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Busan Film Festival Gains Moviegoer Momentum

The Huffington Post | Debra Lipson | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment

Busan, South Korea, the country's second largest city, is seeing significant growth in its film culture. This is largely due to the Busan Film Fest...

Missing South Korea's Charms

Claudine Williams | Posted 04.29.2013 | Travel
Claudine Williams

Living abroad for several months can give travelers the opportunity to witness firsthand how others live. After I left my home in Georgia and moved to...

Less Talk, More Do on Capacity Building for Development

David de Ferranti | Posted 02.20.2012 | Impact
David de Ferranti

A country should always be in the driver's seat, making decisions as they arise -- no one knows a road like a local citizen. Helping countries as they learn to drive that road is the goal of capacity building.

How We've Helped Children Worldwide During A Record Year Of Disasters

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 01.29.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

I recently saw a list that surprised me. It was a record of emergencies that Save the Children has responded to so far in 2011. The year started wit...

More Than Good Intentions: Making Development Assistance Work

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 01.28.2012 | World
Stephen P. Groff

Is aid worth it? Does it make a positive difference in the lives of poor people in developing countries? Or is it merely lining the pockets of corrupt officials at a time when more and more western taxpayers are struggling to make ends meet?

Brave New World: Emerging Donors and the Changing Nature of Foreign Assistance

Vijaya Ramachandran | Posted 01.23.2012 | World
Vijaya Ramachandran

Despite popular terminology, most of the so-called emerging donors are not new; some have been running aid programs for as long as traditional DAC donors.

US Diplomat Flees South Korea Amid Fraud Probe

AP | HYUNG-JIN KIM | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — An American diplomat based in South Korea fled to the Philippines after facing charges that he swindled a local woman out o...

Afghan director: Insurgency threatens movie scene

AP | MIN LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BUSAN, South Korea — A Golden Globe-winning Afghan director who made the country's first post-Taliban movie says he's worried the group's resurgence may threaten artistic freedom again.

Insurgents have gained so much ground in Afghanistan that even the top U.S. commander there says if U.S. troops don't make progress in the next year, defeating them will be impossible. Some fear that the Afghan government may never control the south. The Obama administration is pondering whether to boost its current deployment of 67,000 soldiers.

The uncertainty brings back bad memories for Siddiq Barmak, who lived in exile in Pakistan from 1996 to 2002 during the rule of the Taliban, which destroyed film archives and movie theaters.

"I can tell you that for me, as a filmmaker, now it's very difficult to say, 'OK, I should go for my next project,' Barmak told The Associated Press on the sidelines of South Korea's Pusan International Film Festival Tuesday, where he was promoting his new film "Opium War."

The 47-year-old director said he was "so optimistic" when he returned to Afghanistan to make "Osama." The story of a mother who disguises her daughter as a young boy so she can become her escort – the Taliban banned women from traveling alone – won the Golden Globe prize for best foreign film in 2003.