September 6, 2009
Re "Back Israel," Opinion, Sept. 1 Ben-Gurion University President Rivka Carmi claims to defend academic freedom even as she suggests that one of her professors leave his job and his own country simply for writing an Op-Ed article published in this paper. That's not academic freedom; it is bullying. She characterizes Neve Gordon's article as "divisive," and yet academic freedom is tested when difficult issues are brought up. She dismisses Gordon's ideas, claiming that he only states his personal opinion.
November 6, 1987 |
"Cry Freedom" (selected theaters) is not a great movie--it's an earnest, clunky, awkward one without a fluid sense of story and with its most charismatic figure, the martyred black South African activist, Bantu Stephen Biko, gone before the film's 2 hours and 35 minutes are half over.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1991
So what is the big deal about South Africa repealing the last apartheid law? Black people still can't vote there. VIVIAN COOPER Sun Valley
October 13, 1988
A fire set by arsonists severely damaged the Pretoria headquarters of South Africa's Roman Catholic Church, a staunch opponent of apartheid. No one was injured in the pre-dawn incident. It was the second major attack in six weeks on offices of an anti-apartheid church organization. On Aug. 31, the headquarters of the South African Council of Churches in Johannesburg was wrecked by a bomb. South Africa's Catholic Church is predominantly black.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1986 |
Criminal trespass charges against 18 Dartmouth College students arrested in a Feb. 11 apartheid protest will be withdrawn. The 18 were to be arraigned Tuesday in District Court, but their cases will be transferred to a college disciplinary panel, college President David McLaughlin said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1988
It is indeed appalling that in this day and age the Los Angeles Times would stoop to cheap sensational news items which function to promote American tourism in the land of the racist South African apartheid regime. It is indeed also appalling that The Times even prints any articles coming from South Africa since the South African apartheid regime has booted our much cherished "freedom of the press" into the mud. We at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., have taken note of the space The Times devoted to promoting tourism in South Africa and the name of your staff writer who wrote the story at a time when the South African regime is responsible not only for the horrors of apartheid within its own borders, but for the hundreds of thousands of innocent victims of apartheid and its repercussions in Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zambia.
July 13, 1987 |
Nine conservative members of the French Parliament ended a two-week visit to South Africa on Sunday, declaring that apartheid is dead and labeling international sanctions against the Pretoria government a serious political error. The nine were visiting the country at the invitation of the white government. They said that South Africa is on the road to genuine democracy and called for supportive measures from the West to permit this to be achieved without further human suffering.
June 18, 1987 |
Apartheid has always been theater in a sense, a theater of the absurd, a condition so removed from rational thinking that many outsiders regard it distantly, as a racist tragedy on a hazy, far-off stage. So it's only appropriate that the theater of apartheid and the violence and oppression of apartheid should merge in "Bopha!" at 10 tonight on KCET Channel 28. And it's also appropriate that "Bopha!"