Category Archives: Politics

Who Knew I Had So Much In Common With Arthur C. Clarke?

Reuters (via The Washington Post) writes a story about the science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. You’ve got to love a 90-year-old who celebrates his birthday by releasing personal reflections to YouTube. (And wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey.) Also, I knew he had made his home in Sri Lanka for many years, but I didn’t realize all the other things I had in common with him. His triad of birthday wishes: a sign of extraterrestrial life; that the world should adopt clean energy sources; that Sri Lanka should find peace.

Happy birthday, Mr. Clarke. Watch the video:

‘We Are Not Free’

I’m behind with this post, but under the theory that it’s never too late to blog about good work, I’m going to write about my friend Kiran Khalid‘s documentary about Pakistan. I saw the premiere of ‘We Are Not Free’ at the Open Society Institute at the beginning of the month, and thought that Kiran had done great, brave work. Freedom of speech is very important to me, and has become more important to me as I’ve studied Sri Lanka. As I don’t know as much as I should about Pakistan, it was fascinating to realize the parallels… Continue reading