January 2, 2004 |
Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to Hong Kong's streets Thursday in support of democracy, strengthening a nascent "people power" movement that has given Beijing and its handpicked representatives headaches. Although estimates of the crowd's size differed sharply -- organizers pegged it at 100,000, the government 37,000 -- even the smaller figure far exceeded expectations. "I'm very pleased and impressed by the high turnout," said Richard Tsoi, one of the march's leaders.
September 29, 2003 |
Winston Chu is a man with a mission, an environmentalist fighting to keep the government from filling in more of Hong Kong's beautiful harbor. He recently collected more than $100,000 in five days to help finance a legal battle to halt the landfill work. Last week, he filed an application for a court hearing, then took his case to the media. "Government officials regard the law as an inconvenience," Chu, a lawyer, told reporters.
May 2, 2001 |
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a "state of rebellion" here Tuesday as police shot at protesters outside her palace and began arresting key opposition leaders around the city. Arroyo's tough stance appeared to have halted days of mass demonstrations that she said were intended to overthrow her government three months after she took office. Among those arrested for allegedly plotting her ouster was Sen.
January 28, 2001 |
For the second time in 15 years, Filipinos have ousted a president through an uprising staged on the streets of Manila. Both uprisings were peaceful, festive and carnival-like. In both, the Catholic Church, business community, urban middle class and military played a key role.
January 24, 2001 |
The 1986 "people power" revolution in the Philippines was a seminal event in modern history. When the Philippine people took to the streets to get rid of Ferdinand E. Marcos, others watched and followed. Sometimes, those efforts failed, as in Myanmar, and China in 1989. But people power also spread successfully to South Korea in 1987, through Eastern Europe in 1989, to the Soviet Union in 1991 and to Yugoslavia last fall.
November 28, 1999 |
This week's World Trade Organization ministerial meeting won't be placid. President Bill Clinton will host 6,000 delegates from 135 nations who will be welcomed by a great trading city's financial elite, transported by limousines and shielded by legions of police, Secret Service and national guardsmen.
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October 11, 1998 |
Clad in a shimmering sorcerer costume, the self-named Great Kinetic Wizard walked up to two bikes decorated to resemble an oversized clam, sprinkled confetti and loudly proclaimed a blessing. An odd sight for a sporting event, but this was no ordinary race. The seriousness of day-to-day life was forgotten Saturday morning as the entrants in the Kinetic Sculpture Race--advertised as an event "where art and engineering collide"--showed off their creativity, acted silly and just had fun.
August 2, 1998 |
In a few months, two charter reform commissions are due to put before the voters of Los Angeles proposals that will determine a central issue: Who should govern the second largest city in the most powerful nation in the world as we begin the 21st century--and how? The question has a ring of urgency.