April 23, 1989 |
Nearly 150 years after Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published "The Communist Manifesto," only 20 years after students preached revolution in the streets of America and Europe, the failure of Marxism-Leninism in the Soviet Union appears to have driven the final nails into the coffin of "the left." Glasnost and perestroika promise renewal for the Soviet Union but mark the end of the revolutionary socialist movement that threatened the status quo in the last half of the 19th Century and conquered half the globe in the first half of the 20th.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1989 |
Day by day, peace edges closer in Namibia. Namibian refugees from neighboring Angola are being repatriated. The U.N.-supervised elections look as if they are on course for Nov. 1. Problems that could have been dangerously overwhelming, like the illegal incursion in April of guerrilla troops from Angola into Namibia, were dealt with expeditiously by Soviet and American diplomats working hand-in-glove to persuade the antagonists to end the fighting....
August 13, 2008 |
BEIJING -- Tanks roll and headlines blare. A newspaper photo shows a Russian soldier running past a dead Georgian counterpart. The Olympics rock and headlines celebrate. A newspaper photo shows a Georgian beach volleyball player spiking over a Russian. It is fascinating how seldom these twain shall meet. And when they do, how effectively they are minimized. It ought to be the Olympic motto. Citius, Altius, No Politicius.
November 10, 1986 |
Howard Cosell sounded distraught. His voice on the phone was raspy, barely discernible. "Kid," Howard wheezed. "I am ill. I cannot write my brilliant and nationally syndicated sports column today. You are the only writer in the world who can fill in for me." Quite frankly, I was stunned. "Is it because I, like yourself, stand for truth, justice and ethical crusading?" I asked. "No," Howard said. "It is because you write short. Short sentences, that is. Like me. Will you? Do it? For me?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2003 |
Representatives from many of the 191 nations that make up the United Nations, from Iraq to Bulgaria, discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, terrorism, economic development and human rights for child refugees at a mock U.N. meeting in Los Angeles on Saturday. But some of the delegates wore braces or baggy Sean John outfits, and a few were barely 5 feet tall. That's because all of the political decision-makers were Los Angeles Unified School District middle and high school students.
February 1, 1992 |
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin, determined to play a major role in world politics despite his country's immense problems, called Friday for creation of a global antimissile defense system to give countries the security they would need to slash or eliminate entirely their arsenals of nuclear weapons.
February 16, 2003 |
Millions of protesters opposed to a U.S.-led war on Iraq demonstrated around the world Saturday as anger at the Bush administration moved from the United Nations to jampacked streets. Protests in Europe included some of the largest antiwar demonstrations in decades, authorities said. And the biggest marches took place in nations that are strong U.S. allies and whose governments support President Bush's confrontation with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
March 11, 2001 |
In shaping its foreign policy, the Bush administration is undergoing a reality check. It's also sounding more and more like the Clinton administration. During the campaign, candidate George W. Bush called for a "distinctly American internationalism" that would stand firm against dictators such as Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and hold Communist China in check. Yet so far, his foreign policy team is largely picking up where the last one left off, with only nips and tucks here and there.
September 13, 2005 |
The day before world leaders were to arrive in New York to endorse a plan on reforming the U.N., diplomats negotiated late into the night Monday to make sure there actually would be a plan. A sweeping blueprint to improve the world body's ability to tackle global challenges was in danger of collapse Monday morning. But negotiators said they would work until the last minute to lay out the minimum changes necessary to give the U.N. a central role in world development, peace and security.
November 23, 1998 |
When war threatened to break out between the United States and Iraq nine months ago over weapons inspections, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan made a dramatic flight to Baghdad and brokered a deal that preempted the conflict and made him a hero in much of the world. But when a similar confrontation simmered this month--largely because the Iraqis had broken that agreement with Annan--the secretary-general sat conspicuously on the sidelines, refusing entreaties that he intervene again.