Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
VOAVideo: US Debt Talks
** 1:54-2:04 How the debt cris can affect Senior Citizens
** 2:04-2:41 How the debt cris can affect China and the world economy
Also see VOANews: Obama Encourages Bipartisan Solution to Avoid Debt Default
wh.gov: US Debt Graphic
President Obama: "There are plenty of ways out of this mess. But we are almost out of time. We need to reach a compromise by Tuesday so that our country will have the ability to pay its bills on time, as we always have -- bills that include monthly Social Security checks, veterans’ benefits and the government contracts we’ve signed with thousands of businesses. Keep in mind, if we don’t do that, if we don’t come to an agreement, we could lose our country’s AAA credit rating, not because we didn’t have the capacity to pay our bills -- we do -- but because we didn’t have a AAA political system to match our AAA credit rating.
And make no mistake -– for those who say they oppose tax increases on anyone, a lower credit rating would result potentially in a tax increase on everyone in the form of higher interest rates on their mortgages, their car loans, their credit cards. And that’s inexcusable.
There are a lot of crises in the world that we can’t always predict or avoid -– hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorist attacks. This isn’t one of those crises. The power to solve this is in our hands. And on a day when we’ve been reminded how fragile the economy already is, this is one burden we can lift ourselves. We can end it with a simple vote –- a vote that Democrats and Republicans have been taking for decades, a vote that the leaders in Congress have taken for decades."
Friday, July 29, 2011
VOAVideo: Tsunami Survivors Rebuild As Japan Battles Debris
It's nearly five months since the huge tsunami struck northeast Japan, killing more than 20,000 people. The reconstruction effort is well underway and the government has earmarked several billion dollars to help survivors rebuild their homes and livelihoods. But as Henry Ridgwell reports from the devastated coastline near Sendai City, many survivors say the financial assistance has been too slow.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Don’t drink the water, and be careful what you eat when you’re traveling! Find out how not to get sick on this episode. Download Podcast
Monday, July 25, 2011
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Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Wrapping up a two-week visit to the United States, 76-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama spoke Monday to packed crowds in Chicago about overcoming religious intolerance.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
VOAVideo: Turtle Survives Years-Long Journey to Return Home
"Turtle: The Incredible Journey," documents the migratory cycle of loggerhead turtles. Filmmaker Nick Stringer follows a female turtle's journey from a sandy Florida beach, across the Gulf Stream to Newfoundland to the Azores, back to the Caribbean and, years later, back to Florida. It's a years-long journey that only one in 10,000 loggerheads survives, putting the turtles' longterm survival at risk.
Read VOANews: Turtle Survives Years-Long Journey to Return Home
'The Incredible Journey' documents migratory cycle of loggerhead turtles
Monday, July 18, 2011
Billie Holiday's life was a mixture of success and tragedy. She was one of the greatest jazz singers in America PEOPLE IN AMERICA (download mp3)
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
VOAVideo: Buddhism Rebounds in Russia
For four generations, the Soviets waged war on Buddhists, sometimes branding them "Japanese spies." Now, 20 years after the collapse of communism, Buddhism is experiencing a massive revival in its historic areas. James Brooke, reports from Ulan Ude, a Central Asian city on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
VOAVideo: VOA Dalai Lama Interview Part 1
VOAVdeo: VOA Dalai Lama Interview Part 2
Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has been in Washington since last week, celebrating his birthday and guiding followers of Tibetan Buddhism in a multi-day prayer and meditation ritual. He sat down with VOA's Mandarin Service to discuss his first visit to the nation's capital since stepping down as the exiled Tibetan government's political leader.
Also watch: VOAVideo: Dalai Lama Feels 'Freer' Since Giving up Political Role
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
VOAVideo: American Buddhism Retains Asian Flavor, Adapts to West
This week's visit of the Dalai Lama to the United States is focusing attention on American Buddhism, which is growing because of the influx of Asian immigrants and conversion of Westerners to the faith. From Los Angeles, Mike O'Sullivan reports that American Buddhism retains its Asian flavor, but is adapting to Western ways.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
VOAVideo: Early CT Scans Cut Lung Cancer Death Rate
A U.S. study of current and former smokers shows that early screening with CT scans cuts the death rate for lung cancer by 20 percent. The findings are significant because lung cancer is an aggressive disease that often is undetected, and once diagnosed, the mortality rate is very high. VOA's Melinda Smith in Washington has more on the study and what effect it might have on future screening. ... (more info)
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
VOAVideo: Study Shows Diabetes Surging Worldwide
The number of adults worldwide with diabetes has more than doubled in the past three decades - jumping to nearly 350 million. And it continues to surge, according to a new study in the journal "Lancet."
Friday, July 8, 2011
News English Lessons: World’s Longest Bridges Open in China
Thursday, July 7, 2011
VOAVideo:Retirement Surge Raises Financial Worries In United States
The cost of pensions and medical care for retired people is rising sharply in the United States and in some other nations where the elderly are a growing percentage of the population. As governments and companies seek ways to cut costs, some Americans worry they will not have enough money to live comfortably when they are too old to work. VOA's Jim Randle reports from Washington.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
VOAVideo: China Eyes the US for Investment Opportunities
China has been investing throughout the world in recent years, and the United States is an especially attractive destination for Chinese companies. As part of a VOA series on China's economic role in the world, Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.
Monday, July 4, 2011
San Jose Rose, White, and Blue Parade 2011
The San Jose Rose, White, and Blue Parade 2011 along The Alameda, in the Rose Garden District. Cameo appearances by Judy Connell, Marshal Connell, Kansen Chu, and SJ Mayor Chuck Reed.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
VOAVideo: Urban Farm Prospers in Downtown Area
Ninety year old Charlie Koiner cares for a small plot of land just a few blocks from a busy downtown near Washington DC. He has been growing fruits and vegetables here since this suburb was mostly undeveloped rural land, and selling his produce in local farmers markets.
VOA News: Urban Farm Flourishes in Downtown Area
Ninety-year-old keeps farming as development springs up around him (read more)
Saturday, July 2, 2011
China Frees Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei
State media say Ai released after confessing to tax evasion and because he suffers from chronic illness June 22, 2011
Colleagues of Chinese Artist Released from Detention
Ai Weiwei confirms that four of his associates were freed from detention this week, soon after he was released from prison on bail June 25, 2011
Chinese Dissident Released From Prison
Zeng Jinyan announces on the Internet social network Twitter that her activist husband, Hu Jia, was released from prison early Sunday
Chinese Artist Ordered to Pay Nearly $2 Million in Back Taxes
China says Ai Weiwei confessed to tax evasion but his family denies the allegation June 28, 2011
Debt-Laden Europe Cautious on China Human Rights
Europe increasingly looking to China for investment to shore up ailing economies, but some wary of China's human rights policies June 29,2011
Sculptures of Detained Chinese Artist on Exhibit in US
Series of sculptures entitled 'Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads' by Ai Weiwei is drawing crowds in New York May 17, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
VOAVideo: Chinese, Young and Old, Sing Communist Party's Praises
As China's ruling Communist Party prepares to celebrate its 90th anniversary (July 1), many Chinese are literally singing the party's praises as its membership rolls reach a new high. VOA's Stephanie Ho talked to ordinary Chinese, young and old, to find out what the Communist Party means to them.