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Extra! Let The Cannes Of Coen Begin

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Libération, May 13, 2015

“Let the party begin!” The 68th Cannes Film Festival kicks off today and it looks like it’s going to be a hard one to choose from for jury co-presidents, American filmmaker brothers Joel and Ethan Coen.

In its cover story, French daily Libérationnotes with a splash of irony that there are ever more English-speaking movies presented with impressive Hollywood casts. Vanity Fair offers a selection of 18 movies to keep an eye on.

This year, the Festival shines the spotlight on women. French actor Lambert Wilson (Matrix, Babylon A.D.) will be the master of the opening ceremony and, in his speech, he decided to “oppose the situations of leading women in movies and women that are silenced in certain countries.” Actresses Catherine Deneuve and Sophie Marceau are expected to be the first stars on the red carpet tonight.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: Libération is a leading French daily newspaper founded in 1973 by writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. Based in Paris, it is known for its leftist politics and often irreverent front pages.

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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

BDS And Us: Gaza's Toll Multiplies Boycotts Of Israel And Its Allies — Seinfeld Included

In Egypt and elsewhere in the region and the world, families and movements are mobilizing against companies that support Israel's war on Gaza. The power of the people lies in their control as consumers — and the list of companies and brands to boycott grows longer.

A campaign poster with the photo of a burger with blood coming out of it with text reading "You Kill" and the Burger King logo

A campaign poster to boycott Burger King in Bangkok, Malü

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Mohammed Hamama

CAIRO — Ali Al-Din’s logic is simple and straightforward: “If you buy a can (of soda), you'll get the bullet too...”

Those bullets are the ones killing the children of Gaza every day, and the can he refuses to buy is “kanzaya” – the popular Egyptian soft drink. It is just one of a long list of products he had the habit of consuming. Ali is nine years old.

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The clarity and simplicity of this logic has pushed Ali Al-Din to boycott all the products on the lists people are circulating of companies that have supported Israel since the attacks on Gaza began in October. His mother, Heba, points out that her son took responsibility for overseeing the boycott in their home.

A few days ago, he saw a can of “Pyrosol” insecticide, but he thought it was one of the products of the “Raid” company that was on the boycott’s lists. He warned his mother that this product was on the boycott list, but she explained that the two products were different. Ali al-Din and his younger brother also abstained from eating any food from McDonald's. “They love McDonald’s very much,” his mother says. “But they refuse.”

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