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Sony’s Capitulation

Filed in Arts by on December 20, 2014 0 Comments
Sony’s Capitulation

Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Japanese-owned conglomerate, has cravenly caved in to terrorism by cancelling plans to release The Interview, a satirical film portraying the assassination of Kim Jong-un, the dictatorial, clownish leader of North Korea. In the past few days, Sony has dropped the Christmas day release of the $44 million movie, co-directed by Seth Rogen […]

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Civil Rights Museum

Filed in Travel by on December 20, 2014 0 Comments
Civil Rights Museum

The American constitution enshrines the principles of democracy and egalitarianism for all citizens. Yet for much of its history, the United States was not the land of freedom and opportunity for African-Americans. The injustices and humiliations they endured are presented with laser-like precision, intensity and emotion at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. The […]

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Israel’s Rapprochement With Greece

Filed in Middle East by on December 19, 2014 0 Comments
Israel’s Rapprochement With Greece

A man riding a motorcycle recently attacked Israel’s embassy in Athens, spraying the building with more than 50 rounds of gunfire. Greek police believe the assailant probably belonged to a far-leftist group. Following the incident, Greek Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias said, “No one is going to affect the relations between Greece and Israel.” It […]

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Cuba Breakthrough

Filed in Guest Voices by on December 18, 2014 0 Comments
Cuba Breakthrough

By re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba after an almost 54-year break, U.S. President Barack Obama will be putting an end to a policy that long ago became pointless. Cuba may be no democracy, but Washington enjoys diplomatic relations with at least 20 countries whose regimes are more repressive than that of the Castro brothers. Yet […]

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Mr. Turner

Filed in Arts by on December 17, 2014
Mr. Turner

He was the master of the brush — a painter of light. He was Joseph Turner (1775-1851), the British landscape artist whose moody oils, watercolours and drawings guaranteed him a place of immortality in the pantheon of great European painters. Mike Leigh’s biopic, Mr. Turner, which opens in Toronto on Dec. 25, covers the last […]

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Britain Debates Multiculturalism

Filed in Guest Voices by on December 17, 2014 0 Comments
Britain Debates Multiculturalism

The 2011 British census provides a snapshot of the country’s Muslim population, which now stands at almost 2.8 million — 4.4 percent of the country’s overall total. Most live in cities like Birmingham, Bradford, and, of course, London, whose Muslim population, at a bit over one million, is 12.4 percent of the city’s people. Philip […]

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Jewish Soul Food

Filed in Arts by on December 16, 2014 0 Comments
Jewish Soul Food

Israeli cuisine is a fusion of culinary tastes. Jewish immigrants from Muslim lands brought their traditional, time-honored dishes to Israel, as did Jews from Europe and the rest of the world. Through what Israeli food maven  Janna Gur describes as a “process of natural selection,” Israeli society adopted them. Gur, in Jewish Soul Food: From […]

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Son Of A Gun

Filed in Arts by on December 15, 2014 0 Comments
Son Of A Gun

Julius Avery’s crime thriller, Son of a Gun, crackles with energy and tension. A new director, he has made a tightly-wound film turning on the theme of honor among thieves, if there is such a thing. Scheduled to start its run in Toronto on Dec. 19, it opens as Jesse (Brenton Thwaites), a young man […]

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Israel Undermining Itself

Filed in Middle East by on December 14, 2014 0 Comments
Israel Undermining Itself

Whatever you may think of him, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon tells the unvarnished truth, at least in private settings. Recently, in a closed-door session with students at a West Bank yeshiva, he made a telling admission. Speaking to an obviously sympathetic audience, he said that the Israeli government has every intention of expanding Jewish settlements […]

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Mussolini And The Vatican

Filed in Arts by on December 11, 2014 0 Comments
Mussolini And The Vatican

Benito Mussolini, the fascist ruler of Italy, and Achille Ratti, the Roman Catholic cardinal anointed as Pope Pius XI, both came to power in the same year, 1922. They were polar opposites in terms of personality, but since they shared a distrust of democracy and an animus for communism, they were able to work together […]

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