EDITORIAL L.A. OUT OF DARFUR THIS TIME, CITY POLS ARE RIGHT TO MEDDLE IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS.
THE Los Angeles City Council The Los Angeles City Council is the governing body of the City of Los Angeles, California, United States. has a history of passing meaningless resolutions about issues it has no control over, such as the war in Iraq. But last week's decision to take a stand against genocide in Darfur, Sudan, is an exception to the trend. In this case, city government actually does have some jurisdiction -- as well as an obligation -- to act.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa (born Antonio (Tony) Ramon Villar, Jr. on January 23, 1953) is the mayor of Los Angeles, California. He is the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles since Cristobal Aguilar in 1872. and the council have announced that the city's pension fund will divest the approximately $27 million currently invested in companies that do business with or in Sudan.
While the city's divestiture will likely make little difference by itself, it's significant in a collective sense. As more and more companies and countries break ties with the war-torn country, that will surely influence how the war plays out. Financial divestiture does work: just look at how it helped end apartheid in South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. .
This time L.A.'s meddling med·dle
intr.v. med·dled, med·dling, med·dles
1. To intrude into other people's affairs or business; interfere. See Synonyms at interfere.
2. To handle something idly or ignorantly; tamper. in international affairs Noun 1. international affairs - affairs between nations; "you can't really keep up with world affairs by watching television"
affairs - transactions of professional or public interest; "news of current affairs"; "great affairs of state" actually serves a purpose, and a worthy one at that.