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.
February 24, 2006 |
Three top Sudanese officials, including one regarded as a key U.S.ally in the war on terrorism, are under consideration for sanctions over the conflict in Darfur, according to a confidential U.N. document. The list of 17 people includes Salah Abdallah Gosh, the Sudanese security and intelligence chief who has been a valuable counter-terrorism asset to the United States. The Bush administration has reportedly pushed to keep his name off the list.
December 14, 2007 |
THE dinner at a chic rambling apartment along the grounds of the Villa Borghese (the Eternal City's eternal equivalent of Beverly Hills) started at 9:45 p.m., early by Italian standards. The hosts -- two Californians spending a year in Rome -- knew their guests had a busy day ahead.
September 6, 2008 |
The American presidential race and a genocide investigation by the International Criminal Court are propelling Sudanese officials to renew efforts to strike a deal with the U.S. aimed at normalizing relations and improving stability in the volatile Darfur region. Many in the Khartoum government fear frosty U.S.-Sudanese relations could worsen under the next U.S. president. Sen. Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, has called for American military intervention in Darfur.
May 21, 2008 |
THE Los Angeles Business Journal published its annual list of Los Angeles -- and Hollywood's -- richest entrepreneurs this week, reminding everyone once again of why national politicians treat the ZIP Codes west of La Cienega Boulevard like their home equity line. The list was much the same as it has been in recent years -- that is, dominated by people with ties to Hollywood.
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.
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.
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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.