The film of choice last night was Sin City. It had been sitting on the computer table for a bit but we never got around to watching it until yesterday, as we were busy exploring the wonders of DC with the sister.
So last night we got a chance to watch it and, for some reason, I was expecting it to be better. Maybe it was too violent for my taste or maybe it was over-hyped because I was a bit disappointed. I thought the story was a bit disjointed and dragged somehow. But I thought the graphics were stunning and extremely creative. Although it might be too gory for some, the movie is still worth watching, as it is quite unique. I would give it 7/10.
I see that this “Hatta” topic is revealing alot what in peoples’ minds.
First, I see Natasha as a person who is trying deligently to single out those terrorists for what they do; thus, I do not see her anti-moslems; unless those singled out individuals/groups do represent Islam and that is what driving you crazy on her.
As to blame Americans for all miseries you guys have; enough said in this subject. As for the “Hatta” itself, I voiced my opinion maybe more than once, but I dont see the hatta as a cultural symbol; maybe you do.
I didn’t want to post here but the other comments section was closed. Hence I apologize in advance for being “off topic”.
I have to say I agree with Dalia and Sami. I’ve noticed that the posts in general seem to reflect prejudice toward Islam. In the beginning I used to like reading this blog, it seemed more neutral and it was interesting reading about daily going-ons. But my reading has waned greatly over time and I don’t keep up with the blog much anymore, as I started feeling like it was heavily biased. The examples of Muslims (so-called Muslims) who are committing evil acts should be at least at times counter-balanced with recent news regarding evil acts by others. Many people seem to read this blog. As a journalist, one has the responsibility to give readers a balanced view and attempt to clear up misconceptions, or at the very least, not contribute to imparting further bias to those who have only been continually exposed to one side of an issue. (Of course you will post about what you like, as this is after all your blog- but alls I’m saying is the blog isn’t very balanced.) I don’t see many posts about Iraq (or Afghanistan) and the suffering people (Muslims) have been put through there.
I’m sure many Americans who read this blog are the type who still think Muslims don’t like the US because they want to destroy “freedom” and other great American ideals. But how about they dislike America because they are angry that have been put under inhumane sanctions for over a decade; they don’t have clean or hot water, their economy is non-existant, they are living on oil-rich land but aren’t allowed to use their OWN oil, electricity is a luxury, leukemia rates have gone up 700% (last time I read, probably more by now) due to radiation by American bombs accumulating for over 10 years (imagine that!); their fathers and mothers (innocent civilians) are being murdered in cold-blood many a time when they have no attachment to terrorism (but then soldiers apologize for the “mistake”, so everything is ok then), etc. And I’m sick of hearing American sheep say that America went to Iraq to help the Iraqi people- what bullshit (pardon my French). After all, they say, Saddam murdered his own people (the numbers are greatly exaggerated by the American media) and had weapons of mass destruction (read distraction). (Bush is about 20 years too late on “avenging genocide”, and yes, there are WMD- they were left there by the US- during the FIRST gulf war!!)
Most Americans don’t even know (or choose to forget) that the American government was buddy buddy with both Osama Bin Laden and Saddam when it was convenient for them.
Before America’s imperialistic attitudes and invasion of other countries, there was no terrorism. Try switching the situation for a sec: If a govt from a foreign nation came into the US, invaded the land, told them they couldn’t use their natural resources, etc, and the Americans went through sanctions and the sufferings of Iraqis for as long as they have been suffering, no doubt there would be numerous terrorists and terrorist acts by Americans and other Christians as well.
I don’t need to tell anyone that I agree terrorists are evil and should be put to death if they take a life. But it’s always best to get to the root of the problem rather than alleviating a symptom – the US does need to take a long hard look at itself (which it has yet to do) and what they have done to push those crazy people over the edge.
Katrina is definitely the important topic of the week. I am sad about the destruction Katrina has caused, but it’s hard to be shocked by it since those kind of situations are the norm in other parts of the world.
I see that the option to post a comment on ‘Take your hands off our hatta!’ was removed so I’m posting my response here. Please don’t be agitiated but there are a number of things that need to be pointed out…
First of all, you sitt Dalia, Natasha is NOT anti-Muslim by any means. I consider the lovely Mrs. Tynes as one of my closest, dearest friends and she is one of the most open-minded, progressive, intelligent of people. How is she anti-Muslim? Because she has blogged on certain events that have involved so-called psychotic Muslim terrorists???? Dalia, take it from a fellow Muslim that many followers of our religion today are way off track and it’s a pity. The result is some lost young guy struggling to find a place to fit in and yes, so-called Muslim preachers find that place for them. It’s usually some anti-Western grouping that misconstrues the teachings of Islam for their own sick purposes, which I still haven’t been able to figure out. Did the London bombings help veiled women living in UK, Dalia? Do you know what it’s like for anyone who vaguely resembles a Muslim to travel today overseas? Do you blame the ‘West’ for this sort of behaviour or Muslims?
I enjoy reading this blog because it offers an interesting information on stories and issues I would otherwise not find in, let’s say, online newspapers. This blog never claimed to be competing with the New York Times, Dalia. There’s plenty of info out there on Katrina. You say that u didn’t mention it on your blog because it’s about motherhood and your son. As a mother, have you no compassion for the American families that lost everything? Did you not feel anything when you saw sick little babies cooped up in the Superdome?
It’s a pity that this entry had to turn into a defence over Natasha’s character. It should be asking why this PAKISTANI-BRITISH young man felt the need to inflict so much destruction on a nation that had taken him and millions of others like him in to give them a better life. Shame on him and shame on him for wearing the hatta!!!
i totally agree! i didn’t have the stomach for all the violence and gore but visually it was quite different and worth a watch just for that.