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Marion (DS) Dreyfus is a freelance writer, film critic, world traveler, and member of MENSA.


Impunity

Impunity

IMPUNITY Documentary in the Human Rights Film Festival. Presented in partnership with Cinema Tropical, Committee to Protect journalists, and the International Center for Transitional  Justice.  Produced by Human Rights Watch In Colombia for the past several decades, including when I lived in Bogota, drug cartels warred against paramilitary militias.  Thousands upon thousands of peasants and villagers...
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Caravan of Peace (NORPAC Heads To The Capital)

Caravan of Peace (NORPAC Heads To The Capital)

On Wednesday, smack in the middle of a working week, 1200 of us from the Northeast flew, drove or were bussed into Washington DC to strengthen the congressional commitment to help sustain Israel in this difficult time, amid the embroilment of so many Islamic Middle Eastern and North African states.
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The Oracle of Omaha

The Oracle of Omaha

A friend I had supper with this week spent 3 hours with the Sage of Omaha the other day. Flew to Omaha and sat in a ”terrible neighborhood diner” and ate terrible food, and spoke with him for hours. He said it was the kind of place you see in horror movies, where ghosts...
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Winter Soldiers

Winter Soldiers

In February 2009 a group of Danish soldiers, accompanied by documentary filmmaker Janus Metz, arrived at Armadillo, an FOB army camp in the south Afghan province of Helmand. For six months, Metz and cameraman Lars Skree shadowed the doings of young Danish soldiers situated less than a kilometer from dug-in Taliban...
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Stolen: A Story of Modern-day Slavery

Stolen: A Story of Modern-day Slavery

In an excellent documentary called Stolen, which sets out to document a family reunion in the sole region in Africa where Spanish is spoken, filmmakers Ayala and Fallshaw uncover a bigger story than they had originally planned.
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Thoughts On CPAC

Thoughts On CPAC

WEEKEND IN WASHINGTON ~                       Sacking out at CPAC   Had a great! time in Washington–the guys were interesting; it was strange but not too terrible to share a room with them, as all the hotels were sold out and overbooked, and Georgia was great, aside from her...
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Birthright Citizenship: Setting The Record Straight

Birthright Citizenship: Setting The Record Straight

What it means in the US, what other nations make of it, why it has no place in the country today. With a full complement of attentive listeners at the Penn Club’s elegant Tarnopol Room in midtown Manhattan, this month’s presentation by the Center for Immigration Studies offered analyses, figures and insights of legal policy...
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Snowmen: A True Story

Snowmen: A True Story

  The scene: Near midnight, January. Wednesday. Times Square, NYC. One of the world’s busiest crossways.
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Tunisia Meltdown

Tunisia Meltdown

In the wake of the president fleeing his country, escaping the widespread ‘student’ riots, Tunisia is not what it, until very recently, seemed. Who knew the Tunisians were so repressed?  Wherever one goes in the country, those Ben Ali banners are everywhere.
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Reform? Read The ‘Tea’ Leaves, Padre.

Reform? Read The ‘Tea’ Leaves, Padre.

If you have read the online postings since the tsunami of GOP election victories, one gets the idea–which is not unwarranted–that with this new, refreshing realignment of power, the thorny immigration issue will be tabled.
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