January 29, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Russia is preparing to put lawyer Sergei Magnitsky on trial, even though he died in 2009, an unusual twist in a case that has become a byword for Russian corruption and severely strained U.S. relations with Moscow. Russia's top court ruled in August 2011 that posthumous trials were allowed, with the intention of letting relatives clear their loved ones' names. In Magnitsky's case, family members say they don't want another trial, yet prosecutors refiled charges anyway. The move has outraged human-rights groups who see the whistleblower's situation as indicative of the rampant judicial abuse, skyrocketing graft, and blurred boundaries between the state and organized crime that have plagued Russia under President Vladimir Putin.
January 26, 2013
No to Brennan President Obama should withdraw the nomination of John Brennan to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency ("Cabinet nominations," Tuesday). Brennan is currently working with Obama on the "kill list" used in directing drone attacks in the Middle East, which is a despicable activity. Drones are probably responsible for killing more innocent civilians than "bad guys" who are targeted because they are suspected terrorists. Even worse, Brennan was involved with the Terrorist Threat Interrogation Center during the Bush administration.
January 25, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan is holding 700 suspected militants without charges under a controversial law that has been criticized by human rights groups, the country's attorney general said Thursday. The attorney general's admission, made during a Supreme Court hearing, will likely fuel concerns about Pakistan's conduct during the last several years as it battled a domestic Taliban insurgency in the country's northwest. The suspected militants are being held in internment centers in the country's semiautonomous tribal region along the Afghan border - an area that is the main Taliban sanctuary in the country, Attorney General Irfan Qadir said.
January 16, 2013 |
HAVANA - For years, Cuban dissidents say, authorities' message to them has been the same: Sure, you can leave the country. Just don't expect us to let you come back. Now, two prominent and outspoken government opponents say they've been told they can come and go freely under a new law that eliminated decades-old travel restrictions on nearly all islanders. It's a calculated risk that potentially enables the dissidents to become high-profile ambassadors for change in the communist-run country, traveling abroad to accept awards and slamming the government back home in speeches to foreign parliaments.
December 30, 2012 |
MOSCOW - President Vladimir V. Putin on Friday signed a law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, abruptly terminating the prospects for more than 50 youngsters preparing to join new families. The move is part of a harsh response to a U.S. law targeting Russians deemed to be human-rights violators. Although some top Russian officials including the foreign minister openly opposed the bill, Putin signed it less than 24 hours after receiving it from Parliament, where it passed both houses overwhelmingly.
December 27, 2012 |
MONCLOVA, Mexico - The white-haired bishop stepped before about 7,000 faithful gathered in a baseball stadium in this violence-plagued northern border state. He led the gathering through the rituals of his Mass, reciting prayers echoed back by the massive crowd. And then his voice rose. Politicians are tied to organized crime, Bishop Raul Vera bellowed while inaugurating the church's Year of Faith. Lawmakers' attempts to curb money laundering are intentionally weak. New labor reforms are a way to enslave Mexican workers.
December 12, 2012
By Mark Robbins Growing up in New England, I associated Philadelphia with a small but potent mixture: My aunt, uncle, and two cousins; the Phillies of the late '70s; my dad's alma mater, Penn; and the movement for Soviet Jewry that culminated 25 years ago. Through their leadership in the movement to free Soviet Jews, my aunt and uncle, along with thousands of other Philadelphians, were writing another chapter in the story of the cradle of American...
December 10, 2012
Invisible Sentinel Inc. , a Philadelphia life-sciences company based in the University City Science Center that develops rapid diagnostics for the detection of food-borne pathogens, elected Paul Touhey to its board. He is chief executive officer of Fujirebio Diagnostics. Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia , a privately funded program whose mission is to provide low-income Philadelphia children with access to safe, high-quality tuition-based schools, has named five new members to its board of directors: Jesse T. Amoroso , director of business development for Amoroso's Baking Co. Arthur H. Miller , a partner at Blank Rome L.L.P.
December 9, 2012
Health Care for Some Rights and Rationing in the United States Since 1930 By Beatrix Hoffman University of Chicago Press. 336 pp. $30 Reviewed by Paul Jablow This much we know: The United States spends more on health care than any other industrialized nation. The outcomes are, for the most part, worse. The questions this raises are "How did we get there?" and "Where do we go from here?" Beatrix Hoffman, a history professor at Northern Illinois University, tells us something about the first and very little about the second.
November 20, 2012 |
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - On a history-making trip, President Obama on Monday paid the first visit by an American leader to Myanmar and Cambodia, two Asian countries with troubled histories, one on the mend and the other still a cause of concern. Obama's fast-paced, pre-Thanksgiving trip vividly illustrated the different paths the regional neighbors are taking to overcome legacies of violence, poverty and repression. Cheered by massive flag-waving crowds, Obama offered long-isolated Myanmar a "hand of friendship" as it rapidly embraces democratic reforms.