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
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 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 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.
January 5, 2008 |
Scotland Yard investigators arrived Friday in Pakistan to help investigate the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, although the extent of their mandate was unclear. The team of British anti-terrorism officers was dispatched after President Pervez Musharraf, under intense criticism over the handling of the Bhutto inquiry, agreed to accept outside assistance. Musharraf's government initially had rebuffed international participation of any kind in the investigation.
January 4, 2008 |
During the stormy years Benazir Bhutto ruled Pakistan, her husband was a top power broker and a prime target of corruption allegations that toppled her. The assassination of the former prime minister has pushed her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, back into the heart of the storm. Their political party this week named Zardari to run its day-to-day affairs while appointing the couple's 19-year-old son to the ceremonial role of chairman.
January 3, 2008 |
As the U.S. election season shifts creakily into higher gear, our leaders are enthusiastically lionizing slain Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto. The former prime minister "returned to Pakistan to fight for democracy," noted Hillary Clinton. "The assassination of Benazir Bhutto is a tragic event ... for democracy," mourned Rudy Giuliani. Meanwhile, President Bush urged Pakistanis "to honor Benazir Bhutto's memory by continuing with the democratic process for which she so bravely gave her life."