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2012 Presidential Elections: Egypt

This is the fifth in a series of posts on the numerous presidential elections this year. The first four posts were on the elections in Taiwan, RussiaSenegal and France.

On June 18, the election commission in Egypt declared the Mohammed Morsi, the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood, had won the Egyptian presidential election. This is good news for many of the Muslims in Egypt who were scandalized by the more liberal, secular waves of former dictator Hosni Mubarak and who want Egypt to return to the fold of Islamist Middle Eastern countries. This is bad news for probably most of the people who actually made the Arab Spring last year and wanted real change and even democracy in Egypt.

In the West, this is being regarded largely as the end of a fizzled revolution, with the military still holding actual power much as it had even under Mubarak.


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Movie Review: A Better Life - Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part review of A Better Life. The first part dealt more with the background issue of illegal immigration, whereas this part focuses more on the movie itself.

In the movie, neither the undocumented immigrants (representative of all the undocumented, but particularly those with upright motives) nor the police (representative of the legal system, including courts, prisons, and immigration) is entirely at fault. Both are stuck in an imperfect, human system.

The viewer is led to sympathize with the undocumented man, an honest landscaper who wants nothing but to work hard so that his one son can have a better life. He’s away from home; his wife left him when his son was little; he has next to nothing; when he does acquire something (a lawn business and pickup with equipment) it gets stolen from him. And yet, the movie does not excuse what he does wrong nor does it try to show him as a man victimized and ruined by the consequences of his actions.

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今週初めて黒澤明の『隠し砦の三悪人』という映画を見ました。この三悪人とは、だれですか? 三船敏郎が演じる真壁六郎太(まかべろくたろう)と二人の百姓です。この3人の登場人物の関係はとても面白くて、全ての人間の弱さも愛される性質も示します。