January 26, 2009
Re "Obama swiftly sets course," Jan. 22 In just a few days, President Obama has reversed anti-democratic Bush administration policies by banning torture, ordering the closing of Guantanamo Bay and secret prisons, reopening presidential records, reviving the Freedom of Information of Act, promoting governmental transparency and restricting the influence of lobbyists. It's as if Superman circled the world, reversing time, to revive his first love. This time, democracy. Bob Ladendorf Los Angeles :: Obama jump-starts his presidency by announcing the closing of Guantanamo just two days after he warned killers and terrorists, "we will defeat you."
October 14, 2006
Re "Hungary on the brink," Opinion, Oct. 7 One wonders about Andras Gollner's impartiality when he labels Hungary's opposition Fidesz party as dangerously anti-democratic. He conveniently sidesteps the harsh truth revealed in the leaked tape recording in which Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany admits that his party had publicly lied about its financial mismanagement of the country to win the election. Despite the outrage and spontaneous demonstrations that this provoked across the country, Gyurcsany not only refuses to resign, but the Stalin-era style constitution makes it practically impossible to remove him from office.
August 11, 2006
Re "Hollywood Trio Endorses Governor," Aug. 5 Just say it isn't so. It is utterly unbelievable that Democrats Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Haim Saban have endorsed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's bid for reelection. Would you ever hear of three Republicans endorsing a Democrat -- never! One of the reasons given for their support is the governor's plan to fund schools. I guess these moguls missed the governor's actions a year ago when he withheld more than $2 billion from the state's schools.
January 27, 2006
Re "Hamas Makes Major Inroad in Balloting," Jan. 26 The U.S. and Israel would be missing a bet if they continue to ignore the reality of the Hamas victory. After extolling the virtues of a democratically held election, to now impose definitional preconditions on acceptance of that election is hypocritical. Such focus on micro-minutia was never applied against Japan following World War II, nor against England following its birthing of Israel, nor is it being followed now in dealing with individual Iraqis who had a bloody hand in the anti-democratic history under Saddam Hussein.
July 12, 2002
I am outraged at the subhead of "Racism Debate Flares in Israel" (July 9): "Plan to ban sale of land to Arab citizens hits at heart of the controversy over Zionism versus democracy." The implication is that Israeli democrats are not Zionists, and that Zionists are not democrats. Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and his Labor Party are against passing this law. Peres and Labor are unquestionably democrats, and most unquestionably are Zionists--those who favor Israel as a Jewish state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2001
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin is a popular leader. He's been tough on rebellious Chechnya, making Russians proud of their military might. Pensioners are getting their checks again, and the economy is looking up. That counts with most Russians for whom the collapse of the Soviet Union meant uncertainty and poverty.