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Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 23 Blast (PG-13 for underage alcohol consumption) Fact-based, overcoming-the-odds drama about a high school football star (Mark Hapka) who didn’t let sudden blindness due to a sinus infection derail his dream of gridiron greatness. With Bram Hoover, Stephen Lang and Max Adler. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Algorithms (Unrated) Inspirational documentary highlighting exploring India’s little-known world of competitive chess for the blind. America the Beautiful 3 (Unrated) Latest installment in Darryl Roberts’s series of incendiary documentaries indicts pop culture’s sexualization of today’s youth. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

CARIBBEAN ISIS LINK UNCOVERED

People: Until the beginning of October, discussion points in Trinidad would have centered more on preparations for general elections expected in mid to late 2015, but persistent media reports that local Muslims are flocking to the Middle East to fight with the Islamic State group have not only changed this but has promoted an official state investigation into the developments. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Jamaica’s mangoes headed for US market

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ U.S. agriculture officials have cleared the way for the export of Jamaican mangoes to the United States. Derek Kellier is Jamaica’s acting agriculture minister. He said Monday that the ministry will do everything in its power to ensure that mango farmers and exports’’ meet requirements for continental U.S. shipments to begin starting Oct. 20. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014

Will American Ground Troops Be Sent to Fight ISIS?

National: With the United States dropping bombs on yet another Muslim country, we might benefit from a close look at President Obama’s anti–Islamic State strategy. Obama and his spokespeople are always quick to make two points: first, that no American ground forces will be sent into combat against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and second, that the United States will merely be part, albeit a leading part, of a broad coalition of Arab and NATO countries. The Obama administration’s emphasis on these points strongly suggests that Americans would not support a war against ISIS fought solely by the United States with American ground troops as part of the effort. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (R for profanity, sexual references, graphic violence and pervasive gore) Horror sequel finds Norway invaded by another battalion of nasty Nazi zombies. Co-starring Vegar Hoel, Orjan Gamst, Ingrid Haas, Jocelyn DeBoer and Martin Starr. (In Norwegian, English and German with subtitles) Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Antigua, US discuss trade dispute

Antigua: One day after Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne addressed the United Nations General Assembly during which he called on the United States government to settle the outstanding World Trade Organization (WTO) Gaming issue with Antigua and Barbuda, the prime minister held bilateral talks with senior U.S. officials designed to resolve the issue. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Antigua to U.S.: Settle long-standing trade judgment

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda has reiterated its call on the United States to settle its long, outstanding trade judgment “fairly and expeditiously.” In his maiden address to the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne noted that it has been “10 long years” since Antigua and Barbuda secured a favorable decision by the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body in a complaint against the U.S. on online gambling. Comment.

Antigua to U.S.: Settle long-standing trade judgment

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda has reiterated its call on the United States to settle its long, outstanding trade judgment “fairly and expeditiously.” In his maiden address to the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne noted that it has been “10 long years” since Antigua and Barbuda secured a favorable decision by the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body in a complaint against the U.S. on online gambling. Comments (1).

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

OBAMA MANDATES CLIMATE RESILIENCE

National: WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 (IPS) - All international development assistance and investments from the United States will now be required to take into account the potential impacts of climate change, according to a new rule signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Advance Style (Unrated) Aging gracefully is the focus of this documentary chronicling the fashion sense of some Manhattan socialites over 60 who are challenging the conventional cultural assumption equating beauty and youth. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Still determined to force-feed us war

National: When FDR delivered his historic “day that will live in infamy” speech about the Japanese Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, there was no great cajoling effort needed to get the American public on board with the idea that the most muscular of responses was the only way to go. Likewise was the population galvanized into a resolve that whoever was responsible, 60 years later, for the 9/11 atrocities should have hell to pay, regardless of whatever it would demand of U.S. resources. Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

Elkin: Serena is unbelievable

New York: Serena has done it again, and our own Robert Elkin is mighty impressed. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Elvis impersonator showcases his talent in faith-based musical

Movies: What if Elvis Presley’s stillborn twin had survived his mother’s pregnancy rather than passed away during delivery back in January of 1935? That is the alternate reality contemplated by “The Identical,” a faith-based musical marking the underwhelming directorial debut of Dustin Marcellino. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Wright-Phillips, Henry lead Red Bulls

New York: Bradley Wright-Phillips and Thierry Henry are the most in-form scoring tandem in Major League Soccer this season. The pair scored 29 of the New York Red Bulls’ 37 goals in the regular season, with Wright-Phillips carrying much of the load with a league-high 21 goals, just six short of the league record for goals in a season. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

U.S., Grenada sign energy security missive

Grenada: As part of the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative, the United States says it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Grenada to “promote a cleaner and more secure energy future in the Caribbean.” Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

Husband searches for missing wife in erotic thriller

Movies: “The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears” Comment.

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: But Always (Unrated) Romance drama about childhood sweethearts (Nicholas Tse and Yuanyuan Gao), raised in Beijing, who go their separate ways only to fall in love all over again a decade later when their paths cross in New York City. With Lam Suet, Qin Hao, Du Haitao and Luo Shi. (In Mandarin with subtitles) Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Grisly repercussions from wrong-headed policy

National: Occurrences like that ghastly business the other day when the ISIS marauders executed journalist James Foley serve as reminders of the major wrong turn made by George W. Bush and the warmonger crew he assembled in Washington, when they decided that invading Iraq to dethrone Saddam Hussein was a smart foreign policy move. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

It’s spy vs. spy in labyrinthine espionage thriller

Movies: Director Roger Donaldson is probably most closely associated with “No Way Out,” one of the best espionage thrillers ever made. The accomplished Australian revisits the genre with “The November Man,” though this picture pales in comparison to his ingenious, 1987 classic. Nevertheless, Roger has crafted another labyrinthine, cat-and-mouse caper which miraculously manages to keep you on the edge of your seat despite an often-incoherent plotline, slapdash action sequences, and an inscrutable cast of characters with difficult to discern motivations. Overall, the adventure amounts to a dizzying head-scratcher which takes you on one helluva roller coaster ride, even if it might take a scorecard to keep the profusion of players straight. Comment.

US Open draws neighborhood kids

Queens: Twenty-three kids from the Elm Cor Youth and Adult Center in Corona, New York, known for its basketball activities, were guests of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) five days prior to the first day of action in the main draw. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

The Hillary pot shots keep on coming

National: Were Hillary Clinton to decide eventually that she won’t be a presidential candidate in 2016 after all, we know this would leave a whole lot of folk quite deflated. True, she looked like a shoo-in for the White House to be back under Clinton control in 2008 too, before history took an altogether different turn. But as of now, she looks hard to beat, both for the Democratic nomination (if there’s any challenge mounted there) and when facing off against the Republican nominee. But if, when the word does come from her, it’s a “no,” there’s good reason to be understanding, even if dispirited about how that could change the complexion of the next presidential race. Comment.

Buju Banton granted third plea

Music: The third attempt could be a charm for convicted reggae, deejay Buju Banton. Jailed in Florida since he was twice tried for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, the Jamaican deejay whose real name is Mark Myrie was granted another opportunity to present oral arguments regarding his efforts to obtain a new trial. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

CARIB CUP SHOWDOWN

Trinidad and Tobago: East Zone winner Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines and defending champion Team Jamaica are on a collision course on the road to the 2014 Caribbean Cup. Both former Caribbean Cup champions won their quarterfinal games last Sunday at the Jefferson High School Sports Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn to move to the semifinal stage on Sunday, Aug. 24 and could well meet at the final juncture on Sunday, Aug. 31. Comment.

Streep, Bridges co-star in sci-fi adventure

Movies: Despite being born in the same year and enjoying overlapping enduring careers, Oscar-winners Meryl Streep (for Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice and The Iron Lady) and Jeff Bridges (for Crazy Heart) never made a movie together prior to “The Giver.” Such a long overdue collaboration proves well worth the wait in this haunting, sci-fi adventure set in a deceptive dystopia masquerading as heaven on Earth. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

The U.S. government still tries to subvert Cuba

Cuba: When I saw the headline about the U.S. government and Cuba in my newspaper the other day, I thought I’d awoken in 1961. It was a Twilight Zone moment for sure: “U.S. program aimed to stir dissent in Cuba.” I expected Rod Serling to welcome me to “another dimension.” Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

Where ‘good governance’ means a big joke

Trinidad and Tobago: Chances are if Speaker John Boehner were asked, he would insist that the obstructionist, do-nothing course he and his Republican/Tea Party confederates have pursued in Congress is “good governance.” No doubt even the noxious upstart Ted Cruz would respond likewise, about his flamethrower tactics not only in the Senate, but as we’ve seen recently, in moves to also be a point man of influence for fellow extremist kooks in the House. Comment.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

End ‘hypocrisy’ in fighting HIV/AIDS: UN AIDS chief

People: The head of the United Nations agency dealing with HIV and AIDS, Michel Sidibé, has called on world leaders to end the “hypocrisy on sex” and make treatment and reproductive health education universally available. Comment.
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