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Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Blog, Politics | 1 comment

Why Al-Jazeera Might Be Humanity’s Greatest Hope

 

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Western democracies ask what can be done to curtail and possibly eradicate Islamic extremism, which has surpassed other threats as the greatest endangerment to world peace and prosperity.

Things are really getting ugly in some places.  And it’s getting scarier.

This is a frustrating problem with few if any, solutions that are readily obvious.  Even experts in diplomacy can’t point to a workable game plan for slowing down a global scourge of violence.

A possible solution: What just might save us all is an Arab-version of Oprah Winfrey or Dr. Phil.

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Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Blog, Movie Reviews | 0 comments

Why Spies Do What They Do (Movie Review: A Most Wanted Man)

 

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Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final on-screen appearances, A Most Wanted Man, based on the book by John le Carre

 

In the real world of clandestine intelligence-gathering operations, otherwise known as “spying,” no bullet ever gets fired.  The good guys don’t swing on trapeze wires between skyscrapers over breathtaking city skylines.  The villains aren’t giggly chrome-domed psychopaths holding hissing white Persian cats.  The real spy game is subtle, and at times — messy.

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