Pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong sing and shout slogans during a January protest. Chinese leaders and the state-run media are now speaking often of the Chinese dream, though there's no real consensus on what it means.
Forget about the American dream. Nowadays, the next big thing is the Chinese dream. In Beijing, it's the latest official slogan, mentioned on the front page of the official People's Daily 24 times in a single week recently.
With this level of publicity from the official propaganda machine, the Chinese dream even looks set to be enshrined as the new official ideology.
With immigration a hot-button issue in Washington, some version of immigration reform is likely this year. Even so, immigrant activist Sandra Sanchez concedes that the country might not be ready for an overhaul of its immigration laws.
Sanchez, director of the American Friends Service Committee Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program, doesn't mean that in political terms, but in practical ones. "We need to be prepared for the wave of millions of potential applicants that will be needing ... legal services," she says. "And we will not have enough resources to serve them."
This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. While Syria is the crisis of the moment in the Middle East, Iran looms as an even more difficult challenge in the months ahead. And these two issues are not unconnected. Iran remains the most important ally of President Assad in Damascus, and the survival of his regime is critical to Iran's larger struggle with its Arab rivals.
In a small, packed Washington, D.C., living room late one December night, I heard a cacophony of horns, keys, drums and guitars that simply floored me. It was brash, zany, brainy, scary and danceable. At the end of a long year of amazing live music, this would turn out to be one of the most memorable concerts I'd seen.
Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 1:08 pm
Raising pork can be a tough business for producers, who've lately been watching feed prices rise along with the cost of corn. That's one reason why a small but growing number of former commodity pork producers are trying their luck with specialty breeds instead. These premium pigs, raised on small farms with methods that appeal to consumers, can also fetch a premium price.
Ricardo Galvez, Giovanna Meneses Pisco and Arely Betzabe pose for a photograph in front of their former home El Ayllu. The family was back in the neighborhood to gather some of their belongings, and Giovanna spent the hours teary-eyed. As soon as families moved out, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, with the help of paid community members, began to demolish the buildings.
The Avilas photographed at their home. All of them were born and raised in El Ayllu. Pictured (from left) are Jalson Avila, 14, Arin Avila, 7, Ivon Arrazabal, 35, Marcio Avila, 2, Yely Avila, 38, and Italo Avila, 10. As soon as families moved out, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, with the help of paid community members, began to demolish the buildings.
Dignacia Puente Lope, 80, moved to El Ayllu when she was 15. The neighborhood lacks running water and trash services, so the residents burn their trash and get water from several wells that fill with groundwater.
Victoria Chavez de Gutierrez and her husband, Esteban Gutierrez Loayza, have lived in El Ayllu for 50 years. The couple, their children and grandchildren lived on a property that spanned an entire block. In the rear of the property was a field of banana trees that the family harvested and ate. The main terminal of Jorge Chavez International Airport can be seen behind the field.
Dora Sabina Barrantes Enriquez poses for a photograph in front of the home she has lived in since 1942. Some historians date the home back to the 1600s, and the property was registered as a historical building. The building was part of the grand Hacienda San Agustin, once inhabited by one of Peru's most wealthy and powerful families. It was demolished.
Manuel Chira Juarez and Maria Medina de Chira stand on the dirt road outside their home with their daughter Jenny Chira Medina as an airplane passes by overhead. Residents say that after decades of living so close to the airport, they don't hear the noise of the planes overhead and continue their conversations with slightly raised voices as the planes pass.
Alejandro Higa, a farmer of Japanese descent born in 1948, has lived all his life in the neighborhood. Higa has a title for his acreage and says what the government is offering him is unfair. As of mid-March, Higa and his wife had not left their home, but the rest of the residents are gone. For decades, dozens of Japanese families grew produce in the area. Higa's farm is the last in Callao.
Catalina Guzman Harrimache and her husband, Teofilo Huaman Loayza, sit on the remnants of a home. The home had its own groundwater supply that residents now frequent to wash clothes while sitting amid the rubble. In the background, the main terminal of Jorge Chavez International Airport can be seen.
The community of El Ayllu in Lima, Peru, has been demolished to make way for an airport expansion. Residents received money to relocate, but their historic sense of community cannot be rebuilt. Here, Ricardo Galvez, Giovanna Meneses Pisco and Arely Betzabe stand in front of their former home in El Ayllu. The family was back in the neighborhood to gather some of their belongings.
Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 1:08 pm
Elie Gardner and Oscar Durand moved to Lima, Peru, in 2010, and every time they flew in or out, they noticed a large farmland by the airport. The husband and wife photojournalists began to wonder why there was so much land in the middle of an urban area, and who lived there and why.
One night they saw a story about it on the news. The government was taking back the neighborhood called "El Ayllu" and relocating hundreds of families in order to expand the airport.
Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 2:02 pm
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo — designed to carry paying passengers beyond Earth's atmosphere — passed a key test Monday, shooting past the speed of sound under its own rocket power.
The spacecraft developed by Sir Richard Branson's space tourism venture dropped from its mother ship over the Mojave Desert and then, for the first time, fired its engine. It hit Mach 1.2 and reached an altitude of 56,000 feet before gliding to a landing.