Awesome Glare Returns

September 30, 2008
PM Puspa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda"

PM Puspa Kamal Dahal

Pic: Dipsh]

Journalist: There’s a lot of criticism about your taking family members during this visit to US.
PM: It’s totally wrong. I have not taken anyone else which are not affiliated with the party. My wife is a party member of CPN Maoist. My son is also an important party member. Besides, my son now works as a “Computer Technician” at the Prime Minister’s office in Singh Durbar. How can anyone claim such non-sense?

Journalist: How did you find the USA?
PM: I did not find anything significantly different in the USA. Look at us, we have come so far ahead now, but the USA is still stuck where it was.

Journalist: What did you do in Germany?
PM: I feel very lucky to visit the birthplace of “the greatest person of this 1000 years – Karl Marx”. Karl Marx is said to have the “biggest brain” of all – I’m not saying this because he was a Communist – but the world intelligentsia too, support this claim. I became really “emotional” at his birthplace, to be able to go to the house where he grew up, to the room where he stayed.

Actual responses during a press meet at the Tribhuvan International Airport, upon the Prime Minister’s arrival from New York on September 30, 2008.

Detail: Nepalnews


WE WANT YOUR OIL

September 22, 2008

Crisis in Darfur: How should US respond to it?
A talk show televised by CNN on September 21, 2008.

Participants:
Former Secretaries of the States. Collin Powell, Madeleine Albright and three others.

Issues: Genocide in Darfur – Should the US intervene.

China is selling weapons to the government of Sudan, in turn the Sudanese government is using the “Chinese” weapons to “kill” the anti-government/rebels, leading to a genocide in the matter of five years. (This was also one of the reasons why they and the human rights organizations like RTI and RSF wanted other nations to boycott the Beijing Olympics.)

The show ends with most of them agreeing that the US should do something about Darfur crisis.

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Surprisingly, the real reasons of the conflict in Darfur were not discussed even once during the whole show.

A classic example of how mainstream media limits the issue of discussion, how it narrows the range of discourse; how mainstream media successfully engages people in a so called “active debate” but always manages to limit the discourse within that “range”.

The participants constantly belabored about “genocide”, “human rights” and “crisis” – they even debated, sometimes putting opposing opinions. But never once did they talk about the reasons of the conflict.

This phenomenon has been explained best by the renowned media critic – Noam Chomsky:

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and dissident views.

That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.”
Noam Chomsky, The Common Good

They indulged in a highly active discussion – critical and analytical. Freedom of Expression. Right to Information. Set the agenda. Everything seemed highly democratic. But through out the whole period, they did not even address the other side.. the real side.. the “real reality”.

All done with purpose.

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Transformation

September 10, 2008

… of Mr Ten Percent into Mr President.

It’s amazing, how both look so dashingly happy!


EYE FOR AN EYE

September 4, 2008

“God bless you all and God bless America”

Do Atheists and Agnostics and Muslims and Buddhists and Voodoos and Jews, do these vote in America?

Now that the Hindus in Orrisa, India have “either burned or damaged at least 2,400 buildings, including Christian prayer houses and schools”, will Bush/Chenny come after the Hindus? What would Obama/Biden or McCain/Palin do about it? Oh shit, Hindus. Terrorists.

But, India does not have OIL!

So the Christians in Orissa can go out in hiding. Expendable. Disposable. NON-issue.

And, damn you all. It’s “Koshi” not “Kosi”. And, don’t say “Koji” either. Ignorants. Arrogants.

After EYE-raq and EYE-ran and Mult-EYE and AntEYE – I thought they would say KosEYE. This time they got it right, though.

ChrEYEst! It’s KOSHI !!!

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