| Jul 4, 2011
| 5:03 PM
I believe that due to American exceptionalism, the United States is on the verge of another dramatic period of economic growth. Our nation is far from perfect, but we learn from our mistakes, change dramatically and move on.
After three years of failed...
| Jul 17, 2011
Dr. Joseph Hittelman, a Los Angeles physician whose advocacy of reforms such as healthcare for the poor led to his persecution as a subversive during the McCarthy era, died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 100.
| May 28, 2012
| 8:03 AM
To purchase a copy of the book:
Woody Guthrie, American Radical
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Will Kaufman traces Guthrie's...
| Aug 6, 2011
Mo Lijun wears a cross around her neck and proudly proclaims, "I am Christian, now."
It's a new development for the 22-year-old from the Yunnan province of China. She is one of about 200 Chinese students working in Williamsburg for the summer, as part of...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 8:51 PM
Cuba's Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Maryland contractor Alan Gross to be released from a 15-year prison sentence for alleged spying.
The court claimed that Gross, of Potomac, who was arrested in December 2009 after distributing computer...
| Apr 3, 2011
Ever since the 1920s, Chinese film history has been grouped into large, monolithic blocks, as imposing as the Great Wall. There's the First Generation of silent-movie pioneers, the Fifth Generation of "post-Maoist humanists," the Sixth Generation that...
| Aug 13, 2011
| 3:30 PM
An exciting part of traveling abroad is getting your passport stamped. After a 20 hour journey to get to Kunming, I feel like I really earned that stamp. If only my Mandarin were better, I would have asked for two stamps.
The super long haul...
| Aug 18, 2011
| 4:03 PM
Twenty years ago, tens of thousands of Russians took to the streets of Moscow, just as Egyptians, Tunisians and Syrians have this year — rejecting the old order, demanding freedom and democracy. That August, the Russian democrats prevailed because...
| Oct 9, 2011
My father used to eat sardines, bones and all and packed in oil, out of a can, which appalled me as a little girl. When I was older, I saw perfectly civilized people eating whitebait, or English sardines, in pubs near the water, and consuming enticing...
| Oct 8, 2011
Albania's last communist leader
Ramiz Alia, 85, who was Albania's last communist president and is credited with opening to democracy one of the world's most isolationist political systems, died Friday of lung complications, an Albanian...
| Nov 5, 2011
| 5:00 AM
Up to 40 million Chinese people still live in caves. That's more than the populations of Texas and Illinois, combined. In fairness, a fraction of these caves are apparently pretty nice, complete with electricity and well-compacted dirt floors. But that'...