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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2001
Re "China's Religious Repression Imperils All," Commentary, Dec. 29: Elliott Abrams lecturing the Chinese on human rights? The same Elliott Abrams who as assistant secretary of State under Reagan implemented the deportation of Central American refugees (in direct violation of the Refugee Act of 1980) back to their American-financed, right-wing, paramilitary death squad governments to face further persecution and "disappearances"? The hypocrisy is about to make me sick. MITCH BROWN Silverado
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1985
The day before he began his state visit to France last week--his first trip to a Western nation since becoming the Soviet leader--Mikhail S. Gorbachev submitted to a televised interview by French journalists. Gorbachev conducted himself with some suavity, until he was asked about political prisoners in the Soviet Union. His angry retort was to dismiss the question as "absurd."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1988
Contrary to Charles B. Thaxton and Stephen C. Meyer ("Human Rights: Blessed by God or Begrudged by Government," Opinion, Dec. 27), there is a scientific basis for human rights. Supernaturalism, as the authors seem to realize, provides no basis for rights or for anything else. God-given "rights," like government-given "rights," are not rights at all but revokable privileges. And what theism induces is not a belief in human dignity but its opposite: humility, self-abnegation, a feeling that one's mind and life on earth are essentially worthless.
NEWS
November 18, 1990
The Associated Students of Pasadena City College will sponsor Human Rights Awareness Week beginning Dec. 9 with a Human Rights Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Campus Quad. Magdaleno Rose-Avila, director of the Western Region of Amnesty International USA will speak Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Lounge. Speakers on Dec. 12 in Harbeson Hall will be Mary Paxson of the National Organization for Women at 1 p.m., Pat Bowie of the Pasadena YWCA Rape Crisis Center at 6 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1988
The President has made human rights a major topic during the summit talks. It is amazing to me he would condemn the Russians, when this country supports with billions of dollars a year, Israel, a country that is killing and imprisoning the Arabs. These Arabs are not the terrorists who have been produced by injustice. These are the men, women and children who were living in that land when the Jews took it. They have no voice in the government. They have no human rights. How many have they killed with America's blessings?
OPINION
January 3, 1988
The article by Charles Thaxton and Stephen Meyer (Opinion, Dec. 27) was well-written and thought provoking, though not wholly accurate. Thaxton and Meyer write that the concept of inalienable human rights developed from Judeo-Christian philosophy and therefore suppose that human rights rise and fall with the rise and fall of Western religious belief. The concept of human rights outlined by our forefathers was not an interpretation of the Bible or the past but a consensus as to what should be, which is after all the purpose of a political declaration.
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