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Taghi Amirani

Filmmaker - TED Senior Fellow, Amirani Media


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The west can no longer claim to be an honest broker in the search for peace in the Middle East.

Has Egypt exposed a blatant hypocrisy in the west's relationship with the Middle East? For decades the west has propped up and funded dictators in the region, preferring 'stability' to democracy in order to protect its own interests. All at the expense of the human rights of the people in the region. A people who have finally spoken and will continue to speak. Peacefully, elegantly and in a highly sophisticated manner.

For western leaders is freedom a question of strategy rather than principle?

A quote from Gary Younge in The Guardian: "Last week Tony Blair said Mubarak was "immensely courageous and a force for good". On Sunday he said Mubarak's departure could be a "pivotal moment for democracy in the Middle East". The man charged by the major world powers with bringing peace to the region can't make up his mind whether he is for despotism or democracy from one week to the next."


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    Feb 25 2011: I have given thought to a plot to a movie which analyzed the aftermath of a terrorist event which left Jerusalem uninhabitable for 10,000 years. The protagonist being the athiest perpetrator of the crime. A thought-provoking movie in the vein of "Watchmen".

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