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Don't Trust Putin on Syria
By ANDREW FOXALL
Russia's real aim is not to beat ISIS, but to prop up its puppet, Bashar al-Assad.
Metro Areas With the Largest,
|Salt Lake City||4.7%|
|San Jose, Calif.||3.2%|
A new analysis of Gallup survey data offers the most detailed estimates yet about where people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender live.
The Gallup analysis finds the largest concentrations in the West — and not just in the expected places like San Francisco and Portland, Ore. Among the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas, Denver and Salt Lake City are also in the top 10. How could Salt Lake be there, given its well-known social conservatism? It seems to be a kind of regional capital of gay life, attracting people from other parts of Utah and the Mormon West.
On the other hand, some of the East Coast places with famous gay neighborhoods, including in New York, Miami and Washington, have a smaller percentage of their population who identify as gay — roughly average for a big metropolitan area. The least gay urban areas are in the Midwest and South.
To the Editor:
Re “Netanyahu Soundly Defeats Chief Rival” (front page, March 18):
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory will keep an extreme right-wing government in power in Israel. Having crushed the hopes for an open-minded, enlightened, peace-inclined alternative to his government, days of darkness lie ahead, as promised by his rejectionist and fear-inducing expressions during the campaign.
The small, fanatical settlements beyond the security fence not only prevent the Palestinians from building a viable national home (well, their leadership is not exactly angelic itself), but they also prevent the creative and industrious young Israelis from building their homes as well (unless they join the bandwagon to the settlements, or leave the country).
Labor (now the Zionist Union) has never been successful as an opposition party, seemingly not having reconciled with the fact that for nearly 40 years it has not dominated Israeli politics.
To kindle a light in the darkness, it needs to present an alternative of sanity and enlightenment, an alternative to the swamps of occupation, as a forceful and persistent opposition.
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South Sudan Conflict
Re “Sudan’s Rape of Darfur,” by George Clooney, John Prendergast and Akshaya Kumar (Op-Ed, Feb. 26):
Lack of education is often overlooked as a cause of South Sudan’s conflict. Only 27 percent are literate, and most Sudanese still hold on to ancient myths about one another, favoring tribal over national identity.
Many lack skills to find jobs or create one to care for their families, leading tribes to compete over government jobs. When one tribe has more people employed by the government than others, this can trigger accusations that spark tribal violence.
Creating new schools could bring students from different tribes together, fostering a sense of unity and nationalism. Educating South Sudan’s future leaders who can support peace and democracy and grow their economy may help provide a ray of hope in Sudan’s nightmare, which has lasted far too long.
JEFFREY H. TONEY
NATHANIEL CHOL NYOK
Dr. Toney is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kean University, and Mr. Nyok, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, is president and founder of Ambassadors for Change.
|G.O.P. Race Starts in Lavish Haunts of Rich Donors
By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and JONATHAN MARTIN
In one resort town after another, the Republican presidential hopefuls are making their case to exclusive gatherings of donors whose wealth was unleashed by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.
By TOM ROBBINS
Three corrections officers at the prison in western New York face gang-related assault charges after an inmate was brutally beaten.
By ERIC LICHTBLAU
Immigration officials are moving to deport at least 150 Bosnians living in the United States who they say took part in war crimes in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
With a vote on Sunday, the organization became the latest liberal group to back the Massachusetts senator as a potential primary challenger to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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