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November 1, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
The remarkable story of the Holocaust-era formation of the Palestine Symphony Orchestra by famed, Polish-born violinist Bronislaw Huberman is engrossingly recounted in the documentary "Orchestra of Exiles. " Writer-producer-director Josh Aronson (2000's Oscar-nominated "Sound and Fury") tracks Huberman's early life as a child prodigy performing violin concerts across Europe through his adult years - transformed as they were by the rise of Nazi Germany. Stirred by the mounting ravages of anti-Semitism, Huberman, from 1935 to 1939, heroically engineered the emigration of a gifted group of Jewish musicians out of Europe and into then-Palestine.
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April 24, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
As in many a thriller, the helpful stranger in "The German Doctor" turns out to be a monster. In this case, he's no run-of-the-mill sadist but Josef Mengele, Auschwitz's Angel of Death, and he finds prime subjects for experimentation in an Argentine family. The drama by LucĂ­a Puenzo, adapting her novel "Wakolda," is a credible imagining of a brief period in Mengele's South American exile. The what-if conceit is intriguing enough not to be undone by increasingly heavy-handed symbolism.
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October 10, 2010 | By Anthony Mostrom
"I have made a discovery," the composer Arnold Schoenberg said in 1921, "which will ensure the supremacy of German music for the next one hundred years!" These ecstatic words ushered in the birth of the Austrian's radically innovative 12-tone method of composition and unleashed a near-century's worth of dissonance and atonality in avant-garde classical music. But if Expressionism in music was considered disturbing and "decadent" by many in Weimar Germany, Schoenberg was just one of many cultural avant-gardists who were marked for harassment, imprisonment or even death once Adolf Hitler and the National Socialists rose to power.
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January 15, 2014 | Chris Kraul and Andres D'Alessandro
Argentine poet Juan Gelman, an exile whose writings were colored by personal tragedy he suffered at the hands of his country's brutal military dictatorship, died in Mexico City on Tuesday. He was 83 and had been battling leukemia. Gelman, a leftist with working-class origins, won the Cervantes Prize, perhaps the most prestigious Spanish language literary honor, in 2007 for his stark, soulful verse. But the son of Jewish Ukrainian immigrants also personified the tragedy suffered by thousands of Argentinian families under the 1976-1983 military dictatorship.
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July 18, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
Pack up the snowshoes, rustle up the Siberian shepherds, and put on the ski goggles: Pitbull is headed to Alaska. After the mega-retailer Wal-Mart announced a contest to sponsor a Pitbull appearance at the store location in their chain with the most Facebook "likes," a community of smart alecks banded together to exile the Miami-born Cuban American to one of the most obscure locations in the company's vast chain: Kodiak, Alaska, which sits on Kodiak...
WORLD
May 17, 2002 | From Reuters
The European Union failed again Thursday to agree on the legal status of 13 exiled Palestinian militants and conditions for them to enter the EU under a deal with Israel. The militants, who were allowed by Israel to go into exile, are staying under heavy guard at a hotel in Cyprus after spending five weeks in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity surrounded by Israeli forces. A decision on the men was deferred until today.
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August 19, 2009 | A Times Staff Writer
The Obama administration downplayed international fears about the safety of Iranian dissidents living at a camp in Iraq as recently as mid-July, days before a raid by Iraqi security forces killed 11 of the exiles and left scores wounded. The deadly clash has sparked public protests in Washington and around the world, with dozens taking part in hunger strikes to emphasize demands that the Obama administration provide better protection for the exiles. It also underscored some of the challenges of the administration's plan to wind down U.S. military involvement in Iraq and cede control to a government in Baghdad that may not adhere to U.S. commitments.
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September 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Jacques Klein, the United Nations' special envoy to Liberia, warned that ousted President Charles Taylor was still trying to run the country from exile. Klein said Taylor was believed to have taken about $1 billion in government money with him, leaving Liberia's treasury empty as it tries to start rebuilding after 14 years of civil war. Taylor was believed to be taking kickbacks and meeting with Liberian officials and businessmen in Nigeria, Klein said.
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August 7, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
CYPRUS * Abdullah Daoud, a senior Palestinian militant expelled by Israel and granted temporary shelter in Cyprus, is causing trouble for authorities, who said they want him to leave as soon as possible. Daoud, 41, was considered the most dangerous of 13 Palestinian militants expelled May 10 and given shelter in Cyprus as part of a deal to end a siege at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The 12 others have since moved to European host countries. No country is ready to take Daoud.
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April 26, 1993 | From Associated Press
Israel will allow about 30 Palestinian deportees to return home after years in exile as part of a package of concessions to the Palestinians, a senior Palestinian said Sunday. The repatriation decision apparently is linked to an Arab decision to return to Middle East peace talks, scheduled to resume Tuesday in Washington.
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September 19, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A massacre this month at an Iranian exile camp in Iraq that killed 52 people under international protection was an act of premeditated slaughter and should be thoroughly investigated by the United Nations, two former foreign ministers told the world body Thursday. Former foreign ministers Bernard Kouchner of France and Sid Ahmed Ghozali of Algeria told a U.N. panel in Geneva that the Sept. 1 raid on the exile refuge known as Camp Ashraf represents "a crime against humanity. " The former top diplomats also said they had grave fear for the safety of seven survivors of the attack who were taken hostage.
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August 26, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
The leader of the Tibetan government in exile is in Los Angeles this week, and although his administration is not officially recognized by the U.S. or any other regime, Tibetans living here have done their best to mark his visit with all the pomp afforded a visiting head of state. On Sunday, they greeted him at Los Angeles International Airport with white scarves and flowers. Later, a line of shiny black cars, each festooned with a Tibetan flag, ferried him to a reception at a nearby church.
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July 31, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
The free-form documentary "The Gardener" takes acclaimed, exiled Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf ("Kandahar") and son Maysam to Israel to investigate the 170-year-old Bahai faith, which - although based in Haifa - has its roots in Persia. Unfortunately, the elder Makhmalbaf, who wrote and directed, puts many spins on this ethereal mood piece - it is by turns poetic, impressionistic, metaphorical and even a bit trippy - without satisfying such genre basics as structure, depth and resolution.
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July 1, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden issued a plaintive appeal Monday from his diplomatic limbo at a Moscow airport, accusing the Obama administration of using the "bad tools of political aggression" to render him stateless. Snowden, whose U.S. passport was revoked after he began his globe-trotting flight from justice for leaking national security secrets, lamented in a statement posted on the WikiLeaks website that President Obama was obstructing his right to seek asylum by threatening countries willing to grant it. Snowden has been holed up in a transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport for more than a week and the strain of being trapped in a judicial standoff of his own making was palpable in his accusatory statement.
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May 24, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The State Department's decade-long effort to find a new home for a controversial Iranian opposition group has ground to a near halt only days after the announcement that the exiles had begun moving from Iraq to permanent homes in Europe. Fourteen members of the Mujahedin Khalq militant group, or MEK, were flown from the outskirts of Baghdad to Albania on May 15, in what was expected to be the first step in the departure of 3,100 members of the group that has long opposed the government of clerics in Tehran and is also at odds with the government of Iraq.
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April 19, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was arrested and placed in police custody Friday, a day after commandos whisked him away from an Islamabad courthouse where he faces charges of illegally detaining dozens of judges while in power. Musharraf, who only a few weeks ago presented himself as a patriotic savior returning to his homeland from self-imposed exile, was being held at police headquarters at least until his next court appearance, which was expected within 48 hours.
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December 31, 2010 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
They go about their lives here, trying to begin anew. They want to forget about the clean-shaven assassins, the sound of gunfire, the graves and the homes they've left behind in Ciudad Juarez. A 41-year-old mother of three sees a Juarez neighbor shopping in the discount stores of downtown El Paso. She looks for a place to hide. A year earlier, she'd been shot through the neck, rushed to a hospital in Juarez and then a second one in El Paso. She had never gone back to her Juarez home.
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March 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Scuffles outside a Naples cathedral forced the heir to Italy's throne to cancel plans to attend a Mass there on his first visit to the city after 57 years in exile. Supporters of the exiled Savoy royal family scuffled with backers of a rival dynasty, the Bourbons, who ruled what was then the Kingdom of Naples until the 19th century.
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March 23, 2013 | Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - Boris Berezovsky, 67, an exiled Russian ex-tycoon who played a key role in bringing Vladimir Putin to power, only to have a bitter falling out, has died in Britain, according to his family and Russian news reports. Berezovsky had claimed to be the subject of assassination attempts, and there were conflicting reports Saturday about the circumstances of his death. Rossiya 24, a Russian television news channel, reported that he was found dead in the bathroom of his London home.
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February 23, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Fledgling efforts to promote peace talks in the Syrian conflict appear to have stalled, even as the death toll rises daily and the rebellion nears its second anniversary. The major exile opposition group, irate over what it calls a "shameful" global silence about the bloodshed, has announced that it will not attend several planned international gatherings on Syria, spurning invitations to visit Russia and the United States. Both nations have said that they favor negotiations as a means to end the violence in Syria.
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