Coronavirus: Middle East Distributor Front Row Shifts Raft Of Movies Online Including ‘Resistance’, ‘Endings, Beginnings’ & ‘The Assistant’

Front Row’s COO Nicolas Torloting added, “These are challenging times, but we are confident that cinemas will bounce back. People will understandably be hesitant to go back to crowded places once this crisis eases. With this in mind, I believe exhibitors and distributors are going to have to start working extremely closely and find creative […]

Medics at Egypt’s main cancer center test positive for virus

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi said in a statement Saturday that many projects the government was planning to open this year would be postponed until 2021 because of the pandemic. They include the Grand Egyptian Museum, which has been under construction for over a decade and is intended to showcase Egypt’s ancient treasures, as well […]

VIRUS DIARY: An unfamiliar war for those who live with war

Downtown Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square, only weeks earlier filled with flag-waving young Lebanese protesters, was deserted. Nearby, a long line of people silently waiting to cash their salaries formed outside one of the banks, located at a former front line. At my local bakery, an employee pointed to a sign that said: ‘please wear a mask.’

What an Iranian film about a leper colony can teach us about coronavirus

Farrokhzad’s short film is anything but an easy watch. Ebrahim Golestan, its producer (who was in a secret relationship with Farrokhzad at the time) states this explicitly at the start. “On this screen,” he says, “will appear an image of ugliness, a vision of pain no caring human being should ignore.” This echoes the sentiments […]

Coronavirus: Arab uprisings struggle amid lockdowns

Coronavirus in the Middle East: Lock down or play down? Israel, West Bank: Shielding themselves from the world Gatherings of less than 100 are still allowed, leaving visits to the Wailing Wall open. But Israeli authorities have virtually halted air traffic in and out of its territory and tourists are required to self quarantine. The […]

Syria slow to free prisoners despite coronavirus risk in crowded jails: rights groups

She expressed particular fear for detainees in such jails. “I won’t impose any intent on the Syrian government, but imagine you have an infected prison population of people they already want to get rid of for expressing opposition to the government?”

Clinton Campaign’s Law Firm Brought In Both Fusion GPS and CrowdStrike — the Lone Sources of ‘Russian Hookers’ and ‘Russian Hacking’ Claims

The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that in April 2016, attorney Marc E. Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, retained Fusion GPS to conduct the questionable research on behalf of both the Clinton campaign and the DNC that ultimately resulted in the now infamous, largely discredited dossier claiming that President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded […]

Iflix Asian Streamer Cuts Jobs as Coronavirus Adds to Debt Woes

The company says that it is trading well. In his letter to shareholders, Barnett reported that monthly active users are at a record high of 21 million, and up 42% since the start of the year. He said that Iflix had hit its revenue target for the first three months of 2020.

China’s iQiyi Streams Blockbuster ‘Ne Zha’ Across South East Asia

The move, which comes amid global theater closures due to the coronavirus, could help iQiyi expand its international footprint. The overseas version of the iQiyi app has to date launched more than 2,700 films, including new releases and premium originals, the company said on Sunday, though subscriber numbers were not disclosed. The Ne Zha figure […]

Crisis highlights mankind’s inter-dependency: WPA

In an email communication, Manon Charbonneau, Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Montreal, wrote to Dr. Roy: “I help out by doing telephonic consultation with my patients from home. We will be setting up videoconferencing facility to attend to new patients and others who need our help. We are web-mailing prescriptions for patients to pharmacists […]