October 9, 2007
Re "CIA doesn't use torture, Bush says," Oct. 6 The U.S. does torture people. We have all seen the photographs of detainees being tortured by U.S. troops. We have heard testimony from detainees who have been tortured in U.S. custody. We have heard statements from U.S. troops admitting to torturing Iraqi detainees. President Bush's reluctance to make Justice Department memos and testimony available seems like an admission that the U.S. government does torture people.
October 8, 2006
AFTER CIRCLING THE BAGHDAD airport for 40 minutes because of mortar and rocket fire, traveling by helicopter to the Green Zone to avoid the deadly bomb-strewn highway into the city and holding a meeting with President Jalal Talabani in darkness because the power was suddenly cut off, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held a news conference Thursday to talk about all the progress being made in Iraq.
September 30, 2006
"IF you're a political junkie" -- especially one from Hollywood -- "this was almost as good as Oscar night," wrote Tina Daunt about the party in New York where guests doled out $15,000 apiece to attend Bill Clinton's Global Aid Initiative and mix with some of the world's most rich and powerful ["A Soiree With a Serious Agenda," Sept. 22]. There is a chasm as deep and as wide as the Pacific Ocean between that party and the grim reality of millions living in wretched conditions. True, it was a feel-good event that raised funds to help the distressed of the world.
February 3, 2006 |
As thousands of visitors arrive in downtown Detroit for this weekend's Super Bowl, they are greeted by a city that appears to be booming with promise. In the shadow of glass and steel skyscrapers, crowds of customers salivate over rich platters of smoked salmon Benedict and baskets stacked high with freshly baked fruit breads inside Detroit's Breakfast House & Grill.
November 27, 2005 |
EARLY on in the adaptation of "The Color Purple" to the Broadway musical stage, lead producer Scott Sanders gave the creative team a directive: "You guys have 10 to 12 minutes to tell all the sad stuff you want, but then get Sofia on that stage." Sofia, of course, is one of the self-empowered heroines of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The big-bosomed, no-nonsense force of nature blows into the life of Celie, who is burdened with the "sad stuff."
October 26, 2004 |
You know that business about being careful what you wish for, because you might be seen on Fox TV by everyone in the country, revealing the fact that almost everyone who lives in Boston is pretty ugly? Well, you can bet it's no accident that Fox scheduled the premiere of "The Swan," featuring 10 "ugly ducklings," for Monday night, after two days of World Series camera shots showing ugly people sitting in the stands at Fenway Park.