Things I hate Most about Movies

Unfaithfulness: A few years ago, I went to watch Jackie Chan version of Around the World in Eighty Days. I should have known better than to watch a movie where a Chinese man is cast as immortal Passepatout. But none of the movie adaptations of Jules Verne’s classic novel was faithful to the book—not even … Continue reading

One and all, bag and baggage

“Let the Turks now carry away their abuses, in the only possible manner, namely, by carrying off themselves. Their Zaptiehs and their Mudirs, their Blmhashis and Yuzbashis, their Kaimakams and their Pashas, one and all, bag and baggage, shall, I hope, clear out from the province that they have desolated and profaned. This thorough riddance, … Continue reading

Do films need a pyramid?

The straight-forward answer is no, they don’t. However, the critics and any member of the audience who wants to be savvy in the language of film need one to accurately judge the film and examine their values. I may have committed few faux pas in compiling the following pyramidal scheme (9th level being the most … Continue reading

The Tragedy of African Commons

The age of the empires was long gone. Not much of their legacy remains, most of them being obliterated by despots and dictators who once again consolidated power into absolute rule and who oversaw the return of corruption and civil wars. Today, many colonized countries remain in the Third World list; it is not the … Continue reading

Colonialism, redefined

The term ‘colonialism’ has seen varying and gerrymandering definitions, no doubt as a result of a widespread smear campaign by those who fear effective governance. The term comes from the word ‘colony’, the enclaves the pioneers establish in the newfound lands for social, political or economical reasons. Before the Christian zeal entered the scene in … Continue reading

Opium Wars

Instead of its other success stories, the opium wars with China were what people chose to remember in relation to Britain’s imperial policy in the Orient. It is written that the First Opium War (1840) as the result of Britain’s militaristic attempts to import the drug into a nation governed by an emperor who wanted … Continue reading