Shawn L. Bagley Jr.

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Kerry warns against Assad's re-election

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that any attempt by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to be re-elected would extend the country's civil war.<p>"If he thinks he's going to solve problems by running for re-election, I can say to him, I think that certainly this war will not end as long as that's …

Does the US spy on all its friends? Now, it's France's turn to complain

It’s a familiar story by now: a foreign government demands an American explanation after new spying revelations from NSA leaker Edward Snowden.<p>This time, it is France’s turn to do the demanding. The country’s Le Monde newspaper reported on Monday that the National Security Agency (NSA) had carried …

Should a Film Try to Depict Slavery?

Looming over the critical discussion of “12 Years a Slave” are two widely misinterpreted remarks by two French directors: Jacques Rivette’s denunciation of “the tracking shot in ‘Kapò’ ” (Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1960 drama, set in a concentration camp) and Claude Lanzmann’s disdain for archival footage …