Posts Tagged Social issues

Iran film portrays the Prophet Muhammad, drawing criticism

In this picture taken on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi, director of “Muhammad, Messenger of God” movie speaks in an interview with The Associated Press in Tehran, Iran. In Islam, portraying the Prophet Muhammad has long been taboo for many.  In the new 190-minute film, the story focuses on Muhammad’s childhood, never showing his face. The movie instead focuses on others to tell his story. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

ALLAHYAR, Iran (AP) — Here in this Persian replica of Mecca, built at the cost of millions of dollars, an Iranian film company is attempting to offer the world a literal glimpse of the Prophet Muhammad despite traditional taboos against it.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

‘Mad Men’ star Hamm has treatment for alcohol addiction

In this Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, Jon Hamm, left, and Jennifer Westfeldt arrive at The People Magazine Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. A spokeswoman for the "Mad Men" star Hamm says the actor recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction. Hamm had the support of his longtime partner, actress-filmmaker Westfeldt, in his struggle, publicist Annett Wolf said in a statement Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction, his spokeswoman said.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Construction giant accused of ‘modern slavery’ in Qatar

FILE- In this Jan. 3, 2011 file photo, a worker cleans the road outside Khalifa sport complex in Doha, Qatar. The 2022 World Cup host nation announced on Thursday, March 19, 2015 that the final World Cup game of the 2022 tournament will be on Dec. 18. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung-file, File)

PARIS (AP) — Accusing it of practicing “modern slavery,” a French campaign group has filed a legal complaint against construction giant Vinci for grave mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar, the host country of the 2022 World Cup.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

UEFA chief Platini warns of rising extremism, hooliganism

UEFA President Michel Platini waits for the start of the 39th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

VIENNA (AP) — UEFA President Michel Platini has warned that nationalism and hooliganism is threatening European soccer.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,