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Cartoon December 2018-January 2019

Cartoon December 2018

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Movie Corner December 2018-January 2019

By HOWARD McQUITTER II

oldschoolmovies.wordpress.com

howardmcquitter68@gmail.com

“THE PRIVATE WAR” — The film is based on the 2012 article “Marie Colvin’s Private War” in Vanity Fair by Marie Brenner. All wars are ugly, often scripted, and always deadly (especially for civilians and war correspondents).

Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) is a celebrated war correspondent who went to the most dangerous places on Earth to tell the world the truth about real-life suffering in war-torn countries such as Sri Lanka, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya where the world can see rubble, dead bodies, wounded men, women and children, understaffed medical personnel. She wants people to see the indiscriminate horror bombs and bullets do to civilians – elderly, women and children. 

Colvin’s exterior is tough, but the running from blasts and bullets, accompanied by soldiers and other news correspondents and the sights of dead children, wailing women, armed police and brutal interrogations causes her nightmares. Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) is a photographer who is a good friend of Colvin is almost always in the shadow of Colvin. Her Sunday Times editor Sean Ryan (Tom Hollander) often argues with her telling her certain situations are just too dangerous to be there. 

Colvin wears a patch on her left eye after a shell blinds her in Sri Lanka. As one of her friends tells her when she refuses to stay out of danger she’s addicted to the cause. When she’s away from the bombs Colvin smokes heavy and sips far too much liquor to be settled in her profession.

Whatever shortcoming “A Private War” may have, I highly recommend the film for the outstanding performance of Rosamund Pike. I am predicting she will land an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role. Believe me. She deserves one.

Cast: Rosamund Pike (Marie Colvin), Jamie Dorman (Paul Conroy), Tom Hollander (Sean Ryan), Stanley Tucci (Tony Shaw), Faye Marsay (Kate Richardson),, Nikki Amuka-Bird (Rita Williams), Corey Johnson (Norm Coburn), Alexandra Moen (Amy Bentham), Raad Rawi (Gaddafi), Hilton McRae (Adam Watkins), Jeremie  Laheurte (Remi Ochlik), Manoj Anand (Sri Lankan Hospital Patient), Michele Belgrand (Old Time Friend), Jesuthasan Anthonythasan(Tamilselvan), Natasha Jayetileke (Nurse). 

(R) Running time:109 minutes. 

Director: Matthew Heineman 

Written by Arash Amel

Cinematographer: Robert Richardson

Music by H. Scott Salinas

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News in Yemen vastly underreported

By HOWARD McQUITTER II

Recently, the New York Times in its Sunday Review section reported the Saudi war in Yemen in the last three years has caused 85,000 children to die from the bombardment or from starvation. 

What’s more, the article goes further by saying Americans’ tax dollars are helping not only to fund the war, but is helping to starve tens of thousands of men, women and children and displaced thousands of  others. The United Nations is saying the famine in Yemen is likely to be the worst famine in a generation.

There is plenty of blood on the hands of the United States which both the Obama and Trump administrations support the Saudis’ war in Yemen. One wouldn’t know how severe the famine is if the white Fourth Estate, social media, ignores most of the coverage in Yemen. One has to rely on Amy Goodman’s  Democracy Now” or Ron Edward’s “Black Focus,” or the likes of independent news outlets to get much more honest news not only abroad but local and national news. It is shameful how America  continues involve itself in someone else’s business leaving count- less casualties. Make no mistake about it: all of this will backfire.

I believe in life, from womb to tomb; One of the seven things Our Lord hates is “shedding innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:16-19) and that includes abortion.

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Peace on Earth… 2040

Raise Your Voice

By PETER MOLENAAR

Commendable activists from this community recently invested hours of engagement with our city’s planning process. The “2040 Plan” attempts to envision beyond the immediate future, and certainly reflects more than just the question of neighborhood housing density. Importantly, as well, 2040 intends to ameliorate climate change with infrastructure adjustments. Frankly, in this endeavor, “we the people” of Minneapolis are light-years ahead of our nation’s ruling party.

Case in point, Star Tribune, Nov. 15:

“The United States has lost its military edge to a dangerous degree and could potentially lose a war against China or Russia [!!!]… The panel argued that despite a $716 billion defense budget this year, which is four times that of China and more than 10 times that of Russia… it is recommended that Congress lift budget caps on defense spending [!!!].”

Feel free to draw your own conclusions. To which I will add: Even as this mind-numbing propaganda renders true democracy impossible, and even as rising oceans will soon enough inundate our coastal cities, and even as the Republican Party’s trillion dollar tax scam giveaway to the billionaire class will ultimately trash our Social Security, and even as Trump’s energy department defers to the vacillations of private capital in opposition to a program of federal investments which might actually extend our existence into the post fossil fuel world to come… we should do what???

Some yet wave a glimmering light…

The blue wave, no not perfect in every facet of its being, but no, not the little-boy men who smother you while groping, and no, not the humorists casting smiles about front row seats at lynchings, but yes, the anti-fascist blue wave has begun to swell and gain momentum. These are the decent folk, who in the event of capitalism’s collapse will either 1.) sit it out, or 2.) actually participate on our side, or 3.) assist in the construction of socialism after the dust has settled. Such is the nature of the Popular Front.

(Note to the peace movement: Congresswoman Betty McCollum now has oversight of military appropriations… request an itemization of expenditures for each of the 800-plus overseas military bases.)

Peace and goodwill by 2040, please.

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Backyard Community Health Hub December 2018-January 2019

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2018 Year In Review

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PPL’s Career Center has moved

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Midtown Phillips update December 2018-January 2019

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