On Jan. 27 Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) announced that Citgo, a U.S. subsidiary of the publicly-owned Venezuelan national oil company PDVSA, was going to begin shipping 5 million gallons of discounted heating oil here as part of a plan to provide assistance to 25,000 low-income families throughout the city.
An African proverb reminds us, “Until the lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.” I reflected on variations of this sentiment as I made my way home teary-eyed after seeing “Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death” recently in New York.
An impressive wave of militant, popular resistance to an anticommunist resolution presented before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe blocked its passage when it came up for a vote Jan. 25.
After 13 years of center-right rule, angry voters on Jan. 23 penalized the incumbent Liberal Party of Paul Martin by electing a Conservative Party minority government headed by Stephen Harper.
A candlelight vigil was held here the evening of Jan. 26, hours before the first International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, established at the UN’s September World Summit.
Beginning Jan. 16, an electronic billboard high on the side of the U.S. Interests Section building in Havana has been streaming words from Abraham Lincoln, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and European anti-Soviet dissidents like Vaclav Havel, all in 5-foot-high crimson letters. Their purpose is to slander Cuba’s democracy and to discredit its revolution.
I was drawn to Korea by personal ties. My father duly reported to Hamilton Air Field for induction to fight in the Korean War, but my birth gave him the fourth dependent necessary to decline service. As a young leftist, my intellectual mentor was a brilliant Korean émigré, Harry Chang.