August 26, 2002
In his Aug. 21 commentary, "U.S.-Saudi Rift Rewards Terrorists," Hassan Yassin asserts that Osama bin Laden chose Saudis for 9/11 to create a Saudi-U.S. rift--and ignores the obvious, that he chose them for the same reason that NBA coaches select blacks for their basketball teams. They were his best source. He claims the friendship of many Saudis but discards the fact that their Arabic publications are full of anti-U.S. vitriol. And he is oblivious to what 9/11 families are claiming: that Saudi Arabia is a principal source and conduit of funding for terrorism.
February 25, 2009 |
A British bishop whose denial of the Holocaust embroiled the pope in controversy left Argentina, several days after the government ordered him out. Pope Benedict XVI sought last month to help heal a rift with ultra-traditionalists by lifting a 20-year-old excommunication decree imposed on Richard Williamson and three other bishops. The pope has since insisted that Williamson recant his statements before he can be recognized as a Roman Catholic bishop.
April 26, 1989 |
Maxie Baughan, the former all-pro football player who last season led Cornell to its first Ivy League football title since the Ed Marinaro years, has stepped down as head coach amid reports that he was romantically involved with his top assistant's wife. Citing "personal tensions" in Cornell's football program, Baughan, 50, resigned Tuesday from the post he has held since 1983. His resignation comes six months after the Big Red tied Penn for the Ivy League championship. In a statement released by the university late Tuesday night, Baughan said the unspecified tensions and distractions "have engulfed the program" and were taking a toll on him and others associated with the team.
October 31, 2004
David SHAW'S columns are thoughtful and intelligent, but I think he really showed a failure to grasp the basis of the polarization in the U.S. ("A Polarized Society Leads to Polarized Journalism," Oct. 24). It's not about a single issue (Iraq) or a list of issues as such, like abortion, civil rights, etc. The reason most Democrats believe this is the most important election of our lifetime is that we think that the Republican leadership has firmly grasped all three branches of government, has ended the separation of powers, and is well on the way to eliminating the democratic (small "d")
December 19, 1991 |
For my bohemian parents, Christmas raised disturbing philosophical conflicts. Should the family that subscribes to Psychology Today, Avant Garde and Mother Jones really celebrate Christmas at all? First there was the stress of realizing that Yuletide expectations are usually born to be dashed.
July 7, 2012 |
BEIRUT - They were close friends and shared a singular lineage: Both were blood royalty of the Syrian leadership caste, birthright beneficiaries of their fathers' stranglehold on the nation. But the conflict tearing Syrian apart also opened a deep rift between President Bashar Assad and Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlas, a brigade commander in the country's ultra-loyal Republican Guard. On Friday,France's foreign minister confirmed that Tlas had defected. Tlas' departure from the Assad administration is the highest-profile to date, and many read the move as a sign that even Assad's inner circle is losing faith after 16 months of fighting, a savaged economy and international opprobrium.
November 30, 1988 |
If you love a mystery, you'll want to stay tuned to the little thriller they have going on over at the Forum. The Kings, depending on whom you believe, are either in a state of near mutiny against Coach Robbie Ftorek, or are innocent victims of an overzealous, rumor-mongering press. I tend to go with the former theory, because it's more fun. If there's one element that has been missing from the Kings the last decade or so, it's fun.
August 27, 2008 |
A primary campaign, of course, is not a civil war. But the Hillary Rodham Clinton-Barack Obama contest did pit brother against sister. J.B. Pritzker backed Clinton. His sister, Penny S. Pritzker, backed Obama. But this was not just any brother-sister rivalry. This was a public split between two Chicago billionaires who are among the city's most prominent businesspeople. Now that Clinton has lost, the political rift between the heirs to the Hyatt hotel fortune is closing. J.B., also known as Jay Robert, was a national co-chair for Clinton's campaign, for which he figures he raised more than $1 million.