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A videotape played Monday in a Los Angeles courtroom showed that Latasha Harlins had turned away from a scuffle with a Korean grocer when the black teen-ager was shot in the back of the head. "This is not television. This is not the movies. This is real life," Deputy District Attorney Roxane Carvajal had warned the jury. "You will see Latasha being killed. She will die in front of your eyes."
February 3, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM--The debate over Scarlett Johansson's Super Bowl ad has hit The Wall. The actress' ad for SodaStream, an Israeli company that does some of its manufacturing in the West Bank, has kicked off a rock 'n' roll battle pitting Israel's rock community against Pink Floyd's Roger Waters. The ad for SodaStream, whose kitchen appliances turn tap water into seltzer, drew the ire of activists who support a boycott of products made in Israeli-occupied territories. It prompted Waters to post an open letter to Johansson on Facebook, challenging her decision to endorse an Israeli company and posing a long list of questions about Israel's treatment of Palestinians.
November 14, 1990 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
What did it mean? The half-page ad--echoing the tone of loyalty oaths that cowardly television networks made their employees sign during the "Red-scare" frenzy in the decade following World War II--appeared in several hundred newspapers Nov. 4-5. Out of the blue. No explanation. This was the title: "An Open Letter to the American People." This was the text: "Burger King wishes to go on record as supporting traditional American values on television, especially the importance of the family.
February 2, 2014 | By Barry Goldman
The Shah of Persia refused to be taken to the Derby Day, saying "It is already known to me that one horse can run faster than another. " - William James, "The Principles of Psychology, Volume 2" I'm with the shah on this one. I feel the same way about the Super Bowl. I fail to see the point in watching a bunch of tatted-up millionaires knock each other down. PHOTOS: 10 tips for a better life from The Times' Op-Ed pages But I understand they are expecting an audience of 100 million people.
August 31, 2009 | MICHAEL HILTZIK
There aren't many individuals in history whose names are taken in vain more than Capt. C.C. Boycott, the notorious Irish landlord who cut the wages of his tenant farmers and got himself ostracized -- and the English language enriched -- in return. The captain's name has seldom been out of public circulation since then. Yet every new boycott inspires vigorous discussion over whether this sort of pressure on the powerful is effective or fair. Currently on the table are two such actions: an advertisers' boycott of Fox News commentator Glenn Beck, and a shoppers' boycott of the Austin, Texas, grocery chain Whole Foods Market.
July 28, 1997
Berkeley justifies its silly use of multiple boycotts based upon its "success" in helping to end apartheid in South Africa (July 22). I've got some news for the Berkeley City Council. As an L.A. native who lived in Johannesburg during those boycott years, I can say that U.S. economic sanctions did little if anything to contribute to the fall of apartheid. If anything the boycotts made South Africa more self-sufficient. When U.S. corporations divested, they simply sold out--at fire-sale prices--to rich South Africans who kept the businesses running.
June 7, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Matt Birk stands by his convictions. The retired, six-time Pro Bowl center opted not to visit the White House this week with his Baltimore Ravens teammates because he disagrees with President Obama's stance on abortion. The Ravens visited the White House on Wednesday, in keeping with the tradition of Super Bowl champions. Birk, a Harvard graduate and winner of the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2012, is a devout Catholic and father of six. He was particularly angered by what Obama said at the end of a speech at a Planned Parenthood conference in April: “Thank you, Planned Parenthood.
August 25, 2009 | Matea Gold
Fox News host Glenn Beck used his popular show Monday to attack the background of Van Jones, a White House environmental advisor and co-founder of an African American political advocacy group that organized an advertising boycott of his program. Beck did not address the boycott spearheaded by Color of Change to protest the talk show host's remark last month that he believes President Obama is "a racist." Instead, he spent a large share of his program suggesting that Jones, who co-founded Color of Change in 2005, is a radical.
August 3, 1997
Regarding Disneyland's sagging attendance figures (July 18): We're as mad as hell and were not going to pay it anymore! MITCH ROBINS Irvine Surely the boycott of Disney by church groups wasn't a factor. Or could it be? And Disney won't admit it? BILL SIMMONS Dove Canyon Disneyland is presently being boycotted by several groups based on Disney's new family values, which include dirty movies, necrophilia lyrics on records, supporting homosexuals and so forth.
December 1, 1992 | CONNIE KOENENN
Although some boycotts end with clear-cut victories, others run out of steam or just disappear.
January 31, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
New mom Kristen Bell is in "mama bear" mode, and she and husband Dax Shepard are urging fans to boycott magazines that publish unauthorized photos of children of celebrities. The "House of Lies" actress and "Parenthood" actor, who welcomed their baby girl Lincoln last March , sat down with NBC News' "Today" to discuss the topic and its ramifications in an interview that aired Friday. In September, following Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner's testimony in August , California's state legislature passed SB 606, aimed at preventing paparazzi from taking unauthorized photos of celebrities' kids, and the bill was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
January 30, 2014 | By Kate Linthicum
JERUSALEM - It's a rare thing when a Hollywood actress and a kitchen appliance spark a debate about policies in the Middle East. But that's what happened after Scarlett Johansson filmed a Super Bowl advertisement for a company that employs Palestinians to produce seltzer-making machines in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The company, SodaStream International Ltd., is a target of a growing boycott movement of products made on land seized by Israel in the 1967 Middle East War and claimed by Palestinians for a future independent state.
January 12, 2014 | By Seth M. Siegel
Two American academic groups - the American Studies Assn. and the Assn. for Asian American Studies - have called for a boycott of Israeli universities. Those resolutions have met with many objections. Much has been made, for example, of the inherent hypocrisy of attempting to ostracize Israel for its treatment of Palestinians and their Israeli Arab cousins when there are so many far worse situations in the Middle East and around the world. But there is another objectionable element in the boycott movement: the abuse of language.
December 27, 2013 | By Carolyn Karcher
Michael S. Roth slams the American Studies Assn. for "unfairly singling out Israel" in its vote to boycott that nation's academic institutions; he calls the action an "irresponsible attack on academic freedom. " As a 39-year member of the American Studies Assn. (ASA) and a Jewish American, I want to explain why Roth -- whose Op-Ed was published by The Times Dec. 20 -- is wrong and why I wholeheartedly support the organization's resolution. The resolution is far from an attack on academic freedom.
December 26, 2013
Re "A repugnant boycott," Opinion, Dec. 23 In criticizing the American Studies Assn.'s academic boycott of Israel, Michael S. Roth asks: Why start with Israel? We have to start somewhere, so why not with the largest recipient of U.S. aid? Roth's question fails to address the extent to which U.S. aid supports Israel's violation of Palestinian rights and international law. It also fails to address the discriminatory treatment of Palestinians in Israeli educational systems, and the extent of collaboration between Israeli academic institutions and the state in the occupation.
December 25, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Amid controversy that has flared recently over calls for cultural boycotts agains Israel, the bands the Pixies and Soundgarden have been booked to play in June at a rock festival at a stadium in Tel Aviv, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports .  Boycotts have long been a political pressure tactic advocated by some of the most intense critics of Israel's policies toward the Palestinians, and debate has intensified with this month's call ...
December 11, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Ivory Coast held a largely peaceful parliamentary election after a week dominated by political and ethnic bloodshed, but a protest boycott prevented polling in many parts of the Muslim north. Security was tight at flash points in the West African nation's main city, Abidjan, and in the north after the exclusion of Muslim former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara from the poll because of doubts about his nationality.
January 19, 1992 | Reuters
Prospects of a quick solution to Haiti's crisis faded Saturday when the post-coup rulers boycotted talks with exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and he insisted on the removal of the "criminal" who ousted him. "A golden opportunity has been lost," Joao Baena Soares, secretary general of the Organization of American States, said after the talks with Aristide, ousted in a coup and forced into exile Sept. 30.
December 20, 2013
Re “Group votes for a boycott,” Dec. 17 Russia invades Chechnya for the second Chechen war, causing up to 200,000 civilian casualties. After winning the war, it installs a repressive, corrupt government. Boycott? China takes over an entire country - Tibet - and floods it with ethnic Han and destroys a religion and culture. Boycott? After perusing a list of the world's dictatorships and even genocidal regimes, who do these “educators” decide to punish? The academics of a tiny, true democracy that just happens to be the only Jewish state on Earth.
December 19, 2013 | By Michael S. Roth
The American Studies Assn. recently passed a resolution that "endorses and … honor[s] the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. " The action was taken, the group explained, because "there is no effective or substantive academic freedom for Palestinian students and scholars under conditions of Israeli occupation," and because "Israeli institutions of higher learning are a party to Israeli state policies that violate human rights and negatively impact the working conditions of Palestinian scholars and students.
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