Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Take a Ride..

It is with no small irony, after watching a film like Taxi to the Dark Side, that this should be the first thing on a loop all over the news...

The Oscar winning film unfurls all the ugliness and savagery of the war prisons, set up by the US, piece by piece till you see the whole damnable picture. It really makes you wonder "how little outrage there is" at these crimes.

The film is full of footage, not only of the horrific torture in the prisons and of the US soldiers admitting to it, but of officials, in the smug safety of their untouchable positions, using slippery language to defend their indifference to the suffering they have unleashed upon so many people.

This week Cheney says " he was directly involved in approving severe interrogation methods" LA Times

Then there is: "So What?"

The latest Harper's has an article called The Torture Presidency

The legacy of the presidency is outlined in this video from Keith Olbermann

Of course we have to expect the nauseating string of comments like Arabs/Muslims see shoes as a supreme insult... As if a shoe thrown at you anywhere else in the world is like having roses sprinkled on your cheeks.

How is the shoe story spreading?
A Flickr group has already been set up for people who would like to photograph the shoes they would like to add to the mix... A facebook group is also sending shoes in protest and solidarity...There is a game out where you dodge the shoe...Here are measurements of how quickly the video spread...And the spoof videos that are already out there are collected here.

Wouldn't you wish that the places the shoe thrower might end up in would get as much coverage and outrage as they deserve.



I know that changing the world is not easy
but it remains necessary nonetheless.
Fadhil Al-Azzawi

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Its about how to engage people to make them interested in such movies, i have yet not seen it but will do, thanks

Qaiss said...

Its about how to engage people to make them interested in such movies, i have yet not seen it but will do, thanks