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March 19, 2005
Re "In an Era of Only One Superpower, We're All Safer," Commentary, March 13: I will accept Arthur Herman's argument that having only one superpower is a good thing on one premise: that he will accept the one superpower if it someday becomes China, North Korea, Russia, Japan or Pakistan. Christina Waldeck Torrance I must strongly object to Herman's analysis regarding the alleged benefits of the U.S. status as the world's single superpower. He cites as a precedent more than 100 years of "peace, prosperity and stability" that reigned when the British were the only global superpower from the early 19th century.
April 15, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Take off your thinking cap and simply enjoy the mini-pleasures of "Antboy. " This fantastical story of 12-year-old Pelle (Oscar Dietz), who goes from zero to superhero after being bitten by a genetically modified ant, should delight kids and adults alike. The film - a Danish import that has been wisely, if not quite seamlessly, dubbed into English to accommodate younger viewers - starts with the unpopular Pelle considering himself more "invisible man" than nerd. (That latter distinction is saved for bespectacled comic-book fan Wilhelm, played by Samuel Ting Graf.)
August 14, 1998
We stand alone as the world's first democratic superpower. The tragic incident in East Africa speaks to this status. ROBERT WILKINS Apple Valley
November 26, 2013 | Amina Khan
Ants may seem tiny and weak when they're alone, but together they can form a sort of "super-organism" -- one with superpowers. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found that a jumbled crowd of fire ants acts like both an elastic solid and a viscous liquid -- a rare and remarkable property that holds the secrets of self-healing materials. The discovery could one day help scientists design self-repairing bridges and self-assembling modular robots, said co-author David Hu, a mechanical engineer at Georgia Tech, at the American Physical Society's fluid dynamics conference in Pittsburgh.
February 2, 1990
The suggestion by President Vaclav Havel to hold the next superpower summit meeting in Prague is an excellent idea. A summit in Prague would stress the importance of the new revolutionary process going on in East Europe and it would give international recognition to their new governments. With the leaders of the two superpower nations meeting in Prague, it would encourage the new governments to become involved in world affairs and it would demonstrate to the world that political change is supported, and can be brought about peacefully.
April 29, 1990
Mayor Maureen O'Connor's comparison of San Diego to Lithuania attempting to fight off an attack by a Russian-style superpower during the April 24 utility merger hearings deserves pity rather than ridicule. Such paranoia in the office of mayor unbefits a city with hopes for a bright future. Once she is no longer in a position of political power, those hopes have a better chance of fulfillment. JOSEPH R. GRANT Oceanside
November 14, 1986 | United Press International
President Reagan, facing questions on a wide range of foreign policy developments, will hold his first news conference in three months next Wednesday, the White House announced today. The 5 p.m. PST news conference, to be held in the East Room, will be Reagan's first since Aug. 12 and comes at a time of controversy over his dealings with Iran and uncertainty over the outlook for superpower relations.
May 25, 1987 | From Reuters
The ruler of Kuwait, who is seeking superpower protection for his country's vital oil exports, says the Persian Gulf War is spreading and that this is cause for international concern. "The war has extended even to the big powers," the emir, Sheik Jabbar al Ahmed al Sabah, said in an address Saturday night.
December 11, 1990
MILOVAN DJILAS Communist-turned-critic, Yugoslavia America is starting to be the first global civilization. America is the center for new ideas. I rebelled against communism (in Yugoslavia)--but I found the market for my books in America. Why? I think the next century will be American.' YASUHIRO NAKASONE Former Japanese prime minister 'I think it is excessive that Americans are losing confidence.
August 20, 2008
Re "U.S. and Poland reach arms deal," Aug. 15 After reading of the plan to erect a missile shield in Poland, I wonder at the Bush administration's sensitivity to Russian concerns. The administration says the shield is directed at rogue states such as Iran and not at Russia. How do we expect Russia to believe that? How would we react if Russia announced it had concluded a deal with Mexico to install a 10-interceptor shield in Tijuana? Would we be understanding about it? No superpower will tolerate any kind of rocketry installed on its doorstep.
March 3, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Serge Ibaka's vicious right hand to the groin of Blake Griffin late in the fourth quarter Sunday served as only a prelude to the real smackdown administered by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Boom! Russell Westbrook accelerated past a bevy of defenders for a layup, the Thunder point guard wiping out a Clippers lead that lasted all of five seconds. Whack! Ibaka took a pass from Westbrook and made a layup while drawing Griffin's sixth foul, the final indignity of a maddening afternoon for the Clippers power forward.
January 27, 2013 | By Gary Schmitt and Dan Blumenthal
Senate committees will soon be asked to vote on President Obama's nominees to head the departments of State and Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency. Many, if not most, of the senators' questions will be focused on the nominees' views on the pressing security problems the United States faces in the greater Middle East and Afghanistan. But it would be a mistake for the committees to let the hearings pass without also examining the administration's own stated policy priority - the "pivot" or "rebalance" to the Asia-Pacific region.
January 20, 2013 | By Odd Arne Westad
China's more assertive foreign policy over the last two years has played a key role in getting two arch-conservatives - Japan's Shinzo Abe and South Korea's Park Geun-hye - elected to lead their respective countries. Some Chinese observers believe that Abe and Park will be forced by China's inexorable rise to come to terms with their giant neighbor. Don't count on it. To much of its region, China's behavior as it is coming of age as a modern superpower is eerily reminiscent of its past policy as a regional hegemon.
December 17, 2012 | T.J. Simers
- I am upset with Kobe Bryant , and when am I not? I've been interviewing the guy for maybe 15 or 20 minutes after an easy win over the Philadelphia 76ers when a reporter walks up and starts talking to Kobe in Italian. Right away, Kobe starts jabbering back in Italian, and so I explode. "Why is it you are giving this guy all the good quotes?" And my good buddy starts laughing, and he's been doing that a lot lately, and this is not the Kobe I've known in recent years.
October 18, 2012 | By Robert Abele
Heavier and more brooding than typical magical girl stories in Japanese fantasy, the anime "Puella Magi Madoka Magica," a multiple-feature repackaging of the 2011 television series, gives voice to the notion that superpowers aren't always a gift. Creator Gen Urobuchi's concept begins with cheery schoolgirl Madoka offered the chance to spice up her humdrum life with otherworldly powers, as bestowed by an odd catlike creature. Less enamored with her own transformative status is the mysterious Homura, who knows about the real responsibilities in store for Madoka if she changes who she is. Studded with colorfully trippy sequences that dramatize the battles between magical girls and doom-spreading villains known as "witches," "Puella Magi Madoka Magica" is episodic, strange, at times numbingly repetitive and, when least expected, thematically intriguing about the rules behind this all-girl parallel world of freedom and risk.
August 1, 2012 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
NEW DELHI - On one level, the power outage that stalled trains, snarled traffic and left hospitals scrambling across much of India was an example of business as usual - except, of course, that this time it covered an area including nearly 10% of the world's population. But taken another way, Tuesday's massive blackout, the second in two days, underscored the yawning gap between India's superpower dreams and a sweltering, gritty reality. Problems with an aging electrical grid, pricing system and inefficient mining practices combined to darken a stretch of northern and eastern India that is home to 600 million people, in the process illustrating the nation's deep structural problems.
August 25, 1991
Maybe its premature to call the Soviet coup's reported failure a victory for the forces of reform and openness, but it should help us to understand how slippery Mikhail Gorbachev's high-wire act over the opposing forces of hard-line rightists and impatient radicals has been. Pollyanna herself would blush at the notion that only sweetness and light will now prevail while bitter nationalist and ethnic disputes throughout Eastern Europe continue and may now even intensify. But wouldn't it be great if wise leadership in all the seats of power gave us the prospect of an era in which superpower status was irrelevant, self-determination was not a euphemism for Balkanization and economic and environmental interdependence were universally acknowledged?
May 11, 1988
To me, the knocking down in the Persian Gulf of two Iranian oil platforms, as well as a number of warships and gunboats by the overwhelming armada of the United States was far short of a victory as some hard-liners in the U.S. Administration with a heart full of hatred for Tehran's regime have tried to describe (Part I, April 19). In fact, the unequal confrontation of a superpower with a wartorn country such as Iran proves nothing but it is a defeat in winning the hearts of a nation--a practice that Americans have always been keen to achieve.
February 3, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Was it Superman's, Spider-Man's or Socrates' uncle who said, "With great power comes great responsibility?" Regardless, it would have proved sound advice for the suddenly telekinetic teens at the center of the raw, electrical charge of "Chronicle. " Thankfully, it's wisdom the filmmakers took to heart. This mind-and-fork-bending sci-fi saga comes from the freaky imaginations of director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis, who've packed their feature debut with smartness. Don't let its DIY sensibility fool you: "Chronicle" is ultimately telling a meta-story, built around the age-old conundrum - if you had superpowers that would let you do just about anything, would you do good or evil?
December 29, 2011 | By Richard Bonin
When Vice President Joe Biden slipped into Baghdad this month to commemorate the end of eight bloody years of war in Iraq, there was one face conspicuously absent from the host of solemn ceremonies and farewell meetings he attended: that of Ahmad Chalabi. The Iraqi politician, who lived in exile before Saddam Hussein's ouster, is shunned by Washington these days. But there has never been a foreigner more crucially involved in a decision by the United States to go to war than Ahmad Chalabi.
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