November 13, 2009 |
Nobody makes doomsday movies with happy endings like Roland Emmerich. However hard it is to imagine, Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow are merely serene overtures to the bombastic opera that is 2012 . This film that imagines the end of the world not as a whimper but as an implosion is a preposterously diverting, instantly forgettable, big-screen video game. I won't bore you with the film's scientific explanation of the global meltdown. But in layman's terms, the Earth's molten core overheats and expands, causing the planet's crust to crack and shrink.
August 5, 2004 |
For President Bush, his family and his top aides, the most generous foreign leader last year was Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah. The State Department's annual tally of gifts to administration officials shows Abdullah gave them $127,600 in jewelry and other presents, including a diamond-and-sapphire jewelry set for Laura Bush that was valued at $95,500. The Saudi royal family's gifts dwarfed those of other world leaders, according to the tally, and easily eclipsed Abdullah's $55,020 in gifts in 2002.
January 28, 2005 |
Image isn't cheap The Bush administration has spent $250 million on public relations since taking office four years ago, a panel of congressional Democrats said yesterday, calling for reining in tax-funded efforts to sway public opinion. Last year, the administration spent more than $88 million on public-relations contracts, up from $37 million in 2001, according to an analysis by House Government Reform Committee Democrats. Top military contractors Lockheed Martin remained the top U.S. military contractor in 2004, receiving $20.7 billion in contract awards from the Defense Department.
August 26, 1992 |
ALGIERS BOMB KILLS 10 AT AIRPORT Ten people were killed and 15 injured today when a bomb exploded at Algiers' airport, Algeria Interior Minister Mohammed Hardi said on national radio. The bomb destroyed the Air France counter at the airport, airline employees said. It apparently had been hidden in a flowerpot, they said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. SANTIAGO, CHILE HONECKER'S WIFE WANTS HIM FREED Margot Honecker, wife of former East German leader Erich Honecker, yesterday asked world leaders to seek freedom for her cancer-stricken husband and prevent a "political trial.
July 1, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Former President Jimmy Carter says religious leaders, including those in Christianity and Islam, share the blame for mistreatment of women across the world. The human-rights activist said Friday that religious authorities have perpetuated misguided doctrines of male superiority, from the Catholic Church's forbidding women from becoming priests to some African cultures' mutilating the genitals of young girls. Carter said the doctrines, which he described as theologically indefensible, contribute to a political, social, and economic structure where political leaders passively accept violence against women, a worldwide sex-slave trade, and inequality in the workplace and classroom.
February 6, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - For the first time in nearly two decades of escalating tensions over Iran's nuclear program, world leaders are genuinely concerned that an Israeli military attack on the Islamic Republic could be imminent - an action that many fear might trigger a wider war, terrorism and global economic havoc. High-level foreign dignitaries, including the U.N. chief, have stopped in Israel in recent weeks, urging leaders to give the diplomatic process more time to work. Israel seems unmoved, and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has reportedly concluded that an Israeli attack on Iran is likely in the coming months.
September 22, 2004 |
President Bush yesterday urged nations around the world to help Iraq become a democracy and predicted that "freedom will find a way" to flourish. Standing before the 191-member United Nations, Bush acknowledged the difficulties of Iraq's chaotic transition from dictatorship to representative government. He said U.N. members "must respond" to pleas for help from Iraq's interim leaders. Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi was among nearly 100 world leaders who listened to Bush's speech in the cavernous U.N. chamber.
September 15, 2005 |
World leaders pledged solidarity against terrorism and applauded President Bush yesterday for expanding the fight to include attacking poverty and injustice. Speaking to the largest gathering of world leaders in history, Bush outlined a strategy that involves both military force and policies that promote economic development and democratic values. More than 160 presidents, prime ministers and kings convened at the United Nations for a summit marking the organization's 60th anniversary.
September 10, 2000 |
They came by the scores, presidents, kings and potentates, some wearing robes or ribbons, the largest gathering of the clan of world leaders ever, creating historic traffic jams, forcing normally blase New Yorkers to plug their ears against the wail of sirens and talking, talking, talking for three days of the Millennium Summit. And what have they wrought? Will the summit be known for the collapsing, or at least comatose, Middle East talks? Or the nearly disastrous sleight of a handshake between President Clinton and Fidel Castro?
October 25, 1995 |
FORGET GI JOE - BOY GETS GUARDSMEN FOR HIS BIRTHDAY Six-year-old Chase Lanting wanted a military-style birthday party. He got much more than just a GI Joe - but the brass weren't amused at the use of military vehicles in the stunt. Robin and Bill Lanting of Palm Beach, Fla., invited 150 children and parents to "Camp Lanting," gave the draftees personally engraved tags, and had a barber on hand to give them crew cuts if they wanted. The highlight of Sunday's party came when a half-dozen national guardsmen stormed the camp and pretended to kidnap Chase.