February 28, 2013
Re “ UAE to buy drones made in U.S. ,” Feb. 23 I am not sure why there is such a controversy about civilians getting killed accidentally by drones. What is the difference between that and civilians getting killed accidentally when we dropped bombs on munition factories in Germany in World War II (a declared war) or in Korea or Vietnam (undeclared wars), when military targets were targeted? Of course we were trying to kill soldiers and their leaders at times. It is unfortunate, but civilians are always hurt during wars, so why are drones different?
February 22, 2013 |
The U.S. continues to be a hot destination for big-spending tourists, setting a new record of $168.1 billion in foreign visitor spending in 2012. The country last year welcomed 66 million foreign visitors, whose spending represents a 10% increase over 2011, said Rebecca Blank, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The greatest increase in visitors and spending came from countries with a burgeoning middle class, including China, Brazil and India. Spending by foreign tourists has been on the rise for the last three years, with tourist hubs such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and San Francisco reaping much of the spending, Blank said.
November 28, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY - In the six years of outgoing President Felipe Calderon's war against drug gangs, the U.S. became a principal player in Mexico, sending drones and sniffer dogs, police trainers and intelligence agents to a country long suspicious of its powerful neighbor. Calderon, who steps down Saturday, essentially rewrote the rules under which foreign forces could act here in matters of national security. There has been relatively little public protest, reflecting the severity of a conflict that has killed tens of thousands nationwide and spread violence south into Central America - without significantly reducing the flow of drugs.
October 28, 2012 |
Sony Pictures is spying a hit in its latest James Bond film, as "Skyfall" debuted at No. 1 in 25 foreign countries this weekend. The film, starring Daniel Craig in the 23rd entry featuring 007, collected an impressive $77.7 million overseas this weekend, according to an estimate from Sony, which is distributing the film internationally. "Skyfall," financed by Sony and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for just under $200 million, doesn't hit U.S. theaters until Nov. 9. Of the 25 international markets the film played in this weekend, it easily did best on Bond's home turf, the United Kingdom.
October 14, 2012
Regarding "It's Ripening on the Vine," by Christopher Reynolds, Oct. 7: As a visitor to the Santa Ynez Valley before the days of Indian gambling, before Neverland Ranch and before vineyards and wineries, I always thought of Solvang as the Danish Tijuana. The original Hitching Post in Casmalia is a true gem. But it takes time and effort to get there. Your readers should be warned that just showing up without prior arrangements [especially on weekends] is a recipe for disappointment.
October 14, 2012 |
Liam Neeson wouldn't let anyone take No. 1 from him at the box office this past weekend in the U.S. or overseas. "Taken 2," the kidnapping thriller starring the 60-year-old actor, dominated international ticket sales, raking in $41 million from 59 foreign markets. Overall, the movie has sold $132.8-million worth of receipts abroad - already far more than the $81.8 million the original "Taken" collected internationally in 2009. The movie, which sees Neeson's former CIA operative taken captive, is performing best in the United Kingdom, where it has grossed $23.4 million.