May 19, 1996 |
Cinema turned 100 last year and the British, who believe in doing things properly, wanted to give the movies a present. But what can you possibly give the medium that has done it all? "I hesitated for eight months because I couldn't think of how to do it," says Colin MacCabe of the British Film Institute. "The cinema is so enormous, so vast, how could you turn out something that would show its range?" Then Florence Dauman, a Los Angeles-based producer, had a thought.
May 10, 2006 |
U.N. members elected 47 countries to a new Human Rights Council on Tuesday, choosing several that have been criticized for their poor records but keeping off others that rights groups said were the worst offenders. Cuba, China, Russia, Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia were among countries winning seats that human rights advocates say do not merit places on the council.
January 27, 2000 |
Until recently, school here was conducted on a patch of trampled earth beneath a giant berry tree. For the lucky few, there was a pair of grass huts. Now, the children meet beneath shiny metal roofs in brick classrooms at the Namayemba Primary School, one of thousands of development projects across Africa. But the Namayemba school is different in a potentially momentous way: Construction money came from a new account created when foreign lenders canceled some Ugandan government debt.
March 19, 2003 |
Impoverished Eritrea, remote Iceland and war-torn Afghanistan have joined the U.S.-led coalition poised to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. But many of the mighty nations that joined Operation Desert Storm in 1991 are notably absent from a list of 30 nations released Tuesday by the State Department. The Bush administration said 15 more participating countries were unwilling to be named.
December 20, 1991 |
The number of countries across the globe that qualify as free has reached a record high of 75, although the total population living in freedom has fallen, a human rights organization reports. The list of "free" nations increased by 13 in 1991, largely reflecting the collapse of communism in the old Soviet Union and Eastern Europe but also because of some gains in Africa and Asia.
December 6, 2011 |
The United States continues to outpace other developed economies globally with one of the biggest divides between rich and poor, according to a new report. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reported that the average income of the richest 10% in developed nations is nine times that of the poorest 10%, up from five times as large in the 1980s. The difference between the highest and lowest paid is greater in the United States than in most other wealthy countries, while inequality has risen faster in others such as Sweden and Finland, the report says.
December 19, 2009 |
It was close to midnight Friday, and a few delegates from the South Pacific island of Tuvalu sat grim-faced in front of a conference hall TV screen watching President Obama defend the new global climate deal. "This is very far from what many countries need for survival," said Gilliane Le Gallic, head of Alofa Tuvalu, a Paris-based nonprofit group and an official Tuvalu delegate. "This won't limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, so Tuvalu will be submerged, and its people have no place to go."
September 9, 2000 |
The United States ranks among the most literate nations in the Western world, surpassed only by three Scandinavian countries, Canada and the Netherlands, according to a survey released Friday. At the same time, a high percentage of older Americans lack even rudimentary skills to read the instructions on a bottle of medicine, the study showed. Finland, Norway and Sweden--home to relatively homogeneous populations--led the pack among adults ages 26 to 65. Sweden took top honors.
May 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When Bolivian President Evo Morales expelled the U.S. Agency for International Development from his impoverished country last week, he complained that Washington "still has a mentality of domination and submission" in the region. It was a familiar charge for the State Department's principal foreign aid agency. In the last two years, it has been booted out of Russia, snubbed in Egypt and declared unwelcome by a bloc of left-leaning Latin American countries. USAID "threatens our sovereignty and stability," the eight-nation Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas fumed in June in a resolution that accused the United States of political interference, conspiracy and "looting our natural resources.
December 31, 2013 |
The world is rightly worried about Iran's uranium enrichment program. Iran claims this technology is for producing fuel for nuclear power plants, but it could be quickly shifted to making nuclear bomb material. Unfortunately, some in Congress, in their eagerness to stem the spread of such technologies, have introduced legislation - separate from their effort to slap further sanctions on Iran - that probably would make stopping nuclear proliferation harder, not easier. Their idea is to limit future U.S. peaceful nuclear cooperation only to countries that make a legal commitment to forgo building facilities for either uranium enrichment or plutonium reprocessing (the other path to nuclear bomb material)