October 13, 2013
Re "Syria could be haven for radicals," Oct. 8 That Syria might become an Islamist stronghold, especially if President Bashar Assad falls - which our geniuses in Washington are now worried about - is no news to this layman. We saw this in Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq. Washington continues to back the rebels in Syria with blind affirmation of their democratic goals, which are none. Anyone with a brain can see what will happen to Syria if Assad falls. Each and every one of these outposts of civilization need strongman leaders, ruthless as they might be, or else these countries turn into bad news for the West.
August 24, 2009 |
She's an assistant professor at UCLA who specializes in ancient Egyptian art and architecture. But Kara Cooney doesn't teach only in the lecture hall. She teaches on the small screen too. Cooney, who has been in the university's department of Near Eastern languages and cultures since January, traveled the world -- visiting sacred sites, looking at mummified baboons and disembodied heads, even getting spit on by a Mexican shaman in a cleansing ritual -- for "Out of Egypt," a six-part series premiering tonight on the Discovery Channel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1993 |
Contrary to previous beliefs, Mayan society had a large and prosperous middle class built upon the spoils of internecine warfare, two Florida archeologists reported Monday. Although scientists once believed that the Mayan civilization collapsed as a result of the stratification between the royal elite and the very poor, new tombs discovered in Belize strongly support the emerging consensus that it fell instead as the result of increasingly fierce warfare.
February 12, 1990 |
Archeology is not an arcane discipline in Bolivia; it's a key to national pride. Nowhere is that more evident than in the ancient city of Tiwanaku, the capital of an astonishingly advanced civilization that reached its zenith between AD 400 and 700 and dominated the Bolivian Andes for more than 1,000 years.
December 23, 1991 |
Two landmark exhibitions from this year combined to give a satellite's-eye view of human history evolving. They concern the time when the voyages of Christopher Columbus set in motion a turmoil of epochal change. They arrive in the troubled twilight of a millennial century when the peoples of the planet are again in anxious motion. They speak to the present.
February 23, 1989 |
At the outbreak of World War II, the essayist E. B. White, who was writing a magazine column from his farm in Maine, complained that he felt inadequate, occupying what he called "the low hummocks of humor" when a man ought to be doing more muscular and heroic things in the cause of freedom.
December 26, 1997 |
Media monster 007 . . . You might say that Elliot Carver--the latest power-mad super fiend to foolishly challenge James Bond--is an old-fashioned reporter who'll do anything to get a story. Even create it himself. "I'm having fun with my headlines," global media scum Carver (Jonathan Pryce) blithely tells a subordinate in the just-released "Tomorrow Never Dies."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1990 |
Modern fantasies about early native Americans living in harmony with nature are just that--fantasies, according to anthropologist Timothy Kohler of Washington State University. He has found that the prehistoric Anasazi of northwestern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado significantly altered the plant and animal mixes near their settlements. The effect on the environment occurred through wood harvesting for fuel and construction, field clearing and burning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2000
Humans began camping on the shore and eating seafood at least 125,000 years ago, about 10,000 years earlier than previously believed, according to an international team of archeologists. The team reports in today's Nature that they found Paleolithic hand axes and obsidian flakes and blades on a fossil reef terrace on the Red Sea coast of Eritrea. The reef terrace is about six miles long and 18 to 42 feet below sea level.
May 25, 1990 |
Flake by painstaking flake, the sloping skull of a long-extinct whale emerged from an eight-foot-long cocoon of sedimentary earth and plaster of Paris. "I don't want to chip any of the fragile bone away," said Marian Meyer quietly as she scraped at the partially exposed fossil that sat on a pallet in the back room of RMW Paleontologists, a small research company in a light-industrial complex on Via Fabricante in Mission Viejo.