By Bernard D. Kaplan and Bernard D. Kaplan,Hearst News Service | September 8, 1994
PARIS -- All of France is intrigued by why President Francois Mitterrand cooperated in the writing of a new book that describes how he faithfully served the wartime Vichy government and remained friendly afterward with some of that pro-Nazi regime's most unsavory characters.The book, "A French Youth," lifts the veil on Mr. Mitterrand's World War II years. It details his role as a Vichy official so devoted to its chief, Marshal Philippe Petain, that he was awarded a high decoration attesting to his loyalty.
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
First, Anne Arundel County Council candidate Michael Peroutka talks about the need to destroy the "current regime," secede and establish a government based on the Bible.  Then he asks the crowd to stand for the National Anthem. But Peroutka does not sing "The Star-Spangled Banner. " He plucks the guitar and sings:  "Oh I wish I was in the land of cotton Old times there are not forgotten Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land" Is that.... Yup, Peroutka's National Anthem is "Dixie.
By George F. Will | September 27, 2001
WASHINGTON - There is a tension between President Bush's properly ambitious war aims, which he has stated with minimal ambiguity, and the process he has set in motion to achieve those aims. This tension, which can quickly breed incoherence, then paralysis, arises from the importance placed simultaneously on national self-defense and building a multinational coalition to assist that. Coalitions can become ends in themselves, particularly if the goal is constant and publicly expressed consensus from a "broad-based" coalition.
By Jonah Goldberg | May 19, 2014
Here's a question. If -- and this is a big if -- the United States could dispatch a swarm of heretofore secret super-drones to find and kill every member of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, would you be in favor of doing it? I'll even modify it for those of you who are squeamish about killing terrorists who slaughter men, women and children with abandon. What if the drones could simply paralyze the terrorists long enough for the U.S., or the Nigerians or some duly authorized force of U.N.-sanctioned "good guys," to apprehend them?
By Colin McMahon | December 11, 2006
Former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet, whose military regime killed thousands of political opponents in one of Latin America's bloodiest "dirty wars," died yesterday, weakened by ill health, pursued by government prosecutors and abandoned by all but his most loyal defenders. He was 91. Shorn of his swagger and absent the menacing look he would flash from behind dark glasses, Pinochet at his death was a mere ghost of the emblematic military strongman who played a critical role in the Americas of the 1970s and 1980s.
By Michael Slackman and Michael Slackman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 17, 2003
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Not too long ago, members of the black-uniformed Fedayeen Saddam militias were patrolling the streets of this city, searching for draft dodgers and shooting at U.S. Marines. Dana Jaf was among them. He is 21, a short, sturdy Kurd with slicked-down black hair and a bearing of youthful pride. But these days he shifts his glance anxiously, peers over his shoulder and quietly insists that the regime forced him into the militia. "I was not relieved to join them, not my family or myself," he said as he walked the streets of his neighborhood Tuesday, fearful that someone might overhear his conversation.
By Scott Shane and Scott Shane,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2003
Three days before the first missiles were loosed on Baghdad, Vice President Dick Cheney repeated an article of faith behind the Bush administration's plan for war against Iraq. "Now, I think things have gotten so bad inside Iraq, from the standpoint of the Iraqi people, my belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators," Cheney said. But the first week of fighting has cast a shadow over such sanguine forecasts. Even in southern Iraq, where the Shiite majority is especially hostile to the regime of Saddam Hussein, American and British troops have faced fierce resistance.
By Todd Richissin and Todd Richissin,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | June 30, 2004
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's interim prime minister, Iyad Allawi, marked the first full day of the country's return to sovereignty yesterday by announcing that Iraq would take legal custody of Saddam Hussein today. Hussein, 67, is to face charges in an Iraqi court tomorrow, but his trial is not expected to begin for months. Eleven other members of his regime also will face warrants before Iraq's special war crimes tribunal. "I know I speak for my fellow countrymen when I say I look forward to the day former regime leaders face justice," Allawi said.
By Nicholas Goldberg and Nicholas Goldberg,NEWSDAY | June 10, 1997
TEHRAN, Iran -- On March 29, a little more than a month after he disappeared, Ibrahim Zalzadeh's body turned up at the morgue in the city coroner's office.In another country, his family might have assumed that the 49-year-old magazine publisher had been the victim of a car accident or some other relatively innocent tragedy. But in Iran, thoughts tend toward the more sinister.Indeed, a few days later, when friends of the family finally saw the body and reported that Zalzadeh had been stabbed three or four times in the chest, the family's suspicions deepened.
By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | March 3, 1996
MIAMI -- After Fidel Castro's MiGs shot down two unarmed Cuban-American planes last Saturday, Maria Cristina Herrera felt a double blow."Cuban lives have been lost," she says. But also lost was the chance "of some kind of resolution in a peaceful way" of America's three-and-a-half-decade Cold War with Cuba.The incident has hardened attitudes among Miami's Cuban-Americans and in Congress, stalling or setting back a process of easing tension between the United States and Cuba and muting those voices calling for an end to the embargo of the island.
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
When Emily Parker started writing columns about China and the Internet for the Wall Street Journal in 2004, she was skeptical that fledgling social media sites could make much of an impact. "I wasn't convinced that the Internet was going to be transformative," she said during a recent interview. (An edited transcript of that conversation appears below.) "I thought, 'OK, a little information will get past the censors. But, is that really going to change China?' " Over the next decade, Parker slowly became a believer, as canny Chinese "netizens" publicized information that the government wanted suppressed.
November 8, 2013
The recent discovery in Munich of what are reported to be more than 1,500 major artworks confiscated or banned by the Nazis is a reminder of how totalitarian regimes tend to view art as so dangerous a potential adversary as any enemy army. In the case of the Nazis, that view was entirely in keeping with the central irony of the Third Reich's benighted rule, which claimed to be saving European civilization at the very moment it was destroying it. Today, the same irrational hatred and fear of art can be found among the jihadists of the Taliban, al-Qaida and other Islamist extremists, along with the same consequences for their societies.
Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley on Wednesday questioned U.S. military intervention in Syria, saying that although he has closely followed the discussion in Washington this week, it is still unclear to him exactly what the strike would accomplish.  O'Malley, who is considering a bid for president in 2016, said he has discussed the possibility of a strike with Maryland Democratic Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and John P. Sarbanes, who appeared alongside the...
By Jay Bernstein | June 20, 2013
At a time when the election of a new, allegedly "moderate" president of Iran has created much excitement and raised many expectations, a more sober assessment of the nature of the Iranian regime is found in the annual report on terrorism issued by the State Department last month. As described in the report, terrorist activity in Iran "has reached a tempo unseen since the 1990s, with attacks plotted in Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa. " Iran provides financial, material and logistical support to the Taliban, Iraqi Shiite militant groups and Hezbollah, all of which have killed American soldiers, as well as to Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups that routinely target Israeli civilians.
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
Maryland's casinos will be allowed to open 24 hours a day under new regulations approved Thursday by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission that also relaxed limits on ATMs and lending to gamblers in the facilities. With the advent of full-scale casino gambling in Maryland after voters approved table games in the November election, the commission is updating the regulatory regime and relaxing some restrictions. The changes also added new rules, including some governing junkets that casinos provide to high-rolling gamblers.
July 19, 2012
Today's decision by Russia and China to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution to impose sanctions on the brutal regime in Syria is, at most, a hollow victory for President Bashar Assad. Russian officials say they opposed the measure for fear that it would lead to regime change, possibly with the assistance of western military forces, as in Libya. But given the events on the ground this week in Syria, the veto appears likely only to ensure that regime change comes through blood and chaos, not diplomacy.
May 27, 2001
HOSNI Mubarak's authoritarian regime in Egypt is a necessary but embarrassing U.S. aid client and partner in the quest for Middle East peace. The latest curtailment of domestic freedom was the kangaroo trial and seven-year sentence of a civic activist and scholar, Saadeddin Ibrahim, for monitoring elections, championing free speech and exposing discrimination against Coptic Christians. Sentences against 20 other employees of his Ibn Khaldoun Center for Social Development Studies show how adamant the regime was to silence the sociology professor at American University in Cairo, who has U.S. citizenship.
By Rasul Bakhsh Rais and Rasul Bakhsh Rais,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 28, 2001
ISLAMABAD -- Mired deep in domestic and regional troubles, Pakistan confronted agonizing and difficult choices between siding with the United States in its war against international terrorism and the Taliban regime next door that it had supported for years. Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's military ruler, did not hesitate in telling President George W. Bush he stood with America. The decision opened up some opportunities for Musharraf and his the country, but it has also invited lots of risks and dangers to the stability of the country and his regime.
June 13, 2012
Reports that Russia is supplying Syrian President Bashar Assad with attack helicopters for use against rebel fighters and civilian protesters mark an ominous new phase in the country's descent into chaos and civil war. Mr. Assad's escalation from tanks and heavy artillery to aerial assaults threatens to spark a new arms race between the government and its opponents that can only lead to more bloodshed and suffering as long as he remains in power....
March 7, 2012
The drumbeat for war only helps Iran by driving up oil prices, undermining the effect of sanctions on its economy and stifling domestic opponents of the regime. President Barack Obama conveyed that message clearly and emphatically to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee over the weekend. He repeated it to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the two met at the White House on Monday. And he aimed it at his prospective Republican rivals Tuesday when he reminded them of what happened the last time we let the politics of warmongering get ahead of diplomacy.
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