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Saima Wahab stellt ihr Buch „In My Father’s Country: An Afghan Woman Defies Her Fate“ vor

Dokumentation: Is Football Racist?

Following a season in which football has been rocked by allegations of racism, former Premier league defender Clarke Carlisle explores how far his profession has really progressed since the dark days of banana throwing on the terraces in this documentary.

George W. Bush spricht über sein Leben als Ex-Präsident

Trailer: Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Die Dokumentation erzählt die Lebensgeschichte des Bruders von Benjamin Netanyahu. Er verlor sein Leben bei der Operation Entebbe. Durch seine Rolle, als Anführer der Befreiung der jüdischen Geiseln aus den Händen von PFLP und Revolutionären Zellen, wurde er zu einem der größten Helden Israels. So beschreibt ihn der Regisseur in der Pressemappe folgendermaßen:

Unlike many army heroes, Yoni Netanyahu was a scholar, writer, and poet. He hated war—but loved his country. He would do anything for its survival, including sacrificing a promising academic career to becom e an elite soldier. Everything Yoni did, he did “all the way.” This was the mentality that made him into a war hero and vaunted Special Forces commander. But it also separated him from the woman he loved and destroyed his marriage. Yoni tried unsuccessfully to find a balance between a civilian life and the life of a soldier —and this flaw hurt the people closest to him.

(via PJ Media)

Die Reden zur feierlichen Enthüllung des offiziellen Porträts von George W. Bush im Weißen Haus

Über die Fehler von Kony 2012

Die Kampagne Kony 2012 war, mithilfe einer Dokumentation gestartet, musste sich aber gleich mit massiver Kritik und schlechter Presse auseinandersetzen. Aus diesen Gründen fand der 2. Teil der Doku wohl auch verhältnismäßig wenig Anklang. Mittlerweile würde die Kampagne auch schon bei South Park, gemeinsam mit den Diskussionen um die Dokumentation Bully, in die Mangel genommen. Im folgenden Kommentar von Kamari Maxine Clarke wird Kony 2012 im Zusammenhang mit anderen Problemen Afrikas betrachtet.

‚Kony 2012′ and the Portrayal of African Conflict from American Society of International Law on

Gèrard Depardieu mag Dominique Strauss-Kahn nicht

Im neuen Film von Abel Ferrara soll Gèrard Depardieu Dominique Strauss-Kahn spielen. In einem Interview hat er bereits seine Meinung über DSK kundgetan, die wenig mit dessen jüngsten Fehltritten zu tun hat.

„Because I don‘t like him, I‘ll do it,“ said Depardieu to Swiss Radio Television (RTS). Having said that, the actor then went to town on both Strauss-Kahn and also almost everybody in France. „I think he’s a little like all of the French, a bit arrogant. I don‘t like the French very much…He’s very French, arrogant and smug, so he’s playable.“

He went on to add that it wasn‘t Strauss-Kahn’s compulsions that bothered him, but „the way he walks around with his hand in his pocket,“ which, taken idiomatically, goes back to arrogance.

Würde DSK sich doch ein Beispiel an Nicolas Sarkozy nehmen, über welchen Depardieu im gleichen Interview sagt:

„Every time I ask Sarko to do something, he has responded straight away. When I had problems with one of my foreign businesses, he did everything he could to solve the problem straight away. When I call him, he calls me back within a quarter of an hour. He’s the president of the republic, I‘m just an actor, and he rings me straight away. He’s extraordinary.

George Orwell über Pazifisten

Dank Christopher Hitchens bin ich auf dieses, leider immer noch aktuelle, Zitat von George Orwell aufmerksam geworden. Es stammt aus seinem Essay Notes on Nationalism aus dem Jahr 1945.

The majority of pacifists either belong to obscure religious sects or are simply humanitarians who object to the taking of life and prefer not to follow their thoughts beyond that point. But there is a minority of intellectual pacifists whose real though unadmitted motive appears to be hatred of western democracy and admiration of totalitarianism. Pacifist propaganda usually boils down to saying that one side is as bad as the other, but if one looks closely at the writings of younger intellectual pacifists, one finds that they do not by any means express impartial disapproval but are directed almost entirely against Britain and the United States. Moreover they do not as a rule condemn violence as such, but only violence used in defence of western countries. The Russians, unlike the British, are not blamed for defending themselves by warlike means, and indeed all pacifist propaganda of this type avoids mention of Russia or China.

KONY 2012

KONY 2012 ist eine Kampagne für die Festnahme von Joseph Kony. Christopher Hitchens beschrieb ihn 1996 in einem Artikel für Vanity Fair folgendermaßen [via]:

Kony grew up in a Gulu Province village called Odek. He appointed himself the Lord’s anointed prophet for the Acholi people of northern Uganda in 1987, and by the mid-90s was receiving arms and cash from Sudan. He probably suffers from multiple-personality disorder, and he takes his dreams for prophecies. He goes into trances in which he speaks into a tape recorder and plays back the resulting words as commands. He has helped himself to about 50 captives as „wives,“ claiming Old Testament authority for this (King Solomon had 700 spouses), often insisting—partly for biblical reasons and partly for the more banal reason of AIDS dread—that they be virgins. He used to anoint his followers with a holy oil mashed from indigenous shea-butter nuts, and now uses „holy water,“ which he tells his little disciples will make them invulnerable to bullets. He has claimed to be able to turn stones into hand grenades, and many of his devotees say that they have seen him do it. He warns any child tempted to run away that the baptismal fluids are visible to him forever and thus they can always be found again. (He can also identify many of his „children“ by the pattern of lashes that they earned while under his tender care.) Signs of his disapproval include the cutting off of lips, noses, and breasts in the villages he raids and, to deter informers, a padlock driven through the upper and lower lips.

Nachtrag: Kony 2012: a viral mess

Vortrag: Stephan Grigat über Israel, den „arabischen Frühling“ und das iranische Regime