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A Cornucopia Of Books …

Filed in Books by on December 19, 2018 0 Comments
A Cornucopia Of Books …

It’s the end of the year and the holiday season is upon us. Curl up in a comfortable chair or couch and enjoy these books for your reading pleasure. James Lacey’s Great Strategic Rivalries From The Classical World to the Cold War (Oxford University Press) delves into the geopolitical conflicts that have engaged major powers […]

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Roma: A Mexican Film About Memory And Resilience

Filed in Film by on December 18, 2018 0 Comments
Roma: A Mexican Film About Memory And Resilience

Alfonso Cuaron’s stark and absorbing black-and-white neo-realistic Mexican movie, Roma, unfolds as languidly as a steamy night in the tropics. Semi-autobiographical and filmed in quasi-documentary style, it’s set in the upscale but slightly scruffy Roma district of Mexico City in the early 1970s and focuses on the tribulations of a middle-class family and one of its […]

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Australia Makes The Right Decision On Jerusalem

Filed in Middle East by on December 17, 2018 0 Comments
Australia Makes The Right Decision On Jerusalem

Emulating the pragmatic example set by Russia last year, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the right decision by announcing that Australia would move its embassy in Tel Aviv to West Jerusalem one day. “Australia now recognizes West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel,” […]

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The Kominsky Method

Filed in Television by on December 16, 2018 0 Comments
The Kominsky Method

Netflix’s eight-part comedy series, The Kominsky Method, created by Chuck Lorre and starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, chronicles the perils of aging in the entertainment industry, which values the vitality, spunk and effervescence of youth. Douglas portrays Sandy Kominsky, a washed-up actor who ekes out a living as an acting coach in Los Angeles. […]

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Saudi Arabia Shuns Israel’s Overtures

Filed in Middle East by on December 15, 2018 0 Comments
Saudi Arabia Shuns Israel’s Overtures

If you take Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his word, Israel and Saudi Arabia could be on the cusp of establishing diplomatic relations and becoming good neighbors and even allies. This may happen one day, but at the moment, there are no solid indicators that this scenario will pan out. If anything, the Saudis still […]

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Spielberg Retrospective Showcases His Talents

Filed in Film by on December 14, 2018 0 Comments
Spielberg Retrospective Showcases His Talents

For the first time ever, the Toronto International Film Festival is paying tribute to one of Hollywood’s greatest directors, Steven Spielberg. From December 21 to January 10, TIFF will host Close Encounters: The Cinema of Steven Spielberg, a retrospective of 28 films he has written, directed or produced. These range from Schindler’s List to Raiders […]

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Jewish Survival Strategies During The Holocaust

Filed in Books by on December 12, 2018 0 Comments
Jewish Survival Strategies During The Holocaust

Jews in Nazi-occupied countries were forced to make excruciating decisions as they grappled with the extraordinary perils facing them during the Holocaust. Their survival strategies varied, ranging from coping, compliance and cooperation to evasion, resistance and collaboration, as Evgeny Finkel writes in his superb book, Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival During the Holocaust (Princeton University […]

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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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