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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterASMARA, Eritrea — This struggling, low-profile nation is doing something virtually unheard of in Africa. It's turning down foreign aid. With a president who vows not to lead another "spoon-fed" African country "enslaved" by international donors,...
DENISE DRESSER, a professor at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, is a contributing editor to Opinion.WATCHING President Bush wax poetic about U.S. relations with its neighbor to the south, you can't help but feel deja vu all over again. We've heard this romantic tale before. It began when Bush declared at the beginning of his first term that he was...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersWith the Democratic presidential race about to enter another crucial phase of voting, Barack Obama has launched a newly aggressive strategy to undermine two pillars of support for rival Hillary Rodham Clinton: Latinos and working-class white voters. Each...
Retired Col. LAWRENCE WILKERSON served 31 years in the Army and was chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005. He is now a visiting professor at the College of William &WHEN I WAS ASSIGNED to the U.S. Pacific Command in the mid-1980s, we military officers would often discuss the ambassadors in our theater of operations — a huge area embracing more than 30 countries and most of the Pacific and Indian oceans. One...
Times Staff WriterThe prickly plants started in Catalina Sanchez's garden and now stretch across her neighbors' fields as far as the eye can see. They pop up on acre after acre as word gets around: This village of dirt floors and outdoor toilets expects to get rich...
Conservative candidate Felipe Calderon appeared close to victory today in Mexico's presidential election, but leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would not yet concede defeat. With 97.6% of polling stations reporting, Calderon led Lopez Obrador...
Tags: Mexico City, Politics, Democracy, Santiago (Chile), Voting
Times Architecture CriticLast in a series BEIJING -- The relationship between smog and architecture is not one that critics or scholars -- or architects themselves, for that matter -- have traditionally given much thought. But in the pollution-clogged Chinese capital, the link...
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Los Angeles Times Staff WritersA neighbor shaved Matsepang Nyoba's head with an antiquated razor. Blood beaded on her scalp. Tears trickled down her cheeks, but not because of the pain. She was in mourning, and this was a ritual. Two days earlier, her newborn baby girl had died in the...
Former Argentine President Raul Alfonsin, who was given credit for restoring democracy to his country after years of coups, dictators and "dirty war," died of lung cancer Tuesday at his home in Buenos Aires. He was 82. A human rights attorney before...
Tags: Death, Politics, Democracy, Crime, Law and Justice, Crimes
Sarah Palin left the national stage Wednesday, but the controversy over her role on the ticket flared as aides to John McCain disclosed new details about her expensive wardrobe purchases and revealed that a Republican Party lawyer would be dispatched to...
Today's question: Is it over for the Clintons? What about the Bushes? Click here to read Monday's exchange. Good news for America: Clinton-Bush is over Point: Megan McArdle I positively cringed when someone told me that Bill Clinton was already...
Today's question: Can future Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel keep Barack Obama on track, or was his selection the first sign of Obama's partisanship getting in the way of his effectiveness? All week, Scott Lilly and David Weigel discuss Obama's transition...
Tags: Politics, Barack Obama, Arlen Specter, Rahm Emanuel, Crimes
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