April 6, 2013 |
HONG KONG - When Mabel Cheung, one of this city's leading directors, shot her historical-political drama "The Soong Sisters" in China in the mid-1990s, the nature of the exchange for the co-production was simple: Beijing provided inexpensive manpower, and professionals from the British colony's highly developed movie industry provided the expertise. Hong Kong cinema, after all, had been enjoying a golden age for close to two decades - celebrated directors such as John Woo and Wong Kar-wai had helped the city's filmmakers garner a global fan base.
March 15, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A top U.N. investigator has criticized Washington's drone missile campaign against Islamic militants in Pakistan as a violation of the South Asian nation's sovereignty, a stance that echoes Islamabad's public condemnations of the tactic but not one that is expected to end U.S. airstrikes. Ben Emmerson, U.N. special rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights, issued a statement Friday saying the U.S. drone campaign “involves the use of force on the territory of another state without its consent, and is therefore a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty.” “Pakistan has also been quite clear that it considers the drone campaign to be counter-productive and to be radicalizing a whole new generation,” Emmerson added, “thereby perpetuating the problem of terrorism in the region.” Emmerson's remarks came after he made a three-day visit to Pakistan last week, meeting with top Pakistani officials as well as tribal elders and victims of drone strikes.
January 23, 2013 |
Food Sovereignty Tours , a project of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (or Food First) in Oakland, will be traveling to Bolivia on March 9 to 18 to explore Andean food and farming systems. The tour will highlight quinoa grown in the Altiplano region and llamas, a source of meat, wool and transport, as both play a critical role in Andean food security. Participants will visit indigenous food markets, meet quinoa producers to learn about the grain-like crop and how global demand and increasing quinoa production is affecting surrounding soils and wetlands, and become familiar with organizations working with social movements that promote and strengthen food sovereignty.
November 15, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - In talks that are likely to be confrontational, the United States and Afghanistan are scheduled to begin negotiations Thursday on a new security arrangement after U.S. combat troops withdraw from the war-torn country by the end of 2014. The talks, which could last up to a year, will attempt to reach agreement on a new joint arrangement to satisfy the U.S. goal of denying terrorists a base of operations and Afghanistan's demands for sovereignty. They'll start amid a climate of suspicion and mistrust between the two countries.
February 21, 2012 |
The massive new bailout approved for Greece early Tuesday should rescue it from immediate bankruptcy. But can the country survive being saved? No matter how you cut it — and plenty is being cut — Greece is still only at the beginning of a long-term retrenchment and reform program that will inflict yet more pain on its people, who have already seen their living standards plummet. The question, analysts say, is whether the country can come out the other side of the process with its democracy, economy and society all intact.
November 28, 2011 |
The wartime alliance between Afghanistan and the United States in the last decade has been fraught with suspicions over sharply differing goals and tactics. It is becoming clear that any postwar partnership to prevent a Taliban comeback is likely to be just as problematic. Despite compelling common interests, stark differences already have emerged between Washington and the Afghan government about the military landscape after 2014, when most U.S. combat troops are gone and Afghan security forces are in charge of keeping the country safe.