January 10, 2010 |
Nothing to Envy Ordinary Lives in North Korea Barbara Demick Spiegel & Grau: 320 pp., $26 In her early 20s, Mi-ran became a schoolteacher in a North Korean village not far from where her parents lived. She was lucky: Her father, a southerner taken prisoner by the north during the Korean War and not allowed to repatriate, was politically suspect, which meant that Mi-ran's family occupied a low rung in the politically defined caste system imposed by Kim Il-sung (postwar head of state and father of Kim Jong-il, North Korea's current leader)
February 6, 2011 |
Police radios crackled with panic the day President Hosni Mubarak's grip on the nation was shattered. Reinforcements didn't arrive. Tear gas ran out. Arms grew weary from swinging batons. And so it was with a rush and a push on that last Friday in January that tens of thousands of protesters advanced and the momentum, like a tide pulled unexpectedly in another direction, changed. The miscalculations and crossed signals of Jan. 28, a day that one police captain calls "Black Friday," marked the unthinkable: Mubarak's 30-year-long reviled police state was overrun by Egyptians no longer intimidated by the sound of boots and the glare of shields.
April 28, 2002 |
It seems that Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan will be attending the World Cup final and closing ceremony on June 30 in Yokohama. Knowing the predilection of emperors--in fable, if not in fact--one presumes the emperor will be wearing some clothes. It's difficult to be certain, however, because dress is becoming quite the topic of debate as the World Cup approaches. Take Nigeria, for instance. Last week fans of the Super Eagles were in an uproar over the new look of their national team--not the players who make up the team, but the jerseys those players wear.
December 8, 2001
Your Dec. 2 editorial, "Questioning Secrecy," is absolutely on target. Congress indeed must ask some hard questions about President Bush's sudden and sweeping erosion of civil liberties in the name of combating terrorism. Assuming dictatorial powers, Bush has now in effect declared the Bill of Rights null and void, with secret tribunals, trashing of the attorney-client privilege, racial profiling and other encroachments on civil liberties. Bush also is imposing secrecy in government on issues that have nothing at all to do with the terrorist attacks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1987 |
It's axiomatic that a lie repeated often enough becomes truth. It was Josef Stalin who said, "Paper will take anything that's written on it." Lately the opinion pages of newspapers have been littered with statements about the alleged irresponsibility of the gay community in stopping the spread of AIDS. This would be funny if it were not so tragic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1986 |
Alarmed by a 200% increase in drunk driving fatalities in the San Fernando Valley, police said Wednesday that officers are teaming up with state Alcoholic Beverage Control Department agents to conduct surprise bar inspections, citing and arresting drunken patrons and the bar owners who serve them. Several hundred Valley bars will be inspected over the holidays by the teams which will consist of two uniformed police officers and an ABC investigator, authorities said.
January 23, 1992
The Police Department has been awarded a state grant to help officers identify and prosecute "career criminals." Police Chief Joseph Santoro said a combination of funds from the city and the California Office of Criminal Justice Planning will be received over four years, beginning July 1. During that time, the state will contribute $378,000 and the city will give $92,000, Santoro said. The money will pay for a crime analysis unit with computer equipment and two staff members.
September 6, 2000 |
More than 900 federal police staged a surprise raid on a state prison in northern Mexico, detaining all of its guards and transferring at least 125 inmates to other institutions. The Federal Preventive Police said it was the fifth in a series of raids meant to clean up some of the country's troubled prisons. The 960 federal police, accompanied by 42 drug-sniffing dogs, struck during the change of guards at the Coahuila state prison in Torreon, about 500 miles northwest of Mexico City.