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.
September 24, 2009
The leaders of the G-20 nations meet today in Pittsburgh (yes, Pittsburgh) amid international skepticism that the gathering can achieve lasting solutions to the financial turmoil. When the world leaders met in London last April, they were focused on rescuing the global economy from collapse. They agreed to pump $1 trillion into markets to promote growth and save jobs, which seems to have prevented the crisis from getting worse. The question now is how to prevent another economic meltdown.
January 28, 2009 |
This year's gathering of the world's financial and political elite at the World Economic Forum opens today in this snowy Swiss mountain village. It is here not to celebrate capitalism, but to ponder what went wrong. I've attended 11 previous sessions at Davos, including those after the Asian financial crisis and the bursting of the tech bubble. But I've never seen such uncertainty among the movers and shakers of the financial world. At a pre-conference cocktail reception at the upscale Belvedere Hotel, CEOs and government officials were asking each other questions like "Are we going over the edge?"
September 21, 2008
Philadelphia is a city that knows more than a little bit about historic moments, so it was very fitting that it provide the setting for Thursday night's reunion of two world leaders who together helped to put the last spades of earth on what was the Soviet Union. At the National Constitution Center to receive the Liberty Medal, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev shook hands with George H.W. Bush, the U.S. president he had called in 1991 as the Soviet flag was lowered for a final time at the Kremlin.
March 19, 2008
I WANT TO commend everyone involved for establishing this much-needed program for those of us offenders who will be re-entering our city. It is a very positive step in helping to solve the financial crisis that most of us face once we're released from prison. Now that there's a place for us to build a foundation on, I urge you to also use us and our personal experiences to benefit our city in a much broader way, by mandating that every ex-offender given a job through this program go to a school (or youth detention center, rec center or anywhere else we're needed)
November 26, 2007 |
Australia's Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd took advice yesterday on how to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and fielded phone calls from world leaders - starting in on work the day after a sweeping election victory. The emphatic triumph of Rudd's Labor Party swings Australia toward the political left after almost 12 years of conservative rule. The voted puts Australia at odds with Washington on two crucial policy issues: Iraq and global warming.
August 8, 2006 |
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August 7, 2006 |
I'VE LONG believed that it's better to lob adverbs and adjectives than Katyusha rockets - although it's only in the last couple of weeks days that I've learned the word "katyusha. " According to the New York Times, the recent diplomatic talks in Rome between the United States and other world leaders concerned with the war between Israel and Hezbollah broke down after a one-hour go-round over several words in the final communique. Diplomats from other countries pushed for language calling for an "immediate cease-fire," while Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice insisted on "work immediately on a cease-fire.
May 24, 2006 |
Claude Lewis is a longtime Philadelphia journalist It is difficult to imagine who will replace Mike Wallace now that the CBS reporter and 60 Minutes correspondent, 88, is going into retirement. A man like Wallace doesn't just retire. He eases into it, on a tide of interviews about his contributions to journalism, his many coups - conceding a mistake here and there. But for all his bombast, his celebrity, his salty arrogance at times, Mike Wallace has been a major contributor to world journalism.
March 17, 2006 |
What would any citizen do when invited to meet the president of the United States? "Jump!" Or so says common wisdom. (I totally would.) But Jessica Simpson is anything but common. Invited for actual face time with fellow Texan George W. Bush at a National Republican Congressional Committee fund-raising party scheduled for last night, the inimitable vocalist and former TV reality star, said, like, no way! Jess was at Congress yesterday to lobby on behalf of Operation Smile, a dot-org that offers free plastic surgery to children with facial deformities.