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October 5, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
FACEBOOK FUN FACT What do Facebook employees eat at an all-night hackathon (its regular software-coding party)? Egg rolls and other Chinese food from the company's favorite restaurant Jing Jing in Palo Alto. [ Los Angeles Times ] 5 FOOD FESTS IN MEXICO Looking for a corn-and-tortilla fair worth traveling for? Here's one in the Mexico City borough of Xochimilco , plus a vanilla festival in Veracruz, a 127-year-old ice cream festival, an apple fair and Three Kings festival.
February 26, 2014
Chokwe Lumumba, 66, a human rights activist and nationally prominent attorney who became mayor of Jackson, Miss., last year, died Tuesday at a Jackson hospital, city officials said. The cause wasn't immediately clear. As an attorney, Lumumba represented Tupac Shakur in cases including one in which the rapper was cleared of aggravated assault in the shootings of two off-duty police officers who were visiting Atlanta from another city when they were wounded. Shakur died in 1996. Lumumba also represented Lance Parker, one of the defendants in the attack on truck driver Reginald O. Denny at the beginning of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
June 13, 1993 | Associated Press
A riotous minority drowned out former President Jimmy Carter's speech Saturday at a forum preparing for a world human rights conference. The meeting of human rights groups also failed to adopt a final set of demands to be submitted to the U.N.-sponsored World Human Rights Conference that opens Monday. "Carter no, Carter no," yelled about 300 people seeking to prevent Carter from taking the floor. They appeared to be motivated by a general anti-American attitude.
January 16, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Both sides in South Sudan's new war have committed "appalling crimes," according to a Human Rights Watch report Thursday, offering a grim picture of massacres, ethnic killings and looting of humanitarian aid. The organization said a credible independent investigation was required, calling on the African Union to broaden its planned inquiry into atrocities to make it "truly independent and credible. " It also called for United Nations sanctions against individuals found to be responsible for crimes.
June 29, 2008
Re "Reinventing Rwanda," Opinion, June 22 Stephen Kinzer asks whether the "West's obsession" with human rights can undermine development, and curiously asserts that development specialists and human rights advocates must be "on opposite sides" in Rwanda. Respect for human rights promotes development. It is difficult to elect leaders with sound development policies when elections are flawed and the opposition cannot operate freely. Although Kinzer is correct that Rwanda remains an explosive place, the more we turn a blind eye to Rwandan repression -- either out of genocide guilt or for the supposed sake of development -- the more domestic resentment will push the country toward another catastrophic event.
January 23, 2011 | By Kenneth Roth
When the White House invited me to the state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao, I knew that I was being used as a symbol ? to signal a tougher approach on human rights. The Obama administration was widely seen as having flubbed the November 2009 summit in China. In the lead-up to his visit, President Obama had refused to meet the Dalai Lama, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had insisted that human rights "can't interfere" with other U.S. interests in China. The administration hoped this soft approach would win points that could be cashed in at the summit, but instead it looked weak and unprincipled.
December 19, 2011 | By Emma Sinclair-Webb
There has been much discussion in the U.S. and European media of Turkey as a rising star after its recent stance on Syria and its general support for the "Arab Spring. " Turkey is viewed as the successful merger of Islam and modernization. The Muslim religious coloring of the ruling Justice and Development Party is not seen as being at odds with its democratic, pro-Western outlook. The government has won popular support in the region, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan greeted rapturously on his recent tour of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
December 28, 2013 | By August Brown
After its "punk prayer" protest against Vladimir Putin in 2012, Pussy Riot was the most dangerous band in the world. The collective mixed performance art, feminism, radical politics and humor, and two of its members were banished to a Siberian gulag for punishment (a third was released on appeal). The former two, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova,  were finally released this week. They announced, in a news conference, that after their ordeal, they will be turning their activism away from music and performances toward a more concise critique of the Russian penal system and human rights abuses.
November 24, 2013 | By Alexander Main
In June 2009, democracy, human rights and the rule of law were shattered in Honduras. Democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya was flown out of the country at gunpoint, and, in the days and months that followed, pro-democracy demonstrations were violently repressed and critical media outlets shut down. Elections organized a few months later under the coup regime did nothing to remedy the situation. Held in a climate of repression and boycotted by opposition groups, these elections were widely seen as illegitimate by many Hondurans and most governments in the hemisphere - with the notable exception of the United States.
November 13, 2013 | Patt Morrison
Most bio-pics are made about somebodies - warriors, kings, artists. This was a bio-pic about a nobody who became a somebody during the Rwandan genocide, a bloody crossroads for a country with deep-seated ethnic frictions. In April 1994, Paul Rusesabagina was brevetted as general manager of the luxury hotel where he worked, and where more than 1,000 people had fled from the killing rampage. For more than two months, he managed to protect them from being slaughtered. Ten years later, the world saw "Hotel Rwanda.
November 12, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Member states of the United Nations on Tuesday elected 14 new countries to serve on the Human Rights Council, drawing fire from rights advocates critical of six of the incoming delegates for their dubious national track records in respecting personal freedoms. Most criticized were the elections of China, Russia, Cuba and Saudi Arabia to the 47-member body, on which states sit for rotating three-year terms. But some groups also questioned the choices of Algeria and Vietnam. Other new members chosen to represent geographic regions were France, Macedonia, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa and Britain, the U.N. General Assembly office reported after the secret balloting at its New York headquarters.
October 28, 2013 | Times wire reports
Tadeusz Mazowiecki, 86, Eastern Europe's first democratic prime minister after communism, a key advisor to Poland's Solidarity freedom movement and U.N. human rights envoy to Bosnia in the 1990s, died Monday in Warsaw after being hospitalized for a high fever, said his personal secretary, Michal Prochwicz. In August 1980, Mazowiecki joined thousands of workers on strike at the Gdansk Shipyard. Within days, their action grew into a massive wave of strikes that gave birth to Solidarity - Eastern Europe's first free trade union and a nationwide freedom movement - led by a charismatic shipyard electrician, Lech Walesa, whose name quickly became known around the globe.
October 22, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - U.S. airstrikes in Yemen and Pakistan have killed far more civilians than American officials acknowledge, and many of the attacks appear to have been illegal under international law, according to a pair of reports by human rights organizations based on interviews with survivors and witnesses. The reports by Amnesty International, which looked into nine strikes in Pakistan, and Human Rights Watch, which examined six attacks in Yemen, also assert that the U.S. has killed militants when capturing them was a feasible option.
October 10, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- In a possible preview of Friday's Nobel Peace Prize announcement, the European Union awarded its top human rights prize Thursday to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban for championing education for girls. It was the latest of many honors bestowed on the 16-year-old, who has become a celebrated international figure since surviving an assassination attempt last year that shocked the world. The award could play Golden Globe to the Nobel's Oscar.
October 2, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- The Roman Catholic Church in El Salvador has abruptly closed its important human rights and legal aid office, which for years, and sometimes at great risk, denounced and investigated the most egregious atrocities surrounding that country's civil war. The surprise decision became known Tuesday, when employees showed up for work at the Tutela Legal office in the capital, San Salvador, and found padlocks on the doors and guards who...
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