Posts Tagged ‘orientalist’

2 Cents on Bacha Bazi

In writing about bacha bazi and how it fits into the on-going East-West dynamic of Human Rights discourse I came to a conclusion (after facing a lot of frustration with much of the Eurocentric and Orientalist verbiage in a lot of the writing about the controversial subject). Namely that as with any predatory or exploitative […]

British Defense Secretary Called ‘Orientalist and Racist’ by Afghan Officials

In a statement to the Times of London, Conservative British Defense Secretary, Liam Fox called Afghanistan “a 13th-century country,” and went on to state that: “We are not in Afghanistan for the sake of the education policy in a broken 13th-century country. We are there so the people of Britain and our global interests are […]

What ‘Brothers’ Says About Afghans and Americans

Only three days after President Barack Obama announced a 30,000 U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan, Jim Sheridan’s Brothers went into wide release. The story of filial ties tested through loss and shaky reunification boasts an impressive lead cast of some of Hollywood’s brightest young stars Natalie Portman (Grace Cahill), Tobey Maguire (Captain Sam Cahill), and […]

Appropriate This!

I just went to the store to get some batteries for my camera and coffee. While waiting in line for my coffee the girl at the counter told me she liked my shirt. I instinctively thanked her and thought nothing of it, until she said “is that a real product or just one of those […]