March 13, 2002 |
As vote-counting in Zimbabwe's bitterly contested presidential election got underway Tuesday, allegations of misconduct continued to undermine the credibility of the poll. Opposition politicians, local election observers and foreign political analysts charged that the government of longtime President Robert Mugabe had used every trick in the book to try to maintain its grip on power, indicating that no matter what the outcome, it would never concede defeat.
November 7, 2005 |
Militants seize an entire village in southern Darfur. Armed marauders to the north loot homes and ranches. A group of international observers is kidnapped. They sound like the same tragic stories that have emerged from western Sudan since 2003. But these latest attacks came not from the reputedly government-backed militias known as janjaweed, but instead from Darfur's own rebel groups, who many in the restive region have long viewed as freedom fighters battling oppression.
February 4, 2008 |
As rebels in Chad fought for a second day to take control of the nation's capital, analysts said Sunday that the outcome of the attempted coup could have far-reaching implications for the Darfur conflict in neighboring Sudan.
May 30, 2007 |
President Bush's decision Tuesday to exert new pressure on Sudan to end the violence in Darfur may have a limited effect because many of the people and businesses he targeted already are getting around existing sanctions, according to experts and business officials. Bush's measures also exempted some of the biggest players in Sudan's economy, particularly Chinese oil interests and Sudanese firms that supply raw materials that are important to influential U.S. industries.
August 17, 2009 |
For most of her recent African tour, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sounded much like any visiting foreign official, male or female. Except in Congo. When Clinton ignored security advice and flew to Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, her focus on the region's rape crisis resonated with some of the continent's most powerless people: women. It wasn't just that she was the first top-level American official to go to the epicenter of one of the world's deadliest wars, nor even the U.S. aid money she promised.
April 29, 2009 |
Bono has a well-deserved reputation for speaking out on injustice, so imagine his surprise Tuesday when the nation's justices spoke out against him. Justice Antonin Scalia -- the go-to writer when the U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority wants to punch up the judicial dialogue -- counted U2's lead singer among "the foul-mouthed glitteratae from Hollywood."
September 16, 2008 |
Basketball all-star Tracy McGrady certainly enjoys a good life. "Am I spoiled?" he asks. "Yes, I'm spoiled." McGrady's first paycheck came from Adidas in a $500,000 endorsement deal, and his first job was playing in the NBA. The Houston Rockets guard/forward lives in a mansion, has no shortage of jewelry and clothes, and flies on private planes. Unlike so many professional athletes, though, McGrady chose to leave all such luxuries behind and see firsthand how the world's least fortunate survive.
May 2, 2008 |
When IT comes to human rights, George Clooney is one of Hollywood's most active major stars. But what can any celebrity activist be without a consigliere? The man Clooney relies on for advice on the issues he cares most about is David Pressman, an accomplished New York civil rights attorney and former staff member in President Clinton's State Department. Some might argue that Pressman has one of Hollywood's most desirable jobs, a trusted member of an A-lister's inner circle. But what Clooney values most about the understated, unassuming Pressman, though, is that he doesn't have a trace of Hollywood about him -- other than he's Central Casting's idea of a human rights activist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2002 |
A group of 58 U.S. senators is asking the Bush administration to approve arming National Guard troops assigned to security detail along the nation's borders. More than 1,700 National Guardsmen have been called up to staff crossings in states along the Canadian and Mexican borders. While their counterparts who were called up to help protect the nation's airports are allowed to carry firearms, those helping protect the borders are not.
July 15, 2008 |
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court filed genocide charges Monday against Sudan's president, igniting a debate over whether the move would help end the long-standing violence in the country's Darfur region or undermine prospects for peace. Luis Moreno-Ocampo submitted evidence intended to show that Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir intentionally tried to wipe out a "substantial part" of three tribes in Sudan's western Darfur region based on their ethnicity.