| Jan 28, 2009
FOR THE RECORD:
Letters: A Jan. 28 letter about "smart power" was published with a misspelled signature, Martin Laudal. The letter was written by Martin Maudal. —
Re “ Obama sets...
| May 1, 2011
In his cogent, nuanced account of the 1949 prosecution of American communists under the Smith Act, former Los Angeles Times staff writer Scott Martelle sees this case fitting into a troubling pattern. From the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 to the...
| Jun 4, 2011
Indigo is something of a mystery. It sits between the more familiar purple and blue of rainbows. And it's the elusive center of Catherine E. McKinley's "Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World" which like its eponymous shade, falls somewhere...
| May 18, 2008
Fiji is one of those island daydreams you can't believe still exists.
The ocean is warm, turquoise, clean, and little in it stings or bites. The people are exuberantly welcoming, the drinking water is filtered. The food is safe and, in the upscale...
| May 24, 2009
What Everyone Needs to Know
Julia E. Sweig
Oxford University Press: 304 pp., $16.95 paper
Despite decades of heated rhetoric from Washington and Miami, most of the time Americans don't give a lot of thought to Cuba. Then, once or twice a decade,...
| Apr 13, 2009
Thai troops in full combat gear cracked down against anti-government protesters early today, using gunfire and tear gas to disperse a crowd blocking Bangkok's busiest intersection.
The demonstrators, wearing red shirts, returned fire with their own...
| Apr 26, 2009
The reading list for my college core course at UC Santa Cruz in the early 1970s included a book by a young Uruguayan author, Eduardo Galeano, called "Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent." The book, which excoriated...
| Jan 20, 2010
Garry Wills is a formidable Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, one of America's leading public intellectuals and, over the last 50 years, our most important lay Catholic thinker and writer.
In his 28th book, "Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the...
| Jul 5, 2009
What happens when a government announces that it is withdrawing in protest from an international organization -- which doesn't recognize the government in the first place?
Are they in or out?
That is just one of the quandaries facing Honduras these...
| Jul 14, 2009
De facto, interim or congressionally installed -- no matter the qualifier -- Roberto Micheletti is not the president of Honduras. Manuel Zelaya is, and like him or not, the man who was ousted in a military-civilian coup on June 28 should be returned to...
| Aug 1, 2009
Corazon C. Aquino, the unassuming housewife who toppled a dictator and restored democracy to the Philippines as its 11th president, has died. She was 76.
Sen. Benigno Aquino III said his mother died of heart failure at 3:18 a.m. Saturday, Manila time...