January 20, 2010 |
The U.S. Army sergeant sat on a wooden bench wedged among the monotonous barracks at Camp Phoenix, inhaling deeply from a cigarette while reflecting on the course his life has taken and the shambles Afghanistan has become. As he spoke, it became clear the Afghan-born 25-year-old had paid a price for being tied to two worlds. American soldiers, sailors and Marines based in Afghanistan, thousands of miles from loved ones, find the separation heart-wrenching. For the sergeant at this base on the outskirts of Kabul, being five miles from family was even worse.
August 6, 2003
The Times misstates reality in "Speak Up for Kids' Sake" (editorial, July 26), endorsing a sweeping bill that would bar immigrant parents from permitting their own children to serve as interpreters for them. The Times claims that interpreters are "inexpensive and readily available." That is just not true. If it were, physicians would have no difficulty with this mandate. Rather, the cost of providing interpreters for all patients is prohibitive for most physicians. More than 100 languages are spoken in California.
June 30, 1989 |
As Eliza Doolittle, Paula Dunn will screech, whine, cheer and sob with abandon. And as Henry Higgins, Dean Sheridan will scold and harrumph with equal force. And neither one will make a sound. Dunn and Sheridan are interpreters for the deaf. On Saturday in a special performance of Opera Pacific's production of "My Fair Lady" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, they will translate the lines and lyrics into American Sign Language. It is the first presentation in the Center's history to be interpreted for the hearing-impaired and the first offered by a Southern California opera company, according to Opera Pacific officials.
December 18, 2009 |
After the invasion of Iraq, the U.S. military discovered that rebuilding the country and confronting an insurgency required a weapon not in its arsenal: thousands of interpreters. To fill the gap, the Pentagon turned to Titan Corp., a San Diego defense contractor, which eventually hired more than 8,000 interpreters, most of them Iraqis. For $12,000 a year, these civilians served as the voice of America's military, braving sniper fire and roadside bombs. Insurgents targeted them for torture and assassination.
November 5, 2003 |
U.S. forces apparently launched an airstrike that killed six Afghan civilians, including four children, because they were misled by an Afghan interpreter trying to settle scores, a senior government minister said Tuesday. Interior Minister Ali Jalali, a leading pro-Western moderate in President Hamid Karzai's administration, said a delegation from the area of Friday's bombing told him Afghan interpreters were intentionally misleading U.S. forces.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1999 |
Damian Brown whips his head left and right in a struggle to see what the other students are doing in his management information systems class at Cal State Northridge. Professor Glen Gray tells the class to insert their computer discs and tries to make sure everyone is following along. "Any other access questions?" he asks. Brown, who is deaf, furiously scribbles a question on a piece of notebook paper, but Gray doesn't see him. "Well, let's mosey along then."