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ISRAEL LET FAR-RIGHT PROUD BOYS FOUNDER IN, BUT SAYS NO TO REPS. ILHAN OMAR AND RASHIDA TLAIB
ANDREW WHALEN, © Newsweek
August 15, 2019

Israel has denied entry to Representatives Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, citing pressure from President Donald Trump, who on Thursday reiterated his characterization that the first two Muslim women elected to Congress “hate Israel & all Jewish people.”

While Israel had originally allowed a visit by Tlaib and Omar, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet reversed the decision on Wednesday, with one anonymous source citing “Trump’s pressure” to Reuters.

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ISRAEL LET FAR-RIGHT PROUD BOYS FOUNDER IN, BUT SAYS NO TO REPS. ILHAN OMAR AND RASHIDA TLAIB
ANDREW WHALEN, © Newsweek
August 15, 2019

Israel has denied entry to Representatives Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, citing pressure from President Donald Trump, who on Thursday reiterated his characterization that the first two Muslim women elected to Congress “hate Israel & all Jewish people.”

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"As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking."
––Virginia Woolf

Karan Mahajan
RAQUEL PELÁEZ, © El País
August 12, 2019

En una entrevista que Sharon Tate concedió cuando aún no conocía a Roman Polanski ni sabía que algún día la matarían en un terrorífico asesinato ritual en la casa que ambos compartían, decía que aunque la prensa europea la hubiese señalado como “la nueva Marilyn Monroe” ella no se identificaba en absoluto con esa descripción, ya que en su opinión el tiempo de “las sex symbols” había pasado.

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"As a Punjabi, you only have to look at your own family's past to find horror stories about arranged marriages and brutality."
––Karan Mahajan

Epstein Suicide Conspiracies Show How Our Information System Is Poisoned
By Charlie Warzel

Even on an internet bursting at the seams with conspiracy theories and hyperpartisanship, Saturday marked a new chapter in our post-truth, choose-your-own-reality crisis story.
It began Saturday morning, when news broke that the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein had apparently hanged himself in a Manhattan jail. Mr. Epstein’s death, coming just one day after court documents from one of his accusers were unsealed, prompted immediate suspicion from journalists, politicians and the usual online fringes.

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"Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America - not on the battlefields of Vietnam. "
––Marshall McLuhan

Art and Film: Argentina’s haunting precedent
Sharon Butler, © Two Coats of Paint
July 15, 2019

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Argentina’s decade-long “dirty war” (1974–83) during which a right-wing military junta “disappeared” about 30,000 left-wing dissidents – that is, executed them without acknowledgement of their deaths – ended over 35 years ago. Yet Argentina’s outstanding contemporary filmmakers continue to revisit the dirty war. In 2009, there was Juan José Campanella’s Oscar-winning The Secret in Their Eyes, which turns on a corrupt Buenos Aires policeman’s protection of a rapist and murderer, whom he recruits as a hit man for the right-wing government in the 1970s. Pablo Trapera’s The Clan (2015) concerns a brutal ex-intelligence operative who goes into the kidnapping-and-ransom business for himself after the dirty war ends and the payoffs dry up. Now the balefully resonant Rojo, written and directed by Benjamin Naishtat and set in the mid-1970s as the junta is taking over, centers on a small-town lawyer, Claudio, played with the right measure of dour cravenness by Dario Grandinetti. Like his family and friends, Claudio just wants to avoid risks and let the bad times pass like transient indigestion. Insofar as aloofness equates to complicity, he represents the Argentine version of the banality of evil. Yet he can’t even really disengage.

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