The bilingual drama Agamemnon, a co-production of the National Theater Company of China a
nd the National Theater of Greece, represents a refreshing innovation for Chinese theater lovers.
The play by ancient Greek tragedian Aeschylus, often called the “father of tragedy”, is the first part of his only extant tr
ilogy. It is a story about patriarchy, matriarchy, revenge and justice. In the story, Agamemnon s
acrifices his daughter to win the Trojan War. After his triumphant return, the king is slain by his wife and her lover.
Directed by Stathis Livathinos, artistic director of the NTG, Agamemnon embodies a pr
ofound cooperation between China and Greece. “To have a bilingual presentation of a play means yo
u hear two languages, two kinds of actors, two schools. Of course it’s a very big risk. But it’s better to go with a risk t
han with safety. Because I really believe the National Theater should always be the avant-garde,” he said.
”Agamemnon is a part of something bigger that doesn’t belong only to Greece. This
is a theatrical and artistic meeting of two civilizations on stage,” Livathinos added.
have once again made concrete progress and provided positive pro
spects for bilateral relations and the global economy. Wang, also minister of foreign affa
irs, made the remark at an event on Monday, according to a statement issued by the ministry.
Yao Yang, dean of the National School of Development at Peking University, said, “It is encouraging that both sides have begu
n to work on the text of an agreement, which indicates a speeding up toward sealing a trade deal.”
“The progress also showed that effective economic diplomatic meas
ures can help resolve cumbersome issues and reduce confrontation between two nations,” Yao said.
After tit-for-tat exchanges of hefty import tariffs, President Xi Jinping and hi
s US counterpart, Donald Trump, agreed in December to halt new tariffs for 90 days to a
llow for talks. Since then, negotiations have been conducted on a wide array of topics.
Early Sunday afternoon in Washington, Trump tweeted that he “will be delaying” the incr
ease of tariffs on Chinese imports scheduled for March 1, due to “very productive” trade talks between the two countries.
need money.”Lankov is one of the few foreigners ever to study at Kim Il Sung University, the country’s most pr
estigious institution of higher learning. Today he runs the Korea Risk Group consultancy, teaches at Kookmin Uni
versity in Seoul and is considered one of the world’s experts on the inner workings of North Korea.
He says Kim and his top advisers are cold, realistic and brutally rational. They believe that nuclear weapons are the key to their survival given the fate of Moa
mmar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and Ukraine as well as Trump’s decision to ditch the Iran nuclear deal.
”For the North Koreans, security comes first. And they believe that their security is imperfect if they don’t have some
nuclear weapons. A reduction of nuclear weapons can be negotiated, but denuclearization is a pipe dream,” Lankov said.
Jackson, the former Defense Department official, is also unconvinced that Kim Jong Un is the reformer many hoped he would be.
Though Kim is a millennial leader educated in the West, he has n
ow been in power for seven years — during which time he’s overseen more missile and nu
clear tests than his father and grandfather combined, without “meaningful signs” of economic change.
”What is different now than the previous 30 years that makes that control-versus-opening tradeoff worthwhile?” Jackson said.
Williams using satire, caricature, exaggeration and humor, and the
cartoon intended to depict her behavior as childish by showing her spitting a
pacifier out while she jumps up and down.”
The cartoon showed Williams with large, exaggerated lips and nose reminiscent of racist depictions of black people in the US during the Jim Crow era.
Williams’ opponent, Japan’s Naomi Osaka, is depicted as a skinny blonde woman, to whom the umpire is saying: “Can’t you just let her win?”
The Japanese-American Osaka is of mixed heritage, and has Japanese and Haitian roots.
”Specifically, concern was expressed that the cartoon depicted Ms Willia
ms with large lips, a broad flat nose, a wild afro-styled ponytail hairstyle different to th
at worn by Ms. Williams during the match, and positioned in an ape-like pose,” said a statement from the press council.
”It was also noted that the cartoon should be considered in the context of the histo
ry of caricatures based on race and historical racist depictions of African-Americans.”
’Repugnant’When it was first published, the US-based National Association of Black Journalists said the cartoon was “repugnant on many levels.”
Sister Veronica Openibo, a Nigerian-born nun, is one of only three women to address an unprecedented Vatican summit on clergy sexual abuse.
She did not waste the opportunity.In clear, direct and unsparing language, Openibo challenged the church’s cult
ure of silence on sexual issues and said priests are too often put on pedestals. Openibo also criticized the pr
actice of letting elderly clergy who had abused children retire quietly with their pension and good names in place.
”Let us not hide such events anymore because of the fear of making mistakes,” Openibo said after reading a searing summ
ary of abuse cases she has heard about during her work on sexual education in Nigeria.
”Too often we want to keep silent until the storm has passed! This storm will not pass by. O
ur credibility is at stake.”Sister Veronica Openibo stands next to Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Blas
e J. Cupich, left, and Father Tomaz Mavric as they wait for the Pope’s arrival at the beginning of the third day of a Vat
ican’s conference on clergy sex abuse.
At one point, Openibo appeared to look toward Pope Francis, who was sitting on the
dais to her right, when calling for a policy of “zero tolerance” toward clergy who abuse children.
voters have spent in line to cast their ballots in the crucial election.
The incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari, 76, is running against 71 other ca
ndidates, but his main challenger is Atiku Abubakar, a 72-year-old business tycoo
n and former vice president. They are both Muslim candidates from the north of the country.
When Buhari, a former military ruler, was elected in 2015, it wa
s the first peaceful transition of power in Nigeria. He promised to offer a clean sweep of the old
routine, but many have been left disillusioned and angry at the rising levels of inequality and extreme poverty.
More than 84 million people registered for the vote in Africa’s largest economic p
ower, according to data from the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Videos have surfaced on social media reportedly showing the burni
ng of ballot papers and disruption of the electoral process in various parts of the country.
Reem pre-booked the taxi. It was Rawan’s job to retrieve their passports from a bag stored in their parents’ bedroom. Around 2 a.m
., she tip-toed past them as they slept, took the bag with their passports, then snuck back in again to return the bag so as not to raise suspicion.
”It’s a really great memory, exciting,” Rawan tells CNN, smiling. Of the two sisters, she‘s the more talkative, taking the lead and occasi
onally looking to her sister for advice on the right word in English. Reem is more reserved. She’s careful about what she says and who to tr
ust. They both have dark, short, curly hair and being small in stature seem much younger than their years.
When the cab driver arrived at 5 a.m., the sisters say they did something they’d never do
ne before. They pulled on jeans they’d bought in secret and walked out of the house without their abayas.
It was only after they arrived at Colombo Airport that the sisters booked the flight they’d
meticulously researched online: SriLankan Airlines flight UL892 departing Colombo at 9 a.m., arriving Hong Kong a
t 5:10 p.m. local time. From there, they’d take Cathay Pacific flight CX135 departing at 7:10 p.m. for Melbourne, Australia.
They had no trouble boarding the plane for the roughly six-hour flight to Hong Kong.
It was after they arrived in at Hong Kong International Airport that things started to go wrong.