I am in Tripoli and not in Venezuela

“I am in Tripoli and not in Venezuela.” These words uttered by Muammar Gaddafi late in the night on Libyan state television will be remembered as a key moment in the downfall of an autocratic and ruthless regime. Western media pundits were quick to point to the bizarreness of the TV footage, referring to Gaddafi’s…

Sarah Palin shoots a Caribou

In the new TV show ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’, the former vice-presidential candidate is shown shooting a Caribou. The footage has caused a major backlash, lead by Aaron Sorkin, the creator of the TV show West Wing, arguing that Palin shot an animal ‘for political gain’. As Palin is expected to run for president in 2012,…

From the Belly of the Earth

The analogy between giving birth and the rescue operation of the Chilean miners was self-evidential. The Chilean president spoke about the miners being released from the ‘belly’ of the earth. Commentators also made the parallel to the biblical figure of Jonah reborn from the belly of a whale. These parallels might have been further provoked…