Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to, on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

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A 'Hijacking' Where Business And Personal Collide

Jun 20, 2013

You might expect big action from a movie about the hijacking of a cargo ship by Somali pirates. But after a preliminary flurry of roughing-up, the Danish drama A Hijacking is mostly about the excruciating process of getting to "yes" when language is the least of the barriers between two very different mindsets.

A Hijacking is the story of two men and their fate, but in its unassuming, specific way, it's also about global capitalism and its fallout. On one side sits arrogant Western rational calculation, on the other the intimidation and brute force that have become common practice in less affluent societies in disarray.

The action, such as it is, toggles between the captured ship, an increasingly fetid hellhole becalmed in the crippling heat of the Indian Ocean, and the sleek, silver-gray corporate headquarters of the Copenhagen-based shipping-company that owns it.

When we meet the CEO, Peter (Soren Malling), he's fresh off rescuing his deputy from botching a lucrative deal with Japanese clients. Slim, confident and disciplined in a series of crisp shirts, Peter is accustomed to being in control. He's the antithesis of his marooned ship's cook, Mikkel (Pilou Asbaek) — the film's other protagonist, and a shaggy, good-natured lug who wants only to get home to his wife and kids.

Much of the movie turns on the various ransom sums tossed back and forth between the two sides in a dangerously manipulative game of cat and mouse. The proceedings are mediated on land by a British piracy expert (Gary Skjoldmose Porter) and at sea by a no-less-savvy Somali translator (Abdihakin Asgar).

Inspired by the seizure of several Danish vessels in the last decade, A Hijacking was written and directed by Tobias Lindholm, whose father was a seaman. Lindholm has worked with former Dogme-school director Thomas Vinterberg, who made The Celebration and the upcoming The Hunt.

The Dogme movement, with its anti-Hollywood credo of DIY with natural light, is pretty much dead. But its memory lingers on in A Hijacking -- at its worst in the cliched overuse of a jerky hand-held camera and in awkward, wishful scenes when hostages and their captors join in romanticized rapport; at its best in the reluctance to editorialize themes or cue our emotions on the soundtrack.

And yet a film of ideas does make itself known, in Mikkel's slow disintegration as the weeks and months stretch out, in the erosion of Peter's preternatural cool as he slogs through the ping-pong exchange of offer and counteroffer. Peter is no villain, but no hero either, even though he resists the growing impatience of the company's board, for whom compassion has its limits when profit turns to loss. When his own wife urges him to let someone else take over the negotiations, Peter loses his cool; whether it's at the hint of failure or because he wants to save his men remains admirably unclear.

There is a kind of victory at the end of A Hijacking, but it has little to do with big bucks. Mostly, this is a melodrama about process and pressure — whose outcomes, for Peter and for Mikkel and for those around them, cast a dark shadow over the very idea of what counts as a win. (Recommended)

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