October 11, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- A top African Union official said the International Criminal Court was a "political instrument" with a condescending approach to Africa, as African leaders gathered in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to discuss the court. The extraordinary meeting to talk about the court's relationship with Africa comes with Kenya's president and vice president facing trial for crimes against humanity at the ICC in the Hague. Some East African officials are reportedly pressing for a mass withdrawal from the ICC. Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda have been deeply critical of the ICC, accusing it of bias.
March 26, 2013 |
Google may find this hard to believe, but as a seasoned traveler (I was a national and foreign correspondent for a decade) I know this to be true: There are many places in the world where smartphones are useless. Part of the joy of traveling, in fact, is to go to places where the data stream can't reach you. Yes, I did get good cellphone service in the jungle city of Iquitos, Peru, but wander a few miles down the Amazon and it fades away. Even now, a map of the cellphone service in the U.S. shows you're in trouble not long after your car leaves Flagstaff, Ariz., or El Paso, Texas.
February 8, 2013 |
At the British Zagat site, Malika Dalamal reports that Coq d'Argent , a restaurant in central London's the City, has added a £1,000 (about $1,565) chicken dish to its menu. What makes it so expensive? Why, le vin , of course, in this case, 2009 Trapet Le Chambertin Grand Cru, a Burgundy that retails in the U.S. for something like $330. Okay, so the markup is rather severe considering the wine is used as an ingredient in a dish and doesn't require fine glassware or decanting.
February 3, 2013
THE BEST WAY TO PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI From LAX, Spirit, American, Delta, United and Copa offer connecting service (change of plane) to Port-au-Prince. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $708, including all taxes and fees. Have connections lined up in advance, preferably with someone who will meet you at the airport. Public transportation is confusing, subject to change and often conducted in overcrowded pickup trucks and on undersize motorcycles. There are buses and taxis from the airport, and the prices are alluringly low (about $1 per ride in one of the colorful little trucks called Tap-Taps)
January 20, 2013 |
With a burst of shimmering confetti and streamers, Cirque du Soleil's "Iris" bade a festive "au revoir" to Los Angeles on Saturday at the Dolby Theatre. The show, which opened in 2011 and is believed to have cost close to $100 million to produce, was supposed to run for at least 10 years in Hollywood but closed much earlier than expected after it had failed to generate sufficient box-office interest. Saturday evening's final performance of "Iris" managed to achieve what the show struggled to do all along -- playing to a packed house.
November 10, 2012 |
There's but one problem with welcoming Alfred Hitchcock back to the public eye: He's never really been away. But even if you grant that the director is a man for all of cinema's seasons, what is it about him that makes this moment in time so indisputably his? Within little more than a month, two dramatic films with Hitchcock as the protagonist will have graced screens: HBO's "The Girl" looks at the director (played by Toby Jones) during the making of "The Birds," while Fox Searchlight's "Hitchcock" goes back a few years earlier to examine the creation of "Psycho" with Anthony Hopkins in the title role.