December 16, 2013 |
CAIRO -- The pictures were supposed to depict a cross-section of Egyptian society. But they somehow didn't look quite right -- and as it turned out, they weren't. A massive banner that was displayed Sunday during a nationally televised news conference kicking off the campaign to win popular approval for a rewritten version of Egypt's constitution showed five people, at least three of whom turned out to be non-Egyptians . Facebook and Twitter users swiftly posted links to stock photographs of the three, depicting a doctor, a businesswoman and a young man. The doctor appeared in an advertisement on a website that sells treatments for stretch marks.
November 29, 2012 |
CAIRO -- Egypt's Islamist-dominated constitutional assembly passed a rushed draft of a constitution early Friday to ease public anger against President Mohamed Morsi's expanded powers and preempt an expected court decision to disband it this weekend. The proposed constitution states that the nation will be governed by the “principles” of Islamic law, the same wording that was in the constitution under deposed leader Hosni Mubarak. But critics argue that certain language was open to interpretation and could allow conservative Islamists to impose a more rigid version of sharia law. The draft was sent to the presidential palace.
December 14, 2012 |
CAIRO - Demonstrators clashed in Alexandria on Friday as Egyptians gathered across the nation in rival rallies on the eve of a referendum on a divisive draft constitution backed by Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. Thousands of Islamists waved banners and flags in Cairo and other cities to support the proposed charter that has been criticized by secularists and civil rights groups for limiting personal freedoms and emphasizing Sharia law by allowing clerics to be consulted on legislation.
December 14, 2013 |
CAIRO - Egyptians will vote next month on a rewritten constitution, interim President Adly Mansour announced Saturday, opening what could be a contentious new political chapter for the country. The referendum, to be held over two days beginning Jan. 14, is described by the interim government as a crucial step to restoring democracy in Egypt. Presidential and parliamentary elections are also to be held next year. Egypt has been roiled for months by confrontations between supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and backers of the Egyptian army, which removed Morsi from power in July after massive protests demanding his ouster.
September 3, 2013 |
OK, John Kerry, you convinced me: Let's go bomb Syria! Just kidding. Like many Americans, I have serious reservations about this country getting involved in that country's nasty civil war . Still, the sight of the secretary of State addressing senators about the Syrian crisis and taking questions Tuesday was, well, a sight for sore eyes. It's about time that Congress took seriously the power invested in it by the Constitution to take this nation to war. As American University professor Chris Edelson put it so well in his Aug. 30 op-ed in The Times, “Obama and the power to go to war” : The president needs congressional authorization for a military attack that is not related to an actual or imminent threat to the United States.
January 18, 2014 |
CAIRO -- More than 98% of Egyptians voted in favor of a new constitution heavily promoted by Egypt's military-backed government, according to final official results released Saturday. Results of the referendum held Tuesday and Wednesday were depicted by the military-backed interim government as a public repudiation of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement that Egyptian authorities have spent the last six months trying to crush. The tally of 98.1% in favor tracked with unofficial results that had been released two days earlier, which suggested overwhelming backing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1987
The lead on your story about plans for California's celebration of the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution was right on the mark: "The California Bicentennial Commission . . . has a problem." The problem, though, is not the need for a zoo "for the debut of their mascot: Bison tennial Ben, a Walt Disney-designed caricature that combines the features of a buffalo and a patriot, Ben Franklin." The problem is the commission's perception that any such aberration has any part in this celebration.
January 2, 2013 |
The Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago this week, has often been criticized by blacks, by radicals and also by mainstream historians who doubt its significance as a turning point in the Civil War and in American history. The skeptics range from conservatives in Lincoln's time, to Howard Zinn and Gore Vidal more recently, and include Richard Hofstadter, who wrote in his classic 1948 book "The American Political Tradition" that the Emancipation Proclamation "had all the moral grandeur of a bill of lading.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1993
Dorothy Mann ("Sin Is No Civil Right," O.C. Platform, Jan. 7) must think our Constitution was written during the Dark Ages rather than the (Age of) Enlightenment. I wonder if she's actually ever read it. The architects of our Constitution were not Bible-thumping Christians; they were deists, believers in an indifferent God, creator of a rational, scientific, clockwork universe. Fortunately, our forefathers knew the importance of keeping the state free from the influence of any church, a provision of the Constitution that Ms. Mann seems unaware of. I laughed out loud when I read her argument that "logically" tolerance of homosexuality would lead to tolerance of "incest, bestiality, etc."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1995
It is astonishing that Jack Rakove, a professor at Stanford University, can write a column about how the Constitution should not be carelessly amended without noting that the Constitution has already been informally amended out of existence . . . amended out of existence, that is, if the purpose of the Constitution is to protect individuals' rights (as confirmed by the 9th an 14th amendments) and to assign limited, enumerated powers to the federal government (as confirmed by the 10th Amendment)