Actor Don Cheadle, nominated for an Oscar for his role in Hotel Rwanda, a film about the 1994 mass killings in Africa, joined a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers to call for stronger measures to end the civil war in Sudan’s Darfur region.
In the 12 days between his second inaugural speech, replete with religious references, and his State of the Union address, delivered in more secular tones, President George W. Bush enjoyed what appeared to be a moment of success in his administration’s effort to spread democracy in the Middle East.
Repeating ourselves: Laurel Wamsley, 20-year-old daugher of a Vietnam veteran, traveled to Vietnam to come to terms with what the U.S. did there a generation ago. She discovered that people didn’t hate her because she’s American, but they didn’t seem to want to talk about the war.
EdmundRobbJr. a Methodist evangelist and a founder of the conservative Institute on Religion and Democracy, died December 15 in his hometown of Marshall, Texas. He was 78. Robb helped to form the IRD in 1981 and was its board chairman for more than a decade.