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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1995
Is the plural of militia--malicious? CLAIRE WEINBERG Mission Hills
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WORLD
April 15, 2014 | By Sherif Tarek
Jordan's ambassador to Libya was abducted by armed assailants Tuesday while heading to his Tripoli office, the latest official taken hostage in the unstable North African country. Masked kidnappers opened fire on the vehicle in which Ambassador Fawaz Itan was a passenger, wounding the driver, said Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Nsour in a briefing to members of the lower house of parliament. The driver was hospitalized, according to Jordan's official Petra news agency.
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NATIONAL
May 3, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Five people were shot to death, including a toddler, at a house in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert on Wednesday, and a white supremacist border militiaman apparently was among them. Authorities have not released the victims' identities, but the private militia group U.S. Border Guard reported that one of the dead was Jason "J.T. " Ready, its founder. Members of the organization say they arm themselves and patrol the border with Mexico to try to combat "narco-terrorists. " Ready also advocated putting a minefield on the border.
WORLD
April 13, 2014 | By Laura King
TRIPOLI, Libya - Dragging deeply on a cigarette and swirling his espresso dregs, the curly-haired young militiaman offered up a vivid account of the battles he and fellow rebels waged to bring down dictator Moammar Kadafi - days of blazing bombardment, thirsty desert nights. Then he voiced his dismay at the chokehold those same armed groups now maintain on Libya. "We fought so hard to make a new country," said the 28-year-old of Libyan extraction who left Britain to join the revolution that swept this North African nation in 2011.
OPINION
September 14, 2013
Re "The real right to bear arms," Opinion, Sept. 8 The point was once frequently made that the National Guard was our "well-regulated militia" and that, therefore, there was no need for citizens to keep their muskets at hand. Today, National Guard units are organized at the state level. It sounds like a contradiction in terms to say Massachusetts National Guard or California National Guard, but the state units are our well-regulated militia. This point hasn't come up in recent years, so Joseph J. Ellis' examination of the language and intent of the Constitution is refreshing.
WORLD
May 6, 2009 | Reuters
Iraqi soldiers killed a Sunni Arab fighter from a U.S.-allied local militia unit Tuesday and arrested his brother, Iraqi police said. Basim Mohammed was shot during a raid in Abu Ghraib, a predominantly Sunni district on the western outskirts of Baghdad, a police source in the district said. The official, who declined to be named, did not say what charges Mohammed or his brother may have been facing.
WORLD
April 25, 2010 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
After a follower of Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr vowed to dispatch militia members to defend Iraqi mosques in the wake of a series of deadly bombings, a statement from Sadr that was widely distributed Saturday made it clear that the Mahdi Army would be reactivated only if the government accepted the offer. The militia's fighters, who were involved in the bloody sectarian violence of Iraq's civil war, were demobilized in 2008 after major confrontations between Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's government and the armed group.
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October 10, 2013 | By Laura King, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO -- Libya slipped deeper into turmoil Thursday when gunmen staged a brief but brazen abduction of the country's prime minister, storming into a luxury hotel in the capital, Tripoli, and seizing him. He was freed hours later, Libya's state-run news agency reported. The circumstances of Prime Minister Ali Zidan's release were not immediately clear. [Updated, 7:53 a.m. PDT Oct. 10: At a Cabinet meeting following his release, Zidan thanked the "real revolutionaries " who helped to free him but provided no details, according to the BBC. ]
NATIONAL
March 31, 2010 | By Richard Fausset
Federal officials in Michigan have arrested a ninth member of the Hutaree, the Christian anti-government militia charged with plotting to use "weapons of mass destruction" in an attack on police. The suspect, Joshua Matthew Stone of Clayton, Mich., surrendered to federal agents in nearby Hillsdale County, in the southern part of the state, Gina Balaya, a spokeswoman with the U.S. attorney's office in Detroit, said Tuesday. Other members of Stone's family were already in custody -- brother David Brian Stone Jr., 19; father David Brian Stone, 45; and Tina Mae Stone, 44, David Sr.'s wife.
NEWS
February 27, 1985 | Associated Press
China plans to strengthen its nationwide militia forces by establishing training centers in each of the nation's 2,000 counties, the official New China News Agency, quoting an unnamed military official, reported Tuesday. The militias are civilian units that receive some military training.
WORLD
March 19, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
MOSCOW -- Ukrainian forces at two naval facilities in Crimea reported Wednesday that they were attacked by gunmen linked to Russia in violation of an earlier agreement to give them until Friday to leave the breakaway region. “So-called pro-Russian self-defense forces of Crimea aided by Russian gunmen in unmarked uniforms stormed and gained control of our navy chief's headquarters in Sevastopol,” Alexei Mazepa, regional spokesman for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, said in a phone interview.
OPINION
March 6, 2014
Re "Of guns and militias," Postscript, March 1 As Adam Winkler made abundantly clear in his debate with Mark Kalmansohn over the interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, this is not - and rightly should not be - about what the words mean today. It's about historical context. But all these interminable and clearly irreconcilable differences about the relevance of the predicate clause are, themselves, irrelevant. The real question is not what the 18th century framers meant by "militia" but what they meant by "arms.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2014 | By August Brown
Mere days after police detained them in Sochi, Russia,   Nadya Tolokonnikova, Masha Alyokhina and other members of Pussy Riot were attacked by whip-wielding Cossacks in the same city on Wednesday, according to reports. According to the Guardian and other outlets, members of the punk activist group had assembled in their iconic bright balaclavas in an area about 20 miles from the site of the Winter Olympics. As they prepared to play a new song, "Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland," they were surrounded by plainclothes security officers and uniformed Cossacks, who were enlisted as an informal security force during the Sochi Games.
WORLD
January 2, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - For nearly two decades, warfare in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has resulted in millions of deaths and cast the resource-rich region as the world capital of rape and crimes against humanity. One reason for the epidemic of violence is the greed that goes along with the gold, tin and coltan mined from its steep, green hillsides. An additional factor is the military interference by neighbors to the east, Rwanda and Uganda. Yet there's also an underlying cause that is rarely addressed: land rights, and conflicts over it, problems as enduring as the soil under one's feet, analysts say, complicated by factors present in so many of Africa's conflicts: years of chaos, fighting and displacement.
WORLD
December 22, 2013 | By David Zucchino
SAFID SHIR, Afghanistan - Astride his dappled gray stallion, Mohammad Karim looked like a weathered warrior, though he wielded a grain sack instead of a carbine. Decades ago, Karim was a mujahid, a mountain tribesman who took up arms against Soviet soldiers and, later, the Taliban. Now 45, with white whiskers beneath his pakol , a traditional Afghan hat, he is again prepared to fight if his beloved Panjshir Valley is threatened. "If the Taliban tries to come back, we'll fight them and kill them," he said, as he rode his horse near the shimmering blue Panjshir River and hillside trees streaked with autumn gold.
WORLD
December 21, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - South Sudanese militias fired on two U.S. military aircraft Saturday, wounding four U.S. servicemen, one of them critically, according to American military officials. The two planes were headed to Bor, north of the capital Juba, the main town in the eastern state of Jonglei, which is under the control of a rebel military faction associated with sacked vice president Riek Machar. Intense fighting has been going on in the region as South Sudan's army struggles to take back the town.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2001
The fox is indeed guarding the henhouse when it comes to guns and the Bush administration. It buys completely into the gun lobby's self-serving interpretation of the 2nd Amendment--that it guarantees an individual's right to bear arms--when the document specifically refers to a well-regulated militia's right. The vast pool of published opinion (including the Supreme Court) supports the idea that the constitutional framers meant the amendment to guarantee the right of a new nation, born in a violent revolution, the right to maintain an armed military.
NATIONAL
April 1, 2010 | Times Wire Services
Not-guilty pleas were entered here Wednesday on behalf of eight of nine members of a Christian militia that prosecutors say plotted to kill police officers and kick-start a violent revolution. The eight, including alleged ringleader David Brian Stone, 45, were among nine members of the Hutaree militia arrested after a series of raids in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio over the weekend. They face charges including seditious conspiracy and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. An undercover FBI agent and a cooperating witness were part of the inquiry, a court document said.
WORLD
October 10, 2013 | By Laura King, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO -- Libya slipped deeper into turmoil Thursday when gunmen staged a brief but brazen abduction of the country's prime minister, storming into a luxury hotel in the capital, Tripoli, and seizing him. He was freed hours later, Libya's state-run news agency reported. The circumstances of Prime Minister Ali Zidan's release were not immediately clear. [Updated, 7:53 a.m. PDT Oct. 10: At a Cabinet meeting following his release, Zidan thanked the "real revolutionaries " who helped to free him but provided no details, according to the BBC. ]
WORLD
September 21, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
DAMASCUS, Syria - At age 70, Ahmad Saidi took up arms after the slaying of his son, a father of five who was killed when a remote-controlled bomb blew up his car. A neighbor suspected in the attack was later overheard bragging about his "gift" for the Saidi family. "This is our homeland," Saidi, a textile merchant, said this week as he stood in camouflage pants amid the shrapnel-scarred interior of the Zubair Mosque, where even a stack of Korans had been shredded by bullets. "We will die defending it. " The defiant septuagenarian with the patrician crown of snow-white hair and matching beard is not a soldier with the Syrian army or a militant in a rebel brigade.
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