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I have had a harrowing experience with them.

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I talked to Lena Khan a long time ago immediately after she won the One Nation contest for IJTEMA.NET.

As we have not gotten rid of the annoying bug there, I shall publish it here, now. For some reason, the podcast that we wanted never materialized. Therefore we are publishing a concize transcript of the discussion between Lena Khan and me.

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As-Salamu Alaikum, how are you?

Lena Khan

Lena Khan

  • Wa’Alaikum as-Salam. Good, how are you?

Okay, so you are a professional, right? You were in the UCLA film school?

  • Yeah!

So you are planning to be in films full time.

  • Yes!

First tell me how your interests in films began..

  • I actually did my undergraduate degree, my bachelors’, in UCLA, in political science and history. And at the time I was studying, I was going to go to the graduate school, and study in one of those fields. But it seems here, a lot of public get a lot of their knowledge about different cultures, world issues, or history- from the media. They get it from movies or they get it from TV. So the people here will know a lot about those issues if you made a movie about them than when they were teaching about them in school. So I thought if I wanted to educate people, instead of becoming a professor, I would actually make the movies that gave a lot of those stereotypes and misinformation [sic].

So you think that these movies make a better connection with people’s minds than a professor’s lecture!

  • For the majority of people I think so. I mean there are some people that relate extremely well to academia. But for the majority of American [unclear], they connect extremely well to, well, movies. So people here will know a lot about Rwanda, because they made a movie called hotel Rwanda; but they won’t know about Sudan- because nobody has made a good movie about it. That’s the way people work here. The only thing they know about Muslims for instance, come from movies. They come from movies like The Siege, or Executive Decision where Muslims are shown as terrorists! Or they come from the news or TV shows. And until they see something different in movies, then that’s really what they connect to.

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Inflation

Following up on a previous post, the US is printing more money (a trillion dollars to be exact) in an effort to beat the recession. It may backfire, resulting in a massive inflation in a year’s time.  The value of the US dollar will take further hit in the international market, and people will rush to get their assets in the US dollars to another currency. That will set off a cycle.

The days of US’s dominance in the economic playground may be numbered. There may also be confrontations between the US and the emerging economic superpower- the EU.

UPDATE: Obama’s gesture towards Iran may have something to do with the same thing as well. Iran is now selling oil for Euros. Obama (who apparently has more grey matter than his predecessor) is looking to mend the relation so that he can persuade them to do business in USD again.

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Note how suddenly the “official” number of victims have gone down from 2000 to 1500. And it is Mallika who’s firebrand. Not Advani. 🙂

It’s so biased, it’s laughable.

The article is here:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Mallika-Sarabhai-to-challenge-Advani/articleshow/4288000.cms

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Indian History

One part of history that’s often ignored is the following:

The British saw the Hindus and the Sikhs as allies, and Muslims as the main enemy. Even during the 1857 uprising, the British saw it as a Muslim threat to their power. In fact it was Muslims, too who fought until the very end at Delhi.

Pre-colonial India was not the backward country it is commonly thought to be. We know that it was a civilized, cultured society. What we do not know is that it was technologically quite advanced as well.

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Slavery

Those who say slavery is a thing of the past are either deluding themselves, or others. Slavery exists very much today. What do you think a boxer is? Isn’t he a glorified gladiator? What are the prostitutes? They are often worse off than slaves.

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I am treading into an area that’s not my expertise, but it is my suspicion that the main reason there exists an “economic crisis” is the Euro. The success of the US economy is based on the acceptance of the dollar as the standerd money. Euro is threatening that monopoly.

It will be worse if the Arabs agree on a common currency and start asking for that for selling oil.

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