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June 19, 1986
The shantytown erected at Occidental College in protest of the school's investments in businesses that operate in South Africa remained standing during Saturday's graduation exercises, against the wishes of administrators. College officials had threatened to suspend members of the Anti-Apartheid Coalition if they did not remove the display before the ceremonies. But the administrators invoked no suspensions and the coalition dismantled the shantytown Monday.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
The Argentine writer César Aira is a master of dark and forgotten places. Like his late countryman Jorge Luis Borges, he writes narratives that feel like fables. He is the author of 80 books, most of them novellas, only a handful of which have been translated to English. At a slim 128 pages, "Shantytown" recounts a story set in a slum, or "villa miseria," as they're known in Buenos Aires. I lived within earshot of such a Buenos Aires shantytown not long after Aira originally published this novel in 1998.
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WORLD
August 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Faced with eviction by 500 Brazilian riot police, thousands of squatters abandoned the shantytown they set up nearly three weeks ago on a vacant lot on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. Some set fire to the shacks they had built, but there were no reports of injuries and the fires were extinguished. In Brazil, about 90% of the land is owned by just 20% of the country's 170 million people.
WORLD
April 3, 2012 | John M. Glionna
Most mornings, when the slanted dawn light hits the nearby Tower Palace luxury high-rises, Cho Su-ja can't help but stare, struck by their grandeur. The 72-year-old grandmother lives in a two-room shack with plastic flooring, sandwiched between other shacks built from planks of wood, corrugated tin, castoff door frames and bamboo screens, like a jumble of shipwrecks. But Cho doesn't envy her wealthy neighbors, not one bit. She's proud to be one of the original inhabitants of Guyrong village, a ramshackle shantytown sprawling alongside the exclusive Gangnam area, the highest-priced real estate in South Korea.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
The Argentine writer César Aira is a master of dark and forgotten places. Like his late countryman Jorge Luis Borges, he writes narratives that feel like fables. He is the author of 80 books, most of them novellas, only a handful of which have been translated to English. At a slim 128 pages, "Shantytown" recounts a story set in a slum, or "villa miseria," as they're known in Buenos Aires. I lived within earshot of such a Buenos Aires shantytown not long after Aira originally published this novel in 1998.
NEWS
May 4, 1986 | Associated Press
Times have changed for Thomas Troy Dalton, who had lived for five years in one of several shacks tacked up among weeds and refuse in a vacant lot near San Francisco's skyscrapers. City bulldozers leveled the shantytown in January, and Dalton lives in a sixth-floor hotel room with a comfortable bed, a private bath, a carpeted floor and three square meals a day. Alternately sipping a warm Budweiser and dipping snuff, he observes: "The people here certainly go out of their way to be very helpful.
WORLD
January 16, 2010 | By Joe Mozingo
The bidonville bidonville isn't on any map, but the shantytown is in plain view along the Canape Vert road, a gray hive clinging to the steep ravines above Port-au-Prince. People dig out little square shelves on the most marginal pieces of tilted earth, half-perching their homes on the roofs of their neighbors, houses made of concrete blocks so porous they almost look like they're made entirely of sand. They pray that the rains won't carry them to oblivion. When their prayers fail, they search for the dead, bury them and move on. And so this time, when it was the earth itself that betrayed them, and their homes crumpled down into the ravine in countless little landslides, the people of the bidonville set about the task they knew was theirs alone.
NEWS
April 3, 1986 | Special to The Times
Anti-apartheid demonstrators re-erected their symbolic shantytown on the UC Berkeley campus Wednesday, vowing to occupy it through the night and prevent campus police from dismantling it again. About 800 protesters against the university's investments in companies doing business in South Africa marched from Sproul Plaza to reconstruct the makeshift shacks of plywood, cloth and cardboard against the front of California Hall, which houses the chancellor's office.
NEWS
September 16, 1995 | Associated Press
A Malaysian Airlines plane crashed while landing Friday, plowed through a shantytown near the runway and exploded, killing at least 34 of the 53 people aboard. No one died in the shantytown, but at least 10 people who lived there were hospitalized, police said. The crash occurred in Tawau on the island of Borneo, about 700 miles south of Manila.
WORLD
June 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Eleven Brazilian soldiers were arrested on suspicion of turning over three shantytown residents to a Rio de Janeiro drug gang that executed them and left their bodies in a garbage dump, police said. The killings touched off anti-military protests Sunday and Monday in the Providencia shantytown, with residents burning city buses and throwing rocks at soldiers. Although the majority of the population supports an increased army presence in Rio de Janeiro's more than 600 poor, violent shantytowns, military leaders and politicians have warned that soldiers are not trained to do police work.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2010 | By Scarlet Cheng, Special to the Los Angeles Times
With the end of martial law in South Korea in 1987, the arts recovered independent voices. One art form that took off was photography, and 10 years ago when Karen Sinsheimer, photography curator at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, saw a special exhibition of contemporary Korean photography at Fotofest in Houston, she was electrified. Later she and Anne Wilkes Tucker, her counterpart at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, agreed on a collaboration. The result, "Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography" (at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art through Sept.
WORLD
January 16, 2010 | By Joe Mozingo
The bidonville bidonville isn't on any map, but the shantytown is in plain view along the Canape Vert road, a gray hive clinging to the steep ravines above Port-au-Prince. People dig out little square shelves on the most marginal pieces of tilted earth, half-perching their homes on the roofs of their neighbors, houses made of concrete blocks so porous they almost look like they're made entirely of sand. They pray that the rains won't carry them to oblivion. When their prayers fail, they search for the dead, bury them and move on. And so this time, when it was the earth itself that betrayed them, and their homes crumpled down into the ravine in countless little landslides, the people of the bidonville set about the task they knew was theirs alone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2009 | Catherine Saillant
Ventura County's newest and most reluctant vagabonds are hidden in plain sight. They pass the night inside aging recreational vehicles at busy shopping mall parking lots. For privacy, they hang bedsheets in windows. They rumble away in the morning. A knock on the door brings a round of barking or a wary face. They're embarrassed -- and tired of being told to move along. More than anything, they want to be left alone."We've had some tough times," said Mike, an electrician parked with his girlfriend, Denise, in his 1973 RV at a Sam's Club in Oxnard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2009 | David Kelly
The government's case against Duroville, a vast Riverside County shantytown that is home to up to 4,000 poor farmworkers, got off to a rocky start Tuesday when the credibility of its witnesses came under attack on the first day of a trial expected to determine whether the park closes. Chandra Gehri Spencer, a lawyer for the tenants, said that Duroville began taking shape on the Torres Martinez Indian Reservation in 2000 and that the Bureau of Indian Affairs did nothing to stop it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2009 | David Kelly
A federal judge will begin hearing evidence next week to decide whether to close the notorious desert shantytown known as Duroville and displace up to 4,000 poor farmworkers. More than 20 witnesses, including tenants, social workers, federal officials and nuns, are slated to testify in the long-awaited trial, which begins Tuesday. For more than a year, U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson has rebuffed demands by the U.S.
WORLD
February 1, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A half brother of President Obama was arrested for possession of marijuana near his home in a Nairobi shantytown, police said. George Obama, who is in his 20s and barely knows the president, had one joint of marijuana on him, said area Police Chief Joshua Omokulongolo. "He is not a drug peddler," Omokulongolo said. "But it's illegal; it's a banned substance." George Obama has a court appearance scheduled Monday. He and the president have the same father, who died in a car crash in 1982.
NEWS
October 11, 1985
The National Guard ordered everyone out of Mameyes shantytown at Ponce, Puerto Rico, after the government said it was considering making a common grave of the mud slide where up to 500 people are believed buried. A 30-hour tropical deluge causing an estimated $100 million in damage triggered the avalanche Monday morning that toppled about 400 wood and tin shacks in the hillside shantytown outside Ponce. Gov.
WORLD
February 1, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A half brother of President Obama was arrested for possession of marijuana near his home in a Nairobi shantytown, police said. George Obama, who is in his 20s and barely knows the president, had one joint of marijuana on him, said area Police Chief Joshua Omokulongolo. "He is not a drug peddler," Omokulongolo said. "But it's illegal; it's a banned substance." George Obama has a court appearance scheduled Monday. He and the president have the same father, who died in a car crash in 1982.
OPINION
October 5, 2008 | Camilo Jose Vergara, Camilo Jose Vergara is a photographer and 2002 MacArthur Foundation fellow. http://invinciblecities.camden.rutgers.edu/intro.html
I saw my first American shantytown in 1988 -- an encampment in Manhattan, at the Herald Square subway station. As I descended the stairs to the train, I was surprised by a group of men hanging out in a dark, cordoned-off area by the turnstiles. It was a gritty, smelly and sinister place, crowded with cardboard boxes of the kind made to contain large appliances. Later, in the early 1990s, I visited a homeless encampment known as "the Hill" at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge in Lower Manhattan.
WORLD
September 8, 2008 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
Reincarnation is Kallu Khan's stock in trade. His workshop floor is a swamp of cardboard strips hacked from salvaged boxes. Laborers scoop them up, work them over and give them new life as smaller boxes, which Khan then sells to stationery and packing companies. In another warehouse a few doors down, dozens of rubber soles cut from discarded shoes also await a second chance. Next to these, a mountain of plastic castoffs -- toys, computer keyboards, car parts -- is separated by squatting workers, to be melted down into tiny pellets before being reborn in some new form.
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