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May 17, 2001
It is unfortunate that the reader who commented that African Americans should "view themselves as among the most fortunate people in the world to be in the United States rather than sub-Saharan Africa" (letter, May 15) is disturbed that this group has the audacity to seek reparations. I guess if you are of African descent, you should also feel fortunate that your descendants were forcibly brought to a country to be enslaved, raped, beaten, killed and not allowed to read. Lucky for them they were taken out of Africa, right?
March 12, 2014 | Frederick N. Rasmussen
Leo Bretholz, a Holocaust survivor who became a major voice in the campaign to gain reparations from companies that transported victims to concentration camps during World War II, died in his sleep Saturday at his home in Pikesville, Md. He was 93. Bretholz played a leading role in a campaign to require SNCF, the French railway system that historians have said conveyed 76,000 people to Nazi camps, to pay reparations to U.S. Holocaust survivors....
October 4, 1987 | BETTY CUNIBERTI, Times Staff Writer
Passions ran high on both sides of the issue when the House debated reparations. During his turn at the microphone, Rep. Samuel Stratton (D-N.Y.) exclaimed, "Remember Pearl Harbor? That was not hysteria. That was war!" Rep. Ron Packard (R-Carlsbad) talked about how his father had been taken prisoner by the Japanese on Wake Island, leaving 17 children struggling to survive back home. "Would we now ask our government or the Japanese government to satisfy these injustices with a money settlement?
February 27, 2014
On The Takeaway video wrapup, The Times' Ann Simmons and columnist Robin Abcarian chat about former KCBS-TV news anchor Bree Walker, reparative therapy, and the always entertaining Rob Ford, Toronto's crack-smoking mayor who is the subject of a new biography. Walker, who has been out of the public eye for many years, was suddenly thrust back into the headlines when Anaheim police pulled her over early Wednesday on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol. Her unflattering booking mug shot was picked up by Internet news and gossip sites, and became an instant object of ridicule.
April 30, 1988
Anticipating the usual racial rhetoric that seems to accompany the reparation issue, let me point out a few pertinent facts: 1. Those placed in the relocation camps were native-born American citizens and permanent residents, not Japanese nationals. The only reason the permanent U.S. residents were not naturalized citizens is because they were prohibited from naturalization by an act of Congress based on race. 2. Those people placed in the camps were never under any government agency suspicion of being a threat to the national security.
February 1, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of British servicemen held prisoner by the Japanese during World War II will begin receiving payments today from the British government of $14,500 each. The compensation is part of a landmark plan announced in November that will ultimately cover up to 16,700 former prisoners or their widows. Government officials said payments would be sent immediately to 14,000 people. Beatings, starvation and executions were common among the Allied prisoners held by Japan.
September 3, 1989
In response to the letter (Aug. 24) to The Times by Robert M. Garrick, Rear Admiral, retired, USNR, regarding 1948 reparation for interned Japanese-Americans, our family was paid a total of $800 for the loss of a house, automobile, and many family possessions, not to mention a father who became ill in camp and died because of lack of proper medical attention. Yes, Admiral Garrick, we received "reparation" in 1948. What is your price for freedom? TED KOMORI Norco
February 22, 2014 | By Martha Groves
For Chasten Bowen, news that France is negotiating with the U.S. to pay reparations to Holocaust survivors who were transported on French rail cars to Nazi concentration camps during World War II comes too late. “I'm just about ready to leave this world,” said the 89-year-old Anaheim resident. “If there's money available, there are others who need it worse than I do.” Stuart Eizenstat, a Washington lawyer who advises the State Department on Holocaust issues, said Friday that the French government entered into formal talks with the U.S. State Department on Feb. 6 regarding reparations and hopes to wrap up an agreement by the end of the year.
February 21, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - Seventy-two years after Nazis began deporting French Jews to concentration camps, the French government is negotiating to pay reparations for the first time to several hundred Holocaust survivors now living in the U.S. who survived unspeakable conditions while being transported in government-owned rail cars and in the death camps at the end of the line. Stuart Eizenstat, a Washington lawyer who advises the State Department on Holocaust issues, said in an interview Friday that the French government entered into formal talks Feb. 6 and appeared to be intent on wrapping up negotiations by the end of the year.
September 5, 2012 | Steve Lopez
The red-haired man who stepped onto the Olvera Street bandstand looked vaguely familiar, but it was his words that got my attention. John Whitaker, a 52-year-old Santa Clarita resident, was addressing a rally to raise awareness of cartel violence in Mexico, and he started off by apologizing to the Mexican mothers he'd just heard speak about losing children in the drug wars. Whitaker, a recovering addict, said he now realized that his drug use had no doubt had consequences south of the border, where cartel violence has cost thousands of lives.
June 8, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Every morning, she climbed the wide marble steps of the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga was not trained for this work. She was a homemaker, not a historian. But she had a lifetime of simmering anger and unanswered questions. By lamplight in the grand reading room, she scoured thousands of documents, inventing her own organizing system to keep track of the information she found. She brought home so many copies that she commandeered a bathtub and used it as a filing cabinet.
November 9, 2010 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
The German money was supposed to go to Jews who had been victims of the Nazis. Instead, the supervisor of two reparation funds and several accomplices steered more than $42 million to thousands of ineligible recipients while skimming millions of dollars for themselves, according to federal charges filed Tuesday. The alleged ringleader was identified as Semyon Domnitser, a Russian immigrant who for the last 11 years had headed two large funds at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, a nonprofit established in 1951 to distribute German money to Holocaust survivors, prosecutors said.
July 20, 2010 | By Walter Hamilton and Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Beleaguered petroleum giant BP agreed Tuesday to sell oil and natural gas fields in the United States and other countries to rival Apache Corp. for $7 billion in its biggest move yet to raise money to pay reparations for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company announced plans to sell its Permian Basin fields in Texas and New Mexico — acquired as part of the purchase of Los Angeles-based Arco in 2000 — as well as properties in Canada and Egypt. Apache was said to be interested in BP's Alaskan assets, but they weren't part of the deal.
June 4, 2010 | By Michael Rothfeld, Los Angeles Times
Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner has said his experience as state insurance commissioner has "crystallized" his thinking as a conservative. A document obtained by The Times shows that Poizner, who in past campaigns described himself as a moderate, has apparently shifted more than previously known. FOR THE RECORD: Steve Poizner: An article about Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner in Friday's LATExtra section said that he expressed support for needle exchange programs on a 2004 questionnaire from the NAACP.
July 29, 2009
To what degree is the elected government of Iraq obligated to pay for the sins committed by the late dictator Saddam Hussein? Should neighboring Kuwait forgive Iraq's new leadership $24 billion in outstanding debt for the destruction wrought by the 1990 invasion, a seven-month occupation, looting and the violent retreat of Iraqi forces? And is it relevant that Iraq may need the money more than Kuwait does?
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