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.
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 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."
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.
January 3, 1999 |
When the last gasp escaped 11-year-old Majun Major's skeletal body he was just a few paces from a feeding center that should have been able to save his life. But he was too far gone in a famine that has killed thousands of southern Sudanese this year. Turned away by the feeding center, Major's family sat in the shade of an acacia tree, boiling the old, brittle, infested cowhide they had slept on the night before. They had no other food.
April 11, 2007 |
As a former accountant and stockbroker, Father Paul Spellman knows money talks. So when he found out last month that his retirement funds could be contributing to bloodshed in Sudan, he decided to send a message. His target: Fidelity Investments, which manages the retirement plan for the 350 priests in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and is one of the leading U.S. shareholders in PetroChina Co., part of a company involved in one of Sudan's largest oil projects.