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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | June 6, 1991
Kipling's drear epitaph for the failed 19th century dream of a white empire in a non-white world observed mordantly: "A fool lies here who tried to hustle the East."But the white man's burden crushed both ways, as a later ironist, the British novelist Joyce Cary, understood. His "Mister Johnson" is a tragedy about a fool who tried to hustle the West.As adapted into a film by two still-later ironists, screenwriter (and novelist) William Boyd and director Bruce Beresford, the story still carries considerable bite; it's an accumulation of dry, bitter ironies about the rulers, the ruled and those in between, set in the West Africa of the '20s.
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December 3, 2013
Legendary Baltimore radio talk show host Ron Smith referred to our politicians as “public rulers.”  He refused to use their preferred term “public servants” because they rarely if ever act as servants, and if they did, it was most certainly not in the public's interests.  Smith was keenly aware that our politicians, national, state and local were a ruling class that invariably thinks they know better than the public they ostensibly serve....
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July 23, 1999
WHAT the aged Communist rulers of China should worry about is the downgrading of their government's credit rating by Standard & Poor's, a nonpolitical judgment that the Asian recession has caught up with it.What does give those rulers the most anxiety appears, however, to be a movement called Falun Gong, or Wheel of Law, which keeps doing its thing despite every effort of Beijing. Its thing is breathing, exercise and meditation. Millions are doing it, many in unison, in China and throughout the world.
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January 19, 2013
Among the key disclosures during the on-going gun control debate is the amazing lack of historical knowledge of the Constitution ("Obama pledges fight for gun laws," Jan. 17). When apparently well-educated political leaders such as Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York argue that constitutional gun rights were to protect hunting and Rep. John Lewis of Georgia states that they were conceived to defend against foreign invasion, it reveals some serious gaps in American education. Founding fathers as politically diverse as Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson stated clearly that armed self-defense under the Second Amendment was to warn corruptible rulers of their limits.
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October 16, 1996
THE PROMISE of unifying Afghanistan and ending its wars, made by the Taliban militia sweeping the country, has not been fulfilled. Instead, these newest rulers, having conquered the capital of Kabul, fit an age-old Afghani pattern of the center opposed by the provinces, the majority fought by minorities, authority undermined by tribalism. It is the same problem faced by the preceding Islamic rulers, Communists and kings.The Taliban spring from the Pashtun ethnic group, the dominant minority that spawned the previous ruling groups, and from the Sunni strand of Islam, the religious majority.
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February 2, 1998
THE NEW GOVERNMENT of Iran seeks looser rules for its citizens, more trade and better relations with most of the world. Notably that includes Iraq, with which Iran fought a horrible war throughout the 1980s and whose foreign minister it has recently entertained. Logically, this should also extend to the United States.But don't look for close and friendly relations soon. President Mohammad Khatami, the leading moderate, spoke warmly of the American people and called for cultural exchanges.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | November 11, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Nigeria acquired the status of international pariah yesterday after its military rulers hanged nine minority-rights activists in defiance of clemency appeals from the United States and many other countries.Playwright Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight members of his Movement for the Survival of Ogoni Peoples were hanged in Port Harcourt prison in the Nigerian capital, Lagos, about noon yesterday, according the official News Agency of Nigeria.The executions came just two days after the nine activists were formally sentenced to death in procedures that allowed no appeals.
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March 3, 2001
THE TALIBAN rulers of Afghanistan, on retaking Bamiyan province from rebels, rounded up 500 men and boys from the town of Yakaolang and shot them dead. The world barely noticed. Some 2 million Afghani refugees live in camps in Pakistan, more inside Afghanistan. About 600,000 were uprooted by drought, conflict and crop destruction in recent months. Pope John Paul II and the United Nations called on the international community to provide more aid. Few heard. But when Mullah Mohammed Omar, head of the Taliban, ordered destruction of two giant Buddhas carved into a cliffside in Bamiyan more than 1,500 years ago, and then of all statues, the world was shocked.
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By Larry Kaplow and Larry Kaplow,COX NEWS SERVICE | September 29, 2001
AMMAN, Jordan - A local satire troupe draws laughter from elite dinner-theater crowds with daring parodies of Jordan's corrupt politicians. They say "no" to their own people, the comedians say of Jordan's government functionaries, but only know how to say "OK" to America. Away from the capital's nightlife, people such as Abdullah Rialat share the sentiment. In the city of Salt, a half-hour drive from Amman, Rialat's son was held without charges by Jordanian security forces for almost three months last year on suspicion that he was a terrorist.
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By DAN BERGER | October 28, 1991
George is against Congress being "a privileged class of rulers who stand above the law." That's executive privilege.If Justice Thomas wants the controversy over with, why does the president keep whipping it up again?
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December 13, 2012
Under its new ruler, Kim Jong Un, North Korea has reverted to its old tactics of provocation and aggression with the launch this week of a long-range missile it claims was intended to put the country's first satellite into orbit. It's unclear whether the satellite made it into orbit, but that really isn't the point. The U.S. and its allies fear the country's space program is just an excuse to develop technology that can be used to build nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles, and Wednesday's launch showed the North Koreans are making progress toward that goal.
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Sports Digest | May 7, 2012
Pimlico Race Course Ruler On Ice, J W Blue among field of 7 in Tesio Stakes Seven promising 3-year-olds with possible Preakness dreams will duel in today's $75,000 Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico Race Course . Ruler On Ice and J W Blue are the one-two program selections in the 11/16-mile race. Ruler On Ice is a front-runner, and J W Blue has started off slowly in his past four races. Ruler On Ice (2-1) reaches Baltimore after starts at Aqueduct, Parx Racing and Sunland Park this year, including an allowance victory and a closing third in the Sunland Derby (Grade III)
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 11, 2011
A wild and unpredictable Triple Crown season came to an appropriately stunning conclusion Saturday as 24-1 long shot Ruler On Ice won the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes. Ruler On Ice, a gelding who didn't run in either the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness and was wearing blinkers for the first time, sat just off the lead for most of the race, and then jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. let him surge to the lead with 1/4 of a mile to go. The temperamental but talented colt ran hard to the wire, holding off Stay Thirsty (second)
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By RON SMITH | October 8, 2008
The American people spoke last week, and their rulers ignored them. That's nothing new, I know, but the passage of the bill to rescue Wall Street and other corporate interests from being grievously injured by what they themselves created in a frenzy of runaway greed is the most egregious, morally repugnant piece of legislation to be signed into law since - well, since when? I can't think of anything more ghastly in not only what it does but also what it implies about the future of this nation of ours.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun reporter | May 2, 2008
Who will speak for the pharaoh Akhenaten, the builder of temples and cities who reigned over ancient Egypt 2,400 years ago? Who will explain his oddly shaped head, sunken eyes, pendulous breasts and a belly that made him look pregnant? That would be Irwin M. Braverman. The Yale medical school dermatology professor will address a University of Maryland medical school conference today on the genetic disorders that might have determined Akhaenaten's strange appearance. He has spent months pouring over images of Akhenaten and come up with a theory about the teenage pharaoh's peculiarities.
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By Richard C. Paddock and Paul Watson and Richard C. Paddock and Paul Watson,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 28, 2008
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Former President Suharto, an army general who rose to power in Indonesia with the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of people and ruled for 32 years during an era of rapid economic growth and extraordinary graft, died yesterday in Indonesia. He was 86. Suharto's unyielding opposition to communism won him the backing of the United States during the height of the Cold War, although he was one of the most brutal and corrupt rulers of that era. He governed the world's fourth-most-populous nation with a combination of paternalism and ruthlessness from 1965 until he was ousted in spring 1998.
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By DAN BERGER | October 13, 1992
Bill Clinton looks like a liberal Dan Quayle.If Ross Perot is so hot at solving problems, he ought to run for mayor of Baltimore.China's rulers have opted for both economic choice and political conformity, one of which will last.
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By DAN BERGER | March 12, 1997
China's Communist rulers were only probing to see if American democracy was really as corrupt as they had always said.The FBI and White House sound like characters in an Oliver Stone movie about their relationship.The gangsta-rap community is doing the work of its most extreme critics.Sir Paul McCartney? That will never sell.Pub Date: 3/12/97
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By Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger | December 15, 2007
Dennis Smith of Nottingham says he's noticed 6- and 8-foot wave heights listed below for Ocean City and Assateague. He's spent many summers body-surfing out there and says, "The chance of seeing waves that size is almost non-existent. ... What's up?" Our data providers can't afford to post spotters on the beach with rulers and cell phones, so they use an offshore data buoy 26 nautical miles southeast of Cape May (Buoy 44009 at www.ndbc.noaa.gov). It's rougher out there.
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