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January 29, 2007 | Richard S. Ginell, Special to The Times
Received opinion has it wrong with regard to Benjamin Britten. Often thought of as a bulwark of so-called musical conservatism in the 20th century, Britten was really quite an innovator, inventing new genres of music theater, trying out new sonorities, reaching beyond the usual performance spaces.
July 15, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- In the far east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, residents were greeted with an odd sight over the weekend: trucks full of people dressed in brightly colored women's clothes, coming from Rwanda. They weren't women. They were armed men in military uniforms with scarves called kikwembe draped over their heads and clothing. A farmer who saw them felt dread when he realized who they were, the Associated Press reported. They were soldiers, apparently arriving from Rwanda to fight on the side of the M23 rebels.
November 22, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa  - Rebels who this week seized a key city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo refused to leave Thursday despite pleas from regional leaders including the presidents of Rwanda and Uganda, who were named in a United Nations report as backers of the rebellion. Congolese President Joseph Kabila said he was willing to negotiate with leaders of the M23 rebels to resolve their grievances, backing down from his original refusal to hold talks. The reversal was widely seen as a sign of his military impotence after troops abandoned the city of Goma on Tuesday without a fight.
December 20, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
GOMA, Congo - It was not the bullet lodged in the officer's gut, or the botched operation he'd had in a field hospital, that made the case so difficult for doctors in a Goma hospital. It was trying to save the life of a Rwandan officer injured in the recent Congolese battle for the eastern city when Rwanda's government insisted it wasn't involved in the Goma fighting. Doctors were convinced the officer would die if he wasn't sent home to Rwanda, where he could get better medical care.
October 29, 2006 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
Anxious Congolese returned to the polls this morning to complete the first democratic presidential election in more than 40 years. But fears of renewed violence in this Central African giant largely overshadowed the hope and optimism many had expressed during the first round of voting.
December 11, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon
Los Angeles Times RUTSHURU, Democratic Republic of Congo - The rebels materialized out of the moist, heavy air, startling the woman as she tended her crops in the lush volcanic hills near the Rwandan border. They wanted a bag of salt. No salt, and they'd kill her. "You just do what they say," said Solange, a widow struggling to support a family in the midst of war. To people like her who live in eastern Congo's North Kivu province, the M23 fighters who have taken control of their region are bandits, not rebels.
November 2, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Their behavior was scandalous: Soldiers traded their guns for gold. They sexually abused children they were supposed to protect. They barricaded themselves in their barracks rather than fight. And that unruly U.N. peacekeeping force was actually the better of the two armies fighting a notorious rebel movement in eastern Congo, scene of one of Africa's longest-running conflicts. Meantime, the Congolese army's efforts were led by rival commanders who competed for looting rights.
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