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This Happened — September 28: Brigitte Bardot Born

On this day in 1934, French actress and iconic sex symbol Brigitte Bardot was born.

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Who is Brigitte Bardot?

Brigitte Bardot is a French actress, model, and animal rights activist. She gained international fame in the 1950s and 1960s for her beauty, talent, and iconic image. Bardot starred in numerous films, some of the most famous include "And God Created Woman" (1956), "Contempt" (1963), "Viva Maria!" (1965), and "A Very Private Affair" (1962). She was known for her sensuality and unique screen presence.

What is Brigitte Bardot's impact on fashion and beauty?

Brigitte Bardot's style and appearance made a significant impact on fashion and beauty trends of the 1950s and 1960s. Her signature hairstyle, cat-eye makeup, and figure-hugging clothing inspired a generation of women.

When did Brigitte Bardot retire from acting?

Brigitte Bardot officially retired from acting in 1973 after appearing in the film "The Edifying and Joyous Story of Colinot" (1973). She chose to focus on her personal life and later became an animal rights activist.

What is Brigitte Bardot's legacy?

Brigitte Bardot's legacy is multifaceted. She is remembered for her contribution to film and fashion, her iconic beauty, and her impact on popular culture. Additionally, her dedication to animal rights activism has left a lasting impact on global efforts to protect and promote the welfare of animals. However, Bardot has also faced criticism for supporting far-right political parties and making xenophobic comments on Islam and immigration.

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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

After Abbas: Here Are The Three Frontrunners To Be The Next Palestinian Leader

Israel and the West have often asked: Where is the Palestinian Mandela? The divided regimes between Gaza and the West Bank continues to make it difficult to imagine the future Palestinian leader. Still, these three names are worth considering.

Photo of Mahmoud Abbas speaking into microphone

Abbas is 88, and has been the leading Palestinian political figure since 2005

Thaer Ganaim/APA Images via ZUMA
Elias Kassem

Updated Dec. 5, 2023 at 12:05 a.m.

Israel has set two goals for its Gaza war: destroying Hamas and releasing hostages.

But it has no answer to, nor is even asking the question: What comes next?

The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the return of the current Palestinian Authority to govern post-war Gaza. That stance seems opposed to the U.S. Administration’s call to revitalize the Palestinian Authority (PA) to assume power in the coastal enclave.

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But neither Israel nor the U.S. put a detailed plan for a governing body in post-war Gaza, let alone offering a vision for a bonafide Palestinian state that would also encompass the West Bank.

The Palestinian Authority, which administers much of the occupied West Bank, was created in1994 as part of the Oslo Accords peace agreement. It’s now led by President Mahmoud Abbas, who succeeded Yasser Arafat in 2005. Over the past few years, the question of who would succeed Abbas, now 88 years old, has largely dominated internal Palestinian politics.

But that question has gained new urgency — and was fundamentally altered — with the war in Gaza.

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