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Luscious flavors for Labor Day

...meanings. First, "tagine" is the name given to those fabulously spicy aromatic stews coming from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. And, secondly, it's also the word for describing the traditional knob-handled ceramic vessel the stew is cooked in...

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Future of state's LNG plant to flame out?

...done by ship in the early 1950s. By 1964 and 1965 LNG was being supplied to the United Kingdom and France from gas fields in Algeria. Four years later, in 1969, the first long-distance transportation of LNG was initiated in Alaska. The regasification...

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Anchorage residents rally around Syrian-born businessman

...at his front door. ''I thank the community enough for what they've done,'' said Chettfour, who is originally from Algeria. -------- Donations to the Not in Our Town fund can be sent to the attention of Sue Foley, First National Bank Alaska...

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The Rabbi's Cat

Opens Friday, Dec 7, 2012 Synopsis: A rabbi in 1930s Algeria is shocked when his cat gains the power of speech, and begins offering scathing criticisms of religion and social mores while lusting after his owner's adolescent daughter. Based on the graphic novel by Joann Sfar. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: François Morel, Maurice Bénichou, Hafsia Herzi, Francois Damiens, Mathieu Amalric, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Fellag Sheik, Marguerite Abouet, Sava Lolov Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

The Assault

Now Playing Synopsis: Julien Leclercq examines a terrorist plot from several points of view in this tense thriller based on a true story. In late December 1994, an airliner took off from Algeria bound for Paris, but once the plane was in the air, it became clear this would not be an ordinary flight. Members of the Algerian Armed Islamic Group, led by Yahia (Aymen Saidi), were onboard, and they took over the jet in order to stage an attack on the Eiffel Tower. Negotiators were able to arrange for the plane to land in Marseille for fuel, and the hijackers were met by French Special Forces operatives who were determined to save the hostages and take down the terrorists. L'Assaut (aka The Assault) examines the hijacking and the raid on the jet from three perspectives -- Yahia, Thierry (Vincent Elbaz), one of the policemen taking part in the raid, and Carole (Mélanie Bernier), a low-level Ministry of the Interior employee who believes her language skills will give her a chance to shine in the crisis. The Assault received its U.S. debut at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi Cast: Vincent Elbaz, Grégori Derangère, Mélanie Bernier, Aymen Saïdi, Chems Dahmani Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

Free Men

Now Playing Synopsis: The Nazi occupation of France brings together Arabs and Jews against a common enemy in this drama from director Ismael Ferroukhi, inspired by actual incidents. Younes (Tahar Rahim) came to France from Algeria in search of a better life, but after landing a good job in a factory, the political turmoil that swept through Europe with the rise of the Third Reich left him with few options beyond hustling on the black market. His cousin Ali (Farid Larbi) is a labor activist who, after the rise of the Vichy government, began working with the anti-Nazi French resistance. When Younes is captured by the police while selling unlicensed goods, he's given a choice -- he can go to jail or act as a spy, keeping the authorities posted on the activities at a local mosque, which is a hub for resistance fighters. As well as organizing anti-Nazi espionage, the resistance agents at the mosque are believed to be hiding Jewish families and passing them off as Muslims. Younes proves to be not much of a spy as his loyalties are with Ali and his comrades, and he becomes involved with Leila (Lubna Azabal), who, in addition to her work at the mosque, is a vocal advocate of Algerian independence. Younes and Ali also are drawn into the orbit of Salim (Mahmud Shalaby), a seemingly apolitical Algerian vocalist who is hiding a surprising secret. Les Hommes Libres (aka Free Men) received its North American premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi Cast: Tahar Rahim, Michael Lonsdale, Mahmoud Shalaby, Lubna Azabal, Christopher Buchholz Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

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