July 14, 2016
Goran Hadzic, 58, the former leader of rebel Serbs in Croatia, died Tuesday at the hospital in Novi Sad in northern Serbia. He was suffering from brain cancer. Hadzic was arrested in 2011 and faced war-crimes charges for his leadership of a campaign to carve off one-third of Croatia and join it to Serbia. The U.N. war-crimes tribunal in the Hague dropped the case against him because of his terminal illness and released him from jail last year. Hadzic had pleaded not guilty to involvement in the murder of hundreds of Croats and expulsion of tens of thousands more from their homeland during Croatia's 1991-95 war when ethnic Serbs rebelled against independence from the Serb-led Yugoslavia.
July 1, 2016 |
REBELLION FOR rebellion's sake is as common among those in sports as it is in everyday life. Allen Iverson, Jim McMahon, Charles Barkley and so many others undoubtedly were independent thinkers, but mostly as it pertained to themselves. Others, though, such as Branch Rickey, Muhammad Ali and Don Haskins, have grated the grain of their particular sport in the name of fairness or social justice, forging a closer kinship to Washington, Jefferson and Franklin and the others who have turned every July 4 into an annual celebration of higher principles - even as we still struggle among ourselves, some 240 years later, to clarify them.
February 14, 2016
The politically minded Brooklyn rapper Kweli teams up with the Soul Rebels, one of the most musically adventurous of young New Orleans brass bands. A socially conscious party should ensue. Wednesday at the Theatre of Living Arts.
August 27, 2015 |
No Escape isn't going to get people singing "We Are the World" again. Nor will it do much for relations between Southeast Asia and the West, or to spur tourism to places like Cambodia and Laos. A taut thriller about an American family touching down in an unnamed country just as a violent coup erupts, No Escape goes about its gut-churning business by playing (and preying) on our worst xenophobic tendencies. Those weird, squirmy creatures in the open-air markets. The smell of what-is-that-exactly wafting from makeshift barbecues.
July 4, 2015 |
He's widely considered by critics as one of the top directors in the world, but Taiwan-based Malaysian Chinese auteur Tsai Ming-liang's works are hardly rarefied creations. And while he's something of a minimalist, his movies do not have the antiseptic, static, arid feel of so many films classed under that banner. Films such as Vive L'Amour (1994), The River (1997), and his most recent entry, the 2013 masterpiece Stray Dogs are lively, urban parables that burrow into the nitty-gritty of life in modern Taipei.
May 22, 2015 |
Exposing a funny liar Beware fame, for it brings out the haters. So it is for poor Rebel Wilson, the super-funnywoman whose picture Pitch Perfect 2 earned about a gazillion dollars in its opening week. According to Women's Wear Daily , when it comes to sharing facts about her life, Wilson has woven a tissue of lies and a fabric of fibs. She's 35 years old, for one, not 29, as she's claimed. (Or even as old 36, as a schoolmate from Sydney, Australia, tells the mag.) Rebel has told reporters her name is real - it was given to her by her kooky parents.
June 25, 2014 |
Robert Gordon has always been a rebel. And not just because the Maryland-born singer's chosen vehicle - rockabilly, raw roots music, raging rock-and-roll - is the standard-bearing sound of insurgence. Gordon's rebellion - from his 1977 debut Robert Gordon With Link Wray to his new I'm Coming Home - comes from the effortless defiance in the music itself. It's not the kind of faux retro-vibe of iconic '50s sounds that you associate with lesser musicians who tackle the roots groove, hard country, and rockabilly of Johnny Horton, Buck Owens, and Little Richard.
May 10, 2014 |
Even after spending most of his life in a refugee camp, Frank Mulbah says he wants to go home. Not to the Liberia he fled as a child. But the one he sees in his imagination. Mulbah's vision is of a flourishing West African nation transformed from its civil-war past. Now a U.S. citizen, Mulbah, 28, will graduate from Cheyney University on Saturday. The political science major - who didn't set foot inside a school until he was 15 - will walk down the aisle to receive his bachelor's degree and toward an eventual future in Africa.
November 22, 2013 |
Two Syrian rebel commanders whom I interviewed a year ago have been in the news this month, and their stories are important. Abdul Kader Saleh, one of the most charismatic Syrian rebel leaders, was killed by a regime air strike in northern Syria last weekend. Saleh commanded the al-Tawheed Brigade, the most important rebel force in the crucial Aleppo region, with 10,000 fighters. His death came amid a wave of rebel setbacks, as regime forces advance on Aleppo. Then there is Col. Abdul Jabbar Akaidi, another key Aleppo commander, and a defector from the Syrian army, through whom U.S. officials had distributed much of the limited, nonlethal aid they provided to Syrian rebels in the north.
October 17, 2013
THE LAWLESS rebels that have disrupted governments in Rwanda, Libya and Syria, to name just a few, are not much different from the lawless rebels who have not only disrupted the U.S. government, but may do far worse. In fact, the tea party conservatives that helped shut down the government earlier this month may be more dangerous, because they could cause trauma around the world if the United States is unable to borrow and starts defaulting on its loans; that could happen tomorrow if agreement is not found on a new debt ceiling.