BERKELEY I recently heard former World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy paraphrasing a classic Buddhist proverb, wherein Chinas Sixth Buddhist Patriarch Huineng tells the nun Wu Jincang: When the philosopher points at the moon, the fool looks at the finger. Lamy added that, Market capitalism is the moon. Globalization is the finger.
With anti-globalization sentiment now on the rise throughout the West, this has been quite a year for finger-watching. In the United Kingdoms Brexit referendum, Little Englanders voted to leave the European Union; and in the United States, Donald Trump won the presidency because he convinced enough voters in crucial states that he will make
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Video Escaped Chimpanzee Captured in Japan A male chimpanzee who had escaped from a local zoo was captured by city officials on Thursday in northern Japan. Zoo officials said the primate was not hurt during his capture.
By NTV on Publish Date April 14, 2016. Photo by Kyodo News, via Associated Press. Watch in Times Video A chimpanzee fled from a zoo in northern Japan and tried desperately to avoid capture by climbing an electric pole.
He didnt stay there long.
Chacha, the male chimp, was on the loose for nearly two hours on Thursday after he disappeared from the Yagiyama Zoological Park in Sendai, the city that will be hosting finance ministers from the Group of 7 industrialized nations in May.
Television footage showed Chacha perched atop the pole, agitated and screaming at zoo workers below. Even after being shot by a sedative arrow in the back, he desperately tried to escape, dangling from a power line.
He finally fell head down into a blanket held by a dozen workers on the ground.
Zoo officials told Agence France-Presse that the animal was unhurt but recovering from sedation, news outlets reported. The zoo is investigating how he escaped.
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The University of Chicago announced Sunday that all classes and other activities planned for Monday on its Hyde Park campus will be canceled after FBI counterterrorism officials informed the university of a gun violence threat to the campus.
University President Robert Zimmer sent an email to students and staff warning them of a threat posted online by an unknown individual, which specifically mentioned "the campus quad" at 10 a.m. Monday. Zimmer asked staff and faculty members who do not have emergency duties or patient care responsibilities to not come to the Hyde Park campus. Students who reside on campus were told to contact their resident heads and " to remain indoors as much as possible if they are on campus."
"Based on the FBI's assessment of this threat and recent tragic events at other campuses across the country, we have decided in consultation with federal and local law enforcement officials, to exercise caution by canceling all classes and activities on the Hyde Park campus through midnight on Monday," Zimmer said in the email.
In response to the threat, the university will bolster the police and security presence on and around campus, including personnel with visible weapons as the university keeps in close contact with the FBI, which is continuing to investigate the threat, Zimmer said.
One U. of C. student, who described the quad as "very busy" on Monday mornings, said students coming back from Thanksgiving holiday were stunned to learn of the threat via email and text from the university.
"I'm not going down there tomorrow, and I don't have plans on going down there on Tuesday," said the student, who only wanted to be identified as Will. "For a threat like this, I want to give a few days to cool off. I think it's pretty extraordinary that the president interceded and canceled everything. I think that suggests something pretty serious is happening."
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, the university libraries, the Quadrangle Club and other campus facilities also will be closed Monday. The University of Chicago Medical Center will remain open to patients with additional security measures. Student Health and Counseling Services will be closed; students may consult www.csl.uchicago.edu for additional information. Medical center faculty and staff involved in patient care will receive additional details later this evening.
Anyone with information regarding unusual incidents on campus are asked to call the U. of C. Police Department at 773-702-8181.
By Martin M. Sobczyk Updated Nov. 27, 2015 2:33 p.m. ET
WARSAWA prosecutor in Poland blocked on Friday Roman Polanskis extradition to the U.S., declining to appeal a court decision that sharply criticized the American legal system and bringing an end to the case.
In October, a judge at the district court in Krakow rejected a U.S. request for the Oscar-winning filmmakers extradition from Poland saying Mr. Polanski would likely be denied a fair trial in America.
In a statement on Friday, the prosecutors office said it agreed with the court, saying Mr. Polanski had settled his case in the U.S. after a 1977 conviction for sex with a minor.
The prosecutors office pointed to the courts decision, which said U.S. judges were too influenced by the public and news media to be considered impartial, while prison conditions were unacceptable, especially for an 82-year-old. It also said the U.S. judges on the case had consulted with prosecutors without Mr. Polanskis attorney being present.
According to the prosecutor and the court, the filmmakers extradition would violate the European Convention on Human Rights, an international treaty that created a system for most of Europe that seeks to protect fundamental human rights, including the right to a fair trial.
In his ruling on Oct. 30, Judge Dariusz Mazur said the only point of Mr. Polanskis extradition would be to ponder procedural intricacies from 40 years ago before U.S. courts.
Mr. Polanski, who holds dual Polish and French citizenship and spends most of his time in France, arrived in Krakow earlier this year to shoot a movie, which prompted the U.S. request.
An appeal by prosecutors in Poland would have increased the chances for the U.S. request to be granted. Had a court concluded the extradition was admissible, the final decision would have been lodged with Polands justice minister.
Officials from Polands right-leaning government, which took power this month following a parliamentary election, have said they saw no reason to give Mr. Polanski any special treatment because of professional status and recognition. Zbigniew Ziobro, the new justice minister, on Friday said he was disappointed at the prosecutors decision, which ultimately denied him the opportunity to rule on the case himself.
Mr. Polanskis case was treated by a great many Poles as the litmus test showing whether or not there are people who are better than others based on their social status, he said, calling Mr. Polanskis offense heinous.
By rejecting the U.S. request, Poland extended jurisdictions in Europewhere Mr. Polanski cant be extradited over the 1977 case. Swiss authorities in 2010 rejected a request, while France doesnt have an extradition agreement with the U.S.
Mr. Polanski, whose films include Chinatown and Rosemarys Baby, in 1977 pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. After taking a plea bargain, he served 42 days in the psychiatric unit of a California jail and later fled the U.S.
The filmmaker, who was born in Paris and moved with his family to his fathers native city of Krakow at the age of three, said in October that he was very happy that this matter is drawing to a close in Poland.
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