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October 17, 2009 | TINA DAUNT
If Hollywood were to give out grades for how President Obama is doing on issues that matter most to liberal activists here, he would get -- at best -- an incomplete. "The pace of change has begun to matter to Hollywood," said Joel Flatow , who heads the Recording Industry Assn. of America's West Coast office. And that pace, so far, may not be quick enough on the key issues of Darfur, the environment, stem cell research, gay rights, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. So think of this as the industry's progress report on the new president.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2007 | TINA DAUNT
THE dinner at a chic rambling apartment along the grounds of the Villa Borghese (the Eternal City's eternal equivalent of Beverly Hills) started at 9:45 p.m., early by Italian standards. The hosts -- two Californians spending a year in Rome -- knew their guests had a busy day ahead.
WORLD
June 8, 2006 | Abukar Albadri and Robyn Dixon, Special to The Times
Islamist leaders newly in control of this city offered Wednesday to hold talks with the country's transitional government, a move some analysts said could provide the first hope of stability after 15 years of anarchy. But the streets of Mogadishu bristled with tense, heavily armed militiamen on edge over any attempt at a counteroffensive by an alliance of rival warlords reportedly backed by the United States.
WORLD
May 30, 2007 | James Gerstenzang and Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writers
President Bush's decision Tuesday to exert new pressure on Sudan to end the violence in Darfur may have a limited effect because many of the people and businesses he targeted already are getting around existing sanctions, according to experts and business officials. Bush's measures also exempted some of the biggest players in Sudan's economy, particularly Chinese oil interests and Sudanese firms that supply raw materials that are important to influential U.S. industries.
WORLD
September 6, 2008 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
The American presidential race and a genocide investigation by the International Criminal Court are propelling Sudanese officials to renew efforts to strike a deal with the U.S. aimed at normalizing relations and improving stability in the volatile Darfur region. Many in the Khartoum government fear frosty U.S.-Sudanese relations could worsen under the next U.S. president. Sen. Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, has called for American military intervention in Darfur.
WORLD
August 17, 2009 | Robyn Dixon
For most of her recent African tour, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sounded much like any visiting foreign official, male or female. Except in Congo. When Clinton ignored security advice and flew to Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, her focus on the region's rape crisis resonated with some of the continent's most powerless people: women. It wasn't just that she was the first top-level American official to go to the epicenter of one of the world's deadliest wars, nor even the U.S. aid money she promised.
WORLD
September 4, 2002 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The United States urged Sudan on Tuesday to resume much-heralded peace talks, even as the African nation's leader ordered his generals to launch an offensive against rebels who have seized a key garrison town. President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir broke off the talks this week after the main guerrilla group, the Sudan People's Liberation Army, captured the southern town of Torit, about 70 miles southeast of the Nile River port of Juba.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2008 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
Basketball all-star Tracy McGrady certainly enjoys a good life. "Am I spoiled?" he asks. "Yes, I'm spoiled." McGrady's first paycheck came from Adidas in a $500,000 endorsement deal, and his first job was playing in the NBA. The Houston Rockets guard/forward lives in a mansion, has no shortage of jewelry and clothes, and flies on private planes. Unlike so many professional athletes, though, McGrady chose to leave all such luxuries behind and see firsthand how the world's least fortunate survive.
WORLD
February 4, 2008 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
As rebels in Chad fought for a second day to take control of the nation's capital, analysts said Sunday that the outcome of the attempted coup could have far-reaching implications for the Darfur conflict in neighboring Sudan.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2009 | TINA DAUNT
Bono has a well-deserved reputation for speaking out on injustice, so imagine his surprise Tuesday when the nation's justices spoke out against him. Justice Antonin Scalia -- the go-to writer when the U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority wants to punch up the judicial dialogue -- counted U2's lead singer among "the foul-mouthed glitteratae from Hollywood."
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