|Celebrating A Killing|
|MAN is shot in the head, and
joyous celebrations break
out 7,000 miles A away.
Although Americans are in
full agreement that the
demise of Osama bin Laden is a good
thing, many are disturbed by the revelry.
We should seek justice, not
vengeance, they urge. Doesn´t this lower
us to "their" level? Didn´t the Rev Dr
Martin Luther King Jr say, "I will
mourn the loss of thousands of precious
lives, but I will not rejoice in the death
of one, not even an enemy"? (No, he did
not, but the Twitter users who popularised
that misattributed quotation last
week found it inspiring nonetheless.)
Why are so many Americans...|
|THE FORCE OF
|WATCHING the talk
shows, thinking about
the tumultuous last
reflecting on the death
of Osama bin Laden, I feel grateful
for many things but not least this:
the invisibility of the heroes.
For once it is the deed itself that
speaks. The deed, so often lost in
this age of celebrities and reality
shows and Donald Trump´s monumental
ego, stands unadorned. In
its daring, its professionalism and
its effectiveness, the deed is there,
making words look cheap.
The deed was that of the 79 US
commandos, who have met with
President Obama, and who are
known to one another, but are
unknown to us. For secrecy is their
Dispatched from Jalalabad,
Film world´s past & present
meet at Cannes
THE 64th Cannes Film Festival, theatre of carefully plotted ceremonies and killer competition, is built in a seismic zone – anything can happen – and the ghosts of festivals past, even those who didn´t obey the protocol...
|For Aquino, politics is a
vehicle for change |
|BENIGNO Simeon "Noynoy" C. Aquino III has always viewed politics as a necessary vehicle for change, a perspective he formed early in life through the examples set by both of his parents. In 1998, he ran for a seat in the House of Representatives and won. He would serve as Congressman of the 2nd District of Tarlac until 2007. In his nine years at the Lower House, Noynoy focused on the fiscalizing role of a legislator. He felt that there were already too many laws, and good ones at that, but they seemingly lacked proper implementation. He concentrated on crafting laws that would help create opportunity rather than impose additional burdens to those who...
|Spielberg to honour
during Philly fete |
|FAMED filmmaker and Hollywood powerhouse
Steven Spielberg, who created a
foundation to preserve oral histories of
the Holocaust, is honouring the head of
cable TV company Comcast for his work
as "an ambassador to learning."
Spielberg will present Brian Roberts, chairman
and chief executive officer of Philadelphia-based
Comcast Corporation, with the Shoah
Foundation´s annual Ambassadors for Humanity
Award at a benefit gala on Monday night. The
foundation and Comcast have joined forces on
educational initiatives to advance the organisation
mission to promote tolerance.
Spielberg, a three-time Oscar winner, called
Roberts "a longtime advocate.
best film at New York festival |
|STHANIYA Sambaad (Spring in the Colony), directed
by Arjun Gourisaria and Moinak Biswas, has won the
Best Feature Film award at the 11th Annual New York
Indian Film Festival.
Capping off five days of Indian
cinematic excellence, the
festival concluded with
the spectacular closing
night red carpet premiere
film Noukadubi at
the Asia Society in
The premier was
attended by Indian
Prabhu Dayal, Rishi
Kapoor, Neetu Singh
Rushdie, Mira Nair,
Aparna Sen, Madhur Jaffrey