Anne Marie Houppert

Sentence Handed Down in Afghan Child Bride Case

The in-laws of Sahar Gul, a 15-year-old Afghan child bride, were sentenced in an Afghan court to 10 years, reported The Washington Post this weekend. Gul was imprisoned by her in-laws in a basement and then tortured, including being burned and ...

Muybridge and Photographic Milestones

  The Google Doodle today is in honor of Eadweard Muybridge’s 182nd birthday. Happy birthday to a photographic pioneer, who in 1878 proved through his motion photos that horses do indeed have all four hooves simultaneously off the ground at ...

Peruvians Protest Gold Mine Construction

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala announced a state of emergency in parts of the country early in December in response to protests over the construction of a huge gold mine in Cajamarca, reported CNN; the state of emergency was lifted in ...

A Maya Doomsday Prophecy?

  It has long been debated whether a Maya glyph found in the Mexican state of Tabasco refers to an apocalypse that will arrive in 2012, and now the Mexican Institute of Archaeology has acknowledged that there may be a second reference ...

Team Edward or Team Jacob?

    The latest movie in the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn–Part 1, was just released with the 5th-best opening weekend ever, according to an Entertainment Weekly report. The saga follows the love triangle of a human girl, Bella, and the ...

Search to Resume for Remains of U.S. Korean War Servicemen

    The U.S. and North Korea have reached an agreement concerning the search for remains of approximately 5,500 U.S. servicemen who died during the Korean War and are thought to be buried in what is now North Korea, according to ...

A Royal Wedding in Bhutan

  This past Thursday, Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck wed his long-time girlfriend, Jetsun Pema. The very popular King attended college in America and is a huge Celtics fan, according to ABC News. Known as Druk Yul, “land of ...

California Bans Shark Fin Trade

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill banning the trade of shark fins in California, the AP reported last week. The bill raised controversy in California’s Asian community, which is the largest consumer of shark fins outside of ...

Happy 40th, Walt Disney World

  Walt Disney World opened forty years ago on October 1, 1971, in Orlando, Florida. The dream of Walter Elias Disney, it created a city out of orange groves and swamps. The new park dwarfed Disneyland, which opened in 1955 in Anaheim, California. ...

Violence in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

  In Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, two bodies were recently mutilated and left hanging with a note warning others about using social media to report on cartel drug activities. Blogs and twitter feeds have sprung up to facilitate anonymous reporting on ...

Bolivian Indigenous Groups Protest Highway Construction

  Indigenous groups in Bolivia have begun a march from Trinidad to La Paz, a journey of over 300 miles, to protest a highway now under construction that will bisect a biodiverse rain forest region, reports the BBC. The protestors reside in ...

Famine in Somalia

Image from The World iPad app by National Geographic   The United Nations has declared a famine in southern Somalia, reports NPR, with tens of thousands dead and millions more in the Horn of Africa at risk. Al Shabaab militants ...

A Real Planet of the Apes?

  Australopithecus sediba reconstruction by John Gurche; photo by Brent Stirton In “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” a new movie opening August 5th, the apes become smart enough to revolt against humans. Just how smart are apes, and how ...

Afghan Militants Hang 8-Year-Old

A map of Afghanistan.     Helmand province, Afghanistan was the scene this past weekend of the hanging of an 8-year-old boy whose father refused to supply militants with a police vehicle, according to a CNN report. The atrocity takes ...

Pirates 2.0

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the latest installment in a series of movies based on a Disney theme ride, is currently in theaters. While the pirate character Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp) is a rather dashing and ...