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October 19, 2009 | John Prendergast, John Prendergast is co-founder of Enough, the anti-genocide project at the Center for American Progress in Washington.
The Khmer Rouge's Pol Pot had hundreds of thousands of people dig their own mass graves before they were beaten to death in Cambodia's killing fields. Rwanda's Interahamwe militias used machetes to kill 800,000 people in 100 days. Now, another low-tech, clandestine approach to orchestrating mass atrocities is being perfected by the ruling National Congress Party, or NCP, in Sudan. No need for shovels or machetes when you have a box of matches. Over the last two decades, I've gone to smoldering village after smoldering village in Sudan and the surrounding region, interviewing the survivors of attacks by militias supported by the NCP. Each time the pattern is the same.
January 7, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
"In America," Oscar Wilde quipped, "the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience. " And they often do it in the pages of Rolling Stone. Last week, the magazine posted a mini-manifesto titled " Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For . " After confirming it wasn't a parody, conservative critics launched a brutal assault on its author, Jesse A. Myerson. Myerson's essay captures nearly everything the unconverted despise about left-wing youth culture, starting with the assumption that being authentically young requires being theatrically left wing.
May 6, 1990
I would like to remind Calendar readers that there is always a rebellious nature to "underground" music, such as that performed by Public Enemy, the early Rolling Stones, Jim Morrison, etc. But never fear: Capitalism usually prevails, and the rebellious go mainstream. STEVE LANE Woodland Hills
December 31, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
The Beltway consensus seems to be that 2013 was a bad year for the same reason nearly every other recent year was bad: polarization and partisanship. Personally, I can think of plenty of more important things to worry about than partisanship. Democracy is about disagreements, and partisanship is often a sign of healthy disagreement. But polarization is a bit different. It speaks not just to a lack of basic agreement about what kind of society we should live in, but a breakdown in understanding and respect among Americans.
April 17, 1994
Gene Hackman's best work, ranging from "The French Connection" to "Unforgiven," seems to derive its power from characters who either tyrannically assert authority or rage against it ("Hackman, Beyond It All," by Hilary de Vries, March 20). Could it be that Hackman alternates between an emotional identification with his own authoritarian father and himself, in a rebellious rage against his father? If so, in a negative way Hackman owes his father a great debt indeed. CUTHBERT CARSON MANN Glendora
March 10, 2002
What those wealthy elder statesmen of rock (myself included) should do besides continue to try to create relevant material is give a percentage of those huge bank accounts (and their time if possible) to the younger generation's causes--globalization, corporate greed, the environment ("Hope I Play as I Get Old," by Geoff Boucher, Feb. 24). If not, then we have been hypocritical toward our supposedly rebellious music of the '60s and '70s. As middle-aged adults with kids and money, we have become the establishment, unless we give back to the youth.
February 14, 1987
For some reason, Hilburn has gotten confused. He is not an underground champion of rebellious rock 'n' roll. He is a middle-aged writer for a large metropolitan newspaper, writing for the masses. His taste mirrors that of his co-workers at The Times and echoes other middle-aged scribes in other mass-market publications across the country--Topeka, Phoenix, Cleveland. When he touts punk rock and post-punk rock as innovative and anti-Establishment, he does not realize that he is the Establishment.
February 1, 1997
According to Times contributor Steve Hochman, Marilyn Manson is clearly "the right man for the job for today's teens" ("The Dark Side," Jan. 27). Hochman concludes that Manson's chant of "we hate love, we love hate"; his constant sacrilege and warning to his followers not to be "oppressed by the fascism of Christianity," his spewing of constant profanities and autoeroticism are just the right medicine for today's teens. Oh. His logic makes sense. He suggests that none of these issues really matters because it is all just a make-believe show in the great tradition of rebellious rockers like Alice Cooper and KISS.
December 11, 1988 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Elias Lopez never had a chance. He got sucked into something so much stronger than he was, something with a history so powerful, that there seemed no choice but to submit. He was 17, a nice, quietly handsome young man with jet-black hair and a plan. He was going to be a cop, a narcotics investigator. Sure, there were street gangs in his neighborhood, but he did not want to join one. All Elias wanted to do was look like a gang member.
The city's neon lights vibrated in the polished hood of the black BMW as it cruised up Las Vegas Boulevard. The man in the passenger seat was instantly recognizable. Fans lined the streets, waving, snapping photos, begging Tupac Shakur for his autograph. Cops were everywhere, smiling. The BMW 750 sedan, with rap magnate Marion "Suge" Knight at the wheel, was leading a procession of luxury vehicles past the MGM Grand Hotel and Caesars Palace, on their way to a hot new nightclub.
December 10, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
Newspapers, including this one, are among the last places in America that has close to zero tolerance for [expletive deleted]. I could give you a hint about what word is between the brackets, but I'd best not for fear of arousing the ire of the editing Comstocks. About twice a year, I quote a profanity from a public figure, using just the first letter of the word and then some bowdlerizing asterisks for the rest. No dice, my editor tells me. This is a family newspaper. There was a time when such standards were the norm at major media institutions in America.
November 14, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey, Kathleen Hennessey and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - President Obama's plan to help millions of consumers facing health insurance cancellations calmed Democrats on Capitol Hill on Thursday even as its practical effect appeared unclear. The decision could give some consumers who like their health plans the chance to keep them into 2015, allowing the president to say he honored his pledge that his health law would not force Americans to give up their coverage. "This fix won't solve every problem for every person," the president said in remarks at the White House, in which he took responsibility for the law's botched rollout.
March 14, 2013 | By Sean Howe
"I was a beatnik, and then I was a hippie, and before that I was a bohemian," a sky-high Dennis Hopper confided to Merv Griffin on television one night in 1971, in a clip you can see on YouTube. On the opposite couch, Willie Mays uncomfortably refilled his glass of water and James Brolin sneered - Hopper certainly didn't belong to their worlds. But "San Francisco Giants legends" and "future husbands of Barbra Streisand" might be among the few groups in which Dennis Hopper could not claim membership.
July 16, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Seven years before she dazzled international audiences as the amoral Lulu in G.W. Pabst's 1929 German masterpiece "Pandora's Box," Louise Brooks was a willful, intelligent and beautiful 15-year-old girl living in Wichita, Kan. Summer 1922 changed Brooks' life. She left home accompanied by a provincial 36-year-old housewife named Alice Mills and traveled by train to New York City so she could attend the Denishawn school of modern dance run by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn. Mills returned that summer to Wichita and vanished from the life of Brooks, who would shortly become one of the icons of the silent screen.
June 29, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
When Killer Mike arrived to play his set at Echoplex on Thursday, the rapper had reportedly already sold out of T-shirts that read "I'm Glad Reagan's Dead. " The merchandise was spun off of a brutal lyric about the late president from the Atlanta rapper's new album, "R.A.P. Music. " Are hip-hop fans that furious at a long-deceased icon of conservatism? Were they enticed by the shirt's shock value? Perhaps the fashion statement signals something more fundamental happening in rap music - a genre born in rebellion is rediscovering its anger and outsider status.
May 24, 2012 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
HESPERIA - Worried that her daughter may be on drugs, or worse, Angelica Aquirre did what any parent of a rebellious 13-year-old might do. She cracked down, set a curfew and thought about moving closer to her family in Mexico. Now a distraught Aquirre is left wondering whether she was too harsh. Her daughter on Wednesday was in a juvenile detention facility in Apple Valley, accused of hatching a murder plot with two of her middle school friends. The target: her mother. "I don't know what to say. I just can't believe it," Aquirre said, weeping as she sat at a kitchen table in the family's tiny mobile home, a framed picture of Jesus on the wall.
August 18, 1991 | Associated Press
The military's highest tribunal convicted 26 Argentine soldiers last week of taking part in a one-day rebellion last December. They were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 30 days to nine years.
January 24, 1986 | JACK MATHEWS, Times Staff Writer
Director Arthur Penn appreciates an honest critic, and he says one of the most honest critics he ever knew was Jack Warner, the head of Warner Bros. when Penn directed his masterpiece, the 1967 "Bonnie and Clyde." Penn says he and Warren Beatty, the film's star and producer, were invited to Warner's house one night to show the cranky mogul a rough cut of "Bonnie and Clyde."
January 30, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times
Syrian troops reasserted control Monday of rebellious suburbs outside Damascus, retaking some districts amid stiff resistance as the opposition reported dozens killed in fierce fighting. Armed rebels were falling back to avoid the government's onslaught, said opposition activists, as regime tanks and troops pulled into rebel bastions near the capital. "We've entered the stage of street war," said an opposition activist in the Damascus suburb of Duma, who asked not to be named for security reasons.
July 4, 2011 | By Roula Hajjar, Los Angeles Times
Syrian tanks and troops surrounded the rebellious city of Hama on Sunday, apparently poised for an assault to crush long-festering opposition to the regime of President Bashar Assad. After initially remaining quiet, protests have mushroomed over the few last weeks in Hama, a city loaded with political symbolism for both supporters and opponents of the government. Assad's late father and predecessor launched a brutal and infamous assault on the city in 1982 to crush an uprising by the Muslim Brotherhood, leaving thousands dead.
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