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Orban And Antisemitism

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on December 10, 2018 0 Comments
Orban And Antisemitism

Hungarian President Viktor Orban expressed “zero tolerance” for antisemitism during his state visit to Israel last July, but he seems to be having second thoughts five months later. Late last month, Figyelo, a pro-government weekly magazine published in Budapest, ran an inflammatory picture on its cover of Andras Heisler, the head of the Federation of […]

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Berlin 1936: Sixteen Days In August

Filed in Books by on December 9, 2018 0 Comments
Berlin 1936: Sixteen Days In August

During 16 days in the summer of 1936, all eyes were on Berlin as Nazi Germany hosted the eleventh Olympic Games. Oliver Hilmes’ vivid book, Berlin 1936: Sixteen Days in August (The Bodley Head), published originally in German, recreates this event through a cast of carefully chosen characters and against the backdrop of ominous developments. […]

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The Quake: A Norwegian Disaster Movie

Filed in Film by on December 8, 2018 0 Comments
The Quake: A Norwegian Disaster Movie

John Andersen’s Norwegian feature film, The Quake, revels in intimations of an imminent natural disaster. Exuding an expectant atmosphere, it leaves a viewer wondering when all hell will break loose. The sequel to The Wave, which was released in 2015, The Quake opens in Canadian theatres on December 14. It unfolds in and around Norway’s capital, […]

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UN Thwarts Historic Resolution

Filed in Middle East by on December 7, 2018 0 Comments
UN Thwarts Historic Resolution

As Nikki Haley, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said, December 6 could have been “a historic day” at the UN. Haley had hoped that a non-binding American resolution condemning Hamas, the first of its kind to be considered by the General Assembly, would pass. “For the sake of peace, and for the […]

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Israel-Hezbollah-Iran Tensions Flare Again

Filed in Middle East by on December 6, 2018 0 Comments
Israel-Hezbollah-Iran Tensions Flare Again

Tensions are flaring again between Israel and Hezbollah, Israel’s most formidable adversary and one of Iran’s chief allies in the Middle East. On December 3, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Belgium to conduct talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Iran’s plans to strengthen Hezbollah — which fought a month-long war with Israel in […]

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Letters From Baghdad

Filed in Television by on December 4, 2018 0 Comments
Letters From Baghdad

Long before the emancipation of women in Western societies, Gertrude Bell led the way forward as an historian, political analyst, administrator, archeologist, writer and photographer. She was surely was one of the most influential females of the 20th century. T.E. Lawrence, known as Lawrence of Arabia, hailed her as “a wonderful person.” D. G. Hogarth, […]

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George H. W. Bush And The Middle East

Filed in Middle East by on December 3, 2018 0 Comments
George H. W. Bush And The Middle East

George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, was at the centre of the political and military turbulence that lashed and shaped the Middle East a generation ago. Bush, who died on December 1 at the age of 94, served from 1989 to 1993, during which the U.S. liberated Kuwait in the […]

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Divide And Conquer

Filed in Film by on December 1, 2018 0 Comments
Divide And Conquer

Roger Ailes would not have been pleased with Divide and Conquer: The Story of Rogers Ailes, Alexis Bloom’s critical biopic of the late Republican Party strategist which opens in Toronto on December 7. Bloom, a liberal filmmaker, portrays the conservative media consultant and Fox News chairman as a divisive force in American politics and as a […]

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Searching For Ingmar Bergman

Filed in Film by on November 30, 2018 0 Comments
Searching For Ingmar Bergman

Iconic Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman was born a century ago. His life and legacy are woven into Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic, Searching for Ingmar Bergman, which opens in Toronto at the TIFF Lightbox on December 7. Bergman, one of the legendary figures of cinema, directed 45 feature films, from The Seventh Seal and Wild […]

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Flash: The Making Of Weegee The Famous

Filed in Books by on November 29, 2018 0 Comments
Flash: The Making Of Weegee The Famous

Roaming the streets of New York City at night with a Speed Graphic camera equipped with a flash, the self-taught, now-legendary photographer Arthur Fellig exposed the nooks and crannies of a great metropolis for millions of New Yorkers during the 1930s and 1940s. Freelancing for agencies like the Associated Press and the International News Service and […]

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