August 12, 1995
I asked the Indonesian diplomat if she thought her country was becoming more democratic.''But we are democratic,'' she rejoined, evidently startled that I didn't know.Well, but, for example, 100 seats in the 500-seat legislature are reserved to the army.Yes, said the diplomat; that is to keep the army out of politics while insuring that its interests are represented. Guided democracy.Suharto, the ex-general who came to power in a blood bath 30 years ago, has been elected to six consecutive presidential terms by an electoral council, most of whose members he appoints.
January 14, 2010
TODAY WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? The 2008 Center Stage production of Edward Albee's biting, darkly witty classic might have raised your interest in the 1966 film version starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. So if you haven't rented it from Netflix yet, the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St., screens Mike Nichols' film as this week's revival at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call 410-727-3456 or go to thecharles.com. FISHING EXPO AND BOAT SHOW: It might be cold outside, but it's never too soon to resume daydreaming about goin' fishin'.