links for 2009-07-07
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
"Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s decision to shut down the commission investigating the deaths of the 10 people killed during March 2008 clashes between police and protesters has prompted families of the deceased to fear that those responsible for the deaths will escape punishment."
"Though now over 20 years old, Lino Brocka’s Orapronobis (1988) becomes more relevant than ever. A film about paramilitary groups in the Philippines who abduct, kill and torture suspected “rebels” while the government turns a blind eye (or more likely, clandestinely supports and funds these operations), it’s Brocka’s most articulate and scathing political expression. And a damn good film. It’s still banned from public screening in the Philippines, though some people have mistakenly tried to convince me otherwise. Presently, the Philippine government has refused to acknowledge responsibility for Melissa Roxas’ ordeal, even arrogantly claiming that her abduction and torture was “stage-managed” (whatever the fuck that means) before even launching a formal investigation and despite overwhelming evidence that only the military could have launched such an operation."