becoming the alien: apartheid, racism and district 9

a subtle knife

Warning: spoilers follow!


You have to admit: As a premise for a movie it is pretty unpromising. An alien spaceship comes to rest over Johannesburg.  Instead of conquering the planet, the aliens turn out to be in crisis: malnourished and in need of rescuing.  They end up living in a local slum, crammed together in a rusty shantytown.  When human Joburgers complain, a company is called in to move them – but things get out of hand, and it all escalates into car chases and gun-fights.   Stated like this, who would be blamed for deciding to give it a miss? It is hard to figure out what kind of movie it could be.  Some kind of half-baked take on District 6, set in the wrong city?  An American skop skiet en donder movie, with Parktown Prawns as the baddies?    When I first heard about the movie, I dismissed it…

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Can Iran or U.S. say yes to a deal?

Global Public Square

By Fareed Zakaria

In theory, it’s possible to devise a rational process that requires concrete actions from Iran, verifiable checks by inspectors, and then a reciprocal easing of sanctions by the United States. But that would require Congress to behave in a rational manner – which is clearly a fantasy today. The most likely scenario is that any agreement with Iran – almost regardless of its content – would instantly be denounced by Republicans as a sell-out.

The Obama administration is conscious of this other side of American government. Much of the macho rhetoric emanating from the administration about Iran has seemed designed to inoculate it from charges of being soft. The reality is that it remains unclear whether Iran can say yes to a nuclear deal – and it remains equally unclear whether the United States could say yes as well. Rouhani and Obama are probably each looking at the…

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Teori Realisme


Kemunculan Teori Realisme.

       Teori ini dikatakan telah mula digunakan sejak zaman empayar Greek dan Yunani lagi2 dan buktinya realisme dikesan pada karya Thucydidas iaitu “A History of Philoponnesian War” yang telah melihat perang diantara Sparta dan Athens pada zaman kegemilangan Greek. Karya –karya lain yang menjadi pendukung kepada  kepada teori ini adalah seperti ‘The Prince’ yang dihasilkan oleh Nicolo Machiavelli

       Realisme telah muncul semula selepas Perang Dunia Pertama iaitu antara tahun 1914 sehingga tahun 1918.Realism muncul semula adalah disebabkan oleh kelemahan Idealisme yang tidak berjaya mengelakkan perang daripada berlaku untuk kali kedua selepas Perang Dunia Kedua. 

     Semasa perang dunia kedua, kita dapat lihat bahawa entiti negara terutamanya Negara-negara kuasa besar mula menekankan konsep kepentingan nasional berbanding kepentingan bersama iaitu satu konsep yang didukung oleh golongan idealisme.Hal ini kemudiannya memberi peluang kepada teori realisme untuk muncul semula selepas Idealism gagal untuk…

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