September 3, 2007
China's influence spreading and Brian de Palma's new filmTopics: China, Dhimmitude, Economics, Iraq, War on Terror
About Chinese influence:
For years, China's booming economy touched daily life in the West most visibly through the "made-in-China" label on everything from clothes to computers. But now, economic growth is giving rise to something more that can't be measured just by widgets and gadgets -- a shift in China's balance of power with the rest of the world.
China's reach now extends from the Australian desert through the Sahara to the Amazonian jungle -- and it's those regions supplying goods for China, not just the other way around. China has stepped up its political and diplomatic presence, most notably in Africa, where it is funneling billions of dollars in aid. And it is increasingly shaping the lifestyle of people around the world, as the United States did before it, right down to the Mandarin-language courses being taught in schools from Argentina to Virginia.
And about Brian de Palma's new film:
Brian DePalma... may have resurrected his career, seemingly scoring a hit at the Venice Film Festival with his new film "Redacted." The subject is a particularly gruesome real-life rape case, concerning a 14-year old Iraqi girl raped by US servicemen who also murdered her family.
Now I don't know the details of this case. (Some of the servicemen involved have been given long sentences and it sounds truly hideous.) Yet, according to Reuters, the film is halfway between documentary and fiction. This to me is a highly suspect form, especially when based on recent events (2006), which are more verifiable than most. You would think the truth would be enough.
But what interests me more is Brian's selection of material and his intention, as he states it, to stop the war. "The pictures are what will stop the war. One only hopes that these images will get the public incensed enough to motivate their Congressmen to vote against this war," he said.
Posted by Eurabian at September 3, 2007 8:29 AM
stopping the war would be good
Posted by: worldpeacereligion at September 4, 2007 10:45 AM
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