August 5, 2013 |
“Unintended Consequences” - the most dramatic episode this season of HBO's “The Newsroom” - focuses on a tragedy in Africa that devastates associate producer Maggie Jordan (Alison Pill) and might, unintentionally, cripple the ACN cable network. First Amendment attorney Rebecca Halliday (Marcia Gay Harden) believes a multimillion-dollar lawsuit facing ACN hinges on Maggie's fragile state of mind. That's why Rebecca's nervous. “I'm fine,” insists Maggie. But her psyche is obviously shattered, as symbolized by spiky red hair replacing her lovely blond locks.
August 19, 2009 |
Even before he became president, Jacob Zuma vowed to "transform" the South African judiciary. Translation: There were too many white male apartheid-era judges and too few nonwhites and women. Now Zuma will appoint four new judges to the 11-member Constitutional Court in coming months, his chance to effect a transformation that will shape the country's highest court on constitutional matters. But the nebulous definition of "transformation" has some people worried. To critics, the term has been so diluted by nepotism and cronyism that it's come to mean appointing your political friends.
August 8, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's seven-nation tour of Africa reaffirms the administration's pledge to keep the long-neglected continent in its sights. On her first stops in Kenya and South Africa this week, Clinton stuck with the message of tough love that President Obama delivered in Ghana last month, balancing trade and development talk with the need to confront lawlessness and impunity. It's a good beginning to an Africa policy still in the making. Africa is an area where Democrats and Republicans have found agreement, although too often what they have agreed is to pay little attention to it. President George W. Bush's support for HIV/AIDS and malaria programs were widely hailed on the continent, even when his global "war on terror" made him personally unpopular.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1998
As I read the story of all the young girls being raped and infected with HIV ("Africa's Silent Shame," Aug. 16) in Africa, I was reminded of what a great nation we live in. We are spending upward of 40 million taxpayer dollars to determine if two consenting adults had sex. Imagine what we could do for those girls in Africa with even a fraction of those funds. I'll bet you anything we won't even give that story a second look, as obsessed as we are with the antics of wealthy white folks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1998
Re "S. Africa Frees 4 Killers of Southland Student," July 29: I am highly opposed to South Africa's decision on its law and the four killers. I understand that South Africa is trying to rid itself of violence, but letting killers loose won't help. They may say it was a political act, and maybe it was, but it was still murder. If they want to get rid of violence they should take those four and others like them and put them in a rehabilitation center, not jail. Teach them to deal with society and its many views.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1991
Olusegun Obasanjo's article (Perspective on Africa, Commentary, April 29) should have been titled "The Repentance of Obasanjo." While in office, he failed to practice most of his current human rights and economic cooperation ideas. He authorized soldiers to beat traffic offenders in a manner that makes the Rodney King incident look like a pat by the Pope. While Nigeria's economy generally prospered during his regime, the country has yet to recover from the effects of massive corruption that produced millionaire generals.