An astonishing movie had its premiere in the Twin Cities tonight at the Minnesota Film Arts. Playing tonight for one night only at the Oak Street Cinema (it moves to the Landmark in Uptown tomorrow), the movie examines in fascinating detail the murderous Baader Meinhof group which sprang up in Germany in the late 1960's and 70's and waged war on civilian society in the name of the people. MC was acutely aware of watching it on the eve of the 8th anniversary of September 11th.
The best actor least known in the English speaking world, Bruno Ganz, is only one of many reasons to see this movie. "Modern" terrorism, so to speak, started with Baader Meinhof, also known as the Red Army Faction. Do yourself a favor and see it. Click on the title of this post to go to the film's official website.
Obama: 'No Problem' With NSA Programs, Syria Policy 'Consistent Throughout' http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/351332/obama-no-problem-nsa-programs-syria-policy-consistent-throughout-will-allenIn a lengthy interview with PBS's Charlie Rose, President Obama strongly defended the recently revealed National Security Agency surveillance programs, but said a "national conversation" over concerns of privacy and security is necessary. He laid out a way in which the government could abuse the NSA's data-gathering on American citizens, allowing, "all of that is true -- except for the fact that, for the government under the program right now to do that, it would be illegal." The president characterized his recent decision to begin sending arms to the Syrian rebels as "consistent with my policy throughout" the conflict, and laid out his rationale for the new tactics -- confirmed evidence of chemical-weapons use and greater knowledge of the opposition changed his mind, he said. Among the few points on which Rose pressed his interviewee was the question of whether the limited American support for the rebellion will be sufficient to achieve victory -- which the president brushed off with a disparaging allusion to the Iraq War: The conversation, taped on the eve of the president's departure for the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, chiefly covered foreign-policy topics, from the Iranian election to the Syrian civil war to Obama's recent meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The president used the final minutes of the interview to promise a renewed focus on income inequality, calling it "the issue that led me to run for president in the first place." The full interview is available here. ]]> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 02:48:27 -0400 Will Allen 351332
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