Alex Hamasaki, Student Intern Last Modified: 03:10 a.m. DST, 25 March 2013 BANGUI, Central African Republic – Rebels overthrew the Central African Republic’s President this Sunday. According to the Associated Press, the rebels, known as the coalition group Seleka, declared that the country has “opened a new page in its history.” President Francois Bozize fled […]
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Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief Last Modified: 11:25 AM EDT, 6 September 2012 CHEVALINE, France – A horrific fate befell the family of an Iraqi-born Briton named Saad al-Hilli who was from Surrey in southern England. Saad, his wife, a grandmother, and two daughters were on holiday traveling through France when they were ambushed in an assassination […]
Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief Original post date: 21 May 2011 Last Modified: 20:44 PM EDT, 26 March 2012 Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been charged in France with “aggravated pimping” for his alleged participation in a prostitution ring. PARIS, France – When the media reported on the attempted rape by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former managing director of […]
The ANI association has organized the “Fortnight of Children of Africa,” a conference where leading proponents of the movement will publicly debate the issues and concerns of education in Africa. This is the 4th year of that this event has been held and the theme is “Children of Africa, Children of the World.” Last year’s event was hosted by Rama Yade, a Senegalese French politician who has served in the government of France since 2007. Watch the video of her speech here.
Children are our most precious resource and we must ensure that all children regardless of their country of origin, religion or ethnicity are protected, nurtured, and availed of all the rights, privileges, freedoms and opportunities that are the hallmark of the best of humankind. The well worn statement that “it takes a village to raise a child,” is as apropos today in this technological world as it was when we lived in more pastoral environs. We are the village and though most of us live in virtual worlds, when we choose to be physically present and engaged with people, we are truly powerful and can make a difference.
Much has been written about our world, man’s adverse impact on the planet, and what needs to be done to save Earth. No doubt as our species continues to advance, our expansion and incursion into the remaining pristine corners of our planet will accelerate as we seek illusory security through the treasures the earth can yield to us. However, unlike our planet, our lifespan is akin to that of a flea, and like a dog with an itch, we will voluntarily or involuntarily be cast off.
This perspective was best expressed by Dr. Iain Stewart’s in the 2009 BBC program titled “Earth: The Power of the Planet.” Dr. Stewart stated “in the long run, earth can cope with anything we can throw at it. We could clear all the jungles, but a jungle can regrow over a few thousand years. We could burn all earths’ fossil fuels, flooding the atmosphere with carbon dioxide but even then, it will take the planet only a million years or so for the atmosphere to recover even the animals we are wiping out will eventually be replaced by others equally rich in diversity as a relentless work of evolution continues. It’s only a question of time; the earth will be just fine. So all this stuff about saving planet earth, well that is not the problem: planet earth doesn’t need saving, earth is a great survivor. It’s not the planet we should be worrying about, it’s us.”
Not withstanding that powerful sentiment, this post is tangentially about environmental issues, but primarily about the brilliant, contemporary composers Armand Amar and Philip Glass. Both of these composers possess unparalleled skills in weaving together the unique voices, languages and cultures of people around the world to tell compelling stories through film scores.