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WORLD
February 9, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
The costs and challenges confronting Russia as it tries to convert a Black Sea beach resort into a Winter Olympics venue recall the "hero projects"  of the Soviet era, when deluded dictators squandered fortunes trying to reverse the flow of Siberian rivers and build major industrial cities on the frozen tundra. A sprawl of scaffolding, excavation and road works that stretches 25 miles along the troubled eastern Black Sea shore, the transformation of Sochi is already the most expensive makeover in Olympic history, according to figures disclosed this week by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak.
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NEWS
November 18, 2001 | JAMES GERSTENZANG and LISA GETTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Seeking to draw attention to the treatment of women and children in Afghanistan, the White House assigned President Bush's weekly Saturday radio address to First Lady Laura Bush, who said the war on terrorism was "a fight for the rights and dignity of women."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2003 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Activists gathered in Redondo Beach on Saturday for an Amnesty International conference concluded that they don't have to venture overseas to find human rights abuses. Instead, they said, there are plenty here at home. The group's annual western regional conference, which began Friday and ends today at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach hotel, discussed different faces of discrimination around the globe -- everything from violence against women and gays to the ravages of AIDS in Africa to U.S.
WORLD
July 9, 2003 | From Associated Press
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell has certified to Congress that the Colombian government and armed forces are meeting standards set by Congress for protecting human rights, freeing $31.6 million in aid for Colombia's security forces, the State Department said Tuesday The certification drew sharp criticism from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, which contended that Colombia fell short of the congressional standards. In a statement, State Department spokesman Philip T.
NEWS
February 22, 2001 | From Associated Press
Israel's targeted killings of Palestinians suspected of attacks on Israelis are part of a "policy of state assassinations," human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday. The group demanded that Israel stop the practice and asked the United States to review its weapons sales to the Jewish state because of it.
NEWS
March 8, 1990 | BILL HIGGINS
For Amnesty International USA, Monday night's benefit premiere of "The Handmaid's Tale" in Century City was the ideal combination of the right-themed movie arriving at the right time. Wednesday the group celebrated International Women's Day with its focus on ending sexual inequality, and here was a film about women forced to be breeders in a not-too-far-in-the-future America controlled by militaristic fundamentalists.
WORLD
April 13, 2003 | From Associated Press
China executed more people than any other country in 2002 -- about two-thirds of the known world total of 1,526 -- and many of those cases violated international law, the human rights group Amnesty International has reported. The group also said the United States was the only country that executed offenders who were under 18 when they committed their crimes. Three such offenders were executed in Texas last year. The United States executed 71 people last year, up from 66 in 2001, the report said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2007 | Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writer
When they began shooting "Bordertown," the new Jennifer Lopez film about the hundreds of murdered women of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, director Gregory Nava and executive producer Barbara Martinez Jitner expected that their movie would stir up strong reactions. Already, they allege, those reactions have included death threats against Nava and the cast, stolen equipment and intimidation of a film crew member during shooting in Mexico.
NATIONAL
June 11, 2005 | From Associated Press
The Republican House Judiciary Committee chairman walked off with the gavel Friday, leaving Democrats shouting into turned-off microphones at a raucous hearing on the Patriot Act. The hearing, with the two sides accusing each other of being irresponsible and undemocratic, came as President Bush was urging Congress to renew the sections of the post-Sept. 11 counter-terrorism law set to expire in September. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.
OPINION
April 17, 2008
Re "Guantanamo closure not an easy prospect," April 14 Having just watched the better part of the "John Adams" series on HBO, and having a basic knowledge of the Constitution, it seems to me unlikely that our founding fathers would have stood behind the Bush administration's assumption that offshore detentions at Guantanamo can be justified without sufficient evidence to bring charges. At some point, our detention policies will become too much for the American public and judiciary to stomach.
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