August 24, 1997 |
In a friendly competition with his buddies, Don H. Barden bowls three consecutive strikes. "I never play to lose," he says. How true. Barden quit college broke and turned his first million 15 years later. Using capital from one venture to quickly finance the next, he built his net worth to more than $100 million and today is one of the wealthiest black businessmen in America. His current goal is to win a casino license in Detroit, which would help put Barden Cos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1989 |
A debacle averted in Namibia holds promise for the future of South Africa. In many ways, what is happening there is a "dry run" for a South African peace. But its lessons must be learned. If violence early this month in northern Namibia had not been contained, this would have vastly strengthened the right-wing in South Africa--thus seriously impeding the more enlightened elements of the South African government who seek to reform society. The lull in the fighting between infiltrating guerrillas of the South-West Africa People's Organization and South African-led security forces, with the United Nations offering guerrillas the safety of makeshift bases, is a modest triumph for dovish diplomacy.
April 15, 1989 |
South African military intelligence detected a buildup of rebel forces across the Namibian border with Angola back in January. South Africans monitored guerrilla meetings, saw the arrival of fresh uniforms and heard talk of an invasion to "finally chase the Boers out." But when South African officials complained to the world, as they often do, few believed them. Just as South Africa had warned, though, the guerrilla buildup developed into a major cross-border incursion by the South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO)
April 4, 1989 |
Hundreds of armed guerrillas who infiltrated Namibia, touching off bloody fighting and threatening this African territory's hopes for independence, misunderstood the United Nations' peace process and thought they could return home with U.N. protection as victors of the war, South African officials and captured rebels said Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1990 |
When South African police near Johannesburg opened fire on Monday on a gathering of tens of thousands of blacks, killing eight people and wounding hundreds of others, the government's violence took most of the American public by surprise. We had been lulled into thinking that, after the release of Nelson Mandela, all was well in southern Africa.
April 9, 1989 |
Guerrilla leader Sam Nujoma, in a move that could salvage Namibia's imperiled independence process, called on his 1,900 soldiers in northern Namibia late Saturday to stop fighting, regroup at U.N. assembly points and withdraw across the border into Angola within 72 hours. Nujoma's plea came on the eighth day of bloody battles between his South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) rebels and South African-backed police and soldiers. At least 289 SWAPO guerrillas and 27 police and soldiers have been killed in the fighting, which began with a SWAPO invasion only hours after the U.N.-sponsored peace plan for Namibia got under way on April 1. "We have come to this difficult decision because we are aware of the historic responsibility that we have to our people and to humanity as a whole," Nujoma said in a statement issued from SWAPO's exile headquarters in Luanda, Angola.
April 13, 1989 |
Four black nationalist guerrillas turned themselves in at a Lutheran church here Wednesday and were escorted under the U.N. flag to the Angolan border, the first rebels to take up the peacekeeping force's two-day-old offer of safe passage out of Namibia. No other rebel fighters have shown up at any of the eight other U.N. "assembly points" in the northern Namibian bush, where as many as 1,900 insurgents remain after a series of bloody battles that began 12 days ago as the U.N. plan for Namibia's independence was launched.
April 5, 1989 |
South Africa angrily vowed late Tuesday night to pull out of the United Nations' plan for Namibian independence "within the next few hours" unless the U.N. takes urgent action to force armed rebels in northern Namibia to abide by the peace accord and retreat to their bases in Angola. The South-West Africa People's Organization, which sent as many as 1,000 guerrillas into Namibia four days ago, "must now face up to the realities," South Africa's foreign minister, Roelof F.
November 15, 1989 |
Leftist guerrillas, who entered politics after a 23-year war for independence from South Africa, captured a 57% majority in a U.N.-sponsored national election Tuesday, giving them an important but not decisive say in drawing up a new constitution. Several hundred supporters of the South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO), which had waged one of Africa's longest and bloodiest liberation struggles, danced merrily on Kaiser Street in downtown Windhoek as news of the election results spread.
April 12, 1989 |
The U.N. peacekeepers had just stepped down from their trucks in remote bushland on the Namibian border here Tuesday when they had their first run-in with South African troops--over where to put up the blue-and-white U.N. flag. The South Africans had constructed a sturdy flagpole, next to their own flag, for the banner marking the opening of a U.N. assembly point for South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) rebels seeking refuge and safe passage back into Angola. But Australian army Sgt. Dave Sinai, of the U.N. contingent, was worried that the guerrillas would shy away if the U.N. flag were flying too close to the South African bunkers.