July 12, 2013 |
Capping weeks of divisive protests and political drama, the Texas Senate approved one of the nation's strictest abortion bills in a 19-11 vote, following earlier approval by the state House. The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Rick Perry, who has pledged to sign it. Passage came during a session that stretched to midnight in the state Capitol in Austin. Before the vote, watched by activists from both sides, lawmakers offered emotional remarks inflected in many cases with religious references.
July 8, 2013 |
CAIRO - Anas Mahfous heard the first shot and ran - toward the gunfire, not away. The 20-year-old Egyptian dental student was kneeling in prayer Monday morning next to his father and three brothers at a makeshift camp in Rabaa, a Muslim Brotherhood stronghold in Cairo. The family was among thousands participating in a sit-in to demand the reinstatement of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, ousted last week in a military coup. Mahfous wasn't an Islamist ideologue and he didn't see himself as a hero, friends say. He was just a normal, good-natured guy - boyish-looking and clean-shaven in his government ID card.
July 7, 2013 |
CAIRO -- More than two years after they overthrew the Mubarak regime through popular protests, many Egyptians think large, noisy demonstrations are as important as the ballot box in determining the democratic will of the people. So it's not surprising that the two camps now fighting over Egypt's future did their best Sunday to bring out supporters in large numbers, one side to support ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and the other side to celebrate his removal from office.
July 5, 2013 |
CAIRO - At least one demonstrator was killed Friday in clashes between supporters of Egypt's ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, and security forces outside the headquarters of the Republican Guard, news reports said. An ambulance medic said he saw several people dead of gunshot wounds but couldn't confirm the number. Video images captured at the scene showed a demonstrator in a gray T-shirt run up to a barbed-wire fence surrounding the Republican Guard facility were Morsi was reported to be under military arrest and then collapse in a heap after shots were fired.
June 28, 2013 |
President Obama's trip through sub-Saharan Africa this week appropriately elevates the region's prominence in the administration's pantheon of foreign policy priorities. Obama is using the tour to promote African democracies, encourage trade and appeal to young people - and, importantly, to dispel the criticism that his presidency has been so preoccupied with other parts of the world that it has given Africa short shrift. As he visits Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania, Obama has the opportunity to highlight some of the region's more vexing social and geopolitical issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2013 |
"On the night of June 23, 1967, the meaning of 'police brutality' took on an electrifying reality for thousands of respectable middle-class residents of Los Angeles who participated in a peaceful anti-Vietnam demonstration that was to have taken them the few blocks from Cheviot Hills Park past the Century Plaza Hotel, where President Johnson was addressing a $1,000-a-couple Democratic fundraiser. Most never made it. " - From an account of the march written a few days later by my father, Richard Abcarian, a San Fernando Valley State College professor who'd brought his family to Century City that night.
June 21, 2013 |
SAO PAULO, Brazil - A day after 1 million Brazilians took to the streets in protests that left two dead, President Dilma Rousseff again sought to reach out to demonstrators, praising the unexpected movement and presenting a program that would respond to some of its diverse demands. Yet even as she delivered her televised speech in Brasilia, the capital, smaller demonstrations continued throughout the country and protesters blocked access to the nation's largest airport. Friday was the ninth straight day of marches that have rocked the country as it hosts the FIFA Confederations Cup, an international soccer tournament seen as a test run for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, both to be held in Brazil.
June 15, 2013 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Hundreds of riot police firing tear gas stormed a central Istanbul park Saturday, tearing down tents and clearing out demonstrators in a bold, if politically risky, move by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to stem more than two weeks of antigovernment protests. The police assault at twilight sent hundreds of protesters scurrying for cover as street clashes echoed through the city. The swift and overwhelming action by security forces highlighted the country's deepening political divide and the potential danger Erdogan faces in further provoking a large segment of Turks critical of what they see as his authoritarian tendencies.
June 12, 2013 |
Raleigh, N.C. - The Rev. Deborah Cayer arrived at the state Legislature building here Monday night wearing a protest button and toting an umbrella. She had tucked her driver's license into her skirt waistband. That was all she carried. She had come prepared to spend the night in jail. Along with 83 other opponents of the Republican-led legislature, Cayer and several fellow clergy members were arrested at a rainy "Moral Monday" protest. Their civil disobedience - they ignored police orders to disperse - was the latest in a growing series of protests over the conservative agenda of North Carolina's Republican-run state government.
June 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's opinions protecting the right to free speech and public protest came back home Wednesday, prompting a judge to rule protesters have a right to carry signs on the court's marble plaza. Since 1949, Congress has made it illegal to demonstrate or to carry banners and signs on the Supreme Court's grounds, including the marble plaza in front of the court's main steps. Protesters are free to demonstrate or carry signs on the sidewalk outside the court. But U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell called the restriction on the plaza “repugnant” to the 1st Amendment and declared it unconstitutional.