Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Terrifying: USA vs Al-Arian

I came across this documentary a few months ago and have been waiting for its DVD distribution in the US. Looks like Link TV will be airing it a few times in May but they have also made the whole thing available online as well.
An excerpt from the summary:
In February 2003, the FBI arrested university professor and political activist Sami Al-Arian in Tampa, Florida. Charged with supporting terrorism, he was placed in solitary confinement for 2 1/2 years before he received a trial.

The film follows Sami, his wife Nahla and their five children through the 6 month long trial and the difficult period after the verdict. It is a personal story of a family, who like many Muslims in the USA today, are fighting against increasing stigmatization and discrimination in a post 911-climate.

The film deals with themes of freedom of speech, and the right to a fair trial. It also shows how the media influence public opinion and how the USA`s fear of and fight against terrorism can threaten civil liberties.

The scariest thing about this story is that Dr. Al Arian is still in prison to this day. This film rang very close to home for me especially after my ordeal in Atlanta. Stay tuned to their website, buy it, and screen it.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

update after a while

So if you're wondering, I'm not dead. I'll share a few thoughts with you to prove it.

. Picture locking a film is like deciding when it's time to ask someone to marry you.

. Hillary's recent statements regarding her far fetched hypothetical situation with Iran have amazed me. I liken her statements to a child playing the hypothetical threat game..."if you have Superman powers, I'll hire Lex Luther to pull out the kryptonite." In addition, mentioning Iran as a country that would use nuclear weapons without even having them is absurd, or would it be worse if she said the same thing to North Korea? This display of fear-mongering and war drumming is just the type of thing that the world should see as being dangerous to the security of the world.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Iran Footage: Learn English

Catch the end for a few hilarious moments of an English learning show on Iranian television.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Prof. Aslan on War with Iran

I have to disagree with him towards the end because a new conflict and batch of US at war propaganda would boost McCain's polls.