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Althea Gibson — Trailblazer For Equal Rights

Filed in Arts by on August 29, 2015 0 Comments
Althea Gibson — Trailblazer For Equal Rights

Althea Gibson, one of America’s legendary tennis players, broke racial barriers in an era when racism was rampant and African Americans were second-class citizens. Gibson’s rise to stardom, and her abject tumble into penury, are charted in Althea, an illuminating documentary scheduled to be broadcast by PBS’ American Masters series on September 4 at 9 p.m. […]

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A Woman In Arabia

Filed in Arts by on August 27, 2015 0 Comments
A Woman In Arabia

Having had more than an inkling she might be remembered long after her untimely death, she left behind a paper trail — 16,000 letters, 16 diaries, seven archeological field books, dozens of notebooks, hundreds of political position papers and eight published books. Gertrude Bell, probably the most remarkable British woman of her generation, was a […]

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Nihilism Writ Large

Filed in Middle East by on August 26, 2015 0 Comments
Nihilism Writ Large

When Islamic State seized Palmyra in May, it announced it had no plans to bulldoze the Syrian city’s wonderful ancient ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site. But according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights — a British-based organization which has documented the four-year-old civil war in Syria in minute detail — Islamic State recently […]

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Iran Nuclear Deal Splits Jews

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on August 25, 2015 0 Comments
Iran Nuclear Deal Splits Jews

The nuclear agreement signed by six world powers and Iran in July has split the American Jewish community institutionally and politically like no other event in memory.  Taking their cue from the Israeli government, major Jewish organizations and federations, as well as conservative and Orthodox Jews, have generally come out against it. Supporting it, in the […]

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Pensioner Power

Filed in Arts by on August 23, 2015 0 Comments
Pensioner Power

Seniors are supposed to enjoy their golden years in comfort and security, but all too often they’re denied these benefits because their pensions can’t support a lifestyle of ease. Martin Himel’s 45-minute documentary, Pensioner Power: A Voice for Change highlights this problem in Israel, Canada and two southern European countries, Slovenia and Croatia. Vision TV will […]

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National Front Tries To Improve Its Image

Filed in Guest Voices by on August 21, 2015 0 Comments
National Front Tries To Improve Its Image

  Has the National Front, the far-right French party, truly shed its antisemitic carapace, or is this a good cop-bad cop routine? On August 20, the party’s founder and longtime leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was expelled from its ranks at the insistence of his daughter Marine, the current head of the NF. They had already […]

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An Awesome Mountain Peak To Conquer

Filed in Arts by on August 21, 2015 0 Comments
An Awesome Mountain Peak To Conquer

Of all the intimidating mountain peaks in the Himalayas, the most technically complicated and dangerous one may well be Shark’s Fin crowning Mount Meru, which rises to an altitude of 21,850 feet amid spectacular alpine scenery. Towering over the Ganges River in India, it defies the world’s finest climbers. Many have tried to reach the […]

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The Diary Of A Teenage Girl

Filed in Arts by on August 21, 2015 0 Comments
The Diary Of A Teenage Girl

Marielle Heller’s coming-of-age film, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, focuses on the sexual awakening of a love-starved teenager on a voyage of self-discovery. Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley), the young woman in question, is 15 years old and anxious to lose her virginity. She seduces her mother’s 35-year-old boyfriend, Monroe (Alexander Skarsgard), and learns a an […]

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Monument Valley Inspired Hollywood

Filed in Travel by on August 18, 2015 0 Comments
Monument Valley Inspired Hollywood

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, straddling the border of northeast Arizona and southeast Utah, conjures up an aura of deja vu in the best sense of the word. As soon as I arrived here on my first visit, I felt an immediate and personal connection. The iconic red sandstone mesas, buttes, pinnacles and spires held me […]

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Spanish Festival Admits Mistake And Recants

Filed in Middle East by on August 17, 2015 0 Comments
Spanish Festival Admits Mistake And Recants

The Rototom Sunsplash Reggae Festival in Spain has apologized for having dropped the Jewish American singer Matisyahu from its program. Matisyahu had been scheduled to perform at the Valencia-based festival on August 22, but was disinvited when he declined to endorse Palestinian statehood. Pressure was brought to bear on the festival — an advocate of […]

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