The Question of the Grotesque in the Film

By definition, the word "grotesque" refers to those "distorted forms" that are "strange, ugly, bizarre, or fantastic" in their appearance (Wikipedia 1). The grotesque also refers to aspects of life that repel, horrify, and cause strong feelings of disgust or repulsion. When watching Volker Schlondörff's film "The Tin Drum," the viewer is forced to look […]

The Possible Problems of Balkan Accession to the European Un

Though this paper is meant to address a current event pertaining to the European Union, it is difficult to explain some things without delving into the past.This paper deals not with a single concrete event, but rather a process that could have deep implications for the European Union.This process involves one of the most ethnically […]

The Path to Nationhood. NZ's involvement in Asia – 1945-1985

In 1945-1985 NZ was involved militarily in Asia. The main reason was the Canberra pact of 1944. The main conflicts NZ was involved in were Korea (1950-1953), Malaysia (1960-1966), and Vietnam (1965-1972). One of the reasons NZ was involved in Asia was the Canberra pact, signed in 1944. It was actually an illegal pact, as […]

The Okinawa Problem

The Battle of Okinawa, in which both Japanese and American forces suffered enormous casualties, marked its fiftieth anniversary on June 23, 1995.In commemoration of this important date, the Cornerstone of Peace was erected and unveiled that day to, as Okinawa Governor Ota Masahide put it, “convey the peace-cherishing heart of Okinawa and its yearning to […]

The New Super Power

What is the debate on weather or not China should retain favored-nation trading status all about? Is it really a decision on what is best economically for the United States, and China. Or is it: the issue of Chinese human rights violations and the fact that if the United States where to revoke the favored […]

The Mystery of Great Zimbabwe

Throughout the ages, whispered reports of the Queen of Sheba’s stone palace were passed from sailor to sailor through the Portuguese ports. The later discovery of the ruins labelled Great Zimbabwe and their subsequent excavation has resulted in a wider respect for African sites. Moreover, the grave inaccuracies and miscalculations that took place in the […]

The Modern History of Jordan

Jordan is a land with an overwhelming amount of history.In the book The Modern History of Jordan, the author Kamal Salibi states that Jordan was home to some of mankind’s earliest settlements and villages.One can find many artifacts from ancient civilizations that resided in Jordan.As the crossroads of the Middle East, the lands of Jordan […]

The middle east and conflict there in.

The Jews, one of the most frequently persecuted and discriminated against groups in the world, have possessed a strong desire to return to their Holy Land and create a homogenous state there since thefirst century.The movement to return to the Holy Land, Zionism, was described in Hebrew religious texts and praised as a puritanical pilgrimage.However, […]

The Media In Zimbabwe

1. Introduction:Contextualising Zimbabwe's Political Climate 2. Taking Control:Propaganda and Legislation 3. Press Coverage of the 2000 & 2002 Elections In Zimbabwe, the ruling party, Zanu PF, and particularly the President of Zimbabwe, Cde Robert Mugabe, have imposed many legislative and political strictures on the national press in recent years, and have made access to the […]

The making of Mr Putin

In order to ask the question who is Putin, it isfirst necessary ask what is a politician and what do we really know about any of them. The article The Making of Mr. Putin, discusses the fact that what we know about Russian's President is filtered. The images we see, the stories we read are […]