September 19, 2013 |
"Who Asked You?" is Terry McMillan's eighth book, and it is a corker: a long, smooth, Indian-summer cocktail. For all the racy, scandalous pleasures in books such as "Waiting to Exhale" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," McMillan is a serious writer, the kind of novelist of whom the late John Gardner strongly approved ("true art is moral"). Her new book is rich in narrative tension, nuanced humor and moral heft absent from many a work of modern "literary fiction. " "The problem with a lot of us is that we don't have a moral compass," McMillan says.
August 29, 2013
Re "Syria attack called 'moral obscenity,'" Aug. 27 When Secretary of State John F. Kerry described the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria as a "moral obscenity," did he think of George W. Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Or maybe Vietnam? How can Kerry decide that weapons of mass destruction were used before the definitive evidence has been collected and analyzed? And then, if it is proved, the next step is for Kerry or President Obama to explain the difference between using high explosives and chemical weapons.
August 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The apparent poison gas attack that killed hundreds of Syrian civilians last week is testing President Obama's views on military intervention, international law and the United Nations as no previous crisis has done. The former constitutional law professor, who came to office determined to end what critics called the cowboy foreign policy of George W. Bush, now is wrestling with some of the same moral and legal realities that led Bush to invade Iraq without clear U.N. consent in 2003.
August 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Monday condemned Syria's reported chemical weapons attacks as a “moral obscenity” and declared that the Obama administration intends to move quickly to hold the Syrian government accountable. Citing “undeniable” evidence that the government of President Bashar Assad used nerve gas against its population last week, Kerry said that the world must respond to the use of weapons that have long been outlawed by international agreement.
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August 12, 2013 |
When classes begin Tuesday in L.A. Unified, it will be the first opening day that Sherri Williams has missed in 31 years - and that doesn't count her time as a student. Williams has spent her career as a teacher and principal at schools in South Los Angeles. For the last two years, she's been running Jordan High in Watts, charged with turning the failing school around. But she has to spend this year on the sidelines, recovering from back surgery. Her absence worries some, who see it as a blow to Jordan's ambitious agenda.
August 7, 2013 |
The involving, thematically rich "Terraferma," directed by Emanuele Crialese from a timely - yet also quite timeless - script he wrote with Vittorio Moroni, is set on a remote Sicilian island whose summer tourist trade has become more lucrative than its longtime, now-dwindling fishing business. However, because of its location, the isle is also a magnet for illegal African immigrants escaping to Europe. One day at sea, the aging Ernesto (Mimmo Cuticchio), a tradition-bound, lifelong fisherman, and his 20-year-old grandson Filippo (Filippo Pucillo)
August 5, 2013 |
As both a producer and a director, Stanley Kramer was fearless. As a scrappy young independent producer in the late 1940s, he bought the rights to Arthur Laurents' "Home of the Brave," the hit 1946 Broadway play which exposed anti-Semitism in the military during World War II. But Kramer decided to up the ante, transforming it into a drama about racism, casting young African American actor James Edwards as the soldier who must battle discrimination in...
July 21, 2013 |
After George Zimmerman was acquitted in the slaying of Trayvon Martin, Stevie Wonder declared that he would never again perform in Florida or in any state with a "stand your ground" law. Over the last week, moral outrage over the reckless expansion of self-defense laws in Florida has fueled an international tourism boycott, protests around the country, and sent 200 students to the state Capitol in Tallahassee to await Florida Gov. Rick Scott's return....
July 16, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - The capture of the top leader of Mexico's most bloodthirsty and bloodcurdling drug cartel will have surprisingly little effect on trafficking of cocaine and other illicit substances to the U.S., and on the violence that has claimed tens of thousands of lives here in recent years. If anything, the violence, at least in the short term, may surge as rivals and potential successors of Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, alias Z-40, head of the Zetas paramilitary gang, battle to take his place or his turf.