November 2, 2011 |
Truck driver Rahman Anwar, 33, was on National Highway 39 in September when his vehicle was surrounded by protesters angry because he was breaking their economic blockade. They smashed his head with a boulder and he died days later without regaining consciousness. On Tuesday, the Kuki tribal group voted to end its 92-day blockade of the road in remote Manipur state after the government agreed to consider establishing a new administrative district known as Sadar Hills, part of the Kuki community's bid for greater autonomy.
October 25, 2011 |
When South Sudan declared independence in July, the international community breathed a sigh of relief. A difficult six-year process, set forth in the ambitious 2005 peace agreement that ended Sudan's 22-year-long civil war, was finally over. The world appeared to feel it could stop focusing on Sudan. But Sudan's wars have not ended. They have, in fact, multiplied. Five of Sudan's 16 states are mired in armed conflicts. Since June, new conflicts have erupted in two volatile states — Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile — just north of the South Sudan border, while the three states in the western region of Darfur are still a war zone, although that conflict has dropped from the headlines.
July 17, 2011 |
Suddenly, all the major pro-Israel organizations are anguishing about "delegitimization. " Those who criticize Israeli policies are accused of trying to delegitimize Israel, which supposedly means denying Israel's right to exist. The concept of delegitimization has been used as a weapon against Israel's critics at least as far back as 1975, when then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Daniel Patrick Moynihan accused the international body of delegitimizing Israel by passing a "Zionism is racism " resolution.
July 9, 2011 |
Federal police in western Mexico were locked in armed clashes Friday with a faction of the drug gang known as La Familia, two weeks after they said they had all but vanquished the group. Authorities said seven gunmen were killed in the violence, which began late Thursday after drug henchmen set cars ablaze to block roads across the state of Michoacan. The so-called narco-blockades, often meant to hinder police, appeared designed to signal to authorities that a wing of La Familia was still very much a force.
July 6, 2011
Their solo days are done Re "Hybrids? In the past lane," July 2 Some drivers have the misguided impression that a carpool lane is "the fast lane," and they routinely break the speed limit. I don't, and I don't care for the aggressive driving of those who do. Recently one driver was able to bully me (by tailing me) all the way up to 85 miles per hour before I was finally able to exit the lane and let him blow past. Had I kept increasing my speed, I have no doubt he would have matched whatever I did and kept the same dangerous distance from me. Speed-limit enforcement has been very lax in recent years, and if the state were serious about its budget woes, increased enforcement would be an ideal place to start generating more revenue.
July 1, 2011 |
Self-defense against threats to national security and individual citizens is a core right and duty of all nation-states. No one seriously disagrees. And yet this week, the Mediterranean Sea will once again be the site of a dangerous attack on this basic right. Activists from around the world, seeking to draw attention to the plight of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, plan to launch a flotilla of ships from Greece to challenge Israel's high-seas Gaza blockade. Drawing attention to the Palestinian cause is legitimate, indeed important.