July 1, 2012 |
We never thought much about what would happen to us in case of a natural or human-caused disaster. But after an unnerving experience in Morocco, we started rethinking our travel-safety checklist: Have we packed the first-aid kit? Are the meds past their pull dates? Do we have the sunscreen? That May trip to Morocco and a tip from a travel nurse caused us to add "let the feds know where you'll be" to our checklist. Most days during our two-week stay in Morocco's capital city of Rabat, we walked past the Parliament building to get to the train station.
December 17, 2011 |
CAIRO - Egypt's military rulers suffered a major embarrassment on Friday when a new civilian advisory council designed to bolster their legitimacy suspended its operations in protest over the military's deadly but ineffective treatment of peaceful demonstrators. The advisory council's decision followed a renewed outbreak of violence both in the center of Cairo on Friday and at vote-counting centers around the country the previous night. Election monitors said the violence threatened to undermine the credibility of Egypt's first parliamentary election since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak 10 months ago. The clashes at the vote-counting centers began after polls closed late Thursday, when soldiers beat up judges and other civilians trying to enter the centers.
December 17, 2011 |
CAIRO - Soldiers stormed an anti-military protest camp outside Egypt's Cabinet building Friday, beating women with sticks and hurling chunks of concrete and glass onto protesters from the roof of the parliament in a resurgence of turmoil only a day after millions voted in parliamentary elections. At least seven protesters were shot to death in the clashes, including a prominent Muslim cleric, activists said. The heavy-handed assault was apparently an attempt to clear out protesters who have been camped out in front of the building for three weeks demanding the ruling military leave power.
September 26, 2010
Gennady Yanayev, 73, a leader of the abortive 1991 Soviet coup who briefly declared himself president replacing Mikhail Gorbachev, has died, Russia's Communist Party announced Friday. In one of the indelible images of the putsch that hastened the Soviet Union's collapse, Mr. Yanayev's hands shook visibly as he announced he was taking over. He was later quoted as saying he was drunk when he signed the decree elevating himself from the vice presidency. A party statement said Mr. Yanayev died Friday after an unspecified lengthy illness.
June 30, 2004 |
Henry Nuzum and Aquil Abdullah won the first final in the men's double sculls yesterday on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J., and need only one more victory in the two-of-three format to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team. The duo, representing the U.S. Navy and Princeton Training Center, won in 6 minutes, 21.68 seconds. Finishing 1.21 seconds later were Ken Jurkowski and Adam Holland, a Philadelphia resident. They represented the Harvard University Boat Club. Michael Callahan and Dave Friedericks of MLARC were third, with Jonathan Burns of Philadelphia's Vesper Boat Club and Todd Beyreuther of the Pocock Rowing Center fourth.
April 14, 1999 |
My wife, our two children and I live in the center of Belgrade. It's a very pleasant part of town, and convenient too - except when NATO is waging an air war. Now we worry. Will a nearby target be hit so hard that our apartment building collapses from the blast? Will a cruise missile or bomb miss its target and hit us? Might some military planner or commander decide, in spite of all the assurances, to attack civilians? Ever since the early 1990s, when Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Macedonia seceded from Yugoslavia, the Federation has consisted of only Serbia and Montenegro.
May 20, 1998 |
They scaled the green dome of the parliament building, waving giant red-and-white Indonesian flags from the roof and stringing a banner that said "Total Reform for the People. " They parked themselves on steps. They took over hallways and encamped in breezeways, ready to spend the night. They even sneaked into an air-conditioned auditorium, lounging with their feet up on the arms of soft-cushioned chairs. In an extraordinary day of protest, more than 15,000 Indonesian students took over the parliament building yesterday and gave President Suharto a crash course in people power.
April 11, 1998 |
Russia's parliament made good yesterday on its threat to reject President Boris N. Yeltsin's nominee for prime minister. Yeltsin, in turn, made good on his threat to force the legislators to reconsider their judgment. Within an hour of the expected defeat in the Duma, Yeltsin renominated Sergei V. Kiriyenko, the little-known 35-year-old former energy minister who became acting prime minister after Yeltsin dismissed his entire government last month. Parliament will again consider confirming Kiriyenko for the permanent job next Friday.
January 12, 1994 |
Russia's new parliament, unruly and leaderless, met for the first time yesterday, and early procedural votes suggested that neither the reformers nor their communist and nationalist opponents would easily control the legislature. Although the nation's first freely elected legislature since the early days of the Bolsheviks appeared close to chaos several times, the Duma, or lower house of the new Federal Assembly, ended the first day with two compromises forced by democrats who had feared they might be relegated to being a permanent, frustrated opposition.
October 14, 1993 |
I do not claim clairvoyant powers. I don't even have 20/20 hindsight. I must tell you, however, that I knew that the siege of the Russian parliament in Moscow was going to go wrong - bad wrong. I knew it as soon as the Yeltsin people started blasting the miscreants inside the parliament building with thunderous rock and rap music. I don't know who first had the idea of trying to break the spirit of an encircled foe by playing loud, obnoxious music at him - I suspect it was a burned-out CIA psychologist whose adolescent son was organizing a rock band and rehearsing in the basement of his home - but it is truly, truly dumb.