1 Yoko Ono debuts peace exhibition in Sydney
Yoko Ono flashes a victory sign during an opening of her 2007 exhibition ''Odyssey Of A Cockroach'' in Moscow
In Yoko Ono's new exhibition "War is Over (if you want it)" in Australia, the writer, artist and peace activist hopes to unite people to dream and work towards a better future through art.
"It's what we can do to change society," Ono, the widow of Beatles frontman John Lennon, told a news conference at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in Sydney, where the show opens on Friday and runs until late February.
The interactive parts of the exhibition were designed to encourage collaboration between people, linked to a central theme of world peace, she said.
The mixed-media presentation, Ono's first solo show in Australia, features works from more than five decades including sculptures, vintage collage spreads and a chess game with all-white pieces.
The title "War is Over (if you want it)" refers to a campaign by Ono and Lennon in 1969 when they rented billboards in various cities to display a message of peace over Christmas.
"Change is not that easy but we have to understand that if we don't allow change, that is death," Ono said.
A prolific user of Twitter, Ono tweeted against gun violence this year and posted a photograph of the blood-stained glasses that apparently were worn by Lennon when he was shot to death in New York in December 1980.
"When John and I stood up, very few people were activists. Now I think 90 percent of the world is activists," she said. "If you're not an activist, you'd be considered a nerd maybe."
2 JFK's daughter takes public office in Tokyo
New US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy gives a statement shortly after her arrival in Japan at the Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo
Caroline Kennedy, daughter of slain US President John F. Kennedy, arrived in Japan today to take up her first high profile job in public office, making a late start to a political career for which her family is renowned.
Kennedy, sworn in as US ambassador two days ago, received a warm welcome at Tokyo's Narita Airport, smiling and waving at reporters, and carrying a bouquet of flowers.
The 55-year-old lawyer takes up the post a week before the 50th anniversary of her father's assassination.
Kennedy, the first female US ambassador to Japan, was an early and prominent supporter of Barack Obama in his initial quest for the presidency in 2008, and also campaigned for him.
"I bring greetings from President Obama ... I am honored to represent him as the United States ambassador," she said. "I am also proud to carry forward my father's legacy of public service."
Kennedy worked briefly for education authorities in New York, and contemplated, but later abandoned, a run for a New York Senate seat in 2009.
In a video greeting to the people of Japan released on the internet, Kennedy said she had studied Japanese art and history, and made several trips to Japan, including a visit to Hiroshima - where the first atomic bomb was dropped - when she was 20.
"It left me with a profound desire to work for a better, more peaceful world," she said, adding that she had also visited Japan on her honeymoon.
Previous ambassadors to Japan have included political heavyweights such as former Vice President Walter Mondale, but Japan welcomed Kennedy's nomination since they felt her closeness to Obama would be an advantage.
"The Japanese people feel closest to her father of all presidents, and in that sense I'd like to offer my hearty welcome," said chief cabinet spokesman Yoshihide Suga at a news conference.
Caroline is the only surviving child of President Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Her brother John F. Kennedy, Jr, died in a 1999 plane crash, while an older sister was stillborn and another brother died within days of his premature birth while Kennedy was president.
Friday, November 15, 2013
3 Published: November 15, 2013
China to Ease Longtime Policy of 1-Child Limit
The Chinese limit of one child for most families, which was enacted to slow population growth, has led to criticism. By CHRIS BUCKLEY
HONG KONG — The Chinese government will ease its one-child family restrictions and abolish “re-education through labor” camps, significantly curtailing two policies that for decades have defined the state’s power to control citizens’ lives, the Communist Party said Friday.
The changes were announced in a party decision that also laid out broad and potentially far-reaching proposals to restructure the economy by encouraging greater private participation in finance, vowing market competition in several important parts of the economy, and promising farmers better property protection and compensation for confiscated land.
Senior party officials, led by President Xi Jinping, endorsed the 60 initiatives at a four-day Central Committee conference that ended Tuesday, but details were released Friday. Mr. Xi described the document as a bold call for economic renewal, social improvement and patriotic nation-building — all under the firm control of one-party rule.
“We must certainly have the courage and conviction to renew ourselves,” he said in a statement accompanying the decision. Both were issued by the official news agency, Xinhua.
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