December 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Harold Rhode still recalls the euphoria he felt a decade ago after finding thousands of dripping, moldy artifacts of Iraq's once-vibrant Jewish community in the flooded basement of Saddam Hussein's intelligence service headquarters in Baghdad. "How do you describe it? An enormous elation, a deep connection, but also shock: Why would this be here?" says the 64-year-old former Pentagon official, an Orthodox Jew who discovered the purloined archive in the bombed-out building days after he arrived in the Iraqi capital with the U.S. invasion force in the spring of 2003.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2013 |
A downtown Los Angeles pooch can enjoy a made-to-order meal at a local pet boutique, tag along for happy hour or spend an afternoon socializing at the cathedral, but what happens when nature calls? Fido may have helped attract droves of new residents to a burgeoning downtown, but sharing the concrete city with their human counterparts is getting messy. The latest attempt at stemming what some call "the pee situation" consists of three small patches of artificial turf in designated doggie areas.
November 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - As they prepare for battle over the new deal to limit Iran's nuclear program, the accord's supporters and foes are calibrating strategies based on their reading of Americans' conflicted views about the Islamic Republic. American war-weariness forms a big part of the Obama administration's campaign for the accord, a preliminary agreement to curb Iran's disputed nuclear program. Administration officials have said that without a diplomatic deal, the country would be on a "march to war. " For now, the administration appears to have the upper hand.
November 25, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Long-delayed peace talks designed to end the bloody conflict in Syria will begin Jan. 22 in Geneva, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Monday, amid growing international alarm about the rise of Islamic militant rebels inside the country. The so-called Geneva 2 negotiations - sponsored by the United States and Russia - would mark the first meeting between the Syrian government and opposition representatives aimed at ending the 32-month-old civil war. Despite Monday's announcement, some observers expressed skepticism that the talks would take place.
November 24, 2013 |
Analogies between Secretary of State John F. Kerry's negotiations with Iran and the negotiations the Reagan administration undertook with the Soviet Union have become commonplace. But is Hassan Rouhani really another Mikhail Gorbachev - another leader of a dictatorship with whom the U.S. can (and should) "do business," in Margaret Thatcher's phrase? Recall that Gorbachev was not just interested in achieving arms reductions with the U.S. He was intent on a thorough reform of Russian society.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - He has millions of dollars in his campaign account, solid approval ratings and a small number of potential challengers who are virtually unknown, but Gov. Jerry Brown still won't say whether he'll run for reelection next year. As recently as Tuesday, the governor deflected the question at a public event. "I am aware that in November of next year there will be an election," he said, "and I will make some decisions regarding that. " Two days later, he joined deep-pocketed Hollywood luminaries in a campaign fundraiser at the Bel-Air home of Disney studio chief Alan Horn.