June 23, 2000 |
Voters in this southern African nation will go to the polls this weekend in what many analysts consider the most fiercely contested and violence-marred parliamentary elections since Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain in 1980. The competition for political power has churned up a caldron full of provocative issues, including land, race, nationalism, poverty and the rescue of a crumbling economy.
April 29, 2000 |
The rescue of nearly 300 weak, shipwrecked Haitian migrants from an inhospitable Bahamian cay--and the deaths of at least two others--brought into sharp relief Friday the deepening anarchy and economic decay in the impoverished Caribbean land they had fled. On a day when Haiti's political opposition reported another political slaying in advance of national elections scheduled for next month, most analysts linked the latest wave of illegal migration to the violence and despair in the country.
April 25, 2000 |
Mobs assaulted and threatened black workers on white-owned farms and set fire to a tobacco operation, a farmers group said, a continuation of the political violence that has plagued Zimbabwe in recent months. An unspecified number of workers were being treated at a hospital in the provincial center of Marondera, 45 miles southeast of Harare, the capital, according to the Commercial Farmers Union. The extent of their injuries was unclear.
April 20, 2000 |
Gunmen kidnapped a local opposition candidate in the latest violence to hit Haiti's election campaign, a party official said Wednesday. Four men in a pickup truck abducted Claudy Myrthil in front of his home in a Port-au-Prince suburb Tuesday, said Mischa Gaillard, spokesman for the five-party opposition coalition, known as Space for Concord. "The atmosphere is one of terror," Gaillard said. "We need security for candidates and voters to have a free and fair election." Myrthil is running for a seat on a city government advisory board.
February 19, 2000 |
At least 27 people died in the latest outbreak of political violence across Colombia, including 20 peasants who were shot and hacked to death by members of a right-wing paramilitary death squad, authorities said Friday. News of the killings came a day after the government, which is engaged in year-old peace talks with the country's leading Marxist guerrilla force, said it was preparing to launch negotiations with Colombia's second-largest leftist rebel group as well.
March 31, 1999 |
In the midst of Mexico's celebrated transition to democracy, a state election was held here recently. The result: 15,000 protesters took to the streets. A campaign worker was assassinated. And guerrillas are warning of "war" if the new governor takes office Thursday. Bullets or ballots? It's not even a question in most of Mexico, which is enjoying a new era of clean elections.
March 30, 1999 |
After surviving the worst political violence since the overthrow of a kleptocratic dictator 10 years ago, Paraguay's new government Monday hailed the heroes of a weeklong national drama and promised to bring the villains to justice. New President Luis Gonzalez Macchi said the heroes were students who dodged sniper fire to defend democracy in a vigil outside the National Congress. Many Paraguayans saw the villains as the thuggish forces of former Gen.
January 17, 1999 |
There is an old adage that the traffic light doesn't go up on the corner until someone is killed. We have a potential tragedy waiting to happen at our airports. Despite denials and stonewalling by the Federal Aviation Administration, it is increasingly clear that security at American airports is woefully inadequate. A 1996 FAA report of violations by just one major U.S.
September 22, 1998 |
At least 25 people died in the latest round of political violence across Colombia, including six people killed by soldiers in a bloody shootout on a discotheque dance floor, authorities said. The violence, involving gunmen of the left and right as well as security forces, came over the weekend after Friday's celebration of "Love and Friendship Day"--the national equivalent of Valentine's Day.
August 16, 1998 |
At least 10 people were killed Saturday in battles between security forces and gunmen during a protest strike in the Pakistani port city of Karachi and nearby Hyderabad, police said. They said nine people, including three police officers and a 12-year-old boy, were killed in Karachi, the country's commercial hub and capital of the southern province of Sindh.