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December 8, 2009 | By W. Scott Thompson
There's a tendency for eyes to glaze over when reports of violence in the Philippines are reported. "Sorry for the redundancy," we say. But the Nov. 23 massacre of 57 people merits consideration. The victims were supporters and local journalists accompanying a woman on her way to file nomination papers for her husband's run for provincial governor on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. The candidate had reportedly received death threats, and some authorities called this a politically motivated attack.
November 10, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Usually, human rights activists and victims are on the same side of a conflict. But the case of Israel Arzate has put the two allies in opposite camps in Mexico, a reflection of how the absence of justice distorts reality in this violent country. Arzate, 28, was one of a small handful of people formally accused by authorities of perpetrating one of the most notorious massacres in recent Mexican history. Fifteen mostly young people were shot to death as they celebrated a soccer victory in the border city of Ciudad Juarez in January 2010.
May 15, 1993 | Associated Press
About 70 people are expected to face charges in the massacre of 28 protesters last year in a black homeland. Most of the suspects are members of the Ciskei military, a prosecutor said Friday. Willem Jurgens, the homeland's attorney general, said he had not yet decided on exact charges and refused to disclose the names. Soldiers opened fire on protesters last Sept. 7, killing 28 and wounding more than 200.
November 20, 1998 | PHILIP BRANDES
If you think home is where the heart is, "massacre" at Hollywood's Theatre of Note begs to differ. As a trio of Colorado sisters (Jacqueline Wright, Dana Wieluns and Lauren Roedy Vaughn) with a tenuous grasp on normality contemplate the sale of their aging parents' house, their squabbling becomes a microcosmic mirror for social conflicts rooted in economics, sex and race.
May 9, 1999
To Times Orange County columnist Dana Parsons (April 28) and clueless others who racked their brains over the Littleton massacre, let's try an exercise in logic. Take the video gore games out of the equation. Could the massacre have happened? Most decidedly. Now take the Internet Web hate-page out. You still have a massacre. Let's try taking a pop culture of violence out. No good. It just reverts to a subculture and these kids were decidedly nonconformists. Now let's replace the parents with strict, intrusive parents.
July 13, 2011 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Nearly 30 years after the massacre of dozens of men, women and children during Guatemala's civil war, a Santa Ana maintenance worker who was allegedly a member of the elite military unit that carried out the killings was deported and turned over to authorities in that country to face charges. Pedro Pimentel Rios is accused of being among some 20 members of an elite Guatemalan army unit known as the Kaibiles that murdered at least 160 villagers — including nearly 70 children under age 12 — in the village of Dos Erres in December 1982, according to immigration officials.
January 25, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A Moreno Valley martial arts instructor suspected of belonging to the Guatemalan military unit that killed more than 150 civilians, including children, in the country's infamous Dos Erres massacre in 1982 has been arrested on immigration fraud charges after fleeing from federal authorities last year. Jorge Sosa, 52, was arrested by Canadian authorities last week while visiting his parents near Calgary, and Justice Department officials are seeking his extradition back to California.
November 24, 2009 | By Al Jacinto and John M. Glionna
Reporting from Seoul and Zamboanga City, Philippines -- Twenty-four people were found dead in the southern Philippines after scores of gunmen on Monday kidnapped a caravan of supporters accompanying a woman en route to file her husband's nomination papers to run for provincial governor, authorities said. Officials called the attack a politically motivated massacre. Many of the victims were beheaded and buried in shallow graves. The victims -- at least 13 of them women -- reportedly included a dozen local journalists covering the filing that marked the start of the Philippine election season.
February 19, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson
The slaughter last month of at least 15 young people with no apparent criminal ties has galvanized the Mexican public in ways not seen here in more than three years of bloody drug warfare and has forced the government to enact long-resisted policy changes to combat violence. Some in Mexico are wondering whether this is their nation's tipping point, a moment when public outrage that has bubbled along finally overcomes the fear and fatalism that largely silenced or intimidated Mexican society.
July 31, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan
"The Act of Killing," one of the most remarkable, most talked about documentaries of the year, is expanding its Los Angeles-area run starting Friday. Director Joshua Oppenheimer accurately calls this "a documentary of the imagination," and it takes more than a little getting used to. It's a mind-bending film , devastating and disorienting, that disturbs us in ways we are not used to being disturbed. An examination of a massive anti-Communist slaughter in Indonesia, it raises questions about the nature of documentary, the persistence of evil, and the intertwined ways movies function in our culture and in our minds.
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