Wherever I go in the country, or the world for that matter, if there is a music-related site I take the trouble to visit it. When I was in Rio de Janeiro, I made a beeline for Garota de Ipanema Café and Bar, where the great bossa nova song “The Girl From Ipanema” was written. Last year, while in Nashville, I visited the new Johnny Cash Museum and in New York strolled by the Brill Buildings, where folks like Carole King (“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”) and Ellie Greenwich (“Da Doo Ron Ron”) wrote the songs we remember from the 1960s.
Even if everything Secretary of State John Kerry says about chemical weapons in Syria were true, the evidence would prove only that Bashar al-Assad committed crimes against civilians. It would not prove that the U.S. government has either the moral or legal authority to commit acts of war.
The 1980s had New Kids on the Block; the '90s had the Backstreet Boys; and now boy bands are resurgent again with British group-of-the-moment One Direction, currently a chart-topping global pop phenom. While hardly a very incisive look at the band or its five individual singers — who are barely old enough to even have personal histories — Morgan Spurlock's documentary "One Direction: This Is Us" should score big with kids.
When Chloe Hodson graduated last year from Northern Arizona University with a degree in English and secondary education, she knew she wanted to travel and teach internationally. What she didn’t know was 14 days after a Skype interview with Glenelg School, she would be on a plane to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. There, Chloe teaches English as a second language to local students. Her location has already afforded her the opportunities to travel to London for the holidays, spend New Year’s Eve in Paris and enjoy a week visiting Beijing. She will travel throughout Europe for an additional five weeks before returning to her second year of teaching in Abu Dhabi.
Hailey Dickson, an Ahwatukee senior at Desert Vista High School, is embarking on a journey this month to the Democratic Republic of Nepal, a landlocked sovereign state located in South Asia, where she will be meeting other students from around the world and doing volunteer work through Projects Abroad.
I am really disgusted with the Federal Reserve. I don’t like the fact that there has never been an audit of their finances. Everything that the FED does affects America. Does everyone out there know that in 1973 an agreement was brokered with Saudi Arabia, giving the Saudis the complete ownership of ARAMCO, with the U.S. insisting that all profit from ARAMCO be used to purchase treasury bonds?
The list of alternates were rattled off and Cole Tucker, sitting among the nation’s top 144 candidates for the USA 18U baseball team, figured he gave it his best shot after not hearing his named called.
Early in President’s Obama’s presidency some critiques of the president were claiming he was traveling around the world on what they called an “apology tour,” but nothing can be farther from the truth. Looking back, yes, President Obama seemed to be uneasy when meeting some world leaders, but no one can deny the fact that his presidency has taken on our foes with a precise and deadly intensity.
I subscribe to six investment newsletters. All of these newsletters have alerted me that all hell is going to break loose this coming June. If you have investments in the market be prepared to lose about 80 percent of your portfolio. It is going to start with the bond market, and move over to the stock market.
When people think of Jewish film, their minds tend to jump right to two subjects: religion and the Holocaust. While the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival certainly embraces those subject matters, executive director Jerry Mittelman ensures that they make up only a slice of the wide spectrum of films the fest has to offer.
“I’ll always have part of my heart there,” director Sam French says, discussing his move back to Los Angeles after working for nearly five years in Kabul, Afghanistan. It’s a Wednesday afternoon and French is swamped with interviews following the recent Oscar nomination for his live-action short film “Buzkashi Boys,” a portrait of two young teenagers living in modern-day Afghanistan who dream of playing the dangerous blood sport “buzkashi.”