April 8, 2002
A SATELLITE picture of Africa at night says it all: Most of the continent is dark, except for South Africa, which glitters like a diamond. Indeed, less than 8 percent of Africa's 722 million people have electricity. To Eskom, South Africa's state-owned electric utility, this presents a unique opportunity. In the eight years since the end of apartheid, it has built power installations in Tanzania, Namibia, Mauritius and Swaziland and is evaluating many more projects. Other South African companies are equally aggressive.
June 25, 2000
TWO MAJOR exit polls scheduled for Mexico's July 2 presidential election offer the best hope the count will be honest. There is no major violence so far to frighten voters into prolonging the status quo, as there was six years ago. There are allegations of coercion and vote-rigging, based on expectation as much as evidence. Two elections ago, in 1988, most Mexicans thought the left-winger Cuahtemoc Cardenas had won. But Carlos Salinas de Gortari of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)
February 17, 1997
Rebecca Carpenter, an English professor at Western Maryland College, has been named "the most promising young [Joseph] Conrad scholar" in the world.Carpenter, 29, received the Prize for Younger Conradians from the Joseph Conrad Society of America for her devotion to studying the work of the British author, who wrote "Heart of Darkness," "Lord Jim" and other novels."
November 9, 1993
TWO recent events, one unfortunate and one exciting, seemingly unrelated.But maybe not.For through the second, exciting event comes the potential for neutralizing the unfortunateness of the first, and also for correcting one of America's great mistakes.The first event was the regrettable success of the Toronto Blue Jays against the Philadelphia Phillies. And why did so many find this regrettable? Let's be honest. It isn't just that the Blue Jays are bland. Nor is it just that they play in a carpeted mausoleum.
April 28, 2002
The Long Recessional: The Imperial Life of Rudyard Kipling, by David Gilmour. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 368 pages. $26. Kipling the poet and Kipling the man with the scarring childhood occupy books elsewhere. David Gilmour is interested in Kipling the imperialist, the poet laureate of Empire, who turns out to be more complex than the blatting jingoist of popular repute. This does not mean that Rudyard Kipling turns out to have been a wooly lamb. He believed that Britain had a right -- and a duty -- to rule lesser peoples, and he was sure which peoples were lesser.
August 25, 2005
THE INCREASINGLY antagonistic rhetoric traded between the United States and Venezuela has not helped U.S. diplomacy in Latin America, and neither have attempts by the Bush administration to tar that country's president, Hugo Chavez, as a hot-headed, far-left dictator who is a threat to the region. The last thing the administration needs now is a narrow-minded, far-right religious zealot with ties to the White House speaking out of turn about U.S. policy in Venezuela. But that's what the administration has in the Rev. Pat Robertson, whose recent call for the U.S. to assassinate Mr. Chavez was intemperate and irresponsible at a time when the administration has to convince large parts of the world that the war against global terrorism is about democratic ideals and not religious beliefs.