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August 11, 1991 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Her father had been missing in Indochina for nearly 25 years, and suddenly there was a controversial photograph of him, along with two other American MIA soldiers, somewhere in the jungle. Shelby Robertson Quast was desperate for information, and when she spotted Defense Secretary Dick Cheney at a POW-MIA meeting here last month, she made a beeline for his table.
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NEWS
February 11, 1990 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Frederik W. de Klerk announced Saturday that 71-year-old Nelson R. Mandela, who personifies nearly a century of black struggle to end white minority rule, will walk free today after more than 27 years in prison, putting South Africa on a dramatic new course toward ending one of the bloodiest racial conflicts in history. "This will bring us to the end of a long chapter," De Klerk told a news conference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1995 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Three years after the Los Angeles riots and a year before a likely ballot initiative to repeal affirmative action laws, clergy and lay leaders from several faiths said Tuesday that they must step up political activism on socially divisive issues. Political success, they said, will require surmounting religious and cultural differences in order to present a united front. "Our diversity need not be our adversity, and it dare not be our perversity," said the Rev.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1994 | RUSS LOAR
The passage of Proposition 187 has sparked a rare burst of political activism at the usually sleepy Irvine Valley College campus. Student groups from colleges throughout Orange County are expected to take part in a Proposition 187 "teach-in" beginning at noon today on campus. Educators, students and Latino activists will gather at the student services courtyard on campus to learn about and discuss the law, which denies social services and public education to illegal immigrants.
WORLD
May 6, 2002 | From Associated Press
Vladimiro Roca, a well-known Cuban political prisoner, was freed early Sunday about two months short of completing his five-year sentence. Back home in Havana, Roca told reporters, "I will continue my political activism. I am not thinking about abandoning the struggle." Roca likened the government's long-term ideological campaign, aimed at engaging citizens in current affairs through rallies and political talk shows, to the "bread and circus" tactics of Roman rulers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1991 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every day in San Pedro, in a large stucco hall filled with memories of good times, scores of Croatian-Americans gather to share sad stories about the war in their homeland. In the bright auditorium and the dimly lit lounge of Croatian Hall, they talk about what has happened to their republic and to loved ones such as Ante Rogic. Rogic was a 17-year-old soldier in Yugoslavia when the war began in July, said his cousin, Susy Smith of San Pedro.
WORLD
June 27, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
DAKAR, Senegal -- With 94-year-old Nelson Mandela possibly nearing death, President Obama on Thursday reflected on the role the civil rights icon had played in spurring him into political activism, saying he “gave me a sense of what is possible in the world.” As a 19-year-old at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Obama became involved in the anti-apartheid movement when Mandela, a revered leader in the fight against white-minority rule, was...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2004 | Michael Ordona, Times Staff Writer
They're older, they're wiser, they're mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore. "Look at the drug ads targeting seniors; they're trying to keep them afraid," says Natalie Ambrose, 74, a retired schoolteacher and current member of the Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, a nonpartisan activist organization. "They're really aimed at the children of seniors; they're selling to the caregivers. It's another way of taking away our independence."
BOOKS
February 11, 1990 | SONJA BOLLE
The efforts to introduce anti-pornography legislation in recent years have taken the definition of pornography to new legal and political ground, argues Donald Alexander Downs in "The New Politics of Pornography." The terms in which pornography and obscenity are discussed have shifted from moral issues to social and political ones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1992 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
The Orange County League of Women voters will host two of a group of 20 women leaders from Poland selected to visit the United States. Alicja Kedzia, vice president of the local Parliament in the district of Kalisz, and Zofia Rummel-Syska, a council chair of the Legal Commission of Warsaw, will stay in private homes and meet with elected officials and political groups during their stay from Saturday through June 13.
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