democracy who!? This is a mistake,  I didn’t order any democracy!

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By fatimafreedomfighter

Sarcastic Tuesday: Saran Wrap Burka of the Mind

Wrap me up

In a Saran Wrap Burka

For all the world to see my modesty

It means nothing more than an imposition

If its not my decision

Because True religion comes from within

Heart, mind, soul.

All these things you cannot see, yet you proceed to judge me

By fatimafreedomfighter

Welcome to Arabia!

There are so manny inaccurate caricatured connotations with being from the ‘East’ (East being relative to the Western American perspective). The erliest memory I have of the Western view of the East is from watching Disney movies. I get that Disney movies are made for children and cant be expected to be accurate in every fact, yet if Disney movies dont prey on pre-existing western stereotypes and fears then they must contribute to the general misconceptions about the non western world. The non western world is chucked into two sweeping generalizations: Asian and Arabians. For example the movie Aladdin takes place in ‘Arabia’ but what does that mean? Aladdin actually takes place in an amorphous nation that is a mesh of all the middle eastern stereotypes you can thing of.  Furthermore Disney has a dismal track record when it comes to portraying non-white characters for example the practice of darkening the skin of the ‘bad guys’ in the movie thus implicating a link between dark skin and being evil or of poor moral characters. The following poem is a play on the intro song in Disney’s Aladdin.

Oh I come from a place,

From a far away place,

Where the dastard turban men roam,

Where the Women, all in sheets

Live covered, head to feet

It’s misogynistic

But hey, It’s home!

Where men from the West, with blue eyes

And finely dressed

Come to teach the wonders of Christendom

Yet,

Such kind men left

With arms cut off, accused of theft,

Bearing new stumps from the wrist up!

And now of Civility, they speak no more

Or their tongues be cut out

From the base of the mouth

Oh we Bedouins despise blasphemy!

Yet and still, I urge

That you come and be purged

Of all formality which you once knew

Arabian Niiiiiiiiights, with Ramadan Half moooooons

You better move Fast

If you want to last;

And keep appendages intact,

In Arabian Land.

By fatimafreedomfighter

The Illuminati deleted my posts…jk…no seriously though.

One fine morning, inspiration struck me to make a few new posts and I quite literally choked on my pulpy OJ when I realized that ALL OF MY FRIGGIN POSTS ARE GONE! FINITO! Now, unless I have so much internalized racism that I sleepwalk and delete all my own posts without being aware of it, something very fishy is going on here. Now now, I might be keen on conspiracy but you must admit that its probably not an ‘accident’ that my other site on blogger was also wiped clean. If in fact my blogs have been targeted on purpose then I’m quite proud to be annoying all the right people. In that sense it is a crooked compliment but the worst of it is I’m not sure if I can get back those previous posts considering that I never thought to save them in another format 😦

Yet I am reminded that by comparison to the THOUSAND people who have gone missing and been imprisoned in Gambia for speaking out against the government, a few deleted posts is an infinitesimal price to pay. So long story short, I’m going to have to get really creative with my passwords and back everything up but more posts to come. You know why I love the internet, it’s free transfer of information baby! You shut a site down and it can be back up in a matter of hours.

Spread the word: THE INTERNET HELPS KILL DICTATORSHIPS!!!

By fatimafreedomfighter