March 25, 2012 |
The cigarette smoke hovers dense inside the neighborhood cafe. Young patrons knock back beers at greasy wooden tables. A heated debate rages about Syria's revolt. The rotund bar owner labels the rebels baltajiya , or bandits, who are ravaging towns and villages. Demonstrators want only change and freedom, replies a young man in a hooded sweat shirt. Others wrangle over the president and the uncertain future. It is a striking scene for a tightly controlled police state.
January 21, 2012 |
In a central square, government supporters set up a stage and speakers for a rally, watched over by a towering portrait of President Bashar Assad that draped four stories of Syria's sanctioned central bank. A short drive away, burly men in leather jackets wielding guns and truncheons massed outside a police station in the restive Midan neighborhood, near the site of a deadly bombing last month, ready to respond to the first sign of protest. So began another Friday in the Syrian capital, Damascus.
January 18, 2006 |
Gunmen killed two Jordanian U.N. peacekeepers and seriously wounded a third at a checkpoint in a Port-au-Prince slum that is a stronghold for supporters of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a United Nations spokesman said. The three Jordanians were on duty at the Cite Soleil checkpoint in the capital when they came under fire. The shootings occurred three weeks before previously postponed elections to replace an interim government.
March 14, 1985
The nation's 1,000 largest manufacturers boosted their capital appropriations in 1984 to $116 billion, despite heavy cutbacks in the petroleum industry, the Conference Board said. Capital appropriations in the fourth quarter rose 5% from the previous quarter to $29 billion, the business-sponsored research organization said. Excluding the petroleum industry cutbacks, fourth-quarter appropriations rose 17% from the third quarter, it said.
September 27, 1996 |
Afghanistan's rebel Taliban Islamic militia reportedly captured parts of Kabul and the main government air base as defending forces appeared to be abandoning the besieged capital. At the United Nations in New York, the country's deputy foreign minister confirmed earlier that government troops were leaving the capital and that President Burhanuddin Rabbani was considering transferring power.
November 1, 2000 |
Riot police fired tear gas at stone-throwing squatters and broke through blazing barricades to close down six squatter compounds around the capital, Amsterdam. Thirteen officers were injured in one confrontation, and more than 15 squatters were arrested through the day. Police were enforcing a court eviction order for three 17th century warehouses.
March 15, 1992
Maybe Tom Petruno is right and the unprecedentedly low capital gains tax rate of 15.4% would lead to a soaring stock market; but if it's living standards we want to raise, let's get those top income tax brackets up to an equally unprecedented 95%! There are many arguments that need to be made against a capital gains tax cut, but the most obvious one that I have not heard others make is: How do you know that investors won't take advantage of the cut to buy machinery? Just what we need in this time of rising unemployment--more automation?
November 7, 2005 |
Myanmar's secretive military government began moving its ministries out of the capital in a long-awaited exercise that analysts said was driven by fears of a U.S. attack. Convoys of trucks laden with bedding, clothes and chairs headed out of Yangon for the provincial trading post of Pyinmana, 200 miles to the north.
October 26, 1992 |
The U.S. Embassy in war-torn Tajikistan was evacuated Sunday, but by nightfall the militants who had seized key government buildings the day before in Dushanbe, the capital, were withdrawing and local television was saying that "the attempted putsch has failed."
July 22, 1986 |
Roy M. Cohn, the controversial defense lawyer who was disbarred last month in New York state, has returned to the National Institutes of Health for treatment, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday. Cohn, who was treated last year at the National Cancer Institute for liver cancer, has been admitted to the NIH Clinical Center. Irene Haske, a hospital spokeswoman, said Cohn was at the center, but said she was not authorized to say when he was admitted or for what he was being treated.