December 10, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Gunmen killed another female Afghan official in the latest in a series of violent attacks on women who promote women's rights or are involved in activities outside their traditional roles here as homemakers. The acting director for women's affairs in the northeastern province of Laghman was shot and killed by two gunmen Monday morning as she was on her way to her office. The director, Najia Sediqqi, had been filling in for her predecessor, Hanifa Safi, who was assassinated in Laghman in July by a bomb attached to her car. No group immediately took responsibility for Sediqqi's murder.
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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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)
May 22, 2005 |
To foster democracy in the Middle East, women must be given a larger role in government and business, First Lady Laura Bush said Saturday in a bold challenge to some of the men who hold political and economic power in the region. Making a high-profile speech at the World Economic Forum here in Jordan, Bush said new freedoms granted to the women of Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Morocco proved that equal rights are compatible with Islam.
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.
April 11, 2012
Down on Deasy Re "On a mission to change school district's culture," April 8 In the 1980s I was a teacher in the L.A. Unified School District's Incentive Substitute Teacher Program, which was meant to ensure good instruction and classroom oversight in hard-to-staff schools. I can assure readers that "subbing" is one of the least-empowered positions in the district. That L.A. Unified Supt. John Deasy would walk into a classroom unannounced and criticize "well-regarded" substitute teacher Patrena Shankling as she "carried out the assignment left by the regular teacher," and then the next day send her a letter of termination, is nothing more than bullying.
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).