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This Happened - March 1: Javier Bardem Is Born

Javier Bardem was born on this day in 1969 in Las Palmas, Spain. He has gained international fame for his roles in films such as "No Country for Old Men," "Skyfall," and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

What is Javier Bardem's family background?

Javier Bardem comes from a long line of filmmakers and actors dating back to the earliest days of Spanish cinema. He is a grandson of actors Rafael Bardem and Matilde Muñoz Sampedro. He is married to fellow actor Penelope Cruz. The couple got married in 2010 and have two children together.

What awards has Javier Bardem won for his acting?

Javier Bardem has won numerous awards for his acting, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "No Country for Old Men." He has also won multiple Goya Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars) and other international awards for his work.

What other things has Javier Bardem been involved other than acting?

Javier Bardem is an outspoken activist and has been involved in many environmental and humanitarian causes. He has worked with organizations such as Greenpeace and UNICEF and has spoken out on issues such as climate change and refugee rights. He is also a strong advocate for the preservation of marine life and has helped to produce several documentaries on the subject.

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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

Turkey-Israel Relations? It's Complicated — But The Gaza War Is Different

Turkish President Erdogan has now called on the International Criminal Court to go after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for war crimes, as the clash between the two regional powers has reached a new low.

Photo of ​Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan walking

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Elias Kassem

Since the arrival two decades ago of now President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s relationship with Israel has been a mix of deep ideological conflict and cover-your-eyes realpolitik.

On the one hand, Erdogan has positioned himself as a kind of global spokesman for the Palestinian cause. His Justice and Development Party has long publicly and financially supported Hamas, which shares similar roots in the 20th-century Muslim Brotherhood movement.

And yet, since 2001 when Erdogan first came to power, trade between Turkey and Israel has multiplied from $1.41 to $8.9 billion in 2022. Moreover, both countries see major potential in transporting newly discovered Israeli natural gas to Europe, via Turkey.

The logic of shared interests clashes with the passions and posturing of high-stakes geopolitics. Diplomatic relations have been cut off, then restored, and since October 7, the countries’ respective ambassadors have been recalled, with accusations flying between Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Still, over the past 48 hours, Turkish-Israeli relations may have hit an all-time low.

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