March 10, 2008 |
Pakistan's parliamentary election winners agreed to form a coalition government Sunday and promised that they would restore senior judges fired last year by President Pervez Musharraf as he sought to secure his continued rule. Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whose government was ousted in 1999 in a coup led by Musharraf, announced their pact after talks at a resort town in the foothills of the Himalayas.
February 12, 2008 |
There's a Shakespearean quality to the late Benazir Bhutto's life, but if you scour the Bard's tragedies for an appropriate epitaph, the mind tends to settle on "Nothing is, but what is not." It's no accident that the most ambivalent -- indeed, sinister -- line from "Macbeth" commends itself. The play is, after all, one of the canon's greatest tales of impacted ambition, betrayal and convoluted deceit.
February 10, 2008 |
On the day Benazir Bhutto died, Yousef Leghari watched his native Sindh province erupt. For five days, people vented their rage by firing weapons, and setting fire to vehicles and buildings. Bhutto was Sindh's native daughter, and she had been assassinated. But not just anywhere. The popular opposition leader had been killed in Punjab province, Pakistan's locus of government and military power, and a source of envy in Sindh and other minority provinces.
February 10, 2008
Carolyn Kellogg reviews "Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks From the Wild Web," edited by Sarah Boxer. Tim Rutten reviews "Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West" by Benazir Bhutto. Donna Rifkind reviews "Judas Horse: An FBI Special Agent Ana Grey Mystery" by April Smith. The following reviews are scheduled: Elizabeth Brown reviews "It's So French! Hollywood, Paris, and the Making of Cosmopolitan Film Culture" by Vanessa R. Schwartz and "Making Waves: New Cinemas of the 1960s" by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith.
February 9, 2008 |
In findings similar to those of the Pakistani government, Scotland Yard investigators asserted Friday that Benazir Bhutto died of a head injury resulting from the force of a suicide blast, not by shots fired toward her seconds earlier.
February 8, 2008 |
Pakistani officials announced Thursday that two more arrests had been made in connection with the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. The arrests were the first apparent break in the case since last month, when police detained two suspects, including a teenage boy who told authorities he had been designated a backup suicide bomber in a continuing effort to assassinate the former prime minister. Bhutto was killed in a gun-and-bomb attack Dec.
January 20, 2008 |
Squeezed into segregated public buses with scant seats reserved for women, schoolteacher Suneela Mohsin thinks of Benazir Bhutto. She thinks of the slain leader when she walks crowded streets, forbidden to talk to strange men in public or even make eye contact in this society dominated by men. "Our culture offers women very little public space," she said, wearing a deep maroon dupatta, the traditional shawl-like covering, around her head and body. "Benazir was our last hope of change.
January 18, 2008 |
Since 1823, it has been a chamber of civilized, if sometimes outrageous, debate. In the shelter of the Oxford Union's weathered mahogany wainscoting, long oak benches and high, leaded glass windows, Malcolm X called for black empowerment "by any means necessary."
January 8, 2008 |
A memoir and policy book by former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, finished only a week before her assassination, will be published Feb. 12 by HarperCollins. The publication of "Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West" has "the full support of her family and advisers," according to a statement issued Monday by HarperCollins. "No one could have known that these would be Benazir Bhutto's final words, and somehow that makes them carry even more weight, especially at a time like this," said HarperCollins Executive Editor Tim Duggan.