November 23, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY -- That big, hulking statue of the Caucasian strongman has got to go. Such was the recommendation Friday of a special committee appointed to resolve one of the odder controversies to beset this capital. At issue: the city government's decision to allow Azerbaijan to erect a monument to its late president, Heydar Aliyev, on the iconic Reforma Boulevard, prime real estate in the sprawling megalopolis. The bronze and marble statue generated protests and a running debate in the media.
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October 28, 2012 |
Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo, a rebel leader in the Cuban revolution who went from fighting alongside Fidel Castro to spending 22 brutal years in prison after trying to overthrow him, has died. He was 77. Gutierrez Menoyo died Friday of a heart attack at a Havana hospital, said his wife, Flor Ester Torres Sanabria. After vacationing in Cuba in 2003, he decided to stay to promote democracy. Until his health began to fail in 2010, he had frequently spoken out against the communist government, but in measured tones that kept him out of jail.
February 27, 2012 |
The strongman of the NFL scouting combine? It's Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe, who bench-pressed 225 pounds 44 times, the most repetitions of any player. "I think I'm explosive, very explosive," Poe said. "That's probably my biggest strength. Most people think just because I'm big I do nothing but power... I try to use my quickness to my advantage. " This draft class is deep in interior defensive linemen, and the NFL Network's Mike Mayock ranks Poe as the third-best defensive tackle in the group.
January 24, 2012
Syrian President Bashar Assad has rejected an Arab League plan that would have eased him out of power and laid the groundwork for elections, calling it "flagrant interference" in Syria's internal affairs. That's not surprising, but it's too bad. The proposal was a sensible one that could have stopped the bloodshed. The problem is that Assad lacks sufficient incentive — at this point anyway — to comply with it. The Arab League had already imposed sanctions on Syria, suspended the country's membership and dispatched a team of monitors.
December 24, 2011 |
In 1967, Kim Young-soon was a dancer in Pyongyang, North Korea, when her best friend visited with crazy news. "I'm going to live in the 5th House," announced Sung Hye Rim, then a noted North Korean actress, Kim recalled. She was referring to the residence of Kim Jong Il, the crown prince of the Hermit Kingdom, leader in waiting behind his powerful father, Kim Il Sung. To Kim Young-soon, the sudden romance seemed like some perverse fairy tale with little chance of a happy ending. Worse, the actress was already married.
December 21, 2011 |
The career of Kim Jong Il, North Korea's "Dear Leader," was marked by a series of historical firsts — most of them dubious at best. He was, to begin, the first ruler of a Marxist-Leninist state to inherit absolute power through hereditary succession from his father, "Great Leader" Kim Il Sung, founder of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK. He was also the first ruler of an urbanized, literate society to preside over a mass famine in peacetime: The Great North Korean Famine of the 1990s, which erupted shortly after his father's death, is believed to have killed hundreds of thousands of his subjects, and perhaps more.