The Pyongyang International Film Festival Top Honors – Young Woman Devotes Herself to Raising Orphans

September 24, 2016

The winner of the “Best Torch Award,” selected by a panel of international judges, was “Story About My House,” a drama about Ri Jong A, who wins the honors of leader Kim Jong Un for devoting herself to raising orphans after graduating from school. The prizes were announced at a lavishly decorated hall in central Pyongyang replete with glittery gowns, golden trophies and colorful stage lighting — but no red…

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Obama Celebrated New African-American Museum, which a Powerful Place Tells ‘Story of All of us’

September 24, 2016

Obama also said he hoped the museum would help people bridge divides that were re-exposed by the latest fatal, police-involved shootings of black men. The country’s first black president, Obama was scheduled to preside over an outdoor ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which was built on the National Mall in the shadow of the Washington Monument. “The thing about this museum…

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NY teacher’s Effort to Reunite Jewish Survivors of Nazi concentration camp train with the U.S. soldiers

concentration camp train with the U.S. soldiers
September 22, 2016

“A Train Near Magdeburg” compiles years of research and interviews by Matthew Rozell, a history teacher at Hudson Falls High School. A student project he started years ago led him to the story of American soldiers who liberated 2,500 starving Jewish prisoners from a German train in April 1945. Nine years ago this month, one of those soldiers and three of the survivors held a reunion in Rozell’s classroom. Since…

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Zimbabwe’s Economy is Falling Apart, but the Country’s Comedy Scene is Booming

September 20, 2016

Zimbabwe’s economy is falling apart, but the country’s comedy scene is booming. Even 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe, widely accused of muzzling free speech, is a target. Insulting the president can bring a one-year jail term in this southern African country. Nonetheless, the comedians carry on, becoming bolder as fears of speaking out begin to erode. In one skit at a show on Thursday called State of the Nation, an actor…

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Virginia Gun Rights Activists File $12 million Defamation Lawsuit Over an Edit

September 14, 2016

The segment in “Under the Gun” shows nearly 10 seconds of silence after Couric asks members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League how felons or terrorists could be prevented from purchasing a gun without background checks. Activists can be heard on audio of the exchange responding to Couric’s question almost immediately. Couric was executive producer of the film. She said in a message on the film’s website in May that…

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New PBS Series about Modern Presidential Campaigns, “The Contenders: 16 for ’16.”

September 14, 2016

Each hour-long episode of the series, debuting 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday (check local listings) and airing through Nov. 1, examines two White House hopefuls who, whether they won or lost, left a mark on future races. The approach often makes for political odd couples, with host and producer Carlos Watson teasing out the shared elements of their campaigns. Watson promises “The Contenders” will offer useful perspective on what he calls…

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New Miss America Savvy Shields Has advice for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

September 12, 2016

Miss America Savvy Shields had a clear vision of what she hopes America will look like at the end of her term next year. “I hope that at the end of my year, we’re starting to reward politicians for compromise,” she said. Shields, who represented Arkansas in the pageant, won the crown Sunday night in Atlantic City. She was asked during her onstage interview what she thought of Democratic nominee Hillary…

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Barbra Streisand Uses Song to Mock Trump at Clinton fundraiser Into Song Friday Night

September 10, 2016

At an LGBT fundraiser for Hillary Clinton Friday, the singer performed a parody of the Stephen Sondheim song “Send in the Clowns” with lyrics about the Republican nominee. “Is he that rich, maybe he’s poor, ’til he reveals his returns, who can be sure?” Streisand sang to an applauding crowd of about 1,000. “Something’s amiss, I don’t approve, if he were running the free world, where would we move?” Streisand…

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Leonardo DiCaprio unveils climate change ‘Before the Flood’ at the Toronto International Film Festival

September 10, 2016

At the Toronto International Film Festival, Leonardo DiCaprio has unveiled his climate change documentary “Before the Flood”. The film was directed by Fisher Stevens. It chronicles DiCaprio’s exploits around the globe to raise awareness about climate change. DiCaprio is a United Nations Ambassador of Peace. He was greeted by fans outside the film’s premiere Friday. The Academy Award-winning actor says, “We are truly at a turning point in history.” He says this…

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Myanmar-Kofi Annan Story : Myanmar Buddhis Group Says Post Insulting Kofi Annan Was Fake

A Ma Ba Tha leader says  that the post and the Facebook page on which it appeared are fake. Myanmar’s government announced last week that Annan will lead an advisory panel aimed at finding “lasting solutions” to the conflict in Rakhine state, where human rights groups have documented widespread abuses against minority Rohingya Muslims. Rakhine Buddhist nationalists have denounced the commission. Annan was criticized Monday on a page that appeared…

September 1, 2016
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