Academy Awards (2019) Forecasts

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The Academy Awards are a set of awards which among many things, honors actors, actresses and films, annually. It is held during awards season and is a very important set of awards. The Academy Awards are also known as the Oscars. The 91st Academy Awards will be held in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California; in my outlook, the following should win on the night:

Best Picture: BlackKklansman
Actor In A Leading Role: Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate)
Actress In A Leading Role: Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Actor In A Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
Actress In A Supporting Role: Marina de Tavira (Roma)
Animated Feature Film: The Incredibles 2
Directing: Spike Lee (BlackKklansman)
Documentary (Feature): Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Documentary (Short Subject): A Night At The Garden
Best Foreign Film: Cold War
Music (Original Score): BlackKklansman
Music (Original Song): All The Stars (from Black Panther)
Short Film (Animated): Late Afternoon
Short Film (Live Action): Skin

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The Terrorism Problem in Pakistan

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The second biggest school shooting incident in Pakistan, which had occurred in the winter of 2014 in the town of Peshawar, demonstrated that the Asian state’s problems with terrorism are too deep. The Peshawar incident demonstrates this because the attack had happened in an army school and according to the terrorist group which had conducted it, it had carried out the attack there because of the type of school it was.

It is not uncommon to find Pakistan being controlled by the army; in fact, the state has witnessed several years of army rule.

The battles between successive national governments and terrorist factions in Pakistan are, thus in more ways than one, also battles to govern and run the country; the terrorism problem in the state is thus too deep because it is not just a problem of terrorist factions carry out unsystematic attacks in the state.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani army has stated that a lot of force is required to completely root out extremism from Afghanistan and currently the state does not have the capability to supply that type of force; I think it is unreasonable to expect that kind of a capability when the nation is so poor. Also, the Pakistani army’s words caricature an incorrect idea of the reality in Afghanistan because U.S. troops are already present inside the state and they are contributing to rooting extremism out from the nation. It would be better if Pakistan could stick to the requirement to assure more about the rooting out of the presence of terrorism from the country, rather than comment on Afghanistan, because, right now, it is failing miserably at it.

Gay Sex in India

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Gay people in India will no longer be ill-treated for something they can engage in closed quarters

The Supreme Court in India recently took the decision that gay sex is no longer going to be considered a criminal offence in the country. The Court also decided that if people wrong others because of their sexual orientation then it will mean that those people are not respecting certain basic rights which belong to gay people.

When the British still used to rule India, it had introduced a law. This was in 1861 and that was more than 150 years ago. The law had aimed to work against homosexuals because it had made it possible to maltreat a man or a woman if he or she was found to have had sex with a member of the same sex.

Only recently did that law see an exchange with the existence of a much more relaxed frame of mind towards homosexuals instead. The episode is begging the question of if such laws which still exist today in some other former British colonies will be subjected to similar exchanges in the future.

It is important to note that sex between gay people is still illegal in some of the countries which used to be ruled by the British, such as Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Qatar and Barbados, which in my outlook demonstrates a largely reserved standpoint over the subject. So, the decision taken by the Supreme Court in India can be regarded as a sign of monumental change towards how the subject plus that of ‘gay people and their rights’ are perceived in contemporary society.

Many Indian celebrities, for example: Sonam Kapoor, Karan Johar, Kriti Sanon and Aamir Khan welcomed this change in attitude towards gay sex in India. But Indians, at large, are known to not warm to the idea of homosexuality; it is thus common to find gay people in the country who hide their sexual orientation and do not make it public.

Ayiti

Ayiti fictionally looks into the lives of Haitian emigrants. Stories included in the book, such as that of a woman sleeping with a soldier (and her boarder) from another country, plus a husband and a wife looking for a way into America by boat, does an excellent job in vividly portraying what Haitians can be like.

The book also provides a way to contemplate about just what could propel Haitians to leave Haiti (a poor nation) for America. One tale in the book, for example, paints this unpleasant picture of American tourists as people who are very interested in Haiti for the streetwalkers the country offers – this really makes you think about what kind of country these visitors must come from and in my outlook, it does not paint a very charming picture of America.

Similarly, another tale caricatures a young Haitian girl in America who is perceived by her contemporaries in an educational setup to be the odd one out. Stories like these beg the question of if there is actually any beauty left in the migrant fantasy of life in America; it seems dubious, I think, that the country’s prosperity can promise Haitian emigrants better lives than the ones they left back home in Haiti.

The Mitford Murders

The Mitford Murders provides an interesting portrayal of a posh household in Oxfordshire and also a thrilling examination of a murder, but in a fictional form. The previously mentioned household is that of the Mitfords and a poor woman called Louisa Canon lands a post there as a domestic worker plus an escort. Before that, Louisa was leading, in my outlook, an extremely hard life: Canon is the eighteen-year-old daughter of a washerwoman whose husband has died; she is the type of woman who genuinely needed to be saved from her penniless circumstances in London, and also a manhandling uncle.

Another tale which unravels in the book that connects itself to the previous one is that of Florence Nightingale Shore: in 1920, Shore was murdered aboard a train which was traveling in the middle of Victoria and St. Leonards; Nancy and Louisa remarkably get involved in finding Florence’s murderer. Shore used to be a nurse who had served during war and in this case the chief suspected person is somebody who was dressed in a brown suit, plus aboard the same train as Florence.

 

Art Deco

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What is Art Deco?

Art Deco – the abbreviated form of Arts Décoratifs, is a type of architectural style (or art) which incorporates glaring colors, geometric design and exoticism. Art Deco borrowed its name from an international fair in Paris in the mid-1920s. Some notable Art Deco buildings include 30 Rockefeller Plaza and 570 Lexington Avenue in New York and the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago. In my outlook, what makes Art Deco remarkable is its unique blend of contemporary design with artistic style: it is a kind of architectural design which really moves away from making a building look like an overtly simple (and ugly) type of architecture; I think in doing so it instead presents architecture which you can really admire because there is something so artistic about it.

A Weekend Trip To Istanbul

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What you must see on a weekend trip to Istanbul

Istanbul, the former capital of Turkey, is a city that every traveler must visit at least once if they find Islamic culture and architecture fascinating. In my outlook, the best time of the year to visit Istanbul is in the summer or the winter because the two seasons are not typically when a traveler can expect to encounter rainfall. On a weekend trip to the European city, include the following two buildings as sites which you must explore before your trip ends because they are just too beautiful to miss:

  1. Hagia Sofia – a really ancient church built in the style that is associated with the Eastern Roman Empire.
  2. Ortaköy Mosque – a beautiful mosque designed during the Ottoman era in the Baroque Revival style of architecture

If all the touring gets too much then you can always pick up a roasted corn on the cob from the many wagons which they are sold from or a patso – a local sandwich that has hot dogs and potato fries as fillings, to take a break with.