| Jan 12, 2008
Carl Karcher, who parlayed a single hot dog pushcart into a chain of more than 1,000 fast-food restaurants bearing his name, died Friday. He was 90.
The affable, burly entrepreneur, known to millions as the jovial television pitchman for the Carl's Jr....
| May 6, 2009
| 8:09 PM
Retired Gen. Valentin Varennikov, who directed the Soviet war in Afghanistan and joined the rebellion against Mikhail Gorbachev that sped the collapse of the Soviet Union, has died in Moscow. He was 85.
Varennikov, a hawkish World War II veteran, died...
| Jun 1, 2009
Official tried to oust Gorbachev
Oleg Shenin, 71, a Soviet Communist Party official who played an active part in an abortive attempt to overthrow Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991, died Thursday in Moscow, the Russian Communist Party said. No...
| Dec 17, 2009
Yegor Gaidar, a Russian economist thrust by the Soviet collapse into the thankless task of molding a plausible free market from the wreckage of communism, died at his home early Wednesday. He was 53.
The economist died unexpectedly of a blood clot...
| Nov 5, 2008
If you believed half the snarky descriptions the British press has slung at Cherie Blair, you'd have expected her to arrive in Southern California astride a broomstick, accompanied by flying monkeys.
Happily for the wife of Britain's former prime...
| Oct 8, 2006
A prominent Russian journalist known for reporting of human rights abuses in war-torn Chechnya was shot and killed Saturday in her apartment building in what colleagues and authorities described as an apparent assassination.
Anna Politkovskaya, 48, was...
| Aug 28, 2008
Today's question: How far east should NATO expand? Should the United States concede Russian dominance over the Caucasus in exchange for admitting, say, Ukraine into NATO? Previously, Moynihan and Meier discussed Russia’s membership in G-8 and...
| Nov 20, 2008
When President Obama looks into the eyes of foreign leaders in the months ahead, he should search out their interests, not the depths of their souls.
President Bush found himself basing foreign policy too much on personal relationships rather than on the...
| Sep 2, 2007
On Aug. 17, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin announced that a dozen missile-carrying strategic bombers, accompanied by support and tanker planes, will be permanently airborne. Their mission: to protect Russian territory. From whom?
Putin didn't name...
| Apr 17, 2007
One year ago this month I found myself in the unusual position of hosting lunch for Mikhail Gorbachev. It was a work meeting at the L.A. Times, not some kind of rubber-chicken tribute (the former Soviet president was in town to talk up his Green Cross...
| Apr 22, 2009
Today's topic: Was President Obama right or naive to call for a world without any nuclear weapons? Andrew Grotto and Gabriel Schoenfeld debate the future of U.S. policy on nuclear proliferation.
The world is waiting on the U.S. Point: Andrew Grotto...
| Jan 22, 2009
The inclination with any new president is to define him by those who came before. So we graft Barack Obama's head atop the black-and-white, cigarette-puffing image of Franklin Roosevelt (as Time did), or we dress him up as George Washington (as the New...