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April 29, 2007 | Swati Pandey
THE TIMES' word of choice for one of the most destructive weeks in L.A.'s history -- from April 29 to May 4, 1992, when more than 50 people died, thousands were injured and hundreds of millions of dollars in property was destroyed -- is "riot." The Times has used "riot" for the Rodney G. King verdict furor well over 1,000 times since then. Webster's defines "riot" as "a raucous or violent disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons assembled for a common private purpose."
April 27, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
Some 50 political leaders from nine Western states gathered in Salt Lake City this month to discuss plans to wrest control of millions of acres of public lands from the federal government. One wonders whether, like a dog chasing a car, they've figured out what they would do with the land if they got hold of it? In any case, that's unlikely to happen, based on decades of court battles and settled law. Nevertheless, these angry legislators and local commissioners seem determined to waste time and energy on this futile effort, propelled by a warped sense of history and priorities.
September 29, 2002
REBELLION Now Enrique's anger boils over. He refuses to make his Mother's Day card at school. He begins hitting other kids. He lifts the teacher's skirt. He stands on top of the teacher's desk and bellows, "Who is Enrique?" "You!" the class replies. Three times, he is suspended. Twice he repeats a grade. But Enrique never abandons his promise to study. Unlike half the children from his neighborhood, he completes elementary school. There is a small ceremony. A teacher hugs him and mutters, "Thank God, Enrique's out of here.
April 25, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine - At the epicenter of the pro-Russia rebellion in eastern Ukraine, masked men on Friday raced around in commandeered police cars, blowing through stop lights and flying over speed bumps. Although it was a warm spring day, the streets were nearly empty. Separatists described taking up sniper positions in an unfinished office building, only to find that two floors down their enemies had the same idea. The Ukrainian government declared Friday that it planned to surround and blockade this town, which is completely controlled by the separatists.
October 3, 2011
In the director's chair Here's a look at three talents from the "L.A. Rebellion" period: Julie Dash Dash is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her feature "Daughters of the Dust," which is part of the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. Charles Burnett The director's lauded first full-length feature, 1977's "Killer of Sheep," was written as his UCLA master's thesis. Haile Gerima The Ethiopian-born Gerima took his 1993 film "Sankofa" to 35 different cities himself when he couldn't find a distributor.
October 12, 2011 | Steve Lopez
I pitched a tent Monday night in a neighborhood of the angry, the disaffected and the disillusioned. "Are you aware that the sprinklers come on at night?" a fellow camper asked as I drove my tent stakes into the ground. I wasn't, but hey, a little personal discomfort is the price of revolution, right? The media haven't known quite what to make of the demonstrators who've taken to the streets in Los Angeles, New York and elsewhere. The occupiers have been knocked for not having a clear message, and they've been called the tea party of the left.
April 4, 2012 | By Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
DAMASCUS, Syria - He doesn't have a cellphone and doesn't use regular phones. He avoids his home and mostly ventures out under cover of night, a cap pulled low on his head to conceal his identity. "For 11 months, I have not been in a public place, not in a restaurant or a cafe," Yassin Haj Saleh, a former political prisoner, said as he arrived at a previously agreed-upon rendezvous spot as darkness fell. Despite his clandestine existence, Saleh is a prominent Syrian dissident, a prolific writer and columnist with a wide following both in print and on the Internet.
November 18, 2011 | By Sheri Linden
Young adults are caught between Old World tradition and personal fulfillment in "Dog Sweat," a multistrand feature set in Tehran and shot there surreptitiously. Whatever personal risks first-time director Hossein Keshavarz took to make the film, there's little sense of danger in the finished product, which offers snapshots of middle-class Iran but falls flat on the dramatic front. Rebellion takes various forms for the characters. Three pals seek black-market alcohol, or "dog sweat.
July 16, 2006 | Adam Hill, Adam Hill is a critic and poet whose work is featured in "How Much Earth: An Anthology of Fresno Poets," edited by Christopher Buckley. He teaches literature at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
"THE world is kept alive only by heretics," Yevgeny Zamyatin wrote in an essay in 1919, not long before his own work was banned and he was branded a heretic by the Soviet authorities. By the time he completed the novel "We" in 1921, he was well on his way to being deemed an enemy of the state.
June 17, 2007 | Dennis Lim, Special to The Times
SEEN one way, Lindsay Anderson's "If ... " is a quintessential artifact of the 1960s counterculture. Set in a British boarding school where students are incited to armed rebellion by a tyrannical system, the film went into production in early 1968, just before the largest student protests of the 20th century began to erupt throughout the campuses of Europe and America. Even as it was being made, Anderson's poetic vision of anarchy took on a documentary quality.
April 14, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
INDIO - The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been referred to by some as Bro-chella since at least 2008, when the annual desert gathering featured such dude-friendly headliners as Jack Johnson and Roger Waters. The latest edition, which ran Friday through Sunday at the Empire Polo Club before repeating this weekend, had a bit of the bro about it, with performances by dub step king Skrillex, stoner-rap MC Kid Cudi and jock-jammy alt-rockers Foster the People. But a different atmosphere seemed to settle over the festival during its initial three-day blast.
March 16, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - The CIA's chief of Iran operations was placed on paid administrative leave and sent home from agency headquarters after an internal investigation found he had created an abusive and hostile work environment that put a crucial division in disarray, according to current and former officials. Officers and analysts in the Iran operations division, which coordinates spying on Iran and its nuclear program, were informed at a meeting last week at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., of the decision to suspend Jonathan Bank, a veteran officer and member of the senior intelligence service.
September 9, 2013 | By a Times Special Correspondent
DAMASCUS, Syria - Edgy residents of the Syrian capital are grappling with a difficult question: What if a U.S. airstrike helps rebels poised on the city's outskirts to storm into the heart of Damascus? The capital has been mostly insulated from the worst of the fighting, which has largely been concentrated in outlying suburbs and elsewhere in the country. But speculation is rampant that U.S. air attacks will try to break down government defenses and enable opposition forces to storm into the streets of the capital, President Bashar Assad's seat of power.
September 2, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
Who says ear cuffs, knuckle rings, chunky chains and spikes are solely the armor of street-storming teens? Now showing up in luxurious, feminine forms - often encrusted with a heavy dose of diamonds - these powerful new pieces are also dangerously chic. Punk meets pretty on Christian Dior's single pearl tribal earring and Repossi's diamond-embellished ear cuff, designed to mimic multiple piercings to glamorous effect. These could prompt even the most conservative ladies to indulge in a hint of rebellion.
August 21, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
GAZA CITY - The homemade YouTube video features four masked men in matching T-shirts, standing like soldiers as one reads a statement lambasting Hamas for killing civilians and calling for the overthrow of the Gaza Strip's Islamist government. They call their new Palestinian youth group Tamarod Gaza - using the Arabic word for "rebellion" - after the similarly named Egyptian protest movement that helped bring down Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and Hamas' mentor, the Muslim Brotherhood.
July 10, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO - The young activists behind the protests that led to last week's military overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi fear they once again may be overshadowed by other political forces as Egypt stitches together a coalition government ahead of new elections. The scenario in Egypt's tumultuous politics mirrors the toppling of autocrat Hosni Mubarak more than two years ago: The youth ignite a rebellion, the army seizes power, a transition government is formed, elections are held and activists end up marginalized.
December 3, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Revert, if you will, to your 14-year-old female self. If you're a guy, dig deep into your imagination until your brain is a blank slate and you can understand the rush of crushing on One Direction. Your parents are fighting, your brother's a dork, the popular girls at school roll their eyes at you, the curriculum is a drag. You're ready to bust loose and get out into the world, shed the drama and expectations, live life and have some fun. But you're trapped in your bedroom for four more years.
September 24, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Few places embody punk rock ideals less than Las Vegas, the setting for Green Day singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong's onstage tantrum on Friday night. And few Green Day albums embody the punk ideal less than "¡Uno!," the band's eighth studio album. Both highlight the challenges of turning rebellion into money. Sponsored by corporate radio monolith Clear Channel, the Vegas event was called the iHeartRadio Music Festival, and took place at the MGM Grand Hotel. The annual festival, now in its third year, is designed to draw attention to the corporation's I Heart Radio smartphone application.
June 4, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
If there was a moment when the United States could have intervened in Syria, it looks like that moment has passed. Shiite militants, including Hezbollah - partly at the behest of their paymasters in Iran - are racing to the defense of Bashar Assad's regime. According to a witness account in the New York Times, there were some 11,000 Hezbollah fighters in the besieged town of Qusair alone. A Shiite religious student in Najaf, Iraq, told the Times that his colleagues believe the leader of Qatar, a backer of Syrian rebels, is a long-prophesied demonic figure who, it is foretold, will raise an army in Syria to wipe out Shiites in Iraq.
May 17, 2013 | By Andres D'Alessandro and Chris Kraul, Special to the Los Angeles Times
BUENOS AIRES - Former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla, who presided over that country's so-called dirty war in which up to 30,000 dissidents were murdered or disappeared, died Friday while serving a 50-year prison sentence. He was 87. He died of natural causes at Marcos Paz prison in Buenos Aires state, according to official announcements. Videla led a rebel military group that in 1976 overthrew president Isabel Peron and then installed a reign of terror lasting seven years in which thousands of leftist politicians and activists were taken from their homes and workplaces, often in the dead of night, tortured and killed.
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