Its message might be flabby, but Mira Nair’s adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s novel is still a bold piece of global storytelling. Based on the 2007 novel by Mohsin Hamid, this is an ambitious, heartfelt tale of divided loyalties in a world where complacent belief in the triumph of globalised capital was shattered by the Twin Towers attack. Ahmed is Changez, a firebrand Muslim professor in Pakistan, suspected by the CIA of anti-American jihadism. But Changez is to reveal that his ideological training camp was a Wall Street corporation: years before, as a bright immigrant to the US, he got an Ivy League scholarship and was fast-tracked into a high-flying Manhattan job, where he learned to be internationally strategic and ruthless. But 9/11 changes him, and as people of his skin colour and background come to be reviled in New York, Changez reconsiders his loyalties and life choices.
By JEFFREY GOLDBERG
Sarah Palin has called on “peace-seeking Muslims” to “refudiate” plans by the The Cordoba Initiative, a Muslim organization, to build a mosque and community center near the site of Ground Zero. After someone alerted her to the fact that “refudiate” isn’t actually a word, she deleted the original tweet and sent out two more: “Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real,” and, “Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts. Pls reject it in interest of healing.”
By Luigi Ferrarella Milan – “The mere insertion” of the name of a person “on the so-called blacklists” of suspected financiers of international Islamic terrorism, compiled by the UN and the Council of the European Union, along the lines of what the United States has done after the Twin Towers massacre of 11 September 2001, “cannot represent a relevant element against someone during a judicial procedure,” because “the insertion onto blacklists (and the subsequent freezing of assets ) takes place, with bodies such as the United Nations and the European Union, within the framework of a procedure that moves chiefly on the basis of political choices and proposals, that is, without the obligation that they are preceded by any definitive judicial establishment of facts.” But for exactly this reason, the blacklist “when it does not stem from any judicial inquiry,” can constitute “only a cue to start them or enrich them,” while…
The Former Imam Of The Finsbury Park Mosque, London, Has Lost His Appeal Against Detention Without Trial. Abu Qatada, described as an “inspiration” for terrorists both here and abroad, has been held for more than a year under emergency powers introduced after the September 11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York.