Once a dissident, always a dissident

International | Russia's Sharansky is fighting an old battle in a new land
by David Aikman
Posted 11/15/97, 12:00 am

Natan Sharansky stands barely five-foot-three. He never wears a tie, and his headware of choice is a green Israeli Army forage cap. It reminds him of the old days, when he was a refusenik in the Soviet Union fighting a constant guerrilla war against KGB apparatchiks wanting to intimidate Jews.

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UnVriendly precedent

International | High Court homosexuality case threatens religious freedom
Posted 11/15/97, 12:00 am

In 1991 Delwin Vriend wore a pink triangle lapel pin to work, a proud badge of his homosexuality. But the triangle was too much for the long-suffering administration at The King's University College, the small Christian Reformed liberal arts college in Edmonton, Alberta, where Mr. Vriend worked as a laboratory coordinator. When Mr. Vriend "came out," school administrators, who had known about his homosexuality for more than a year, felt they had to fire him. Mr. Vriend went to court, and on Nov. 4 and 5, his case was finally heard by Canada's Supreme Court.

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Yankee go home?

International | Despite the warm official welcome for Jiang, protesters treat the communist leader to street democracy, American-style
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/08/97, 12:00 am

Chinese President Jiang Zemin donned a three-cornered hat and strolled the streets of Williamsburg before moving on to other cradles of democracy. He made appearances in Washington, Philadelphia, and Boston. For Mr. Jiang, taking the part of a Yankee Doodle Dandy did not add up to a new commitment to liberty and justice for all. But that didn't stop President Clinton from concluding new agreements with Mr. Jiang in a policy the White House calls "constructive engagement."

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