Dan Brown’s description of Manila as “the gates of hell” in the American novelist’s latest book has not gone down well with officials in the Philippine capital.
It can be said of modern society that we’ve become annoying, rude and antisocial with our phones and tablets. We need to learn to set ground rules when friends begin filming; anything can go viral. A handy list of smart phone don’ts have been compiled by Andrea Bartz and Brenna Ehrlich, who have a humorous blog entitled “Stuff Hipsters […]
This week hundreds of Roma in Italy watched as their long-established homes in Milan were bulldozed to the ground. The act of racism came just weeks after France evicted Roma from their camps and forced them to board flights bound for Romania and Bulgaria, where they experience seemingly inescapable poverty and hate
School integration has vexed policymakers for more than half a century.
Since Lyndon Johnson declared his war on poverty in 1964, the program has stirred a steady drumfire of criticism that amounts to a war within a war. Last week some of the stoutest supporters of the antipoverty campaign engaged in a corrosive crossfire that could only further damage the Administration's prospects of getting its preshrunk, $2.06 billion request for the program through a critical Congress.
Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, sporting a foam clown nose, landed back on Earth after a $35 million working vacation at the international space station.
The Committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize likes springing surprises. When Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai won in 2004, the Committee explicitly linked peace with concerns about the state of our planet’s ecology, a concept that was familiar in environmental circles but which was rarely discussed elsewhere.
Police used pepper gas and water cannons to disperse crowds of demonstrators who took to the streets Tuesday to protest a meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Some protesters broke shop windows in and around Taksim square before scurrying for cover as police armored cars hosed them with water
At Roslin Orphanage, children giggle through deep concentration as they try to master the “Chicken Dance.” It’s a far cry from the Indonesian orphans’ earlier months and years. “They are cheerful-looking and photogenic, but close to all have a very sad story,” said Budi Soehardi, founder of the West Timor orphanage.
Insurance companies have always been an effective villain in the health-care reform debate, but this year the industry thought things might be different. Recognizing the growing sentiment for some kind of change and fully aware that universal coverage would help bulk up their rolls as baby boomers age into the Medicare system, private insurers early on declared their support for President Obama’s health reform effort