March 22, 2013 |
BERLIN - A Jesuit priest who was kidnapped by the Argentine military junta in the 1970s said Wednesday that he and a fellow cleric weren't denounced by the future Pope Francis, then leader of Argentina's Jesuits. The Rev. Francisco Jalics, a Hungarian native who now lives in a German monastery, said in a statement that he was following up on comments about the case last week because he had received a lot of questions and "some commentaries imply the opposite of what I meant. " He did not elaborate.
September 5, 2012 |
Edgardo David Holzman's debut novel, Malena (Nortia Press), opens in a smoky Buenos Aires cafe. A dashing army captain named Diego and his lover Inés are dancing to their favorite tango, "Malena. " Malena sings the tango like no one else and into each verse she pours her heart. Her voice is perfumed with the weeds of the slum. Malena feels the pain of the bandoneón. It's an intensely romantic scene - but it's also a scene filled with mortal dread.
May 24, 2012 |
BAMAKO, Mali - Mali's interim president, who was beaten by a mob of demonstrators who broke into his office this week, has left the country to seek medical treatment in France, an adviser and two French government officials said Wednesday. The unexpected, and unpublicized, departure of 70-year-old Dioncounda Traore leaves a dangerous power vacuum in the West African nation, which was thrown off course after a March coup. Contacted by telephone, an adviser to Traore said the interim president had left Mali for France to undergo medical tests on his heart because he has had a previous heart attack.
April 16, 2012
Israel detains pro-Palestinians JERUSALEM - Israel detained dozens of international activists as they landed at its main airport on Sunday, preventing them from entering the country to participate in a planned solidarity mission with Palestinians in the West Bank. Israel said the activists, part of an umbrella group called "Welcome to Palestine," were provocateurs who posed a security threat. Organizers said the event, meant to draw attention to travel restrictions on Palestinians, was nonviolent.
March 30, 2012 |
BAMAKO, Mali - West Africa's regional bloc announced late Thursday that it was closing all land borders with Mali and freezing the nation's bank account in an effort to force mutinous soldiers from power who seized control in a coup last week. The financial sanctions are among the harshest imposed in recent years on a nation in West Africa and are likely to strangle impoverished Mali, which imports nearly all its gasoline from neighboring Ivory Coast. Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, president of the commission of the Economic Community of West African States, said in Ivory Coast that the sanctions would take effect in 72 hours.
November 25, 2011
BEING A BIT of a contrarian (what, you're surprised?) I tend to approach Thanksgiving week in a slightly unorthodox way. Instead of tallying all those things that I'm grateful to have, I ruminate on those I don't. This is not to say that I engage in some Occupy Depression mentality, where I long for things that belong only to the 1 percent (including Demi Moore, Michael Moore and Ivana Get Moore). No, it's more of an attempt to remember why life is so good in my part of the world by thinking about how much worse it could be. For example, we don't have a Congress or president who seem to be able to get along on the most basic issues, including health care, the deficit, immigration and our military preparedness.
April 30, 2010 |
Law & Order: Buenos Aires , anyone? If The Secret in Their Eyes suggests an artier take on an especially good episode of the ubiquitous TV procedurals (with some Cold Case flashbacks thrown in), the resemblance is more than coincidence. Juan José Campanella, the writer and director of the Argentine thriller - winner of this year's Academy Award for foreign-language film - is a veteran of several Law & Order iterations. And so, this tale of the pursuit of a rapist and murderer, with its grim crime scenes and testy interrogations, its legal strategizing, and third-act twist, has a certain Criminal Intent intensity, a Special Victims Unit specialness about it. Starring a melancholic Ricardo Darín as Benjamin, a criminal court investigator, The Secret in Their Eyes opens with a gauzy reverie at a train station - a man and a woman separated by a departing choo-choo.
June 14, 2003
What could two such distant countries as Africa's Democratic Republic of the Congo and Southeast Asia's Myanmar have in common? Both are nations writhing in distress, where human suffering and abuse of rights are the grossest domestic products. And the consequences of neglecting these situations much longer could be felt intimately in the United States. At stake are vital natural resources, the war on terror, and the depth of our nation's commitment to its ideals. President Bush should pay attention to these crises, and apply all the pressure he can to mitigate them.
February 5, 2001 |
The wife of the president of the Ivory Coast yesterday canceled her scheduled appearance at Deliverance Evangelistic Church in North Philadelphia after about 40 demonstrators gathered there to protest her husband's new administration, church officials said. Simone Ehivet Gbagbo, the wife of Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, was to be the guest speaker at morning church services. She has been in the United States during the last week, meeting with federal officials in Washington on behalf of her husband.
March 28, 1999 |
For Ronald Reagan, the enemy was the Evil Empire. President Clinton has found evil in an assortment of enemies. Currently, there is the NATO campaign against Serbian forces in Yugoslavia. But in the last six years, the Clinton administration has launched military interventions in Haiti, Somalia, Iraq and Bosnia. It has fired missiles into Sudan and Afghanistan. During his trip to Africa last year, President Clinton also said he might have intervened in Rwanda had he been fully cognizant of the extent of the genocidal conflict there.