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March 9, 1995
A historic process is transforming Bellflower--change. Change so vital here that it is foreign and has precipitated a recall petition (Times, March 2). The two warring factions are the Nitpickers (followers) and the purported Browbeaters (leaders) even though positive actions are occurring as the Browbeaters pull the Nitpickers into the future. This petition in Bellflower is an abuse of the process and is a very superficial approach to government. The petition cloaks a hidden agenda of disagreeable personalities in the guise of an "issues campaign."
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WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Rushdi Abu Alouf and Paul Richter
GAZA CITY - Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas on Wednesday announced a reconciliation deal to end their seven-year schism, in a further blow to U.S.-led efforts to broker a peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis. Leaders of the groups said they will form a unity government within five weeks, solicit a vote of confidence from the Palestinian parliament, then schedule elections in six months. "This is good news to tell our people: The era of division is over," Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of Hamas, declared at a news conference here.
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WORLD
April 13, 2014 | By Laura King
TRIPOLI, Libya - Dragging deeply on a cigarette and swirling his espresso dregs, the curly-haired young militiaman offered up a vivid account of the battles he and fellow rebels waged to bring down dictator Moammar Kadafi - days of blazing bombardment, thirsty desert nights. Then he voiced his dismay at the chokehold those same armed groups now maintain on Libya. "We fought so hard to make a new country," said the 28-year-old of Libyan extraction who left Britain to join the revolution that swept this North African nation in 2011.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
HONOLULU - In primaries across the country - in Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi and other states - Republicans are locked in a heart-and-soul battle between purists and pragmatists clashing over what it means to represent the party, its philosophy and core values. Here in Hawaii there's a similar fight over power and purpose, but this one is between Democrats. It's a fight for a U.S. Senate seat, a rare enough prize in a state that has elected just six people senator since statehood in 1959.
OPINION
April 17, 2006
Re "Shiites Try to Drive Wedge Between Jafari Opponents," April 13 The British cobbled together three diverse Ottoman territories in the 1920s to form Iraq. It was not a nation then and is not a nation now. The political turmoil in Baghdad is really over whether the ethnic and religious factions want to become a nation. Everything else in Iraq will flow from that decision. CARLTON S. MARTZ Redlands Re "A path to success in Iraq," Opinion, April 11 Zalmay Khalizad, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, and Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the senior military U.S. commander in Iraq, should not write an article for The Times; they should read The Times to find out what is happening in Iraq.
NEWS
June 11, 1986 | Associated Press
Thousands of black squatters resumed fierce factional fighting today at the Crossroads settlement near Cape Town. Bishop Desmond Tutu went to the combat zone to try to mediate the conflict. At least 17 people have been killed in the fighting since Monday and hundreds of shacks have been set ablaze, raising the number of black squatters left homeless in the past three weeks to an estimated 60,000. Police Lt.
NEWS
September 27, 1987 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
Cities have a way of attracting nicknames that stick. Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love. New Orleans is the Big Easy. New York is the Big Apple. And Santa Monica is the People's Republic. Or is it? Anyone who has spent much time around Santa Monica City Hall recently may have noticed a distinct shift in the political winds.
NEWS
August 21, 1990
Diplomats in Southeast Asia are scrambling to bring together the four factions involved in the Cambodian civil war in a renewed effort to set up an interim government and arrange elections in the country. Indonesia says it has the agreement of the three resistance factions and the government in Phnom Penh to attend a conference in Jakarta, to be held either just before or just after U.N. Security Council talks on Cambodia scheduled for Friday.
MAGAZINE
July 19, 1992
Williams' article certainly indicates that Husseini would be a decided improvement over Yasser Arafat, but I have a few reservations. Husseini represents fewer Palestinians than Arafat, who has trouble enough keeping the various factions in line. Would Husseini be able to do better? JOSEPH R. GRANT Oceanside
OPINION
January 16, 2007
Re "Iraqi leader goes own way to fill top post," Jan. 13 Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has appointed a relatively unknown officer to take charge of Baghdad, over objections by his commanders and without consulting other political factions. Maliki has learned well from his mentor and protector, President Bush. Now that he has adopted democracy and politics, Bush administration-style, we can declare victory and go home. HOWARD S. BLUM Thousand Oaks
WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Rushdi Abu Alouf
GAZA CITY -- The two main rival factions of Palestinian politics and society announced a reconciliation deal Wednesday that would mend a seven-year rift by forming a unity government and holding new elections. Following two days of discussions between delegations of Fatah and Hamas, leaders of the groups announced the agreement at a joint news conference. “This is the good news to tell our people: The era of division is over,” Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh declared.
WORLD
April 13, 2014 | By Laura King
TRIPOLI, Libya - Dragging deeply on a cigarette and swirling his espresso dregs, the curly-haired young militiaman offered up a vivid account of the battles he and fellow rebels waged to bring down dictator Moammar Kadafi - days of blazing bombardment, thirsty desert nights. Then he voiced his dismay at the chokehold those same armed groups now maintain on Libya. "We fought so hard to make a new country," said the 28-year-old of Libyan extraction who left Britain to join the revolution that swept this North African nation in 2011.
WORLD
February 27, 2014 | By Raja Abdulrahim
The sacking last week of the commander of the Free Syrian Army appears to be driving a wedge among factions of the loosely organized Western-backed network of rebel forces at a crucial moment in the three-year civil war to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. The rift, analysts and rebels say, could undermine efforts to redirect Western support to rebels in southern Syria as part of a strategy to bolster the opposition there to counter the growing power of Islamist and Al Qaeda affiliates in the north.
WORLD
February 4, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos and Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - He loves sushi, AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades. He could be killed at any moment but vows to marry "a beautiful, righteous Muslim girl" as soon as he finds one. He proclaims a "love for justice" but defends beheadings, battlefield executions and sectarian killing. He scorns democracy and extols a fundamentalist interpretation of sharia, or Islamic law. Welcome to the virtual world of Chechclearr, the Internet handle of a self-described Islamic militant who says he is fighting as an Islamist rebel in Syria but also has time to post a copious amount of pictures and comments on the Internet.
WORLD
January 9, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - A car bomb detonated Thursday near a school in the central Syrian province of Hama, killing 18 people, according to the Syrian government and opposition sources. The bomb exploded outside the town of Salmiya, killing mostly women and children, the reports said. The state-run news agency SANA said the attack left dozens wounded and caused "very significant" property damage. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based pro-opposition group, said the casualty toll was likely to rise.
WORLD
January 7, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - The initial consignment of Syria's most toxic chemical weapons material was shipped out of the country Tuesday, international officials said, advancing a cleanup effort widely seen as a success in the midst of a long civil war that has cost more than 100,000 lives. The announcement came as the leader of an Al Qaeda-linked rebel group tried to broker a cease-fire among Syrian opposition factions that have been battling one another. A "first quantity" of so-called priority chemical materials was moved from two sites to the Syrian port of Latakia and loaded onto a Danish commercial vessel, Sigrid Kaag, who heads the international effort to rid the country of its chemical arsenal, said in a statement.
NEWS
December 8, 1987
Bolivian President Victor Paz Estenssoro's centrist party, the National Revolutionary Movement, failed to win control of any of the nation's 10 largest cities in Sunday's municipal elections, unofficial returns showed. Both the right-wing Democratic National Action Party of the former ruler, Gen. Hugo Banzer, and the center-left Revolutionary Leftist Movement made strong gains, capturing four cities each, and two left-wing factions won leadership of the other two cities.
OPINION
May 15, 1988
Marvelous, simply marvelous, is the column by Rabbi Allen Freehling concerning Jesse Jackson, Jews, and "the 'J' problem" (Op-Ed Page, April 26). The rabbi wisely and eloquently acknowledges that those involved cannot expect immediate unanimity on the issues, but should happily be "looking for open communication." Perhaps the various factions in the Middle East could learn something from this approach. It seems all too obvious that our modern, shrinking world requires peaceful coexistence, even with those we despise.
WORLD
January 5, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos
AMMAN, Jordan - Infighting among Islamist antigovernment groups in northern Syria continued for a third day Sunday, as more moderate rebel factions engaged in a large-scale rout of an extremist group affiliated with Al Qaeda. The Mujahedin Army, a new coalition of ostensibly moderate Islamist groups, as well as factions affiliated with the Western-backed Free Syrian Army and the Islamic Front, consolidated their gains against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, in what activists hailed as a "second revolution.
OPINION
December 15, 2013 | Doyle McManus
Here's how feeble U.S. influence on the outcome of Syria's dreadful civil war has become: For the Obama administration's diplomacy to succeed, it now needs help from an armed group with the unpromising name of the Islamic Front. That wasn't where the administration hoped to be. When President Obama first got interested in Syria back in 2011, his hope was that a popular uprising just needed a little moral support from the outside world to topple the brutal regime of Bashar Assad. When that didn't work, Obama offered modest, mostly non-military aid to moderate groups in the Syrian opposition, enough to raise their hopes but not enough to ensure success on the battlefield.
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