dangermousie: (FMP by misscrystalis)
Just look at the new dynasty of terror:



I just found this on wikipedia which, if true, is much much too hilarious and too pathetic at once:

The American launch of the series, originally planned for 2001, was delayed for several months because Sousuke was from Afghanistan; with potential American sensitivities in mind, the premiere was originally canceled outright, then finally put forth, but only after changing Sousuke’s homeland to the fictitious nation of Helmajistan.

Ahahahaha. Seriously. Especially in context - the "series" they talk about is one of my all-time favorite animes, Full Metal Panic, and Sousuke is hardly an Osama devotee. He is an orphan of Japanese ancestry who ends up in Afganistan and ends up fighting with guerillas against the Soviets as a child soldier, presumably in the 1980s. It is not held forward as an example of childhood all kids should aspire to, either. How anyone could find it potentially offensive to American sensibilities or condemning the war on terror or whatever, I have no idea.
dangermousie: (FMP by misscrystalis)
Just look at the new dynasty of terror:



I just found this on wikipedia which, if true, is much much too hilarious and too pathetic at once:

The American launch of the series, originally planned for 2001, was delayed for several months because Sousuke was from Afghanistan; with potential American sensitivities in mind, the premiere was originally canceled outright, then finally put forth, but only after changing Sousuke’s homeland to the fictitious nation of Helmajistan.

Ahahahaha. Seriously. Especially in context - the "series" they talk about is one of my all-time favorite animes, Full Metal Panic, and Sousuke is hardly an Osama devotee. He is an orphan of Japanese ancestry who ends up in Afganistan and ends up fighting with guerillas against the Soviets as a child soldier, presumably in the 1980s. It is not held forward as an example of childhood all kids should aspire to, either. How anyone could find it potentially offensive to American sensibilities or condemning the war on terror or whatever, I have no idea.
dangermousie: (FMP by misscrystalis)
Just look at the new dynasty of terror:



I just found this on wikipedia which, if true, is much much too hilarious and too pathetic at once:

The American launch of the series, originally planned for 2001, was delayed for several months because Sousuke was from Afghanistan; with potential American sensitivities in mind, the premiere was originally canceled outright, then finally put forth, but only after changing Sousuke’s homeland to the fictitious nation of Helmajistan.

Ahahahaha. Seriously. Especially in context - the "series" they talk about is one of my all-time favorite animes, Full Metal Panic, and Sousuke is hardly an Osama devotee. He is an orphan of Japanese ancestry who ends up in Afganistan and ends up fighting with guerillas against the Soviets as a child soldier, presumably in the 1980s. It is not held forward as an example of childhood all kids should aspire to, either. How anyone could find it potentially offensive to American sensibilities or condemning the war on terror or whatever, I have no idea.
dangermousie: (Farscape: Rygel by thirdhex)
Wow. This is like a drama or a Bolylwood flick! Also, talk about scary abusive families…

Indian Man Chains Son for Marrying

AP - 05/11/07
CALCUTTA, India -
A father chained and locked up his 19-year-old son for three weeks for marrying against the family's wishes in eastern India, a police officer said Friday.

Police rescued Raghu Amin Mollah from his father's house Thursday on the outskirts of Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal state, said Joy Biswas, a police officer who took part in the operation.

"Yes, he was kept in a room locked and chained," Biswas told The Associated Press.

The father, Abed Ali Mollah, has been arrested and charged with illegally detaining and torturing his son for 21 days, he said.

Biswas said Abed Ali Mollah opposed his son's marriage to Shahnaz Khatun, 18, because of enmity between the two families.

Police acted after Khatun filed a complaint against her father-in-law, Biswas said.

The Hindustan Times said the two teenagers had grown up in the same neighborhood and fallen in love. They eloped and wed in a mosque on the outskirts of Calcutta, Biswas said.

In rural India, most marriages are arranged by the parents, and it is unusual for young people to choose their own partners.

Souce for this.

Another article with slightly more detail )

In more amusing news, I found this article:

German men steal railway line
May 16, 2007

read onnnnn )
dangermousie: (Farscape: Rygel by thirdhex)
Wow. This is like a drama or a Bolylwood flick! Also, talk about scary abusive families…

Indian Man Chains Son for Marrying

AP - 05/11/07
CALCUTTA, India -
A father chained and locked up his 19-year-old son for three weeks for marrying against the family's wishes in eastern India, a police officer said Friday.

Police rescued Raghu Amin Mollah from his father's house Thursday on the outskirts of Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal state, said Joy Biswas, a police officer who took part in the operation.

"Yes, he was kept in a room locked and chained," Biswas told The Associated Press.

The father, Abed Ali Mollah, has been arrested and charged with illegally detaining and torturing his son for 21 days, he said.

Biswas said Abed Ali Mollah opposed his son's marriage to Shahnaz Khatun, 18, because of enmity between the two families.

Police acted after Khatun filed a complaint against her father-in-law, Biswas said.

The Hindustan Times said the two teenagers had grown up in the same neighborhood and fallen in love. They eloped and wed in a mosque on the outskirts of Calcutta, Biswas said.

In rural India, most marriages are arranged by the parents, and it is unusual for young people to choose their own partners.

Souce for this.

Another article with slightly more detail )

In more amusing news, I found this article:

German men steal railway line
May 16, 2007

read onnnnn )
dangermousie: (Farscape: Rygel by thirdhex)
Wow. This is like a drama or a Bolylwood flick! Also, talk about scary abusive families…

Indian Man Chains Son for Marrying

AP - 05/11/07
CALCUTTA, India -
A father chained and locked up his 19-year-old son for three weeks for marrying against the family's wishes in eastern India, a police officer said Friday.

Police rescued Raghu Amin Mollah from his father's house Thursday on the outskirts of Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal state, said Joy Biswas, a police officer who took part in the operation.

"Yes, he was kept in a room locked and chained," Biswas told The Associated Press.

The father, Abed Ali Mollah, has been arrested and charged with illegally detaining and torturing his son for 21 days, he said.

Biswas said Abed Ali Mollah opposed his son's marriage to Shahnaz Khatun, 18, because of enmity between the two families.

Police acted after Khatun filed a complaint against her father-in-law, Biswas said.

The Hindustan Times said the two teenagers had grown up in the same neighborhood and fallen in love. They eloped and wed in a mosque on the outskirts of Calcutta, Biswas said.

In rural India, most marriages are arranged by the parents, and it is unusual for young people to choose their own partners.

Souce for this.

Another article with slightly more detail )

In more amusing news, I found this article:

German men steal railway line
May 16, 2007

read onnnnn )

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