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December 27, 1989
With the death of Romania's Ceausescu and the toppling of Panama's Noriega, the dictator seems to be an endangered species at the close of the 1980s. Here are some examples of tyrants in this century: ADOLF HITLER--Germany A frustrated artist and master orator, Hitler blamed Germany's World War I defeat on Jews and Marxists. He was a founder of the Nazi Party and welded it into a strong paramilitary group. The Great Depression brought his party mass support.
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December 27, 1989
With the death of Romania's Ceausescu and the toppling of Panama's Noriega, the dictator seems to be an endangered species at the close of the 1980s. Here are some examples of tyrants in this century: ADOLF HITLER--Germany A frustrated artist and master orator, Hitler blamed Germany's World War I defeat on Jews and Marxists. He was a founder of the Nazi Party and welded it into a strong paramilitary group. The Great Depression brought his party mass support.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1993
As the reminders that our tax revenues are insufficient to sustain the needs of our own populace grow increasingly apparent, I am appalled to see our governing powers fork over a blank check to Russian President Boris Yeltsin to assist him in furthering his questionable agenda for economic "reform." The swift and brutal quashing of any and all dissent to Yeltsin's policies, and Yeltsin's demonstrated contempt for constitutional due process belie his purported commitment to any sort of democracy in Russia.
NEWS
May 10, 1994
The Dominican Republic holds presidential elections Monday with challenger Jose Francisco Pena Gomez holding a narrow lead in the polls over the incumbent, the political legend Joaquin Balaguer. Pena Gomez, a center-leftist black in a country traditionally governed by its white minority, has promised to clean up rampant governmental corruption. At one point, he led the 87-year-old Balaguer by 15 points, but he has seen the margin slip to six points as the election nears.
NEWS
August 17, 1986 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, Times Staff Writer
Joaquin Balaguer, a conservative historian and poet, was sworn in as president of this Caribbean island republic for the fifth time Saturday with a pledge to fight poverty and official corruption. Balaguer, who first served as president in the early 1960s by appointment of longtime Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, accepted the presidential sash again just two weeks short of his 79th birthday, denouncing the Trujillo Era as "30 years of darkness." Trujillo was assassinated in 1961.
OPINION
November 10, 2013 | Mark Kurlansky, Julia Alvarez, Edwidge Danticat and Junot Díaz
A recent ruling by the Constitutional Court in the Dominican Republic to strip away the citizenship of several generations of Dominicans leaves no doubt that the nation has not left its history of abuse and racism behind. According to the decision, Dominicans born after 1929 to parents who are not of Dominican ancestry are to have their citizenship revoked. The ruling affects an estimated 250,000 Dominican people of Haitian descent, including many who have had no personal connection with Haiti for several generations.
NEWS
May 17, 1990 | DON A. SCHANCHE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dominican voters crowded the polls Wednesday in a peaceful election to choose one of two octogenarians to lead this economically hard-pressed country for the next four years. The presidential race appeared to be a toss-up between the incumbent conservative President Joaquin Balaguer, 83, and leftist former President Juan Bosch, 80, facing one another at the polls for the fifth time in the last quarter century.
SPORTS
March 19, 2006 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
Although the United States did not qualify for the final four of the World Baseball Classic, a U.S. Olympic standout says America's performance should not be a source of national humiliation. "I don't think it's an embarrassment," said former Angel Jim Abbott, who pitched the complete game that gave the U.S. the Olympic gold medal in 1988, when baseball was still a demonstration sport. "The U.S. team is going to get every team's best shot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2001 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Juan Bosch, a former president of the Dominican Republic whose name is forever linked to the U.S. invasion of that island nation in 1965, died Thursday in Santo Domingo after a long hospitalization. He was 92. A self-educated author of about 40 books and founder of two of the nation's three political parties, Bosch exerted an influence as a reformer on a generation of Caribbean politicians that extended far beyond his short time as president.
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May 29, 1986 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
When Joaquin Balaguer lost the presidency of the Dominican Republic in 1978, at the age of 70, a long and remarkable political career appeared to have reached its twilight. But a new political life has begun for Balaguer, even though at 78 he is frail and blind. With his narrow victory in the May 16 election, he will become the oldest head of government in the Western Hemisphere. During his public career of more than half a century, Balaguer has served both dictatorship and democracy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1996
Voters in the Dominican Republic are preparing for a final round of balloting next month in their presidential election, but neither they nor international observers seem assured that it will be a clean, fair vote. After all, the June 30 balloting could signal the long-overdue arrival of democracy in a nation whose history has been soiled by dictatorships, political fraud and deceit.
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