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November 7, 2004 | Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a contributing editor of Opinion, is a senior scholar in the School of Policy, Planning and Development at USC and a political analyst for KNBC.
Someone once asked the late Herbert Baus, a pioneering GOP consultant, why he preferred ballot-proposition campaigns to those with candidates. An initiative, he said, never arrives drunk or embarrasses you at a news conference, and a proposition's spouse doesn't call up in the middle of the night to harangue you. It's all about control, Baus said. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger probably feels the same about control.
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WORLD
January 2, 2004 | Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writer
Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to Hong Kong's streets Thursday in support of democracy, strengthening a nascent "people power" movement that has given Beijing and its handpicked representatives headaches. Although estimates of the crowd's size differed sharply -- organizers pegged it at 100,000, the government 37,000 -- even the smaller figure far exceeded expectations. "I'm very pleased and impressed by the high turnout," said Richard Tsoi, one of the march's leaders.
WORLD
September 29, 2003 | Tyler Marshall, Times Staff Writer
Winston Chu is a man with a mission, an environmentalist fighting to keep the government from filling in more of Hong Kong's beautiful harbor. He recently collected more than $100,000 in five days to help finance a legal battle to halt the landfill work. Last week, he filed an application for a court hearing, then took his case to the media. "Government officials regard the law as an inconvenience," Chu, a lawyer, told reporters.
NEWS
May 2, 2001 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a "state of rebellion" here Tuesday as police shot at protesters outside her palace and began arresting key opposition leaders around the city. Arroyo's tough stance appeared to have halted days of mass demonstrations that she said were intended to overthrow her government three months after she took office. Among those arrested for allegedly plotting her ouster was Sen.
OPINION
January 28, 2001 | Sheila S. Coronel, Sheila S. Coronel is executive director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
For the second time in 15 years, Filipinos have ousted a president through an uprising staged on the streets of Manila. Both uprisings were peaceful, festive and carnival-like. In both, the Catholic Church, business community, urban middle class and military played a key role.
NEWS
January 24, 2001 | JIM MANN
The 1986 "people power" revolution in the Philippines was a seminal event in modern history. When the Philippine people took to the streets to get rid of Ferdinand E. Marcos, others watched and followed. Sometimes, those efforts failed, as in Myanmar, and China in 1989. But people power also spread successfully to South Korea in 1987, through Eastern Europe in 1989, to the Soviet Union in 1991 and to Yugoslavia last fall.
OPINION
November 28, 1999 | Robert L. Borosage, Robert L. Borosage is a founder of Campaign for America's Future
This week's World Trade Organization ministerial meeting won't be placid. President Bill Clinton will host 6,000 delegates from 135 nations who will be welcomed by a great trading city's financial elite, transported by limousines and shielded by legions of police, Secret Service and national guardsmen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1998 | JENNIFER HAMM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Clad in a shimmering sorcerer costume, the self-named Great Kinetic Wizard walked up to two bikes decorated to resemble an oversized clam, sprinkled confetti and loudly proclaimed a blessing. An odd sight for a sporting event, but this was no ordinary race. The seriousness of day-to-day life was forgotten Saturday morning as the entrants in the Kinetic Sculpture Race--advertised as an event "where art and engineering collide"--showed off their creativity, acted silly and just had fun.
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