Eine Kleine Nichtmusik

Witty and pertinent observations on matters of great significance OR Incoherent jottings on total irrelevancies OR Something else altogether OR All of the above

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

One of those weeks (contd.) (contd.)

Mordechai Vanunu

Mordechai Vanunu, the whistle-blower who exposed Israel's development of weapons of mass destruction (to this day still uninspected, unregulated, utterly illegal) and who had already served 18 years in solitary confinement as a prisoner of conscience following his kidnapping by the Israeli secret police, has been jailed again for the heinous crime of talking to foreigners. At least after this latest disgrace maybe people will stop pretending that Israel is a "democracy" with any credibility as a respecter of human rights. (No, seriously, there really are idiots who do.) It's a theocracy run by bullies and thugs, and long ago forfeited (and regularly continues to forfeit) any claim to moral superiority over the equally thuggish theocrats who are its neighbours.

Hint: in democracies, such as the United States, "whistle-blowers" who expose evildoing are celebrated. Think of Sherron Watkins who blew the lid off the Enron scandal; or "Deep Throat" (W Mark Felt) who told Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein about the Watergate cover-up. In Israel, they're kidnapped, given show trials, locked up, and then re-imprisoned on trumped-up charges when they're released. No, of course the Israeli government can't be compared to the Nazis: they're far too busy trying to emulate Stalin (same human rights violations, better PR).

What a bunch of sick bastards.

Paris Je T'Aime

Saw this at the cinema last week. I'm a sucker for multi-director compilation films on a theme like Aria or 11'9"01, and this was as good as either of those masterpieces. I also love films with a vivid sense of place, like Before Sunrise, so a film made up of eighteen short episodes each based on one of Paris's arrondisements (apparently they made all twenty but two of the results were unsuitable for some reason) was always likely to get my vote. It had some lovely performances, moving, witty, sad; and some very big names indeed, most of whom gave brilliant performances (and none gave duds). I think my favourite of the star turns was Steve Buscemi, thoughNick Nolte and Elijah Wood were great too. Best sad moment: the black guy getting mugged for his guitar. Best comedy: the whole Eiffel Tower mime sequence.

Seriously: you should see this film.

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