A man shouts his love at an event in Tokyo on Jan. 29. The event comes two days ahead of Beloved Wives Day, a day on which husbands publicly scream their love for their wives before a crowd of onlookers. Husbands are also urged to head home early to express gratitude to their wives.
Construction continues at the Belo Monte dam complex in the Amazon basin in June 2012 near Altamira, Brazil. Belo Monte will be the world's third-largest hydroelectric project, and will displace up to 20,000 people living near the Xingu River.
A boat navigates the Xingu River last June, near the Belo Monte dam site. The controversial $16 billion project is one of around 60 hydroelectric projects Brazil has planned in the Amazon to generate electricity for its rapidly expanding economy.
A resident stands in the low-lying Invasao dos Padres neighborhood, which stands to be flooded by the Belo Monte dam. Houses are constructed on stilts to protect against seasonal flooding. The government says residents forced to relocate because of the dam will be compensated, and that most will benefit from relocation.
Protesters demonstrate against the Forest Code and Belo Monte dam project at the Rio+20 countersummit last June, in Rio de Janeiro. The summit aimed to overcome years of deadlock over environmental concerns.
Residents affected by the Belo Monte dam and their supporters stand atop a temporary earthen dam spelling out the words "Pare Belo Monte," meaning "Stop Belo Monte," at the dam construction site last June. Demonstrators also removed a strip of earth to restore the flow of the Xingu River as a protest against the construction.
A man flips into a stream leading to the Xingu River. The area is challenged by deforestation; agriculture; mining; a governmental dam building spree; illegal land speculation, including the occupation of forest reserves and indigenous land; and other issues.
Construction continued at the Belo Monte dam complex in the Amazon basin near Altamira, Brazil, in June 2012. Belo Monte will be the world's third-largest hydroelectric project, and will displace up to 20,000 people living near the Xingu River.
Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 5:37 pm
A constitutional fight is now in play in Jackson, Ohio: The city's school district decided, Tuesday night, that it would fight the American Civil Liberties Union in court over a 66-year-old portrait of Jesus that hangs in the hallway of a middle school.
After more than five years of recession and painfully slow recovery, President Obama has sent a powerful signal that he thinks the U.S. economy is now in much better shape — good enough, at least, to provide workers with raises.
In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama called upon Congress to boost the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour by 2015, up from the current $7.25. The wage would rise in steps, and after hitting the maximum in two years, would thereafter be indexed to inflation.
Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 10:51 am
From his 1970s breakthrough as a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra to his influential role as a leading drummer in the style of jazz and jazz-fusion, Billy Cobham remains a powerful musical explorer. Born in Panama, raised in New York and residing in Switzerland, he translates his multicultural experience into a blend of jazz, rock and funk.
Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 3:12 pm
As the nation watched anxiously to see how the manhunt in California for accused cop-killer Christopher Jordan Dorner would turn out, a harrowing situation at an Alabama middle school thankfully ended peacefully.
AL.com reports that a man entered the school in Chelsea, Ala., Tuesday afternoon and "held several students at gunpoint."