CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2012 |
Reporting from Nicosia, Cyprus -- Rauf Denktash, the former Turkish Cypriot leader whose determined pursuit of a separate state for his people and strong opposition to the divided island's reunification defined a political career spanning six decades, died Friday. He was 87. Denktash, who had a stroke in May, died of multiple organ failure at a hospital in the Turkish Cypriot north of Nicosia, said Dr. Charles Canver, who had treated his heart condition. His death comes in the middle of yet another diplomatic drive to reunify Cyprus, which has been split along ethnic lines since 1974, when Turkey invaded the island in the aftermath of a short-lived coup by supporters of union with Greece.
December 1, 2010 |
Is China really willing to dump its old ally, North Korea? Would Beijing support a German-style reunification of the Korean peninsula in which economic powerhouse South Korea absorbed its wretchedly poor communist neighbor? These may have been the impressions left by a stash of U.S. diplomatic cables relating to North Korea made public this week by WikiLeaks. But analysts who have followed the long entanglement of China and North Korea say that much of the information in the outed memos amounts to little more than dinner party chatter that reflects outdated opinion or wishful thinking.
September 26, 2010 |
Reporting from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam The voice was guttural and raspy, the language deep and tonal. "Come and get your rice!" sang the man, a steward for Vietnam's national rail service. He wore a light blue apron over his blue button-down shirt and pushed a silver metal cart laden with cardboard packages of rice, scallions, sprouts and spring rolls. Behind him, a slender woman pushed a similar cart stocked with Bia Ba Ba Ba (333 Beer), thit kho bo (bagged beef jerky)
July 5, 2010 |
Kang Cheol-Hwan, North Korean defector and activist, thinks Kim Jong Il's brutal North Korean regime will collapse within three years, five years at the most. But the prospect doesn't make him giddy. On the contrary, the imminent fall of the one of the world's most repressive states just means more work. However much he wants North and South Korea to be reunified, he knows that how it happens is as important as reunification itself. "If it's done wrong, it will fail," Kang told me last week when he was in town to attend a conference on the fate of the North Korean regime.
December 18, 2009
Sold on Baja Re "Paradise, and peril, by the sea," Column One, Dec. 14 Thank you for printing an accurate story on Americans in Baja California. The violence in Baja, while frightening, has been almost exclusively within the drug trade. The random violence we see in the U.S. is unheard of in Mexico. In Long Beach, where I have lived all my life, we have had many shootings over the years, including the recent killing of an innocent girl at a local high school football game.
April 17, 2009 |
Long Beach will play host to its grand prix auto race again Sunday and, for the first time in several years, all of the sport's top drivers will be there. Danica Patrick, Scott Dixon, Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan and Ryan Briscoe are among the IndyCar Series drivers racing in the 35th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach now that the two major U.S. open-wheel racing series have reunified.