September 24, 2009 |
It isn't easy making a movie in the Dominican Republic. When Michael Mann tried shooting part of "Miami Vice" there in 2005, a gunfight broke out near the film set, prompting costar Jamie Foxx to leave the country and forcing the film to relocate to Miami. The filmmakers who made "La Soga," which recently earned several standing ovations at the Toronto International Film Festival, managed to finish their movie without anyone being killed, though they do have colorful stories, which include hiring a machete fighter to handle security.
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September 16, 2009 |
Juan Almeida Bosque, a comrade of Fidel Castro since the start of his guerrilla struggle more than half a century ago, died of a heart attack Friday in Havana, government media announced. He was 82. One of three surviving rebel leaders who still bore the title "Commander of the Revolution," Almeida was a major figure in the battle to overthrow Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, and through the early years after the Jan. 1, 1959, triumph of the revolution. His death "is a reminder of what everyone knows, which is that the original generation is in its final laps," said Phil Peters, a Cuba expert at the Washington-area think tank the Lexington Institute.
September 8, 2009 |
For reasons known only to the pop-culture gods, IKEA -- the Swedish retailer of cheap, lingonberry-flavored furniture and other shinola -- has suddenly become a ubiquitous presence in the ether. Example: in August, when the 2010 IKEA catalog came out, people went utterly bonkers because the designers had changed the print font from the familiar Futura to Verdana -- an esoteric difference, to be sure. The story rocketed to No. 2 on CNN.com's most-read list, according to Mona Astra Liss, IKEA's director of public relations.
July 24, 2009 |
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all countries Thursday to provide urgent military support to Somalia's beleaguered transitional government, warning that its survival is at stake. Two allied Islamist insurgent groups -- Shabab and the Islamic Party -- launched an offensive after the return of an exiled insurgent leader in April that has killed hundreds of Somalis and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.
July 22, 2009 |
Washington has called Waziristan the most dangerous place on Earth. Former Pakistani general Ali Muhammad Jan Aurakzai knows why. Aurakzai led troops against Taliban militants in the Pakistani region from 2001 to '04, confronting a ferocious enemy able to ambush and then suddenly disappear down goat paths or melt away into warrens of mud-hut villages. Two major military offensives in recent years failed to rub them out.
July 19, 2009 |
He is as old as the Sandinista revolution, 30 years. His father was such a true believer that he named him after a communist hero. Twice. "My father still believes," said Marx Lenin Martinez, an aspiring computer technician. "I admired the original goals of the revolution, but today the Sandinistas are just like all politicians."
June 19, 2009
Three of the 15 hostages rescued from leftist guerrillas last July in a daring sting operation by Colombian soldiers were American military contractors, so it's little surprise that the U.S. Department of Justice has been trying to extradite the man believed to have been one of their head jailers. Colombia's Supreme Court, however, was right to deny the request Wednesday. A U.S.
June 17, 2009 |
Footage of burning cars, masked boys and bloodied protesters in Iran is playing across the Middle East, captivating Arab countries where repressive regimes have for years been arresting political bloggers and cyberspace dissidents. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Sunni nations have tense relations with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Shiite-led theocracy ruling Iran.
June 7, 2009 |
Government troops seized a Muslim separatist rebel camp after three days of fighting that left 30 guerrillas dead, a Philippine military spokesman said. A rebel spokesman denied that any of its camps had been overrun. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front camp in Maguindanao province housed 20 bunkers that could accommodate about 200 fighters, said Lt. Col. Jonathan Ponce, spokesman for the army's 6th Infantry Division. Troops recovered ammunition and four explosive devices fashioned from 60-millimeter mortar rounds, he said.