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Conservative die-hards and reformers went to war Tuesday for the hearts and minds of the Soviet Communist Party, with Yegor K. Ligachev denouncing the Gorbachev era's "reckless radicalism" and other leaders defending policies that stripped the "evil empire" label from their nation. One day after President Mikhail S.
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.
January 14, 2000
Re "A Radical Change in Lifestyle," Jan. 11, about former members of the Symbionese Liberation Army: I was interested in the remark by Jack Scott regarding those members still at large: "It's just a shame. All these people--from the cops, to Kathy, to Patty--they should all be at home raising their kids." I think that translates to, "If you're rich enough to evade the police for 20 years, you should get a free pass for the rest of your life." JOAN DEL MONTE Venice
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.
August 31, 1992 | Associated Press
A military court sentenced 11 Islamic radicals to life imprisonment Sunday for allegedly plotting to assassinate President Zine Abidine ben Ali and overthrow the government. They were among 279 members or supporters of the banned fundamentalist group An Nahdha tried in the biggest legal proceeding in years against fundamentalists. The government cracked down on An Nahdha in the spring of 1991, charging that the group was plotting to shoot down Ben Ali's jet. The U.S.
Scoring stunning ballot box victories over Communist Party apparatchiks, radicals seized control of city halls in the Soviet Union's two biggest cities, Moscow and Leningrad, securing power bases to push their agenda of faster reform, according to election results in the Russian Federation issued Monday. Radicals also claimed victory in Kiev, the nation's third-largest city, where they accused Communist bosses in the capital of the Ukrainian republic of massive electoral fraud.
The Soviet Communist Party, faced with growing divisions in its ranks, is preparing to oust those radical reformers who promote "social democracy" rather than the party's platform, informed political sources said Wednesday. Intended as a major "cleansing" of the party, the move will attempt to preempt the plans of some radicals to break away when the party holds a pivotal congress in July by expelling them and re-establishing political discipline among remaining party members.
August 4, 1989
Sinhalese radicals shot and killed 18 people, including a high-ranking Buddhist priest, in a series of attacks in southern Sri Lanka, officials said. Gunmen from the People's Liberation Front stormed a Buddhist temple in Colombo, the capital, and killed the Rev. Kotikawatte Saddhatissa Thera, who had endorsed an offer by President Ranasinghe Premadasa to negotiate with the Sinhalese radical group.
July 9, 1993 | Times Wire Services
The Egyptian government hanged seven militants Thursday, including an 18-year-old convicted of firing on a tour bus, in a move signaling determination to crush violence by Islamic radicals that has devastated Egypt's tourist industry. All seven are disciples of Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman, the blind radical cleric who surrendered last week to U.S. authorities in New York and was jailed on immigration charges. The executions, carried out without prior notice between 7 and 10 a.m.
A Los Angeles judge Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order preventing the board of Sunset Hall, a retirement home for aged radicals, from pursuing plans to close the facility for at least 20 days. "There isn't much point in . . . having the residents moved out," Superior Court Judge John Zebrowski said during a meeting in chambers with attorneys for the board and for some of the residents opposed to the closure.
February 16, 2014 | 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Soviet radicals on Tuesday broke from the official celebrations of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution to demand an end to the Communist Party's monopoly on political power. More than 10,000 people marched along a main thoroughfare in central Moscow with banners demanding "Power to the people, not the party!" as troops and party activists filled Red Square for the traditional parade marking the 72nd anniversary of the revolution that brought the Communists to power.
As the nation watched in late 1969 and early 1970, John Froines and his co-defendants turned the Chicago 7 trial into a theater of the absurd protesting the U.S. political system. But that was then; this is now. The chemist, recently named director of UCLA's Occupational Health Center, wants to know why reporters can't ask about his public health career from 1974 to the present. Why do they focus on his radical past? "People are always saying, 'Is John Froines the same radical he was in 1968?'
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.
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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