The Greatest Show on Earth

August 4, 2012 by

To sum up the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in one word: kitsch. To sum up the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in two words: wonderful kitsch. Honest disclosure: I am an Anglophile. At the age of 15 I started working for an Oxford-educated lawyer. At the office only English was spoken. So I had to learn it, and immediately fell hopelessly in love with the English language and British culture in general.

Gay Marriage, Politics and Chicken

August 4, 2012 by

Following the controversy over Chick-Fil-A’s President and COO, Dan Cathy, appearance on The Baptist Press on July 16 that he and by extension his company supports “traditional” marriage, demonstrations and counter-demonstrations have popped up all over the country. “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.” On Thursday night’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart had a fairly pointed and accurate take on the development that three mayors of major U.S. cities plan to ban Chick-fil-A franchises. “[I'm] pretty sure you can’t outlaw a company with perfectly legal business practices because you find their CEO’s views repellant,” Stewart joked. “Not sure which amendment covers that, but it’s probably in the top 1.”

US-Sudan Relations

August 4, 2012 by

US Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Princeton N. Lyman, addressed the subject of US relations with Sudan and South Sudan at the Michael Ansari Center of the Atlantic Council in Washington on 1 August 2012.

Review of Takashi Miike’s Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

August 4, 2012 by

The question I posed in my review of “Grand Illusion,” a film in which the action took place within a POW camp and the war was almost entirely offstage, was, “where is the war?” One might well ask the same question of “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai”. Or perhaps – how are we (Japanese, samurai) to live without war?