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World Heartache

Dearest Friends,

Today my heart is just aching for our world. The things that are going on in the middle east with the radical Islamic group (not mentioning the name, because I don’t want it to trend), as well as the ebola crisis are absolutely horrific, not to mention the other atrocities that are happening here and around the world.  252 more words



Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, “Distant” (“Uzak”) is a minimalist tale of two cousins in Istanbul who live together but barely speak. One is Mahmut (Muzaffer Ozdemir), a frustrated commercial photographer working for a tile factory who once had dreams of being the Turkish Tarkovsky; the other is Yusuf (Mehmet Emin Toprak), a country bumpkin who lost his job after the local factory closed down. 11 more words



Adapted from Zulfu Livaneli’s 2002 novel, it observes the collision of two cultures, one ancient, the other modern, in contemporary Turkey. Directed and produced by Abdullah Oguz, “Bliss” has ravishing cinematography by Mirsad Herovic and a mystical score by Mr. 56 more words


Against Arab Sickness

At Politico Magazine, Hisham Melham writes on the collapse of Arab civilization.

Arab civilization, such as we knew it, is all but gone. The Arab world today is more violent, unstable, fragmented and driven by extremism—the extremism of the rulers and those in opposition—than at any time since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire a century ago.

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US admits there is a much scarier terrorist group than ISIS | RT

New intelligence has emerged warning Washington that its upcoming confrontation with the Islamic State may leave it blind to a more sinister and direct threat from a much lesser known terrorist group that has arisen from the ashes of the Syrian war. 108 more words

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Civilians Who Run Full-Page Ads in the New York Times (Michael Laitman Edition)

As you splendid readers might (or more likely might not) recall, the hardworking staff has long chronicled full-page ads that people of above-average means buy in the New York Times (at six figures a pop). 121 more words

Tall times in Dubai

Two weekends ago, we had a nice excuse to take a break from the ‘ha, and head to Dubai! My cousins were travelling through on their way to Africa, so we decided to make a weekend out of it. 921 more words