I increasingly think of Obama as walking a tiny, little rope suspended across a Grand Canyon. Through four and a half years he has mainly kept his footing, in a way that becomes cumulatively surprising—and I say that even while disagreeing with many of his policies, notably including the recent security-state extensions. Every now and then…we see how hard what he is doing is.
Yano, has moved Hello Kitty into a new light by digging below the surface and giving the pop culture icon her full academic due. If popular culture is prone to disposable (mostly Eastern) heroes and fads (e.g., Pokemon, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, etc.), Hello Kitty is the exception to the rule. She has dominated from East to West, in her native home of Japan all the way to Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Integrated as part of Japan’s “cute” culture (kawaii), Hello Kitty has a history all her own.
Set amidst the Nigerian crime scene in Woolwich (S.E. London) during the early noughties—the young Wale (who recently arrived in the UK from Lagos) is enticed into a life of ’419’ crime…Wale teams up with an old friend…and his ‘colleagues,’ and the fraudulent crew set about…a mission to achieve…wealth, gain notoriety and enjoy women…however they soon…realise some harsh truths about each another.
Rohde calls for the United States to scale back its military ambitions and focus instead on supporting moderates and an impatient rising generation of Arabs and Muslims eager to engage with the world. Rohde characterizes his book as “an effort to describe a new, more pragmatic, and more effective American approach to the Islamic world.” Such an approach is sorely needed. But he struggles to carve out a unique set of recommendations on how to do so.