January 12, 2014 |
The first war I covered as a foreign correspondent was the civil war in Lebanon. When the conflict began in 1975, it was just a series of skirmishes, a nasty but limited little war for control of a small nation. Then other countries got involved: Syria, Iraq, Libya and Israel. They supplied money and weapons to their favored factions, turning an internal struggle into a longer, more deadly proxy war in which outside powers fought one another through surrogates. Eventually even the United States sent troops, which is why 241 Americans died in a bombing in Beirut in 1983.
January 2, 2014 |
TEHRAN -- Two deadly bombings in Beirut over the last week and the arrest of a fugitive Saudi militant in the Nov. 19 attack on Iran's embassy in the Lebanese capital reflect the escalating spillover of a proxy war in Syria. Iranian Shiite Muslims and rival Sunnis in Saudi Arabia have been battling for years for dominance in the Middle East. But the rivalry has intensified since May, when the Lebanon-based and Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia made clear it had intervened in Syria's civil war on the side of the embattled Shiite-aligned government.
September 10, 2013 |
World premiering Tuesday night at the Toronto International Film Festival is the psychological thriller “Proxy,” about two women whose lives become intertwined in the aftermath of a vicious attack. Directed and co-written by Zack Parker, the film opens with a brutal assault against the pregnant Esther (Alexia Rasmussen), an attack that causes her to lose her baby. In a support group for grieving parents she meets Melanie (Alexa Havins), who provides a shoulder to lean on. From there the motives and intentions of both women get murkier and murkier.
April 5, 2013 |
It's "proxy season" again for most public companies - called that because most shareholders submit their votes via proxy rather than attend the companies' annual meetings in person. This year's season represents a critical juncture in public company corporate governance because of the 2012 season, which earned the moniker "Shareholder Spring" in some circles. The reference was to the dramatic "Arab Spring" across the Middle East, which was marked by wide-scale protests seeking reform within autocratic governments.
October 5, 2012 |
The chairman and three directors of troubled teen retailer Wet Seal Inc. are leaving and will be replaced by nominees from an activist shareholder that had been fighting to remake the board. The Foothill Ranch retailer, which operates about 550 stores under the Wet Seal and Arden B. brands, said Friday that Chairman Hal Kahn and board members Jonathan Duskin, Sidney Horn and Henry Winterstern have resigned. That concludes an ongoing struggle with investor group Clinton Group, a private equity firm that holds a nearly 7% stake in the company.
August 23, 2012 |
Ghastly events unfold in the taut and unsettling "Compliance," propelled by a logic so twisted it feels like the premise of a psychological experiment. Wielding only a prepaid phone, an aberrant compulsion and a false identity, a man holds a group of strangers in his sway by remote control, with devastating results. Writer-director Craig Zobel has shaped his material not as a shocker but as a clear-eyed exploration of some of the darkest, and most garden-variety, mysteries of human behavior.