June 10, 2007 |
THE word "holocaust," used to comic effect, appears in the very first selection of Woody Allen's latest festival of shtick and genius, "Mere Anarchy." Here's Max Endocrine, alterna-healer charlatan and professional levitator, whining eloquently about his rogue offspring: "My one son from a previous connubial holocaust gives up his lucrative law practice to become a ventriloquist.... " "Connubial holocaust." Perfect! "Connubial Auschwitz" might have scraped nerves.
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May 5, 2007 |
L.A. anarchists can't seem to keep it together. Or can they? Nearly seven years ago, dozens of the black-shirted radicals made a disruptive impression during protests outside the Democratic National Convention at Staples Center. A 2001 May Day rally in Long Beach brought another strong turnout and resulted in more than 90 arrests.
April 17, 2006 |
The young man is nostalgic for a time he can't even remember. Aden Osman was 4 when the Somalian government collapsed in 1991. When he was 6, the bodies of American servicemen were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu and most of the world turned its back on his country. That's when his childhood memories begin to grow clearer. There was the day when he was 9 and his uncles were shot while fetching water. He had to bury them.
April 3, 2006 |
In a sweltering, bombed-out grain silo here, a group of would-be founding fathers is plotting the birth of a nation. Or more accurately, the rebirth of one. After 15 years of anarchy, a fledgling Somalian parliament formed outside the country is meeting for the first time on Somalian soil in this crumbling southern city.
May 4, 2005 |
Encyclopedias -- whether paper (Britannica, for example) or software (Encarta) -- are intended to be representations of the scope of human knowledge at the moment of their publication. This idea, of course, has a long history. But the most interesting thing about it may be its future, as represented by the magnificent, nonprofit Wikipedia. "Wiki" is the Hawaiian word for quick, and it refers to a website that can be updated easily by anyone from any Web browser.
March 1, 2005
Re "Bush, Putin Spar Over Democracy," Feb. 25: Russian President Vladimir V. Putin was right in his response to President Bush when he added, "Democracy is not anarchy." Bush has taken away our freedoms and privacy with the Patriot Act, exercised imperialism with his war in Iraq and brought America close to the same anarchy that we declared our independence from over two centuries ago. Robert Chickering Laguna Beach How would Bush like it if Putin came to this country to tell Bush how to run it?
February 25, 2005 |
Responding to a challenge from President Bush, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin said Thursday that his nation was irrevocably committed to democracy, but complained that his critics lacked a "full understanding of what is taking place" there. Bush stood side by side with Putin at an often-tense news conference after their summit in this East European capital and said he had expressed his "concerns" to the Russian leader "in a constructive and friendly way."
October 29, 2004 |
A fugitive with a penchant for gardening, Tony Miller laid sod near the converted army truck he calls home and mused about the scruffy independence of existing on the fringes. "We've got our own blacksmith in this camp," said Miller, who lives in one of Berlin's "wagon fortresses," as its 11 squatter camps are known. "We've got four tattoo artists. We've got all kinds living here: French, Italian, Spanish, German, Czech. We're very 'multi-culti.'
October 28, 2004 |
Just a short drive south of Baghdad, Highway 8 plunges into a 20-mile corridor of criminality. There's Mahmoudiya, where charred cars dot the roadside, serving as grim reminders of dozens of killings, carjackings and kidnappings. Off to the west is Yousifiya, where masked men staged public executions in the middle of town this fall, beheading people they accused of collaborating with U.S. forces.