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November 5, 2005 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Apparently, it didn't start with Saddam. Who knew? If you've forgotten the day your world history professor buzzed through the Crusades, a brilliant two-part documentary on the History Channel, which premieres Sunday, lays it all out in dramatic style. "The Crusades: Crescent & the Cross" has it all: fervent religiosity, tangled geopolitics, military maneuvering, a titanic clash between civilizations that unleashed violence and political upheaval throughout the region that still reverberates.
March 17, 1989
Daniel William's article "Children of the Intifada: 'Our battle' " (Part I, Feb. 18) poses a serious problem both to Arabs and Israelis alike. Yet the solution in itself is not that hard to envision. While those children have accomplished more than all their ancestors and the combined Arab armies in gaining sympathy to the Palestinian cause, there remains one problem that must be coped with once these children accomplish their goals: There remains the effect of 20 years of Israeli occupation during which they eyewitnessed and lived the ugly scenes of police brutality, army beatings, arrests, house demolitions, the killing of their relatives, not only by the hands of the Israeli Army but also Jewish settlers, who have assumed the role of God in the region and claimed the whole area as theirs.
Germany falls, Hitler kills himself, and the victorious Allied armies come upon patches of territory where no victory is conceivable. Some of the skeletons in striped uniforms are able to applaud, others stare listlessly, many more lie in heaps. Among these are the dead, who will soon vanish, and the barely living, who will carry death around with them for months or years or in some cases for the rest of their lives.
August 7, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
NIGER * Forces loyal to Niger's government overran one of two garrisons where mutinous soldiers were holding out, driving them to a single outpost amid the blistering dunes of the Sahara Desert, officials said. President Mamadou Tandja urged mutineers, who are demanding back pay and better conditions, to return to their units. But after two mutinies in a week, he vowed that ringleaders would be punished as a warning to others.
March 29, 1988 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
On May 30, 1944--in the midst of World War II--U.S. Army Pvt. Alex F. Miranda stood before an American firing squad in England and spoke his last words. "Pray for me," the 20-year-old soldier from Santa Ana beseeched a chaplain. "And may God have a place for you in heaven." Then Pvt. Miranda, who had fatally shot his sleeping sergeant almost three months earlier, was felled by a volley from 10 rifle-bearing soldiers.
West Germany is scrambling to prepare for an impending invasion from the East on a scale that North Atlantic Treaty Organization war games never dared to imagine. On Wednesday, the entire 90,000-strong East German Volksarmee will join forces with the West German Bundeswehr in a military merger of former foes.
February 8, 1986 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
Stepping down as Haiti's "president for life," Jean-Claude Duvalier handed power to a military-led government council Friday and fled to France, setting off scenes of rejoicing and later of looting in the capital of Port-au-Prince. Duvalier, 34, said he quit after nearly 15 years to end "a nightmare of blood" brought on by a wave of mass protests against his authoritarian rule.
September 4, 1994 | Joe Morgenstern, Joe Morgenstern is a journalist and screenwriter who lives in Santa Monica. His last piece for this magazine was a profile of Matt Groening, cartoonist and creator of "The Simpsons."
One Saturday last spring, the same day that marked the kickoff of West Hollywood's annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Celebration, a small group of conservative Republican activists got together for an alfresco fund-raising brunch in a Hollywood Hills home. The setting seemed like heaven--ripe oranges and lemons on curving branches, mockingbirds burbling arias beneath an azure sky--and the dozen or so guests seemed perfectly cast for their roles as Grand Old Party stalwarts.
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