The trial has begun of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man accused of holding his daughter captive for 24 years and fathering seven children with her. He faces charges of rape, incest, coercion, enslavement and deprivation of liberty. He is also accused of the murder of one of his daughter’s children.
How could this have been stopped, did not any of the neighbors notice? This story got me thinking about how obssesed with our own privacy we are and how each in my street minds their own business. But if it means saving someone from abuse, saving a life should we be more involved in each other’s lives?
Pakistan: Celebrating with dignity
Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s opposition leader, called off a protest march to the capital this morning and Lawyers and opposition supporters were celebrating. A wise political move? or yet more evidence to a weakening Pakistani government?
No to Chaplin
Hindu protestors in the southern state of Karnataka have stopped plans to erect a statue of the film star because he was a Christian.
The Chaplin sculpture, was being built near the town of Udupi, the site of several important Hindu temples.
Hemant Hegde, the film-maker, said he was going to keep the statue there as a tourist attraction and has since then gathered support for his project with people offering land for the statue.
Do they have a point? Should places of sacred value be protected? Did the filmmaker step out of line or was he actually adding cultural value to the place? Also should artists be viewed within a religious or political light? Does that tell us more about their art or does it merely cloud our judgement of it?