November 2, 2012 |
BEIJING — Mao Zedong was arguably the father of Chinese feminism, with his famous observation that "women hold up half the sky. " But when Mao's Communist Party heirs take to the stage next week to unveil their new leadership lineup , there aren't likely to be many females — if any — among the country's new rulers. Only one woman, State Councilor Liu Yandong, has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the powerful Politburo Standing Committee, which effectively runs the country.
January 20, 2012 |
Everywhere, the Muslim Brotherhood is benefiting from a democratization it did not trigger. There is a political vacuum because the liberal vanguard that initiated the Arab Spring did not try, and did not want, to take power. This was a revolution without revolutionaries. Yet the Muslim Brothers are the only organized political force. They are rooted in society, and decades of opposition against authoritarian regimes gave them experience, legitimacy and respect. Their conservative agenda fits a...
June 9, 2012 |
Four years ago, as Mayor Adrian M. Fenty faced an increasingly disaffected electorate, a trio of D.C. Council members began positioning themselves for greater power. One would ride Fenty's troubles to become the city's next mayor. Another would rise to capture the council chairmanship. A third would assume more influence over the District's economic development projects with an eye on citywide office himself. Vincent C. Gray, Kwame R. Brown and Harry Thomas Jr. were viewed by their supporters as homegrown heirs...
November 7, 2012 |
This was another paradoxical election. An increasingly conservative Republican Party held onto the majority of seats in the House, while Democrats retained the White House and Senate, Wisconsin elected a gay senator, Maine and Maryland approved same-sex marriage, and Washington state and Colorado legalized marijuana. The Democratic governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper , said the will of the people has to be respected, but warned pot smokers not to celebrate: "Federal...
December 30, 2011
Virginia's nickname is "The Old Dominion," not the "Dominion State," as Michael Leahy wrote in reporting on Newt Gingrich's failure to get on the state's Republican primary ballot [" Gingrich faces long odds to compete in Va. primary ," Dec. 26, news story]. Since Virginia is not actually a "dominion" (it is confusing enough that the state is, in fact, a "commonwealth"), the key is the adjective "old," because the name is rooted in the 17th century. So is much of the state's political culture.
July 13, 2012 |
Vincent C. Gray's election as mayor in 2010 was the result in no small measure of his success in tapping a deep well of resentment in the black community over Adrian M. Fenty's perceived aloofness. Gray was helped along in this effort by Marion Barry. I wrote in this section at the time that if the template for black mayors who connect with black voters is Barry and Newark's Sharpe James, who have both served prison terms, then "Vincent Gray needs to hurry up and get himself locked up so he can keep it real, too. " I now regret...