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November 3, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown toured a de-radicalization facility in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and met men who had been inmates of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Saudi officials claim their efforts at rehabilitating extremists with months of argument against radical Islam have a success rate of 80% to 90%. An official at the center, Dr. Abdel Rahman Hadlaq, said men released are given jobs and other support key to breaking radical links.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Seeking a way to prevent violence like last year's deadly Boston Marathon bombing, an Islamic advocacy group Monday announced a plan aimed at helping U.S. mosques identify and reeducate radicals. The Muslim Public Affairs Council - which long has pushed for a moderate, American-based Islam - hopes its "Safe Spaces Initiative" will get mosques to stop a pattern of dealing with extremists by simply shunning them and kicking them out. The plan was unveiled a day before Tuesday's one-year anniversary of the marathon bombing, allegedly orchestrated by ethnically Chechen Muslim brothers who lived in the Boston area.
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OPINION
June 8, 2010
It's a drumbeat on the right: The Obama administration is in deliberate denial about the existence of "Islamic terrorism." A conservative columnist recently complained that two federal reports described terrorism and violent extremism but didn't mention "radical Islam as a motivator." Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent senator from Connecticut, has chided the administration for failing to identify "violent Islamist extremism" as the enemy. There is some truth in this criticism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By David Colker
When professional storyteller Leslie Perry was in his prime, his performances were electrifying displays of verbal pyrotechnics, with Perry shouting out passages like a hellfire preacher while sometimes dancing back and forth on the stage, his fists pumping in rhythm with the recitation. In more recent years, with his body sapped by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, Perry sat in a chair while telling his stories. And though his movements had to be far more subtle, the vocal colors he brought to his stories made them no less riveting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1988
If Bush is against the ACLU and finds it too radical, does that also mean that he does not support the Bill of Rights and thinks that it is too radical also? As a result of Bush's recent comments, my husband and I are now "card-carrying members" of the ACLU. BEVERLY JENSEN Redondo Beach
NEWS
June 16, 1987 | From Reuters
Hard-core sex queen Ilona Staller, the most controversial candidate to stand in Italy's general elections, has won a seat in Parliament, election results showed today. Staller, standing for the small, maverick Radical party in the southern Rome constituency of Latina, was voted in after a campaign in which she performed strip shows for the public, posed topless for the press and regularly brought traffic in the capital to a halt.
OPINION
September 23, 2006
Re "Bush Bows to Senators on Detainees," Sept. 22 Congratulations on the most gutless interpretation of the story imaginable. In reality, our nation is about to officially sanction torture with a bill that is only slightly less radical than President Bush's monstrous proposal (while at the same time passing another radical "compromise" that allows the president to spy on anyone with no judicial oversight). Why is The Times not spitting editorial venom and demanding accountability? Will you, too, play the role of spectator as democracy dies?
OPINION
March 15, 2003
Re "House Takes the French Out of Fries and Toast," March 12: Not only are French fries a Belgian invention, French toast is actually English pudding, and my French husband has never tasted it. I would laugh at the ignorance and immaturity, except this behavior is coming from people who lead my country. I have great tolerance and respect for France's opinions. I do not have tolerance for these seemingly small knee-jerk reactions. I'm not sure how these congressmen think taking the word "French" out of our vocabularies will change the convictions of the French government, but I would remind them that there are more people in the U.S. who object to the war than all the people in France put together.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2006
I rarely agree with Tim Rutten and am sometimes annoyed by his columns. But his piece on the hypocrisy and dishonesty of The Times and other major American newspapers and media outlets for refusing to publicize the Muhammad cartoons was an absolute gem ["Let's Be Honest About Cartoons," Feb. 11]. I congratulate him for bringing a measure of relief to those of us who are ashamed at the cowardice our American media have shown in the face of this blatant challenge to the freedom of the press.
NEWS
February 14, 1993 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was just another tragedy in family court. A young crack mother, desperate to conceal her pregnancy, had locked herself in a tenement bathroom and given birth to a three-pound boy. As she pushed, he fell to the floor and broke his skull. The mother abandoned him, like she had two previous babies. All were born addicted to crack. "Can we do anything about this woman?" asks Judge Judith Sheindlin, her voice taut with anger.
OPINION
February 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The United States and Cuba have been locked in the coldest of relationships for more than half a century. But a new poll suggests that the American people think it's time to warm things up a bit. We agree. The poll, commissioned by the Washington-based Atlantic Council research group, found that 6 in 10 Americans favor normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba. The numbers are stronger in Florida than in the nation as a whole, and support holds even among Latinos in that state, which is where the bulk of the Cuban expatriate community resides.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Microsoft is widely expected next week to appoint a longtime insider to be only its third chief executive, signaling the company won't make radical strategic changes. Satya Nadella, 46, who joined Microsoft in 1992, is executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise group, working primarily with business customers. Although his division posted more than $20 billion in revenue last year, making it larger than most other tech companies, analysts said he faces a huge challenge in assuming control of the sprawling Microsoft business.
WORLD
January 19, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- A radical Islamist group operating clandestinely in Russia's North Caucasus took responsibility Sunday for the two suicide bombings that rocked the industrial center of Volgograd late last year. Ansar al Sunna posted a 50-minute video on the extremist website Vilayat Dagestan that showed two young men -- called Suleiman and Abdurakhim in the video credits -- allegedly preparing to carry out the attacks. Dressed in black T-shirts with Kalashnikov rifles in their hands, the two sit praying in front of a black flag with white letters in Arabic.
NATIONAL
January 18, 2014 | Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - With Al Qaeda militants surging in the Middle East and North Africa, top U.S. law enforcement officials are increasingly concerned about efforts to recruit and radicalize American citizens by drawing them to the restive region and sending them back to this country to carry out terrorist attacks. FBI Director James B. Comey calls the threat one of the bureau's top priorities and said the agency is working to identify and track U.S. residents who travel overseas, embrace Al Qaeda ideology and return to the United States.
OPINION
January 6, 2014 | By Jane Harman
What turns people into terrorists? That question might sound simplistic, but it's at the heart of the struggle to prevent terrorist attacks. Take a look at some of the people who have tried to do us harm in the last few years. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, son of a wealthy banker, grew up in Nairobi, attended boarding school and college, and lived in an expensive London neighborhood. Chat room posts show that he worried about his school test scores and about girls - and felt lonely.
NATIONAL
December 28, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
When the Vatican censured an organization representing thousands of American nuns, it did so in part because the group had not spoken out enough against gay marriage and abortion. The Vatican said the Leadership Conference of Women Religious had espoused "radical feminist themes," adding, "Issues of crucial importance to the life of Church and society, such as the Church's Biblical view of family life and human sexuality, are not part of the LCWR agenda in a way that promotes Church teaching.
OPINION
May 18, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
We are taught to believe that ideology is the enemy of free thought. But that's not right. Ideology is a mere checklist of principles and priorities. The real enemy of clear thinking is the script. We think the world is supposed to go by a familiar plot. And when the facts conflict with the script, we edit the facts. So, for instance, David Horowitz is a stock villain on U.S. campuses because he deviates from the standard formula of coddling the usual victims and lionizing the usual heroes.
BOOKS
January 28, 1990 | Thomas Cahill, Cahill, former North American education correspondent for the Times (London), is editor of "The Bookperson," a new mail-order book review. and
Aproper dilemma needs two horns; and, it would appear from Howard Gardner's provocative new book, the dilemma of contemporary education is no exception. The horns, in this case, are freedom and discipline. The question before the house is how to incorporate both into one's educational scheme without slighting either.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2013 | By August Brown
The hotel room was destroyed. A television lay shattered on the ground, surrounded by a shredded pile of photographs and Bible pages, soda cans and broken furniture. On the mangled hotel bed, the sheets were coiled up in a corner, still holding the form of the human responsible for this mess. Just down the hall, Billy Idol and guys from the Sex Pistols, Blondie and Adam & the Ants banged out loud and sloppy Stooges covers late into the night. It's a scene Sid Vicious might have loved if he'd lived to attend the Los Angeles art opening.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2013 | By Gwenda Bond
Author Nicola Griffith is as unpredictable and fascinating as one of her heroines. Her first two novels, "Ammonite" and "Slow River" (which won a Nebula Award), were science fiction. And from 1998 to 2007, she followed up with three novels of suspense centered on a tough, wealthy ex-cop named Aud Torvingen. She also published a Lambda Award-winning memoir, "And Now We Are Going to Have a Party: Liner Notes to a Writer's Early Life," about her upbringing in Yorkshire, England, and a life riotously lived (her immigration case landed her on the front page of the Wall Street Journal after the State Department made a rule that allowed her to stay in the U.S. because it was "in the national interest")
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