Go watch the whole thing, now.
Then go pay your regards to Director Nina Paley.
Seriously, go. [via Kottke]
The stakes for the Long March are finally all on the table.
The Pakistan Supreme Court – put in place by Musharraf – has declared the Sharif brothers ineligible to stand in elections. As a direct result, Shahbaz Sharif is out as Chief Minister of Punjab.
Nawaz Sharif in a press conference declared that Zardari offered them a deal – drop the CJ issue and Shahbaz Sharif can continue to hold office. Protests are planned for all of Punjab.
Long March is scheduled for March 12-16th to Islamabad. Its main aim is to restore the Judiciary of Iftikhar Chaudhry which was dismissed by General Musharraf. Along with the Lawyer’s Movement, the three major opposition parties – PML-N, JI, TeI – are going to participate.
If there is a cuter, more cheering sight than these girls in a Swat school, I haven’t seen it today.
“It’s a very Masala film”. Those kids are too damn cute, btw.
Just in time for Oscars, we saw the “controversial” crowd-pleaser last night. I loved it. Boyle & Tandan tip their hats to Company, Maqbool and Salaam Bombay in visual and thematic cues but I thought Trainspotting may have been the biggest influence. You should go read moacir’s excellent write-up.
Increasingly, I am convinced that the discourse on Pakistan within the United States needs some major intervention. My fear, or maybe paranoia, is that Pakistan is en-route to be declared “mentally incapacitated” by United States aka “failed state”. The impact of such a declaration (whether stated or not) would be that US will need to put a “care-taker” in charge of the mess. The rising frequency of the drone attacks, the extension of missile strikes, the troop “surge” in Afghanistan read as concrete steps towards a radically intrusive strategy towards Pakistan. I will have more to say on this. But I wanted, for the moment to simply bring to your attention some recent writings on Swat.
Continue reading Reading Swat
On the Big Picture: Scenes from Pakistan (“Collected here are 40 recent photos from Pakistan, with a special acknowledgement to the artistry of AP Photographer Emilio Morenatti”.)