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This Happened — July 20: Bruce Lee Dies

Bruce Lee died on this day 50 years ago, at the age of 32. His sudden death was attributed to a cerebral edema, although some conspiracy theories and controversies have surrounded his passing.

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Where was Bruce Lee born?

Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco, California, in the United States. However, he spent a significant part of his childhood and early adulthood in Hong Kong.

What is Bruce Lee famous for?

Bruce Lee is famous for his contributions to martial arts and his impact on the world of cinema. He popularized the martial art of Jeet Kune Do and starred in several influential films, changing the way Asian people were portrayed in American films. He also helped bridge the gap between East and West.

What is Bruce Lee's martial arts philosophy?

Bruce Lee developed his martial arts philosophy known as Jeet Kune Do, which emphasizes simplicity, directness, and the integration of various fighting styles. He believed in constant self-improvement and adapting techniques to suit the individual, rather than adhering strictly to traditional forms.

What is Bruce Lee's legacy?

Bruce Lee is widely regarded as one of the most influential martial artists and cultural icons of the 20th century. His films and martial arts philosophy continue to inspire and impact people around the world. Bruce Lee's charisma, skills, and dedication to his craft paved the way for the popularization of martial arts in mainstream media and left an indelible mark on both martial arts and the entertainment industry.

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A Wider Fight Against Hamas: Why Macron's Surprise Proposal Could Work

The French president expressed his solidarity with Israel while calling for a political solution for the Palestinians; but he also made a surprise proposal for an international coalition against Hamas, which faces several obstacles — but is also a way to "frame" the conflict so that the dormant two-state solution can return.

A Wider Fight Against Hamas: Why Macron's Surprise Proposal Could Work

The French President meeting with Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

Pierre Haski


PARIS — Should the open war between Israel and Hamas be "internationalized," as a way to limit the carnage?

This was the surprise proposal made by French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, during his two-day visit to Israel, the West Bank and other countries in the region.

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Macron, who was otherwise rather successful in his balancing act between solidarity with Israel and support of Palestinian rights, also put forward a brand new proposal: an international coalition against Hamas. It would be modeled on, or extending the scope of the one that has been assembled against the jihadist movement Islamic State (ISIS).

The proposal comes as something of a surprise, given that the coalition against ISIS includes, in addition to the West, the main Arab countries. It's hard to see them committing themselves to a proposal alongside Israel at a time when the Jewish state is ruthlessly bombing Gaza, arousing strong emotions across the Arab world.

The idea seems to have been improvised, as it was adjusted several times during the day on Tuesday.

In the end, it's more a question of sharing intelligence, controlling financial flows and imposing sanctions than of going to war on Israel's side. Nonetheless, the proposal raises several tough questions.

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