January 10, 2010 |
Iran's supreme leader Saturday told shadowy pro-government militias not to interfere in the nation's postelection unrest even as the head of the notorious Basiji militia warned that his forces would "jump into the fray" if authorities didn't act strongly against the opposition movement. In his first public comments since protests last month that coincided with a major religious holiday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made a rare attempt to ease tensions. Two days after gunmen with suspected ties to Iran's Revolutionary Guard allegedly opened fire on the car of opposition figure Mehdi Karroubi, Khamenei urged all to abide by the law. "Relevant bodies should fully respect the law in dealing with the riots and the ongoing events," he told clerics and seminary students bused to Tehran from the shrine city of Qom for an annual political commemoration.
January 31, 1992
Your article titled "Bright Angles" (Dianne Klein column, View, Jan. 7) addressed the topic of how a mother not only copes with a special child but finds "that lining" to keep the rain from falling all the time. Nancy Torbitt has another special child besides A.T. and I am sure that she knows it. It adds another dimension that I have observed as a neighbor and which I am sure others who know the Torbitts have also noticed. I first met Ali as a parent volunteer on a whale watching field trip for my son Michael's third-grade class.
May 5, 2009 |
A federal judge ordered a Yemeni man released from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after seven years' detention. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler said the U.S. should take all necessary diplomatic steps to release Alla Ali Bin Ali Ahmed. He was picked up seven years ago by Pakistani forces in a prayer house that the government said was run by a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative. The judge gave the government until June 15 to report on the status of his release.
October 12, 2010 |
The barber's mirror hangs on tree limbs lashed together to make a vanity. His customers wait their turns sitting on cinder blocks. His floor is not black-and-white checkerboard linoleum, but a patch of dirt. A tarp suspended by branches keeps his clients from getting drenched during the monsoons. Call it a shave and a haircut, two bits ? Pakistani style. In this country, the barber, the masseuse, the moneychanger and the shoemaker often ply their trades wherever their bare, calloused feet take them.
December 16, 2001
I portrayed a ringside photographer in "Ali" and would like to point out that not once during the 20 days I was on set did Will Smith have a double do any of his boxing or take a punch for him ("A Fight That Went the Full 15 Rounds," by Patrick Goldstein, Dec. 9). Smith also taped his hands before boxing each day in a ritual to help him get into character, and his stamina was inspiring. Working on "Ali," while grueling, was a unique experience. I had ample time to observe the principals and get to know many of them, and discovered that they are typically gracious and not at all arrogant.
February 15, 2014 |
The first months of the year are, by consensus, the bleakest of cinematic times. But not so much if, like me, you are a lover of documentaries, someone who revels in the pleasures of the nonfiction film. Proofs of the remarkable strength of documentaries in this day and age are manifold right around now. If you were fortunate enough to go to last month's Sundance, for instance, a prime nonfiction showcase that this year screened some 40 documentaries from around the world, you got a peek at the best of what 2014 will offer.