November 16, 2002
Stick by your Constitutional rights, Hootie Johnson, and you will get plenty of male support to maintain Augusta as it is. Maybe it's time to form a National Council of Men's Organizations to counter Martha Burk and her National Council of Women's Organizations. What are Burk and her girls doing for the women of Afghanistan, where real needs exist? Bob Ball Anaheim Is anyone else out there sick of reading about Ms. Burk's asinine efforts to gain membership at Augusta National for a few token rich women?
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October 6, 2001
Re "Attorney General Stresses the Risk of More Attacks," Oct. 1: Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft has been stirring the ashes of fear regarding more attacks. Now, what would be gained from keeping us afraid? We'd buy more gas masks, water, Cipro, tetracycline, food, guns? Or is it to pass Ashcroft's anti-terrorism package? When people are afraid, we give up liberties in exchange for a false sense of security. Beware. Libby Breen Altadena Of course more attacks are planned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2001
Re "U.S., Allies Urge Afghan Rivals to Govern Together," Nov. 14: After WWI, the Allies drew some lines on a map and created Afghanistan. It now is evident that combining the three major tribes of the area was less than optimal. As we research the varied options for a post-Taliban government, would it not make more sense to divide the country along ethnic/tribal lines, rather than succumb to inertia and leave the country as is, the only guarantee of which is more tribal conflict? Creating three functional countries where now exists one nonfunctional one would seem a rational choice, and the choice most likely to create peace in the region.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2001
Barbara Ehrenreich's "Veiled Threat" (Opinion, Nov. 4) struck a chord with me. I was in the midst of reading "Nickel and Dimed," her insightful, passionate, first-person account of the plight of the female underclass in this country when Sept. 11 happened. In the grim aftermath, I couldn't help but feel that there were connections between that important book, our national tragedy and the years-long failure of the world community--starting with the U.S.--to respond to the Taliban's brutality against women.
October 25, 2011
SERIES The Real Rocky: This documentary from Jeff Feuerzeig looks at the career of Chuck Wepner, the "Bayonne Bleeder," a former New Jersey state heavyweight boxing champion who fought George Foreman, Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali. He says that he was the inspiration for the "Rocky" character (5 p.m. ESPN). NCIS: Gibbs (Mark Harmon) meets Ducky's (David McCallum) new girlfriend (Cheryl Ladd) in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). Frontline: The new episode "Death by Fire" raises troubling questions in the case of a Texan who was executed in 2004 for the arson deaths of his three children, but new evidence raises doubts about whether he was guilty (9 p.m. KOCE)
March 8, 2012 |
International Women's Day is today. How are you observing it, aside from perhaps noting the Google Doodle set up in its honor? Maybe you're signing an online petition seeking gender equality in medical research. Or tweeting using the hashtag "#womensday" to honor women's progress and to renew commitments to women's rights. If you're in Kabul, Afghanistan, you might be making a stop by that city's first Internet cafe just for women. International Women's Day is not nearly as well known in the United States as it is in other parts of the globe; elsewhere, it's marked by rallies, banners and even a day off. Many people in Armenia and Mongolia get time away from the job; in China, only women have that luxury.
May 23, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Roya Mahboob navigates the potholes of doing business in Afghanistan like any other entrepreneur. Corruption is rife. Kidnappings are common. Bomb blasts remain an overarching reality. But as the female chief executive of a thriving software firm in Afghanistan's male-dominated society, Mahboob finds that her potholes sometimes feel like sinkholes. Banks have balked at lending her money simply because she is a woman. Anonymous emails and text messages have warned her to abandon her work.
April 8, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - In the final months of her tenure as secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton is fighting a long retreat on a cause close to her heart, and to her legacy - the status of Afghan women. Clinton embraced the cause long before the first U.S. troops landed in the country, and as secretary of State she has brought Afghan women worldwide attention, political power and unbending promises of American support. "We will not abandon you," she pledged. But now, with U.S. officials laying plans to remove most troops in two years, the Afghan government and other institutions appear to be adjusting their positions on women's rights to accommodate conservative factions.
February 13, 2003 |
With his wife and daughter by his side, former President George Bush gave the keynote address Wednesday at an unusual fund-raiser. The occasion might have looked like a reunion for the administration of the man Washington cognoscenti call Bush 41 (to distinguish him from the administration of the current and 43rd president).
December 8, 2002 |
When Marzia Basel, one of Afghanistan's few female judges, recently spent several weeks in the United States, she met with President Bush, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and other dignitaries to appeal for more assistance for her homeland. Returning home, she was greeted by derogatory headlines and sneers because, while in the U.S., she hadn't always worn her chador, the scarf used by many Muslim women to cover their hair.