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Daniel Anker, Maker of Powerful
Documentaries, Dies at 50

New York Times, by Bruce Weber

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 4/27/2014 1:08:33 AM

Daniel Anker, a filmmaker whose sober documentaries brought unsensationalized narrative power to subjects including the trials of the Scottsboro boys and Hollywood’s treatment of the Holocaust, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 50. The cause was pneumonia brought on by treatment for lymphoma, his wife, Donna Santman, said. Mr. Anker was a storyteller, not an innovator. As a producer, director and sometime writer of films, he was drawn to stories with conventional arcs (and significant drama) that could be told chronologically. And he made use of fundamental techniques — still photographs, historical film excerpts,

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Another leading young voice quieted by cancer. R.I.P.

      


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Daniel Anker, Maker of Powerful
Documentaries, Dies at 50
New York Times, by Bruce Weber    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/27/2014 1:08:33 AM     Post Reply
Daniel Anker, a filmmaker whose sober documentaries brought unsensationalized narrative power to subjects including the trials of the Scottsboro boys and Hollywood’s treatment of the Holocaust, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 50. The cause was pneumonia brought on by treatment for lymphoma, his wife, Donna Santman, said. Mr. Anker was a storyteller, not an innovator. As a producer, director and sometime writer of films, he was drawn to stories with conventional arcs (and significant drama) that could be told chronologically. And he made use of fundamental techniques — still photographs, historical film excerpts,

   

 

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North Korea says army must
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Reuters, by Nick Macfie    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/27/2014 12:58:56 AM     Post Reply
Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged the army to develop to ensure it wins any confrontation with the United States, the reclusive country´s news agency said on Sunday, a day after U.S. President Barack Obama warned the North of its military might. (Snip) "He stressed the need to enhance the function and role of the political organs of the army if it is to preserve the proud history and tradition of being the army of the party, win one victory after another in the confrontation with the U.S. and creditably perform the mission as a shock force and standard-bearer in building a thriving nation." Obama said on Saturday on a visit to Seoul,

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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/27/2014 12:31:45 AM     Post Reply
It seems that only days, if not hours, are left before the North Korean government conducts the nuclear test, which would become the fourth test in the history of the North Korean nuclear programme. North Korean government spokespersons hinted at such a possibility recently, and the satellite images, analysed by the intelligence services of South Korea and the US as well as by independent experts, indicate unusual activity at the North Korean nuclear test site. Policywise, the timing seems to be perfect, too: On April 25, US President Barack Obama arrived in Seoul. Taking into account the likely political intentions

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Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/27/2014 12:01:07 AM     Post Reply
South Korea´s Prime Minister Chung Hong-won has tendered his resignation over the sinking of a passenger ferry that left more than 300 people dead or missing. “I wanted to resign earlier but handling the situation was the first priority and I thought that it was a responsible act to help before leaving. But I´ve decided to resign now not to be any burden on the administration,” he said. “I offer my apology for having been unable to prevent this accident from happening and unable to properly respond to it afterwards,” he said. “I believed I, as the prime minister, certainly had to take responsibility and resign.”

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton charged that women are still not treated equal to men in the U.S., saying all that´s needed "is a fair shot" to advance. Speaking to the United Methodist Women Assembly on Saturday, the former first lady addressed a packed auditorium of Methodist women, chronicling her journey within the church and her faith before turning her experiences into an impassioned speech on women´s rights to equal pay. "Women share the drive to be entrepreneurs and builders," Clinton said to the assembly in Louisville, Ky. "To be agents of change and drivers of progress, makers of peace. All they need is a fair shot."

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