February 24, 2013 |
CAIRO - Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei called Saturday for a boycott of parliamentary elections, drawing immediate criticism from some within his movement who said it was a hasty decision. The dispute showed the fragility of a fairly new opposition front forged after the deeply fragmented movement found little success at the polls since leading the 2011 uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak. Opposition infighting would only help ensure the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood remains Egypt's dominant political force after the next vote.
June 17, 1990
The debate rages on in Romania as to whether communism truly has been vanquished, and the verdict remains unclear. But after the events of the last few days it's fair to say that fascism is alive and well there. How else to describe the thousands of coal miners - with blackened faces instead of brown shirts - who descended on Bucharest to restore order by beating up anyone who looked at them cross-eyed? The most benighted of the former East Bloc nations, Romania managed to hold a free election last month, and the people voted overwhelmingly for the National Salvation Front, the group that took power immediately after the overthrow of the despised communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
July 13, 2013 |
CAIRO - The liberal and youth movements that backed the military's removal of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi are now pushing to ensure their calls for change are heard in the face of the generals' strong grip on the new leadership. At stake is the hope that the Arab world's most populous nation will emerge from more than two years of turmoil as a democracy. Morsi's removal brought a wave of celebration after millions joined four days of protests last week. But that is giving way to a harder reality for the democracy advocates who organized the protests - including many of the same movements that led the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and then opposed the military's subsequent 17-month rule.
June 23, 2013
Rescue efforts in flooded India GOVINDGHAT, India - Soldiers worked on rocky gorges and rugged riverbanks Saturday trying to evacuate tens of thousands stranded by monsoon flooding and landslides that killed nearly 600 people. With heavy rainfall predicted over the next two days, there was an added urgency to reach the approximately 22,000 people in the flood-hit Uttarakhand state, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said. Since helicopters can rescue only small groups of people at a time, army troops Saturday opened another road route to the Hindu temple town of Kedarnath, creating rudimentary bridges by stringing rope across rocky riverbanks and gouged earth.
January 29, 1990 |
If you've sensed a subtle shift of nuance in the coverage of events in Romania recently, it isn't just your imagination. The folks who terminated Nicolae Ceausescu's iron grip on the country - and then terminated Ceausescu himself, along with his spouse - are no longer being referred to as "pro-democracy forces" by the Western news media. Frankly, nobody seems to know how to describe them lately. But there's a growing suspicion that "neo-Stalinist" eventually may have to do. Certainly, the gyrations of the group immodestly calling itself the National Salvation Front seem to borrow more from the old playbook of Josef Stalin than from any known democratic model.
December 23, 1989 |
Romanian exile Vladimir Tismaneanu - exhausted, harried and slightly overwhelmed - struggled yesterday to describe his reaction to news that his nation's communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, had been driven from power. "I have very mixed and troubled feelings," said Tismaneanu, 38, resident scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in West Philadelphia. "On one hand, this is what I have been most deeply longing for in an almost monomaniacal way," he said in an interview in his cramped office.
July 11, 2013 |
CAIRO - Egypt's military-backed interim leader named a new prime minister and won $8 billion in promises of aid from wealthy Arab allies in the gulf on Tuesday in moves aimed at stabilizing a political transition less than a week after the army deposed the Islamist president. The armed forces warned political factions that "maneuvering" must not hold up its ambitious timetable for new elections next year. The sharp message underlined how strongly the military is shepherding the process, even as liberal reform movements that backed its removal of Mohammed Morsi complained that now they are not being consulted in decision-making.
June 21, 1990 |
Ion Iliescu was sworn in as president of Romania yesterday at a ceremony boycotted by the United States to protest last week's violent crackdown on opposition groups by coal miners and other Iliescu supporters. Ambassadors from the 12 nations of the European Economic Community and from Canada attended the inaugural ceremony, but echoed U.S. criticism of Iliescu. In his inaugural speech, Iliescu called the events of last week "a true rebellion, an organized coup d'etat that tried to discredit at home and abroad the country's political leadership lawfully and democratically elected.
February 12, 1990 |
Secretary of State James A. Baker 3d, urging Romania to press on with reform and work for free elections, yesterday pledged $80 million in food aid to this struggling country. "We've come to Romania to encourage the continuation of the process of reform," said Baker, who has spent the last week negotiating with the Soviets on arms control and visiting the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe. Dividing his time between Romania's interim leaders and opposition forces, Baker used the four-hour stop to offer U.S. humanitarian aid - 7,000 metric tons of butter and 500,000 metric tons of grain.
March 3, 2013 |
CAIRO - Egypt's bickering government and opposition need to overcome their differences to create "a sense of political and economic viability" if the country is to thrive as a democracy, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday. He urged the two sides to compromise for the good of the country. In meetings with Egypt's foreign minister and opposition politicians, some of whom plan to boycott the coming parliamentary elections, Kerry said an agreement on economic reforms to seal a $4.8 billion International Monetary Fund loan package was critical.