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I just saw the film "Marga" on Arte today.

The English title is Saviors in the Night. http://www.menemshafilms.com/saviors-in-the-night.html

If you get a chance, I recommend that you see it. It is a true story based on the life of Marga Spiegel and her family. They were German Jews who were actually protected during the Holocaust by neighboring farmers.

Spiegel passed away in 2014. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marga_Spiegel

New Scandinavian Series Depicts Russian Invasion of Norway

Evidently the making of this series has caused some serious repercussions with Russia. I hadn't really noticed the hullaballoo earlier. But as I was looking at tonight's TV offerings (RTS in Switzerland), I discovered that the first two episodes will be shown here.

For more info, here's an October article from The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/oct/02/tv-drama-russian-invasion-occupied-premiere-norway It will be shown in the original language, which I presume is Norwegian, with French subtitles.

The scenario of Occupied, a Scandinavian thriller that premieres in Norway this weekend (Sunday 4 October), and in western Europe during the autumn, is likely to tap into fears of Russian aggression – and perhaps, according to critics, inflame them.

Based on an idea by the bestselling Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbø, the series imagines that an environmentalist government has come to power in Norway and ceased to supply Europe with North Sea oil, forcing the EU to call on Russia to come to its aid.

This is a big-budget production with backing from Arte, the Franco-German TV network, and produced by the Swedish studio behind the Wallander TV series and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movies.

Russia has condemned the series for pitting Scandinavians against Russians “in the worst traditions of the cold war”. Although its creators claim that it is obviously fiction, the global context has been upended since Occupied was originally conceived – Russia’s occupation of Crimea last year and the civil war in east Ukraine have fuelled the worst crisis in relations with Moscow for a generation.

Recent Scandinavian series have been excellent. I expect that Netflix is likely bidding on this for streaming, so US Netflix viewers may be able to see it soon.

100 Horses Stuck On Island Are Rescued By All-Female Team Of Heroes

Although this event dates from 2006, I saw it on FB for the first time this morning. It brought tears to my eyes, but they were tears of joy.


It just takes someone to show the way.

Just want to share a great link

if it hasn't already been shared on DU: http://www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com/home

For additional interesting info: http://www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com/did-you-know

And more: http://www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com/music-news

Wow, Hillary Clinton Totally Owned These Tiny Children

Just darling ... Jimmy Kimmel's "Out-of-focus" group:

You ever notice how little kids know NOTHING about the historical and societal implications of complex gender roles in politics? Haha, they're so dumb! Luckily, Jimmy Kimmel had Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on to school them, because actually, Jayden, ladies can be president.

Everything else is video.


A Quarter of Pakistani Girls Are Married Before They’re 18. This Film Shows What That Feels Like

Every minute, 28 child marriages take place. That’s 15 million girls a year removed from their schools, taken from their families, and denied their childhood.

The Center for Reproductive Rights reports that 24 percent of Pakistani girls are married before they’re 18 (unlike in neighboring India, Bangladesh, or Nepal, child marriage is still legal in Pakistan.) And although the legal age for girls to marry is 16, seven percent of girls in Pakistan are married at 15 or younger.

These statistics tell us the prevalence of young girls forced into marriage, but tell us nothing about what it’s like to be a child bride or the parent of a child forced into marriage. For that, we turn to stories like the film Dukhtar, and storytellers like Afia Nathaniel.

Nathaniel, once a computer scientist and now a film director, was born in Lahore, Pakistan. In her 20s, she earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and worked in the field for a few years before she realized she didn’t enjoy it. “I took a good look at what I wanted to do with my life, and I said, ‘I can’t be chained to a desk, writing, coding, and programming,’” Nathaniel explained. “That’s not what I want to do. I want to tell stories.”


My husband and I have had the very great privilege and pleasure of knowing Afia for many years. We are so happy to see that she is able to get some of her stories told, especially some about a very misunderstood part of the world.

I also find it interesting - and telling - that she was able to more easily find financing for her film in Europe than in the US.

Awww ... Return of the Pope for Halloween

President Obama has been brought to laughter by a tiny baby dressed as the Pope, giving the child’s outfit top prize at the White House’s traditional Halloween event.

The first family of the US held their Halloween event at the White House, decorating the building with spooky props and performers and handing sweets to local children. But the show was stolen by a baby dressed as a Pope, complete with white Popemobile and red shoes.


Hillary Clinton's Campaign Sharing Data/Funds with State Parties

I apologize if this was posted earlier, but I just saw it recently and am delighted to see it.

Nobody seems to be talking about this, but it seems like a BFD to me.
Clinton is using her superstar status and fundraising prowess to directly benefit the downticket races that we need to win to rebuild the Democratic party nationwide.

She is the only candidate we have that is in the position to do this, and she's doing it.

Those are some blood red states that she's raising money for,

If this ends up a wave election, Clinton is positioning us to ride that wave, even if she is not the nominee.

That is her commitment to the Democratic Party.


This is yet another reason for me to be a proud Clinton supporter. You go, girl. This is like what Howard Dean did as DNC Chair.

Did The Democratic Debate Change The Odds?

Interesting post-debate discussion at FiveThirtyEight:


Israel’s Least Bad Options the Day After the Iran Deal

The author of this piece, which could also be considered a Good Read, is optimistic that President Obama will successfully sustain a veto of the Iran Deal. I hope that he is correct.

I am posting the most relevant paragraphs because World Politics Review is a subscription website and readers may not be able to view them otherwise.

The Middle East is changing rapidly, mostly for the worse. Many of the changes are closely related to Iran and will be exacerbated by the added stature and additional funds it will gain from sanctions relief. While Iran has not abandoned its long-term nuclear aspirations, but merely come to terms with current international realities, the nuclear issue is likely to be on the back burner for the foreseeable future. In these circumstances, after repairing its ties with Washington, Israel will face three primary challenges.

First, Israel needs to ensure that the planned inspections regime is, indeed, implemented fully and effectively, so that Iran’s nuclear ambitions are checked for the duration of the agreement. ...

Second, even assuming the deal’s effective implementation, Israel must still contend with countering Iran’s influence in the region, which is likely to grow, especially in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. Much has been made in the media of the convergence of strategic interests between Israel and the Sunni Arab states. Unfortunately, ... it is hard to imagine how common interests can be translated into significant strategic cooperation, especially with the Saudis, for anything beyond even limited intelligence exchanges. ... Moreover, under now-President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey, once a partner in the region, has made a strategic decision to downgrade relations with Israel. Nothing short of a change in Turkey’s government will lead to an even partial restoration of strategic ties. Israel should seek closer relations with the Kurds in Iraq and Syria, but they are unlikely to prove more reliable allies today than they did in the past.

Third, and maybe most immediately, Israel needs to deal with what remains of Syria. No other issue poses such immediate dangers for Israel and such limited options. Israel should continue to do its utmost to stay out of the Syrian quagmire. But it cannot allow Syria to become a new front for attacks against Israel, which would create one long frontline extending from Lebanon. Should Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remain in power, the Syrian rump state will, for all practical purposes, be an Iranian and Hezbollah stronghold and springboard on Israel’s border. Assad’s fall, however, also bodes ill for Israel, as the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or some combination of the other Islamist opposition groups now vying for power, will inevitably turn their attention toward Israel once the internal battle is resolved.

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