February 18, 2013 |
TIMBUKTU, Mali - It didn't matter that Timbuktu had been occupied by Islamist militias notorious for meting out 100 lashes to young women who flirted with, or even talked to, men. When Mamou Maiga encountered a dazzling young man while out for a walk, her world turned upside down. "He had beautiful eyes and a gentle smile," recalls Maiga, 21, smiling shyly as she remembered that day in mid-September. "He asked me if he could drop me at my house. I saw no problems. " His name was Adama.
February 11, 2013 |
TIMBUKTU, Mali - There were public protests and whispers of secret love affairs. Heroes of resistance everywhere: the female fishmonger who angrily knocked down one of the occupiers, the imam who sent them away from his mosque, the elderly sheep trader beaten for complaining about their ill treatment of others. Residents of this legendary caravan crossing are free of the violent militants who tried for nine months to impose their extreme version of Islam. French and African forces are continuing to chase them farther north into the Sahara.
February 2, 2013 |
BILIN, West Bank - Like many Palestinians, West Bank farmer Emad Burnat punctuates his life story with events from the Israeli occupation of his village. His first son was born amid the optimism that followed the 1993 Oslo peace accords, and another came just as the 2000 Palestinian uprising erupted. His youngest, Gibreel, was born the same week that Israel began constructing a separation barrier through his hometown of Bilin. That's when Burnat got his first camera, initially to capture his newborn, but later to document his village's fight against the Israeli military and nearby settlers.
January 20, 2013 |
Office vacancy in Los Angeles County decreased in the fourth quarter in the first year-over-year drop since the economic boom year of 2006. The drop in vacancy to 18.4% was barely measurable at less than half of 1 percentage point, but it's a further sign that the office rental market has reached an even keel and is poised for modest improvement, industry observers said. "We are at the point where we want to be. We are stabilized and going in the right direction," said Joe Vargas, regional manager of real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield.
January 12, 2013 |
BISBEE, Ariz. - For the last 20 years, they have descended on the sun-bleached desert lands in southeastern Arizona near the Mexican border. Longtime locals say they damage irrigation lines, tread on land without permission, alienate merchants and contribute to a sense of unease that didn't use to exist. But lately these complaints are aimed not so much at people arriving illegally from Mexico as they are at the federal forces sent to stop them. Residents say the deployment of hundreds of agents - armed, uniformed and omnipresent - and millions of dollars in new infrastructure have created a military-like occupation in their once-sleepy hamlets.
December 10, 2012 |
After a 16-year career in the airline industry, Claudia Helena Oxee doesn't mince words about what's wrong with airline passengers today. "Let's face it, passengers dress the way they want and do what they want," said Oxee, who worked on the station crew at John F. Kennedy International Airport for TWA, Pan Am and LTU International Airways. "The level of passengers has been degrading. " Now retired and promoting a book about her experiences, she said she would "crack the whip" on unruly passengers if she were still working at an airport.
November 14, 2012 |
Itching to write about food but don't know where to start? I just got an alert that there are still a few spots left for Cocinar Mexicano , “a food writing intensive and cooking immersion” week in Tepoztlán, Mexico. Culinary historian and food writer Betty Fussell (“Raising Steaks,” “The Story of Corn,” “Masters of American Cookery,” plus innumerable articles) takes on the writing part of the workshop, while Magda Bogin, founder of Cocinar Mexicano, leads the cooking workshops with village women.
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October 23, 2012 |
Russell Means, who gained international notoriety as one of the leaders of the 71-day armed occupation of Wounded Knee in South Dakota in 1973 and continued to be an outspoken champion of American Indian rights after launching a career as an actor in films and television in the 1990s, has died. He was 72. Means died Monday at his home in Porcupine, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Reservation, said Glenn Morris, his legal representative. Diagnosed with esophageal cancer in July 2011 and told that it had spread too far for surgery, Means refused to undergo heavy doses of radiation and chemotherapy.
September 17, 2012 |
In the end, one group of Americans can proclaim both the Republican and the Democratic conventions a success: hotel owners. The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., combined to generate $46 million in hotel revenue, according to a report issued Monday by Smith Travel Research. Despite the threat of Hurricane Isaac, the Republican National Conventions in late August pushed hotel occupancy levels in Tampa to an average of 81%, while the Democrats who met in early September increased occupancy in Charlotte to 92%, according to the report.
September 6, 2012 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Grappling with a $100-million monthly budget deficit, the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority is struggling these days to keep the lights on. Until an emergency bank loan late last month enabled the Palestinian administration to temporarily stave off creditors and suppliers, its Israeli electricity provider was threatening to cut power to parts of Ramallah, Bethlehem and other West Bank cities. "The problems are becoming more entrenched," said newly appointed Finance Minister Nabeel Kassis, who spends most of his time trying to scrape together enough cash to pay the monthly bills and salaries.