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The tale of Jesus’ birth is not for oppressors. It is for the oppressed. And what is quaint and picturesque to those who live in privilege is visceral and empowering to those the world condemns.

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The Rev Terry Burke stood with the suffering, ministering to them over three decades and going to jail for his protests on behalf of fired workers and against the corporations that are destroying the ecosystem Terry Burke (above) stood with the suffering, ministering to them over three decades and going to jail for his protests on behalf of fired workers and against the corporations that are destroying the ecosystem.

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In a time when corporate culture has marginalized our artists and those of compassion and vision, two such people merged for a moment at a Boston church. (Shown here, Michael Milligan in his one-man play.)In a time when corporate culture has marginalized our artists and those of compassion and vision, two such people merged for a moment at a Boston church. (Above, Michael Milligan in his one-man play.)

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Gil (Owen Wilson) is lolling on some steps in Paris, contemplating his moderately unhappy fate when an antique automobile pulls up and no less than F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda invite him to join them. In, as it happens, the 1920s, in the City of Light.I like the way Woody Allen induces us to suspend our disbelief in his fantasy. Over the years he has become—again, this is not something people seem to notice—a master filmmaker.

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Let us now praise famous men and their fathers that begat them. The famous man -- he should be much more famous -- is the Israeli historian Avi Shlaim whose wonderful "reappraisals, revisions and refutations" is coming out in September under the simple title: "Israel and Palestine."Writers like T.S. Eliot, Edward Said and Israeli historian Avi Shlaim know how to string words together, according to this author.

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