- Mirror, mirror on the wall
July 6, 2013
Thousands of art lovers in Paris are staring at themselves in Anish Kapoor's distorting mirrors. What do they see?
- A bird, not a bomber
July 6, 2013
During the Lebanon war of 1982, an Israeli pilot refused to bomb a building when he suspected - correctly - that it was a school.
- Gun to the head
June 29, 2013
For Pakistan, it's time to harp on 'the Kashmir issue' again, this time with clear linkages to the mess in Afghanistan.
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Just to show you how naïve I am: When I first heard about the plan to build a mosque and community center two blocks from the site of the 9/11 attacks, I didn't envision any real opposition to it. Sure, I can understand how some people traumatised by 9/11 might not like the idea. But I'd have thought that opinion leaders of all ideological stripes could reach consensus by applying a basic rule of thumb: Just ask, "What would Osama bin Laden want?" and then do the opposite. Bin Laden would love to be able to say that in America you can build a church or synagogue anywhere you want, but not a mosque. That fits perfectly with his recruiting pitch - that America has declared war on Islam. And bin Laden would thrill to the claim that a mosque near ground zero dishonours the victims of 9/11, because the unspoken premise is that the attacks really were, as he claims, a valid expression of Islam.
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It's inception of an idea as primeval as that which had infected Muybridge, who with his simple photographic flipbook got his horse, Sallie Gardner, moving. It was simulated reality ---- a motion recreated and stored as photographic evidences which later came to be known as the foundation of moving images. Nolan too toys with this idea of projected reality in his part-Matrix, part- mega-mind blockbuster Inception. The genesis of the 'projection', a crucial thematic trope deployed by Nolan deceives and entices the spectator much like Sallie, a horse that moved when a series of 24 stereoscopic cameras captured it frame-by-frame galloping.
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