June 21, 2008
Re "A secret voyage to expose a tragedy," Column One, June 13 Terrific reporting. I'm glad your reporter was not only able to get a moving story but that he was able to avoid arrest, a fate that has been the lot of almost 2,000 political prisoners currently held in Myanmar prisons as documented by Amnesty International. Freedoms that we almost take for granted, such as the ability to travel and report, don't exist there. Sometimes doing journalism borders on heroism. Jim Roberts Long Beach The writer is a Myanmar country specialist for Amnesty International USA.
May 22, 2005 |
In an arresting new documentary, a Cambodian dance teacher who lost loved ones to the killing fields of Pol Pot hears that the regional leader who terrorized her in the 1970s has come out of hiding and reinvented himself as a powerful leader in the same village where he once condemned people to death. Her outrage overcomes her fear, and she decides to confront him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2005 |
Peter Benenson, the British lawyer who founded the human rights organization Amnesty International with his stated goal "to condemn persecution regardless of where it occurs or what are the ideas suppressed," has died. He was 83. Benenson died Friday night at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England, of pneumonia, Amnesty International USA spokesperson Wende Gozan said Saturday. Benenson had been in ill health for several years.
August 4, 2004 |
Sometime soon, the ghosts of Ciudad Juarez may be coming to a movie house, TV set, bookstore, theater or CD player near you.
February 11, 2004 |
The police haven't managed to solve it. Neither has the Mexican government. Even the poking and prodding of the international news media so far has failed to crack the eerie wall of silence surrounding the murdered women of Ciudad Juarez. Now, another group is pushing for answers and, ultimately, justice in the dusty industrial town across from El Paso, Texas: artists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2000
Oversight of charitable organizations and the commercial fund-raisers they employ can be helpful in weeding out firms with unprofessional standards. However, I am concerned that reports such as state Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer's ("Fund-Raising Firms Kept 56% of Money," Dec. 28) give an incomplete picture of reputable organizations. By focusing on specific fund-raising activities, rather than a full year's work, the report could lead donors to believe that most of their money goes to hired, commercial firms and not the cause itself.