January 21, 2007 |
More than 80,000 people gathered for an anti-capitalism conference in Nairobi, marching from Kibera, its largest slum, to the downtown area in a protest of global policies they say hurt the poor. In Nairobi, Kenya's capital, at least 700,000 people live in Kibera, just one square mile, with little access to running water and other basic services. Organizers of the World Social Forum set up the march to contrast the slum with Nairobi's elegant homes and hotels.
November 7, 2013 |
"Ender's Game" may not be the best-executed adaptation in the history of moviedom. But it's based on a major bestseller and a longtime fan favorite, so by all rights it should have made a boatload of money instead of eking out $28 million on its first weekend and going quietly into that dystopian night. It's hardly alone, of course. Why the young-adult boom has gone bust has been a hot topic in development circles in recent weeks. There are rarely the kind of feeding frenzies in Hollywood of the kind that followed the first "Harry Potter" movies (and, to a somewhat lesser extent, the first “Twilight” movie)
August 13, 2000 |
Southern California has had more than its share of boom times, but right now the economy is doing better than ever. The region, stretching from north of Los Angeles to the Mexican border, has a real chance to emerge in this decade as the most vital area in the world, measured in jobs, global importance and technological edge. It could blow those opportunities, to be sure--the region is hardly bulletproof.
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August 23, 1999 |
I have been writing, lecturing and testifying against the gift and estate taxes--so-called death tax--for many years. My work has been credited with getting the current anti-death tax movement started. I have nonetheless been as shocked as anyone that politicians actually seem to have listened. We now stand at a moment when the death tax may be altogether eliminated, as the recent House tax cut bill would do, or reduced, as even Democratic compromises now propose.
April 12, 2005 |
Thousands of villagers rioted in eastern China, injuring dozens of police, after two of about 200 elderly women protesting factory pollution died during efforts to disperse them, residents and officials said. The rioting Sunday in Huankantou village in the wealthy coastal province of Zhejiang was the latest in a string of outbreaks of rural violence as the world's most populous nation confronts a widening wealth gap and widespread corruption.
October 13, 2013
Re "Dad is helping out more; Mom is still exhausted," Oct. 9 I am proud to be the wife of a husband who has never "helped" me with child care and housework. Instead, my husband and I have lovingly "shared" these responsibilities. Until we change our choice of verbs, child care and housework will continue to be the job of women. Judith Seki San Gabriel ALSO: Letters: Closing the wealth gap Letters: Yom Kippur War in context Letters: Another view of e-cigarettes
August 12, 2013 |
This past weekend, Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi pic "Elysium" opened to $30.5 million . Though it won the weekend, it was an unremarkable number -- and that's what made it so remarkable. "Elysium" might have been expected to jump up a lot closer to $40 million. After all, its predecessor, 2009's "District 9," which was also an idea-laden piece of futurism from Blomkamp, took in $37.5 million on its opening weekend. Sure, critical assessments were stronger for the previous film.
October 13, 2013
Re "New product, old concerns," Letters, Oct. 8 Raymond J. Melrose, a USC pathology professor emeritus, advocates regulating "e-cigarettes just like it does other tobacco products until these can be proved safe. " For people who are already addicted to nicotine, e-cigarettes are a potentially lifesaving alternative. Regulation will only create additional barriers to switching. It's truly ironic that Melrose, a former high-ranking official of the American Cancer Society, advocates policy changes that would risk more cancer deaths.
August 13, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY - Here they were again, marching through the dark and the rain - the preppies from private universities, the hipsters in fat-lace skater sneakers, the young intellectuals with faces framed in wispy Che Guevara beards, the regular kids with backpacks and smartphones. They pooled by the thousands on Avenida Chapultepec in front of the headquarters ofMexico'smost powerful broadcaster, brandishing signs and banners, trailed by an opportunistic band of hot dog and taco vendors.