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The reemergence of Russia In The Middle East

Filed in Middle East by on November 4, 2019 0 Comments
The reemergence of Russia In The Middle East

As hundreds of American troops hastily withdrew from bases in northeastern Syrian late last month on orders from U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian military police almost immediately took over these installations on behalf of Russia’s chief ally in the Middle East, Syria. Shortly afterwards, Russian and Turkish forces began patrolling a former Kurdish enclave in […]

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Frankie, An Appealing Movie Set In Portugal

Filed in Film by on November 2, 2019 0 Comments
Frankie, An Appealing Movie Set In Portugal

Ira Sachs’ drama, Frankie, which opens in Canada on November 8, stars Isabelle Huppert as a famous French actress who invites her family, an ex-husband and a friend to Portugal for what may be a final summer vacation. This appealing film, set in the wooded mountains and sandy beaches of the rustic resort of Sintra, […]

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Margaret Atwood: Cinematic Portrait Of A Writer

Filed in Film by on November 1, 2019 0 Comments
Margaret Atwood: Cinematic Portrait Of A Writer

Canadian poet, novelist and essayist Margaret Atwood once said, “I never thought I’d be a popular writer. I only wanted to be a good one.” Several decades on, Atwood has achieved not only popularity but admiration as a stylist. Thanks to her prodigious body of work — 17 books of poetry, 17 novels, 10 works of […]

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Cheating Hitler: Surviving The Holocaust

Filed in Film by on October 31, 2019 0 Comments
Cheating Hitler: Surviving The Holocaust

They’re the last of the Holocaust survivors — the Jewish boys and girls who survived the genocidal Nazi onslaught and are now in the final years of their long lives. Maxwell Smart, Rose Lipszyc and Helen Yermus, all Canadian citizens, witnessed the destruction of their respective Jewish communities in Poland and Lithuania. Seventy four years after […]

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Baghdadi Is Dead, But Islamic State Lives On

Filed in Middle East by on October 30, 2019 0 Comments
Baghdadi Is Dead, But Islamic State Lives On

Five years after announcing the formation of a caliphate in Iraq and Syria from the pulpit of the Al Nuri Grand mosque in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead. Baghdadi, with a $25 million U.S. bounty on his head, died of self-inflicted wounds on October 26 when […]

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The Kominsky Method II

Filed in Television by on October 29, 2019 0 Comments
The Kominsky Method II

Chuck Lorre’s Netflix comedy series, The Kominsky Method, is back again. I thoroughly enjoyed the 2018 debut season, and this year’s version is just as comical and satisfying. Starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, and set in Los Angeles, it’s essentially about the pitfalls and perils of aging in America. The themes are topical and […]

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Israel’s Cold Peace With Jordan

Filed in Middle East by on October 28, 2019 0 Comments
Israel’s Cold Peace With Jordan

The 25th anniversary of the historic peace treaty between Israel and Jordan went unnoticed in both countries in a telling admission of their increasingly frosty relations. Implemented on October 26, 1994 in an upbeat ceremony in the Arava desert about a year after Israel and the Palestinians announced the Oslo accord, it was Israel’s second […]

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The Avocado War

Filed in Television by on October 27, 2019 0 Comments
The Avocado War

Call it, if you will, green gold. The cultivation of avocados has become a massive business in the past few decades, particularly in California, Mexico and Chile. But the industry in these countries faces difficult challenges, according to an intriguing Netflix documentary, The Avocado War. The avocado, once dismissed as fatty and unhealthy, is now […]

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Fig Tree

Filed in Film by on October 26, 2019 0 Comments
Fig Tree

It’s 1989 and Ethiopia is being torn apart by a civil war. The country has sunk into the slough of violence and despair and people, particularly Jews, are desperate to leave. Fig Tree, directed by Israeli/Ethiopian filmmaker Aalam-Warqe Davidian, is set during this tumultuous period. Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, Fig […]

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Israel Gripped By Political Paralysis

Filed in Middle East by on October 25, 2019 0 Comments
Israel Gripped By Political Paralysis

Israel is wallowing in a state of political paralysis. For the past six months, in the wake of two inconclusive elections, the country has been adrift, bereft of a stable government. It’s a reflection of the deep divisions in Israeli society. The current situation began when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was unable to form a […]

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