April 13, 2011 |
Elements with the State Department are attempting to silence an American diplomat who believes he was personally charged by the White House with promoting President Obama's interfaith initiatives. The diplomat is the U.S. ambassador to Malta, Douglas Kmiec, a professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine and former dean of the law school at Catholic University of America. He served in the Office of Legal Counsel under Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush and, as a devout Catholic, for many years has been prominent in the antiabortion movement and among those arguing for a larger role for faith-based efforts in public life.
October 24, 2012 |
Talk about tests of faith. Douglas Kmiec is an influential Roman Catholic scholar, a veteran of Ronald Reagan's Justice Department and a Pepperdine University constitutional law professor. What he's gone through in the last handful of years, he sums up pretty well with the title of his latest book, "Lift Up Your Hearts: A true story of loving your enemies, tragically killing your friends, and the life that remains. " His interfaith work earned him President Obama's appointment as ambassador to Malta.
December 2, 1989 |
The wave-tossed setting of the U.S.-Soviet summit this weekend might seem perfect for extending arms control negotiations into the relatively untouched field of naval weaponry--President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev meeting aboard two nuclear-capable warships here at the crossroads of European sea routes. And Moscow has signaled its growing impatience for curbing naval armaments. They are the only major category of weapons now exempted from the superpower dialogue.
January 24, 2011 |
Jackie Nink Pflug was shot in the head at point-blank range, rolled down a set of metal stairs and left for dead on an airport tarmac in Malta in November 1985. The man wielding the gun was one of five Palestinian militants who had hijacked EgyptAir Flight 648 bound from Athens to Cairo, where Pflug was a psychologist and special education teacher at a school for international students. By training and by nature, Pflug had always been a problem solver, quick to come up with a solution to a child's reading problem or a classroom dilemma.
July 8, 2013 |
ROME -- Against a backdrop of growing anti-immigration sentiment in Europe, Pope Francis on Monday used his first papal trip outside the Vatican to denounce the "globalization of indifference" to migrants, calling their suffering "a painful thorn in my heart. " The pontiff traveled to the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa to drop a wreath of flowers into the Mediterranean in mourning for the thousands of migrants and asylum seekers who have drowned while sailing from Africa to Europe in search of a better life.
October 11, 2013 |
ROME - At least 27 people drowned Friday in the Mediterranean Sea after a boat packed with more than 240 would-be migrants capsized south of the Italian island of Lampedusa, scene of another deadly sinking last week. Military aircraft from Italy and Malta dropped inflatable life rafts to scores of people in the water, as ships raced to the site of the accident. An Italian navy spokesman said 221 people were rescued by vessels from both countries, with the injured taken to Lampedusa by helicopter.
May 2, 2004 |
A cabdriver taking us to the ferry at Malta's Cirkewwa Harbor shook his head when we told him we were planning to spend the remaining days of last April's weeklong vacation on Gozo, Malta's tiny sister island and only a third the size of its sibling. "Gozo is slow." He shook his head disapprovingly. "There's nothing there!"
December 3, 1989 |
Here is a schedule of President Bush's remaining activities at the summit. Malta is nine hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time. SUNDAY: 9 a.m.--Church service aboard U.S. cruiser Belknap. 9:55 a.m.--Greets Gorbachev; they tour Belknap. 10:15 a.m.--Meets with Gorbachev on Belknap. 1:10 p.m.--Delivers joint press statement with Gorbachev. 2:15 p.m.--Press conference. 4:20 p.m.--Leaves Malta for Belgium. 7:40 p.m.
August 19, 2009 |
The freighter Arctic Sea seemed to have vanished in the Atlantic Ocean's vastness, but officials said they knew where it was all along and kept quiet to bring a hijacking to a bloodless end. A Russian naval vessel reached the Arctic Sea late Sunday near Cape Verde, thousands of miles from the Algerian port where it was to have docked Aug. 4. Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said Tuesday that eight suspected hijackers were in custody....