Monday, September 10, 2012

India cartoonist Aseem Trivedi's arrest sparks outrage

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Protesters outside court chanted: "He is not Aseem but he is a storm, he is the nation's another Gandhi"

The arrest of an Indian anti-corruption cartoonist on sedition charges has sparked widespread criticism.
Aseem Trivedi appeared in court in Mumbai and was remanded in custody until 24 September for cartoons allegedly mocking the constitution.
Mr Trivedi is demanding the charges be dropped. Many Indians see his arrest as an attack on freedom of expression.
The cartoonist has been participating in the anti-corruption movement led by campaigner Anna Hazare.
"As of now we demand sedition charges are dropped against him," Mr Trivedi's lawyer, Vijay Hiremath, said after Monday's court hearing, AFP news agency reports.
"Obviously they don't have a case so they should have dropped it instead of giving him judicial custody."

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Mr Trivedi was arrested on Saturday for a series of cartoons lampooning politicians. He refused to apply for bail at Monday's hearing, and said if telling the truth made him a traitor then he was happy to be described as one.
In one of his cartoons the customary three lions in India's national emblem are replaced with three wolves, their teeth dripping blood, with the message "Long live corruption" written underneath.
Another cartoon depicts the Indian parliament as a giant toilet bowl.
Government officials say that while they are in favour of free speech, there is a thin line between that and insulting national symbols, the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder in Delhi reports.
But Indians have condemned Mr Trivedi's arrest, calling it a "wrongful act". Protesters on social networking sites said it was shameful that corrupt politicians were being let off while those who highlighted corruption were being jailed.
"From the information I have gathered, the cartoonist did nothing illegal and, in fact, arresting him was an illegal act," the chairman of the Press Council of India, Markandey Katju, told The Hindu newspaper.
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"A wrongful arrest is a serious crime under the Indian Penal Code, and it is those who arrested him who should be arrested."
Mr Katju, a former Supreme Court judge, asked how drawing a cartoon could be considered a crime, and said politicians should learn to accept criticism.
"Either the allegation is true, in which case you deserve it; or it is false, in which case you ignore it. This kind of behaviour is not acceptable in a democracy," he said.
The editor of CNN-IBN news channel, Rajdeep Sardesai, said he found it "amusing but also very dangerous that you can get away with hate speech in this country, but parody and political satire leads to immediate arrest".
A former senior police officer and lawyer YP Singh told the Mint newspaper that from "what I have heard, it seems he [Mr Trivedi] can be booked at the most under a law to prevent insults to national honour and not on serious charges like sedition, which attract much harsher punishment".
If proved, a sedition charge can bring a three-year prison term in India.
Police detained him on Saturday after receiving a complaint from a Mumbai-based lawyer who said his cartoons were anti-India.
The arrest of Mr Trivedi comes after other recent controversy over cartoons in India.
In April, police arrested a professor in the eastern city of Calcutta for allegedly posting cartoons ridiculing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the internet. He was later released.
A month later, a row over a cartoon showing Dalit icon BR Ambedkar in a school textbook disrupted the Indian parliament.

Underground Brings Drama to Julian Assange's Teenage Hacker Days | Underwire |

Underground Brings Drama to Julian Assange's Teenage Hacker Days | Underwire |

Jordan Raskopoulos, Alex Williams, and Callan McAuliffe (from left to right) play young hackers Trax, Julian Assange, and Prime Suspect in the new Australian film Underground, which is premiering Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Photo: John Tsiavis

Long before Julian Assange was known as the founder of WikiLeaks, he was a teenage hacktivist known by the handle Mendax. The new film Underground looks to expose that side of Assange, even as the media attention around the founder continues to reach epic proportions.
Underground, which premieres Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival and will air on Australia’s Network Ten later this year, is a study in how Assange became Assange. Based on Suelette Dreyfus’ 1997 book of same name, the film traces how a Melbourne teenager became a member of the hacker group International Subversives in the late 1980s and first appeared on the radar of authorities all over the world.
“There was this joke when we were working on the script that our story was like a origin story of a superhero in a way that the hero realizes that they have superpowers, but have yet to realize they can save the world with them,” director Robert Connolly, who also wrote the script, told Wired. “We were looking at the idea that here was a young man who was incredibly gifted. Where and why did he transition into a man who devoted his life to WikiLeaks?”

‘We were looking at the idea that here was a young man who was incredibly gifted. Where and why did he transition into a man who devoted his life to WikiLeaks?’
— director Robert Connolly
The film, which stars Without a Trace’s Anthony LaPaglia as a detective investigating Assange and newcomer Alex Williams as the man himself, is coming at just the right moment in time. The WikiLeaks founder is currently holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London, trying to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning over alleged sex crimes and fears he will be sent to the United States, where he could face charges over WikiLeaks’s publication of classified U.S. diplomatic cables.
His life as an international data-dumper has been chronicled in more than a few documentaries and TV specials. At least one more from Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney could be coming, and both Dreamworks and producers Barry Josephson and Michelle Krumm are hustling to adapt books about Assange.
Connolly’s is the first narrative drama about Assange to hit the big screen.
“I think there’s a lot of people talking and projects in development and a lot of books optioned, [but] it’s exciting to be the first dramatic exploration of the man,” Connolly said from Toronto.
The chance to take liberties with Assange’s story — Dreyfus consulted on the script, but the WikiLeaks founder was never involved — gave Connolly some freedom. But although he could hypothesize about what happened between the hacker and his International Subversives brethren, “the young Julian Assange did not steal anything when he was hacking,” Connolly said, “I can’t change that.”
Underground delves deep into the influences that would lead the young hacker to eventually found Wikileaks, and explores the life of a man chased by authorities even before he was out of his teens. One of those things is his relationship with his mother Christine Assange (played by Six Feet Under’s Rachel Griffiths), who saw his brilliance and bought him a Commodore 64 and, in the film, goes to great lengths to protect her son. The other was the time period in which he grew up and became politically aware — after the fall of the Berlin Wall, on the verge of the first Gulf War, and before anyone knew the term “dot-com.”
To play the teenage Assange, Connolly had to find an actor from a generation that doesn’t remember the time before the Web. Williams, who plays the young hacker, was born a year after the events in film. The Perth native was discovered by Connolly’s wife and casting director Jane Norris, who picked him from the recent graduates of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Considering Williams’ similarities to Assange, it might seem that he was lucky to look the way he did when he did, according to Connolly, “[my wife] said, ‘He’s not lucky, we’re lucky to have found him.’”
Although the actor studied quite a bit of video of his fellow countryman Assange to nail his character, he didn’t go too far and kept in mind the Assange of today is probably not so much like his teenage counterpart. He did, however, have to learn what a Commodore 64 is and how to operate it.
“I had never seen one of those before in my life!” Williams told Wired. “Here’s me sitting on my iPhone and you go back and you see the evolution of it and where it all comes from and the people who were pioneers in creating hacking and programming and its such a cool culture.”
Williams is also in the position of being the first actor to portray the WikiLeaks founder – if you don’t count Bill Hader’s imitations of him on Saturday Night Live. Regardless of what happens with Assange’s extradition, he’s still a lightning-rod figure. Is Williams worried about being typecast as an online whistleblower forever? Not really.
“To me it’s just a great character, whether he’s in the press or not,” Williams said. “I’m not too worried about being labeled, or being hunted by the U.S.”
Underground premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Life is very strange!

Dear Love

Life is very strange!

We wish to earn loads of money, but we have the best of times only when we have just 10 bucks in our pocket.
We wish to wear high brands but we feel most comfortable in simple clothes.
We wish to sit in a five star hotel with the elite people but we enjoy the roadside vendor’s food with friends.
We wish to own big cars and go on long drives, yet we talk our heart out only while walking down the long road.
We have 64 gb ipods filled with songs, but sometimes a song on the radio brings a smile that cannot be compared.
Life is simple, but we make it complex!

Wishing you the joys of life's strange and simple ways!!!!!!!

Delhi Transport Strike Today, Many Schools To Stay Closed

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