Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Israel and the US have been threatening to attack Iran off and on for about 30 years.war news.

·        US officials have been warning Israel off of planned attacks on Iran for months now, and having dissuaded them from attacking before the US presidential election, the US military is now cautioning that an Israeli attack would be really income nient to America’s own plans for attack.

·        That’s because the US forces in the region are reliant on a number of small Persian Gulf states and would need to use bases in those states to launch a possible US attack on Iran. But if Israel strikes first, those nations are liable to withdraw their support.

·        “They might support a massive war against Iran, but they know they are not going to get that,” one official noted. “They know a limited strike is not worth it, as it will not destroy the program and only make Iran angrier.”

·        This is in stark contrast to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claims yesterday that he reckons an attack on Iran is something all the Arab nations would feel really good about. Israel and the US have been threatening to attack Iran off and on for about 30 years, but the far-right government in Israel seems really keen to actually do so at some point soon, and is expected to talk up a war even more with elections on the horizon. Israeli Attack on Iran Could Inconvenience US Attack on Iran, Military Warns.

Monday, October 29, 2012

karn johar a film Student of the Year, entertainment news,

What’s consistent about Johar’s filmmaking is that he scales and balances weight on his leads and their supporting actors. So, when Fareeda Jalal enters the movie as Abhi’s grandmother (he lives with his uncle and aunt, after his parents died), we believe that she’s his emotional center .
This group of friends and lackies are – superficially – your usual fodder. The slutty cheerleader is Sana Saeed (who played SRK’s daughter in “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”). Shanaya’s “bff” is played by Mansi Rachh, a tomboy with a semi-prominent drive that matures with the film’s duration. The bespectacled geek is SODO, played by Kayoze Irani (Boman Irani’s son, who may be epitomizing some of Johar’s personal anguish). And finally there’s Sahil Anand, who plays Ro’s lackey.
There are no initial sparks between Abhi and Shanaya, but they do get it on in a Malaysian wedding trip (actually one of the film’s many excuses to undress the leads, splash them in dripping water for slow-mo beauty shots); And then of course, the Student of the Year competition is initiated by Dean Yoginder Vasisht (Rishi Kapoor, effortless and charismatic, innocently pining after film’s happily-married college coach Ronit Roy) which turns them – and the film’s supporting cast – into enemies.
The third leading-debut is their mutual love-interest, Shanaya (Alia Bhatt, once-director, now producer Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter) – a dolled-up rich babe, who is the desire of every boy and the jealously of every other babe in school (we don’t get to see that either).
Student of the Year – SOTY – is Johar’s clean-break from his gradually maturing mindset (re: the warped family break-up drama “Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna” and the flaky political statement “My Name is Khan”), and boy, is it woozy, fresh, if somewhat unoriginal. But that doesn’t actually bother Johar – and he doesn’t let it pester you either.
SOTY’s hardly visible plot, is slickly decorated around big, glossy sets and an immediately hummable music by Vishal-Shekhar, who meld their style with the Karan Johar-touch, incorporating “Yeh Chand Sa Roshan Chehra”, “Gulabi Aankhen” and Nazia Hasan’s “Disco Deewane” with renewed juice (watch out for Rishi Kapoor doing a “Dafli Walay” routine in “Radha”, one of the star-songs of the movie; the other star-song is “Ratta Maar”).
SOTY is auteurism at work. There’s a bold, visible sign at the door that says: “Hassle-free, escapist entertainment. Park your incisive, over-assessing criticisms at the door, and enjoy that bag of expensive pop-corn you just bought!”
Shanaya, although is the lead who gets to disco, boogie and twirl in almost all the film’s musical numbers, her “Ishq Wala Love”, is simply a picturesque wall-decoration. SOTY is less interested in telling a love story; it instead tries to win-over a persistent, if-uneasy, bromance fable.
Karan Johar’s new half-sparkly, romantic Bolly-fable about high school love and antipathy, may be his first directed film that sidelines Shah Rukh Khan in favor of younger, bare-chested youngsters; and it may (partially) hark back to his debut “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” (with an overarching shadow of “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar”); and it may feature SRK’s co-production stamp (the film is co-produced by SRK’s wife and Johar’s friend Gauri Khan) – but what it doesn’t do is ramble on pomposity, or worrisome self-consciousness.
Clocking in a typical-Bollywood 146 minutes, SOTY’s screenplay (by Rensil D’silva and dialogues by Niranjan Iyengar) rakes in character development, drive, and half-remixed sound-track, into a pitch-perfect starring vehicle for his debuting trio. Two of whom are Sidharth Malhotra (as Abhimanyu “Abhi” Singh) and David Dhawan’s son, Varun Dhawan (playing Rohan “Ro” Nanda). These chiseled-bodied, soft-hearted leads start off as enemies, become friends, graduate into frenemies over the McGuffin that’s the eponymous, school competition.
Abhi, the underdog, is a career-oriented youngster who gets into the upmarket, semi-swanky St. Teresa’s High School on a sports scholarship. Ro is the son of alumi-turned-tycoon (Ram Kapoor); semi-spoiled, seeking his father’s adoration (he gets put-down often), he is the black-sheep who dreams of having a career as a pop/rock artist. Ro’s longtime girlfriend is Shanaya, born to indifferent, rich parents, who push her to maintain her class-conscious relationship.

• Israel's intelligence service has arrested dozens of Hamas members in the West Bank

·         Also Monday, Israeli aircraft struck a Palestinian rocket launching pad and an unidentified militant activity site in the Gaza Strip, in response to persistent rocket and mortar fire from the coastal territory, the military said.
·         Gaza militants launched 21 rockets and mortars into southern Israel earlier in the day, according to the military's count. No casualties were reported on either side.
·         Hamas violently took over Gaza in 2007 in bloody street battles from the rival Palestinian group Fatah.
·         In Hamas-controlled Gaza, militants fired volleys of rockets and mortars at southern Israel, triggering an Israeli airstrike.
·         Israel and much of the West deals with the Palestinian Authority, while shunning Hamas, labeling it a terror group due to its suicide bombings and other attacks on Israel that killed hundreds of civilians.
·         Israel's intelligence service has arrested dozens of Hamas members in the West Bank who had been setting up infrastructure for the militant Islamic group there, according to a statement Monday.
·         Military aircraft dropped leaflets over Gaza warning Palestinians to stay away from the border fence with Israel or risk drawing fire.
·         The hostilities threatened to undercut a brittle, informal truce that went into effect last week after the worst outbreak of violence between the two sides in months.
·         The leaflets also warned civilians not to cooperate with militants, dig smuggling tunnels or smuggle in weapons.
·         The Palestinian Authority, dominated by Fatah, has limited powers in the West Bank under Israel's overall security control and has launched its own crackdown against Hamas.
·         The Shin Bet said that 30 Hamas members were arrested near Ramallah, the West Bank's administrative center. It said they were setting up a Hamas network in the West Bank and were relaying information to the overseas leaders of the group, which is sworn to Israel's destruction. They were also setting up Hamas cells in West Bank schools, the statement said.
·         The statement said two of those arrested were involved in the murder of two Israeli soldiers by a Palestinian mob in 2000. The soldiers entered Ramallah by mistake and were taken to a police station, where they were tortured and then thrown out of a second-story window.