Sun Journal

China poses a problem for next pope

April 17, 2005

BEIJING - Catholics who want to attend Mass in China's capital can visit the government-sanctioned South Cathedral without fear of harassment.

  • Military doctors assailed for role in detainee abuse

    January 6, 2005

    Military doctors "breached the laws of war" by helping intelligence officers carry out coercive and potentially torturous interrogations at detention facilities in Iraq and Cuba, according to a report today in a leading medical journal.

  • Some in FBI balked at CIA ties

    May 25, 2004

    WASHINGTON - When senior FBI officials announced plans in 2002 to participate with the CIA in terrorism-related interrogations abroad, some counterterrorism officials in the bureau balked, arguing vehemently against the idea.

  • Among Iraqis, myriad doubts

    May 19, 2004

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - It was the first of several attempts by the U.S. military to tell Iraqi journalists about the courts-martial scheduled to begin today, but the seminar did not go well.

  • Human rights group shifts focus

    May 18, 2004

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Officially, it is the Committee of War Rejecters, but its members prefer to call themselves the men with cut ears.

  • Plain talk from GOP senator

    May 11, 2004

    WASHINGTON -- Twenty years ago, a young military lawyer defending an Air Force pilot on a drug charge landed himself on 60 Minutes, exposing widespread flaws in the Air Force drug-testing system that led to an overhaul of the program.

  • U.S. abuse undermines treaties

    May 5, 2004

    WASHINGTON - As images of American soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners spread to television sets around the globe, human rights organizations are increasingly concerned that a century of building steady support for international treaties banning torture could be irreparably damaged.

  • Backing same-sex marriage

    March 8, 2004

    SAN FRANCISCO - Inside City Hall, in the Rotunda where thousands of gay couples have been married in joyous celebrations over the past three weeks, the mayor is referred to with reverence as "St. Gavin." Cards are slipped under his door, and thousands of flowers arrive at his office.

  • In a quandary over schools

    March 3, 2004

    OAKLAND, Calif. - Dan Siegel led anti-Vietnam War protests while student government president at Berkeley in the 1960s and was twice charged with inciting a riot after confrontations between students and police turned violent.

  • Whither wind for Wrights

    December 16, 2003

    One in a series of occasional articles

  • Key moments in sniper case

    November 13, 2003

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - "Ladies and gentlemen of the jury ... " In two Virginia courtrooms this morning, lawyers will speak directly to jurors as the trial of one sniper suspect begins and another ends.

  • Real, live courtroom drama

    November 5, 2003

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - It's the hottest ticket in town right now, a seat in the tiny courtroom where Washington-area sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad is fighting for his life.

  • Delivering a dressing-down

    August 25, 2003

    LOS ANGELES - Never mind the budget deficit and the energy crisis. In perhaps the most image-conscious state in the nation, Gray Davis' most serious offense may be that he has no discernible style. The eye grows weary of his endless parade of gray suits, his Mister Rogers hair, his turkey neck and his puffy eyes.

  • The 55 most-wanted Iraqis

    August 22, 2003

    The 55 most-wanted Iraqis and their status, according to U.S. Central Command. Thirty-seven are in custody, 15 remain at large, two have been confirmed killed and one has been reported killed.

  • Rosy future for flight's past

    July 18, 2003

    One in a series of occasional articles.

  • A look at new Iraqi leaders

    July 16, 2003

    Iraq's interim government, called the Governing Council, is made up of 25 people responsible for creating a new Iraq. Next week, they plan to begin appointing Cabinet members. Eventually, they will organize a commission to draft a constitution.

  • Hoping for a cure in kimchi

    June 20, 2003

    SEOUL, South Korea - It is just a variation on fermented cabbage, garlic and chile peppers, but Asians are scooping up record amounts of kimchi, hoping Korea's national dish is really a wonder drug.

  • 'New opportunity for peace'

    June 5, 2003

    The months and years ahead will tell whether the statements made yesterday in Aqaba, Jordan, were the beginnings of historic peace in the Middle East or diplomatic words surrounding yet another false start.

  • A journey into the shadows

    June 3, 2003

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - The guidebook describes pleasant evening strolls along the banks of the Tigris, where fishermen sell fish pulled from the river and roasted over open fires in "the atmosphere of an Arabian carnival."

  • A media explosion in Iraq

    June 2, 2003

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - On one street in the capital, a vendor shouts out news he would have been arrested for trumpeting just weeks ago: "Read all about Saddam's double!" A woman skids her car to a stop and asks for a copy of Assaah - a newspaper published in Iraq without government supervision.

  • His heavy Purple Heart

    May 15, 2003

    Soldier: Recovering at his parents' home in Montana, one of the first American casualties in Iraq lives with regret over not firing a shot during his brief seven minutes in combat. JEFFERSON CITY, Mont. - Sgt. Charles Horgan noticed immediately that real war happened without a soundtrack.

  • Looting a civilization's past

    May 2, 2003

    Contrary to popular belief, the looting of Iraqi antiquities did not begin when throngs raided the country's National Museum last month after U.S.-led forces took Baghdad.

  • All dressed up for warfare

    April 1, 2003

    CAMP PENNSYLVANIA, Kuwait - Empty, it weighs less than a bag of flour, just flat folds of canvas-like material in green, black and brown Army camouflage.

  • Can a draft promote peace?

    March 29, 2003

    Thirty years ago, when the United States was fighting the war in Vietnam, much of the peace movement revolved around the college campus. Then, anti-war protest was often associated with words like "counterculture" and "draft dodger."

  • The Web as al-Qaida's safety net

    March 28, 2003

    With the world focused on the war in Iraq, it is easy to forget about al-Qaida. But al-Qaida has not forgotten about the war.

  • To fool the eye of the enemy

    March 21, 2003

    U.S. troops in Iraq are as hard to spot as science and art can make them.

  • From a Kurd caught in the middle

    March 20, 2003

    PIRMAM, NORTHERN IRAQ - I am not a reporter or a writer. But I am writing for those who want to listen to a story from inside Iraq.

  • How salt clears and ruins roads

    February 18, 2003

    It is one of the most abundant substances on Earth, was once used as currency and costs politicians their jobs if there isn't enough.

  • Lessons in risk and reality

    February 4, 2003

    On Feb. 11, 1986, as the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident was plowing through testimony on that January's shuttle disaster, a commission member asked for a glass of ice water.

  • In their words

    February 3, 2003

    They were hometown heroes, much-loved sons, daughters, husbands and wives. They lived lives on earth and among the stars. They talked about the mundane and the magnificent, and people wanted to to hear what they had to say.

  • Inspectors' remarks on Iraq

    January 28, 2003

    NEW YORK - Hans Blix, executive chairman of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, reported to the United Nations Security Council yesterday on the progress of weapons inspections in Iraq.

  • Sniper-case defense's ordeal

    December 6, 2002

    FAIRFAX CITY, Va. - The lawyer steps up to a bouquet of microphones, runs his fingers through his hair, surveys the cameras and looks exasperated.

  • Tracking down Iraq's arms

    September 30, 2002

    Are you smart enough to operate a high-tech laser but willing to do the work of a warehouse stock boy? Able to spot a buried Scud hidden in a grainy satellite shot? Unfazed by whizzing bullets or wilting 120-degree desert heat? If so, then you have what it takes to be a United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq.

  • Britain's case against Iraq

    September 25, 2002

    The British government published a 50-page paper yesterday, prepared by its intelligence agencies, setting out its case for taking action against Iraq.

  • Shedding some light on anthrax

    October 13, 2001

    Anthrax has been identified as a disease in animals and humans for centuries, and its use as a biological weapon has been studied for 80 years. Still, most people know little about it.

  • Outgunned Taliban still a threat

    October 3, 2001

    LONDON - There is hardly anything conventional about the soldiers, weapons and tactics of the Taliban. In this supersonic age, they move largely on foot; they have fighter-bombers, but most of them don't work; their favorite strategy combines unflinching repression with fierce moral certitude.

  • A tragic fluke or epic battle?

    October 2, 2001

    By Scott Shane

  • Veteran warns of Afghan fight

    September 21, 2001

    MOSCOW - Dmitri Popov was standing guard over a Soviet Army camp in the cold, rugged mountains of northeast Afghanistan one night when he spotted a boy with a metal rod approaching.

  • Arab newspapers view attacks

    September 20, 2001

    Newspapers in the Arab world have given unprecedented coverage to the death and destruction in New York and Washington, with most devoting more than two-thirds of their publications to articles and debate about the attacks.

  • Fanatical, yes, but not insane

    September 19, 2001

    Terrorists who kill themselves for their cause are murderous and often misguided - but almost never crazy.

  • A graveyard for many armies

    September 18, 2001

    The mighty British Empire tried to conquer the impudent goat herders of Afghanistan three times in the 19th century. They lost thousands of soldiers and suffered three humiliating defeats.

  • Muddled views of martyrdom

    September 14, 2001

    What would possess a man to strap explosives onto his body, turning himself into a walking bomb? Or to steer a commercial aircraft filled with passengers into a building, causing untold death and destruction?

  • U.S. mired again in gray area

    September 13, 2001

    It is a war, and yet it is not. Who, after all, is the enemy? Where is his capital? For the families of Americans who have died, what would be a satisfying resolution?

  • Loved, hated, center's profile was towering

    September 12, 2001

    At 10:29 a.m. yesterday, Manhattan's skyline effectively collapsed back in time 30 years. The twin towers of the World Trade Center, the dominant symbol of New York, if not world capitalism itself, were somehow simply gone.