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Directors of all 5 ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ Oscar nominees send open protest letter to Trump

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The directors nominated for “Best Foreign Language Film” released a remarkable joint statement during the Oscars ceremony on Sunday night condemning Pres. Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies and “the climate of fanaticism and nationalism we see today in the U.S. and in other countries.”

Digital Spy said that Asghar Farhadi (“The Salesman”), Hannes Holm (“A Man Called Ove”), Maren Ade (“Toni Erdmann”), Martin Pieter Zandvliet (“Land of Mine”) and Martin Butler and Bentley Dean (“Tanna”) all signed the letter, which called for “unity between nations and the freedom of the arts.”

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Trump’s travel ban on individuals associated with 7 Muslim-majority nations blocked Syrian filmmaker and Oscar nominee for the documentary The White Helmets Khaled Khatib from entering the U.S. to attend the ceremony.

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi — director of “The Salesman” — won in the “Best Foreign Language Film” category but did not attend the ceremony. Instead, he asked Iranian-American businesswoman Anousheh Ansari — the first Iranian to travel to space — to read a statement on his behalf.

“I’m sorry I am not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for those in my country and those in the six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S.

“Dividing the world into the ‘us’ and ‘the enemy’ categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for regression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries in which have themselves have been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions.

“They create empathy between us and others. An empathy we need today more than ever. And break stereotypes and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy we need today more than ever.”

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House Intelligence report on Trump is scathing — but does anyone really care?

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On Wednesday of last week, the House Intelligence Committee issued its impeachment report on President Trump. The facts are clear. Trump has engaged in obstruction of justice, abuse of power and other high crimes and misdemeanors in his effort to extort or bribe the government of Ukraine into aiding him in the 2020 presidential election. Donald Trump also usurped the power of Congress to allocate public money in the form of military aid to Ukraine. Trump has also repeatedly invited foreign countries to interfere in America’s elections on his behalf.
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‘Giuliani did all the wrong things’ on 9/11: Investigative reporter Wayne Barrett

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Janine Jackson interviewed the Village Voice’s Wayne Barrett about Rudy Giuliani and 9/11 for the August 17, 2007, episode of CounterSpin; that conversation was rebroadcast for the November 29, 2019, show. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Saturday Night Live mocks Trump as an unpopular high school dork after disastrous NATO Summit

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on Saturday ridiculed President Donald Trump after he was laughed at by world leaders during a NATO Summit in London.

The skit featured Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emanuel Macron as the cool kids at the NATO cafeteria, while U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson attempts to join their cliche.

Trump asked to sit at their table, but they suggested he sit with Latvia.

They said the seat was for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was then invited to join the cool kids table.

The skit included Johnson taping an "impeach me" sign to Trump's back.

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