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Taunts, Tweets, and Black Girl Genius

March 6, 2013
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Taunts, Tweets, and Black Girl Genius

By Salamishah Tillet “Baby girl genius,” is what I muttered when I saw Quvenzhané Wallis shine bright on the television screen last Oscar Sunday night. Beaming in midnight blue and flexing her bity arms, she was a sight never seen at the Academy Awards before.  It was not simply because at nine-years-old, she was the...
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On Beyoncé, Benedict, and the Volition of Women

March 1, 2013
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By Lisa O’Neill At a school mass at my all girls’ Catholic High School, the priest said a homily about chastity, and in particular, sex before marriage. “Let’s say you are about to get married and you are going give your husband a gift, the gift of yourself and your sexuality,” he said. I...
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It’s a Wrap: After the Academy Awards

February 25, 2013
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It’s a Wrap:  After the Academy Awards

The 85th Annual Academy Awards have come and gone. According to some, including my 11-year old daughter Mason (a TFW Collective Member), the show was the “worst ever.” I have to agree; it was spectacularly awful, from Seth MacFarlane’s not-so-edgy sexist, racist, and just plain ugly jokes, to strange blasts from the past, to...
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Op-Ed: The Dangerous Limits of Race at the Academy Awards

February 24, 2013
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Op-Ed: The Dangerous Limits of Race at the Academy Awards

By Roya Rastegar We are far from a “post-racial” society. The films nominated for Best Adapted or Original Screenplays reveal an intensifying compulsion to engage race in America. Beasts of the Southern Wild. Lincoln. Django Unchained. Argo. Zero Dark Thirty. Flight. The high profile of these films positions them at the nexus of popular...
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Zero Dark Thirty and the Problem of Pakistan

February 24, 2013
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Zero Dark Thirty and the Problem of Pakistan

Zero Dark Thirty has been the subject of heated debate since its early release on Christmas Day last year. A number of reviews have focused especially on the film’s deployment of torture as a plot device, and a few Hollywood stars have even organized an appeal against the film ahead of the upcoming Academy...
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Drunk On A Plane: Or, Why I Loved “Flight”

February 23, 2013
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Drunk On A Plane: Or, Why I Loved “Flight”

Almost a decade ago, I eagerly awaited the release of Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby, thinking it was a boxing movie. It wasn’t, really—any more than Flight is a movie about flying. Yet both films are very much about gravity: the histories, behaviors, demons, dreams, and failures—technical and otherwise—that can pull people fast, flat,...
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Django in Philly

February 23, 2013
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Django in Philly

By Quincy Scott Jones On my last New Year’s Day in Philadelphia, I did what I always do on New Year’s Day in Philadelphia: I watched the Mummers Parade.  For those of you who didn’t grow up in the Delaware Valley region, the Mummers Parade is a 112-year-old parade featuring clowns, floats, and perhaps...
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"Beasts of the Southern Wild": An Affective Review

February 23, 2013
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"Beasts of the Southern Wild": An Affective Review

I have a confession:  I didn’t like Beasts of the Southern Wild.  And I don’t fully understand why. Don’t get me wrong; there were a number of wonderful facets to the movie. The beautifully textured cinematography and score were, at times, literally breathtaking. Quvenzhané Wallis’s portrayal of Hushpuppy was both perfectly quiet and understatedly...
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A Sliver of Silver in "Silver Linings Playbook": A Look at Mental Illness in Film

February 22, 2013
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A Sliver of Silver in "Silver Linings Playbook": A Look at Mental Illness in Film

Hollywood is notorious for the ways it presents and brandishes mental health to mass audiences.  In the rare instances in which a major motion picture even introduces concepts of mental health, critique inevitably swirls around the overall message the writers and actors are trying to achieve. If I think K-Mart sucks, do I meet...
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Five Things "The Sessions" Gets Right: Sex and Disability on Screen

February 22, 2013
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Five Things "The Sessions" Gets Right: Sex and Disability on Screen

So much of criticism, feminist critique included, hinges on highlighting what is wrong. In the case of film reviews, we so often ask what on-screen narratives convey about difference and the status quo. For an industry the prides itself on innovation, misogyny occupies the limelight so often that one might even call it formulaic....
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Earthquake Devastates Nepal, Killing More Than 1800 - New York Times


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Earthquake Devastates Nepal, Killing More Than 1800
New York Times
NEW DELHI — A powerful earthquake shook Nepal on Saturday near its capital, Katmandu, killing more than 1,800 people, flattening sections of the city's historic center, and trapping dozens of sightseers in a 200-foot watchtower that came crashing down ...
Nepal earthquake: UK humanitarian experts to begin missionBBC News
Death toll rises to 1805 after 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastates NepalFox News
Aid pours in amid aftershocks after Nepal quake kills 1865Chron.com
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Sabeen was being coerced into 'suspending her activities' - DAWN.com


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Sabeen was being coerced into 'suspending her activities'
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KARACHI: Social activist and intellectual Sabeen Mahmud, who was shot dead in Karachi's Defence Society on Friday evening, had been receiving threats on her mobile phone for the past “four to six weeks” to suspend her activities, disclosed a senior police ...
Gunmen kill prominent female activist in PakistanUSA TODAY
PM orders probe into Sabeen's murderThe Nation
WAF aggrieved over target killing of peace activistDaily Times
The Hindu -Voice of America
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Indonesia's Drug-Smuggler Execution Plan Draws International Ire - Bloomberg


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Indonesia's Drug-Smuggler Execution Plan Draws International Ire
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Indonesia is facing an international backlash as it prepares to execute 10 convicted drug smugglers by firing squad as early as Tuesday, with Australia issuing a last-ditch appeal for clemency for two of its citizens. The Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran ...
Message of hope for Bali Nine pairDaily Mail
Bali pair told the date of their executionSydney Morning Herald
UN chief urges Indonesia to spare drug convicts from executionInquirer.net
Voice of America -Daily Times
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Israeli forces kill two knife-wielding Palestinians – police - euronews


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Israeli forces kill two knife-wielding Palestinians – police
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli security forces killed two knife-wielding Palestinian attackers in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on Saturday, police said. In the West Bank city of Hebron, a Palestinian was shot dead by a ...
Terrorist stabs Israeli soldier near Cave of PatriarchsYnetnews
Palestinians shot dead after Israeli officer stabbedTelegraph.co.uk
Palestinians shot dead after attacksSky News Australia
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Ukraine's DIY drone war: Self-taught soldiers facing up to Russian-backed war ... - ABC Online


ABC Online

Ukraine's DIY drone war: Self-taught soldiers facing up to Russian-backed war ...
ABC Online
On the front lines in eastern Ukraine, a group of self-taught soldiers and civilians is utilising the latest hobby-store drone technology to counter a sophisticated and well-equipped enemy. With a ceasefire barely holding, Ukraine's newly formed Aerial ...
Ukraine violating ceasefire, not Russia: US analystPress TV
Ukraine's military mobilization undermined by draft dodgersWashington Post
This Is Life in Militia-Controlled Eastern UkraineWar is Boring
Reuters UK
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Flights disrupted as Chile's Calbuco volcano spews more ash - ABC Online


ABC Online

Flights disrupted as Chile's Calbuco volcano spews more ash
ABC Online
Ash from Chile's erupting Calbuco volcano is threatening to spell travel misery in the South American region and beyond after it triggered the cancellation of domestic and international flights in several cities. A sleeping giant for more than 50 years, the ...
Volcano still active, but Chile no longer fears major blastChron.com
Chile volcano ash cloud reaches Brazil, flights cancelledDaily Times

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South Florida honors ANZAC dead - Miami Herald


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South Florida honors ANZAC dead
Miami Herald
About 100 people including diplomatic representatives of Australia, Britain, Germany and Turkey gathered Saturday for a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of ANZAC Day – the day Australian and New Zealand troops hit the beaches of Gallipoli in ...
100 years later, Australia remembers 'baptism of fire' at Gallipoli (+video)Christian Science Monitor
Princes Charles and Harry pay tribute to fallen heroes of Gallipoli on beach in ...Daily Mail
Gallipoli centenary: The world unites in homage to the fallen AnzacsThe Independent
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Turkish Airlines plane makes emergency landing after engine fire - NEWS.com.au


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Turkish Airlines plane makes emergency landing after engine fire
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A TURKISH Airlines flight from Milan to Istanbul has been forced to make an emergency landing at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport after one of its engines burst into flames. NTV television footage showed smoke and flames coming from the Airbus 320's right engine ...
Turkish Airlines plane makes emergency landing after engine failureDaily Times
Fiery crash landing at Turkish airport close to John Key's plane (+video)TVNZ
Turkish Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Istanbul after engine fireTelegraph.co.uk

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Surfer fighting for life after SA shark attack - Yahoo7 - Yahoo7 News


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Surfer fighting for life after SA shark attack - Yahoo7
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A surfer who had his leg bitten off by a shark on South Australia's west coast remains in a critical condition at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Chris Blowes, 26, was surfing 350 metres offshore near Right Point at Fishery Bay in the Port Lincoln National Park ...
Witnesses Describe Horrific Shark Attack: 'Monster' Great White Swimming ...The Inquisitr
Australian surfer fights for life after being attacked by Great White sharkDaily Mail

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Al-Qaida, Allies Take Strategic Town in Northwest Syria - Voice of America


Voice of America

Al-Qaida, Allies Take Strategic Town in Northwest Syria
Voice of America
Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate and its allies seized the last major government-held town in Idlib province Saturday, giving the rebels a possible route to the coastal heartland of the Assad regime. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the ...
Nusra Front, allies seize key city in SyriaPeninsula On-line
Islamist rebels seize control of major Syrian government strongholdHerald Scotland
Islamist rebel alliance seizes northwest Syrian cityLos Angeles Times
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