Just northwest of the Organ Pavilion parking lot in San Diego’s Balboa Park is Pan American Plaza, where 15 international cottages were built for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. Four additional cottages were added later, and five new structures will be constructed beginning this year. They’re all part of the House of Pacific Relations, which promotes multicultural goodwill and understanding through educational and cultural programs. Cottages hold “open house” Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and lawn programs begin at 2 p.m. every Sunday. Several of the 34 countries, territories, or cultures represented don’t (yet!) have their own facilities, so some existing cottages are shared among as many as four participants. The House of Mexico was one of the earliest occupants, but dropped out long ago because numerous border-area activities were competing for members’ time.In 2003, local activist Enrique Morones — … [Read more...] about The (new) House of Mexico
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National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Speaker of the Moroccan House of Representatives Habib El Malki holds talks, Morocco, March 28, 2019 - Photo: VNA Viet Nam always attaches importance to the friendship relations and multifaceted cooperation with nations in Africa, including Morocco, which is a prioritized partner in North Africa, said Ms. Ngan, expecting the two sides will enhance high-ranking delegation exchanges. Viet Nam hopes to welcome the King of Morocco to pay visit to Viet Nam in the upcoming time to discuss the bilateral cooperation, she said, appraising the role of Morocco at the international and regional forums. She expressed thanks to the support of Morocco for Viet Nam at multi-lateral cooperation mechanisms, expecting that Morocco will help promote the relations between Viet Nam and the African Union to establish official relationship in the time ahead. Viet Nam is willing to work as a bridging … [Read more...] about NA Chairwoman holds talks with Speaker of Moroccan House of Representatives
PUBLISHED: 20:28 15 January 2019 | UPDATED: 20:28 15 January 2019 Prime Minister Theresa May speaks after losing a vote on her Brexit deal in the House of Commons. Photo: House of Commons/PA Wire MPs have rejected Theresa May’s Brexit plans by an emphatic 432 votes to 202 in a historic vote which has thrown the future of her administration and the nature of the UK’s EU withdrawal into doubt. The humiliating rebuff was delivered in the House of Commons just moments after the Prime Minister made a last-ditch appeal for MPs to back the Withdrawal Agreement which she sealed with Brussels in November after almost two years of negotiation.The 230-vote margin of defeat was by far the worst suffered by any Government in a meaningful division since at least the First World War and in normal circumstances would be enough to force a Prime Minister from office.But there was little doubt in Westminster that Mrs May would hang on - and was likely to survive a motion of no-confidence … [Read more...] about Theresa May suffers embarrassing Brexit defeat in House of Commons
Kristen Jordan Shamus Detroit Free Press Published 12:44 PM EST Jan 7, 2019 Novi businessman Paul Whelan waits for mercy in a Moscow prison, trapped in a web of espionage. For six days after his Dec. 28th arrest, he was held alone in a cell in Moscow's Lefortovo detention facility without access to toilet paper or soap. Though he speaks a bit of Russian, he couldn't string together enough Russian words to ask the prison guards for his glasses, his twin brother, David Whelan, told the Free Press. It wasn't until Jan. 2, when he was granted a visit from U.S. State Department employees, that Paul Whelan could ask for those basic necessities and also for intervention from the U.S. government to negotiate his release. Whelan, 48, was arrested at Moscow's swanky Metropol hotel after allegedly receiving a USB drive loaded with the names of employees of a Russian agency, according to Russia's Rosbalt news service. The news service is … [Read more...] about Twin of accused spy Paul Whelan: What Russia prison is like
Tiffany May New York Times News Service, 5:26 PM Days before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, officially took office in Washington as the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, video footage from her college days suddenly appeared on the internet. If the video showing her dancing and twirling barefoot on a rooftop was meant to be an embarrassing leak, it backfired badly. The dance video — a mash-up of 1980s dance moves from the movie “The Breakfast Club” and the music of “Lisztomania,” by the French band Phoenix — proved to be too endearing to many social media users. Some also saw a right-wing effort to undermine Ocasio-Cortez, a liberal Democrat known as “AOC” among her fans. A Twitter user identified as Richard Burr, a former contestant on “The Great British Bake Off,” wrote: “I love how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has turned American politics into a live action Footloose. People dancing!? Oh the … [Read more...] about A video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing at BU was meant as a smear. It backfired.