April 17, 2014

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“STATE 194″ a documentary about Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad

See the trailer for STATE 194, a documentary from director Dan Setton chronicling Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s campaign for Palestine to become the 194th state recognized by the United Nations.
The story has continued to develop after the UN General Assembly voted by an overwhelming majority to recognize Palestine as a non-Member Observer State on Nov. 29, 2012.
The vote came exactly 65 years after the UN passed a resolution to partition Palestine, allowing for the formation of the state of Israel on November 29, 1947.
STATE 194, produced by Participant Media (An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc.), will be making its European Premiere at the Berlinale on 8 February in the Panorama section.
TRAILER
Trailer: http://www.takepart.com/state194
SYNOPSIS:
If you build the foundations of peace . . . will it come?
This fascinating question lies at the heart of STATE 194, a vital and revealing look deep inside Israel and Palestine at the men and women trying to seize an historic opportunity to end the conflict and make implementing the two-state solution a reality right now. From the halls of power, across youthful social networks and on the streets, it is a remarkable story of those who are attempting to transform an endangered thread of hope into something tangible.
This journey-still-in-progress begins with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who in 2009 launched a daring campaign to change his people’s destiny. For decades, acts of war and terror, political wrangling and diplomacy have failed to solve the territorial disputes of the region; settle the questions of Palestinian independence and Israeli security; or halt ongoing violence. But Fayyad envisioned a different approach. Taking his surprising inspiration from the Israeli battle for U.N. recognition in 1948 – which centered on building the bedrock of civil society to demonstrate their readiness to be a nation — he forged an ambitious 2-year plan to pave roads, raise schools and fast-track creating the core institutions of governance across the West Bank. Fayyad decided even if statehood was stalled, progress didn’t have to be. The plan achieved rapid and dramatic improvements in key development areas, leading President Mahmoud Abbas to take a different risk: presenting the case to the United Nations that Palestine was ready to become the 194th member nation.
Participant Media presents STATE 194 directed by Dan Setton and produced by Setton and Elise Pearlstein. The executive producers are Jeff Skoll and Diane [...]

Marie Colvin: Syrian Government Stop the Madness NO MORE KILLINGS!

HollywoodNews.com: Syrian government Stop the Madness NO MORE KILLINGS!
Marie Colvin killed: Syrian forces had pledged to kill ‘any journalist who set foot on Syrian soil’
“Our mission is to report these horrors of war with accuracy and without prejudice,” said Marie Colvin. “The Syrian army is simply shelling a city of cold, starving civilians.”
Today it was confirmed that the war correspondent Marie Colvin has died in the Syrian city of Homs.
Marie Colvin was killed alongside French photographer Remi Ochlik, 28, in a rocket attack on the besieged city of Homs.
What is the world waiting for? We keep watching women and children being killed and we do NOTHING. Call/email your congressman/senator… do something to put pressure on the White House… the killings MUST STOP
R.I.P Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik
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Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” banned in Lebanon

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: What the heck is happening overseas? The United States are supposed to be conservative, with the rest of the world loosening its restrictions on modern media. But first we get a story that Britain has banned a sequel to “The Human Centipede” because of lewd and graphic sexual behavior, and now Lady Gaga is being banned in Lebanon.
Officials in Lebanon banned Gaga’s latest album “Born This Way,” saying that the record is “offensive to Christianity,” according to The Guardian. Copies of the album were “impounded” by the office of general security when they arrived at Beirut’s airport, the paper adds.
“Distributors are prohibited from circulating media that diverges from public decency and morality or is at odds with nationalistic or religious beliefs,” officials said.
Maybe Gaga’s single, “Judas,” ticked them off? How on Earth will her tour survive without Lebanon’s support?

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