April 10, 2008 |
Five years ago Wednesday, U.S. forces entered the heart of the Iraqi capital, and Saddam Hussein's regime fell. While much of the world watched the downfall of Hussein and the destruction of his huge statue in central Baghdad's Firdos Square on television, Iraqis lived it. They have memories of what they were feeling as Hussein was toppled from power. Here are some of them: -- My family fled the capital days before the Americans arrived and went to stay with relatives in Diyala province.
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December 8, 1997
Akinwumi Adesokan, a cultural writer with the Post Express in Lagos, Nigeria's capital, was arrested Nov. 12 and is said to be in solitary confinement at the State Security Service offices there. His detention is one more desperate act by the authoritarian regime of Gen. Sani Abacha, whose fear of critical words seems unbounded. All possible pressure should be brought on Abacha to release Adesokan, who is said to be ill.
April 25, 2013 |
President Obama has followed a commendably restrained policy in refusing to intervene militarily in Syria's civil war. But if the U.S. confirms that the regime of President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons, the president should adhere to his insistence last year that such conduct would be a "red line" justifying action by this country, alone or in concert with other nations. That doesn't mean the administration should accept uncritically suggestions by Israel, Britain and France that the regime has used chemical agents.
November 14, 2010 |
Obama administration officials cheered the release of activist Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar on Saturday but said they needed to see more positive steps before easing pressure on the isolated regime. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she joined "billions of people all around the world to welcome the long-overdue release" of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate from house arrest in Yangon, the former capital. She said the United States was calling on Myanmar's leader to make the release "unconditional, so she may travel, associate with fellow citizens, express her views and participate in political activities without restrictions.
June 17, 2011 |
Syria braced for more bloodshed Friday as another day of mass anti-government protests got underway following weekly prayers across the country. The peaceful three-month uprising, the greatest challenge ever to the authoritarian rule of President Bashar Assad and his family, and a military crackdown laden with provocative sectarian overtones, have shaken Syria and sent shock waves across the region. Late Thursday, the president's unpopular and powerful cousin, telecommunications tycoon Rami Makhlouf, claimed he was withdrawing from business and planning to devote his profits to charity, an assertion that could not be verified nor squared with the history of a regime infamous for what critics have described as crony capitalism.
January 6, 2010 |
Iran's so-called green movement is not yet a counterrevolution, but recent developments make clear it is heading in that direction. Seven months after the uprising began, an opposition manifesto is finally taking shape, and its sweeping demands would change the face of Iran. Three bold statements calling for reform have been issued since Friday, one by opposition presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, one by a group of exiled religious intellectuals and the third by university professors.
November 6, 2012
There is no appetite among the American people - or on the part of the two men competing for the U.S. presidency in Tuesday's election - for U.S. military intervention in Syria. That reluctance is sensible. Painful as it is to observe the deaths of tens of thousands of Syrians in the war between President Bashar Assad and insurgents inspired by the Arab Spring, the deployment of U.S. troops or a campaign of airstrikes under the rubric of a no-fly zone would enmesh the United States in an unpredictable conflict with a heavily armed ally of Iran on behalf of a fractious and fragmented rebel army.
March 8, 2012 |
Syria's deputy oil minister reportedly defected from the government of Bashar Assad on Thursday, and a high-level international peace envoy seeking a cease-fire in Syria warned against further "militarization" of the bloody conflict. The reported move by Abdo Hussameddin - whose videotaped message abandoning the Assad administration was posted on YouTube - would be the highest-level civilian defection to date from the embattled government in Damascus, which is facing a yearlong rebellion, international isolation and a reeling economy.
January 21, 2011 |
The revolution didn't come just to the streets. It came to the beaten-down newsroom of an ousted ruler's meek mouthpiece, a newspaper where journalists didn't believe the news releases they were spoon-fed and passersby didn't believe the headlines they read on newsstands. "We called the managing director and told him not to come in," said Samira Dami, a film critic who has just become one of the editors in chief of La Presse, Tunisia's 75-year-old French-language newspaper. "He represents the old regime, the one who writes good things for the regime and says everything is beautiful.
December 10, 2010 |
Twelfth-grade teacher Sam Borath recently asked her students in Svay, a town in northwestern Cambodia, to write down the names of five leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime that killed an estimated 1.7 million people during its reign in the late 1970s. Simply identifying top figures, however, can be an awkward exercise. Many communities would rather not stir up memories of the war-torn past, particularly in this region. Svay is part of a thin belt along the northwestern border that remained under the control of ultra-communist Khmer Rouge leaders and their militias for two decades after 1979, when the regime was ousted from power in Phnom Penh.