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Call Me By Your Name

Filed in Film by on January 15, 2018 0 Comments
Call Me By Your Name

Amid the sun-drenched sylvan splendor of a summer in northern Italy, two young men form a special bond. Their friendship unfolds in 1983 against the bucolic backdrop of a sunny garden, a Roman-style pool whose cool waters reflect the blissful rays of a southern European sun, an aquamarine sea and a starry sky. All this takes […]

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Trump’s Unpresidential Comments

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Trump’s Unpresidential Comments

Donald Trump rarely fails to disappoint critics who consider him temperamentally inappropriate and patently unpresidential. Revealing his true colors yet again last week, the U.S. president embarrassed himself and the American people by issuing vulgar remarks that speak to his unsuitability as the occupant of the highest office in the land. In a discussion at the White […]

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Integrating Muslims in Germany

Filed in Commentary by on January 13, 2018 0 Comments
Integrating Muslims in Germany

The influx of about one million Muslims into Germany in the past two years has touched off fears in the Jewish community. This is perfectly understandable. Most of the new arrivals hail from Syria, which is embroiled in a civil war and which has been at war with Israel since its creation almost 70 years […]

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The Final Year

Filed in Film by on January 12, 2018 0 Comments
The Final Year

During Barack Obama’s last year as president of the United States, Greg Barker and his camera crew followed him and his most trusted associates around the country and abroad. Barker’s fly-on-the-wall documentary, The Final Year, which opens in Canada on January 19, peeks inside the Obama White House as he and his chief operatives attend […]

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In The Fade

Filed in Film by on January 11, 2018 0 Comments
In The Fade

Fatih Akin’s taut thriller, In the Fade, the winner of this year’s Golden Globes award for best foreign movie, is a combustible melange of two popular cinematic forms, police procedural and court room drama. Scheduled to open in Canada on January 19, it’s set against the backdrop of a terrorist incident in the German city […]

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Iran Seeks Scapegoats To Explain Protests

Filed in Middle East by on January 8, 2018 0 Comments
Iran Seeks Scapegoats To Explain Protests

To no one’s surprise, Iranian officials conveniently blamed the latest outburst of anti-government protests in Iran, the most serious since 2009, on outside meddling. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, accused external “enemies” of fomenting the nation-wide disturbances, which broke out on December 28 and have so far claimed the lives of 21 people. Iran’s […]

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Aida’s Secrets

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Aida’s Secrets

Alon and Shaul Schwarz’s intriguing documentary, Aida’s Secrets, plumbs the depths of a family’s convoluted history, but leaves a viewer asking more questions than it answers. The film, set in Israel, Germany and Canada, opens in Toronto on January 12 at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. It revolves around a mother and her two […]

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Happy End

Filed in Film by on January 5, 2018 0 Comments
Happy End

The Laurents are a wealthy French family living off the fat of the land in the port of Calais. As they sit around a table in their palatial home enjoying a fine meal prepared by their eager-to-please Moroccan cook, one might think they epitomize bourgeois contentment. Think again, Austrian director Michael Haneke suggests in his newest […]

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The Holocaust Through Muslim Eyes

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The Holocaust Through Muslim Eyes

Mehnaz Afridi is appalled by two troubling phenomena in Muslim communities — the “lack of understanding” of the Holocaust and the “growing antisemitism.” She should know. An Indian Muslim born in Pakistan, she’s director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College, a Catholic liberal arts institution in New York City. It’s […]

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On Pakistan, A More Muscular U.S. Policy

Filed in Guest Voices by on January 2, 2018 0 Comments
On Pakistan, A More Muscular U.S. Policy

It’s no secret that U.S. President Donald Trump thinks Americans have for decades been taken for a ride by fair-weather friends when it comes to foreign aid. They are glad to take the cash, but become no-shows when asked to provide help when Washington needs it. Pakistan is among the countries he considers freeloaders. In […]

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