Abbas attends a meeting of his Fatah movement at its headquarters in Ramallah on Jan. 29.
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who succeeded Yassir Arafat in 2005, is a longtime proponent of a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But Palestinian discontent toward Abbas is growing.
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Palestinian demonstrators chant slogans in the West Bank city of Ramallah last month during a protest against a meeting between Abbas and Israel's deputy prime minister.
The Kalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah in the West Bank is best known as a flashpoint between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces. Images of masked youths throwing rocks by the painted concrete wall here are ubiquitous.
Protesters gathered at Kalandia again last week, but their focus wasn't Israeli soldiers: It was Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
The first stop — Britain — in Mitt Romney's foreign tour certainly is starting out rockier than nearly anyone expected.
First there was the kerfuffle over remarks, attributed by a British newspaper to an anonymous campaign adviser, that Romney understood the shared "Anglo-Saxon heritage" between the U.S. and Britain in a way President Obama didn't. Those comments were viewed as racist by some and were disowned by the Romney campaign.
Ai Weiwei is one of the biggest stars of the international art world, but Alison Klayman's documentary <em>Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry </em>focuses more on the significance of his politics than of his artwork.
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Ai lives in Beijing with his wife and around 40 cats and dogs. One of the cats has figured out how to open the door and escape.
Cage-rattling Chinese artist Ai Weiwei lives in a Beijing complex with his wife and some 40 cats and dogs. Only one of the animals — a cat — has figured out how to open the door to the outside. This ready-made metaphor arrives early in Alison Klayman's documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and is never mentioned again. But it underlies the tale of one of the few contemporary Chinese who publicly defies the government.
To prove his abilities as a father, Frank (Frank Hvam) takes his nephew Bo (Marcuz Jess Petersen) on what was planned as a no-wives-allowed canoe trip. <em>Klown </em>has already been picked up for an American remake, slated for 2013.<em></em>
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Casper (Casper Christensen, front) is Frank's impossibly horny friend, whose decidedly racy plans for the canoe trip are derailed by Bo's presence.
The success of R-rated comedies in recent years might as well be broken down to a formula: blend boundary-pushing raunch comedy with heartfelt sentimentality — and if you're most movies produced by Judd Apatow, center the story on male coming-of-age, even for characters well into adulthood. Teary eyes, full raunch, can't lose.