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May 15, 1989 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer: Parks was a correspondent in Beijing from 1979 to 1984.
When Mikhail S. Gorbachev was chosen to head the Soviet Communist Party four years ago, the country was in a profound economic, political and moral crisis. Although the Soviet Union ranked second only to the United States as a world power, its economy was in such poor shape that it was unable to feed, clothe or house its 285 million people adequately. A long-stagnant political structure had smothered all earlier attempts to resolve the crisis, and only corruption seemed able to produce results.
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SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Vitriol toward Clippers owner Donald Sterling surged through social media Saturday as outrage over his alleged racist comments in an audio recording found a home in tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram snapshots. The anger, usually attached to the fast-growing #DonaldSterling and #BoycottClippers hashtags, crossed the nation. It united hard-core basketball fans and sports neophytes, celebrities and everyday people, young and old in their condemnation of the 80-year-old Sterling. They wondered how he could remain owner.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1991
Re Alexander Cockburn's Column Left ("Disaster Will Make Reform Smell Sweeter," Aug. 15): In Sweden they say they have "socialism with a human face." Perhaps what we need here is "capitalism with a human face." RON LAWSON Oxnard
NATIONAL
April 26, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
Twitter has some hot new hash tags -- "Sterling," "Sterling racist" and "boycottclippers. " Such is some of the fallout on social media following a report that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling made racist remarks during an argument with a friend. The NBA has launched an investigation. On his Twitter account, Magic Johnson called Sterling's comments a “black eye for the NBA,” stating that he would never go to a Clippers game again as long as Sterling is the team's owner.
OPINION
March 13, 2006
Re "An economic virus," Opinion, March 9 I had no idea that people like me, who think it's good for Americans to make our products, were promoting socialism. I was a friend of the Soviet Union and didn't even know it. Thanks, Jonah Goldberg, for setting me straight! SHYLIE THOMAS Santa Monica
OPINION
January 19, 1992
Alexander Cockburn overlooked a few facts in his otherwise excellent article on the achievements of socialism and the failures of capitalism (Column Left, Jan. 5). First, the economies of Africa and Latin America have not been capitalist, they have been socialist or mercantilist. Second, the nations of Eastern Europe were not all "underdeveloped" before their conquest by socialism. East Germany and Czechoslovakia were as technologically advanced as any country in Western Europe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1992
Mikhail Gorbachev's column on the synthesis of capitalism and socialism ("Settled Down, Socialism Settles In," Commentary, Feb. 24) was an interesting analysis. But like so many other discourses by social and economic pundits from varying political perspectives, he misses the essential underlying point. As long as we base our economic affairs on any variation of a supply-and-demand system (read that short-term supply and greedy demand), we are doomed to long-term economic and ecological collapse.
NEWS
November 20, 2011 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Michele Bachmann goes after not only Democrats but also fellow Republicans in her new book, accusing former President George W. Bush and her GOP colleagues in Congress of failing to stay true to conservative, free-market principles when they supported the $700-billion Wall Street bailout. "The Bush administration … was embracing a kind of 'bailout socialism,' " wrote the Minnesota congresswoman, who is running for the GOP presidential nomination. "It was painful to find out John McCain too favored the TARP bailout.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1998
Re "Macro or Micro, Socialism Is a Bad Idea," Column Right, Jan. 15: James Pinkerton seems to be plagued with all-or-nothing mentality that only sees issues in extremes, when he describes moderate public policy proposals as "micro" socialism and says it is just as bad as the failed "macro" socialism. Extremism on the left is the ultimate Big Government--ownership and operation of productive resources, which was such a failure in impoverished Communist states of Russia, East Europe, Cuba and China.
NATIONAL
January 29, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
In 2008, Barack Obama's opponents worked hard to raise suspicions about the U.S. senator with the funny name and unusual background. Some said he was foreign-born. Some said he was a Muslim. Some, notably Sarah Palin, tried to tie him to Vietnam-era left-wing violence, famously accusing him of "palling around with terrorists. " Now that Obama has governed the country for nearly three years, those attacks have lost their sting. But as Republicans battle for the right to face the Democratic president in the fall, they have found new ways to describe what they say are the dangers of a second Obama term.
SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
One of the earliest public responses by a Clippers player following racist comments allegedly made by team owner Donald Sterling didn't involve a single word. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan posted a picture to his Instagram account Saturday morning that was simply a square black image. Jordan then tweeted the link to his more than 426,000 Twitter followers without adding any commentary. The image seems to be similar to the blacked-out profile image that people used in support of Trayvon Martin, the black teenager shot to death in Florida by George Zimmerman in 2012.
HEALTH
April 25, 2014 | Valerie J. Nelson
Far older than most of the regulars at his weekly South Bay swing-dancing class, the World War II veteran invariably shuffles in, sidles up to his instructor and unwittingly gives voice to a scientific truth: "I'm here for my anti-aging therapy and happiness treatment. " Dancing has long been lauded as a great physical workout, yet research has increasingly shown that social dancing, such as swing, a lively, improvisational style that requires rapid-fire decision-making in concert with a partner, is also beneficial to both mind and spirit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Twitter backlash against New York City police has spread to the West Coast with people posting critical comments and photos of the Los Angeles Police Department. The New York Police Department was hit with a barrage of negative publicity after agency officials urged people to post pictures that praised officers under the hashtag #myNYPD. On Wednesday, people were using a #myLAPD hashtag to post critical comments and photos of Los Angeles police officers. One post showed a photo of police officers in riot gear wielding batons.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | Chris Erskine
On scratchy radios they listen to Vin Scully for a mere three innings, salvaging what they can of this aberrant young season, brimming with equal amounts promise and poison. "Come on," insists frustrated Dodgers fan Gary Mandell. "We are talking about a legendary announcer…. It's like taking the brushes away from Rembrandt. " There is the sense that maybe we shouldn't make a fuss at all, that the worst thing to do to this Dodgers front office right now is nothing. What if you blacked out 70% of your TV market in a cable standoff, and no one cared?
WORLD
April 22, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Russia's space for free speech suffered two further blows Tuesday when a Moscow court convicted Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny of slander and a social network founder who provided a platform for dissent was fired and fled abroad. Pavel Durov, founder of the Russian Facebook equivalent VKontakte, said via the social media website that he had run afoul of Russian officials for his refusal to block posts  critical of the Kremlin or to pass on to Russian security services the personal data of Ukrainian VKontakte users under surveillance for their participation in the rebellion that overthrew President Viktor Yanukovich in February.
OPINION
April 21, 2014 | By Michael Krikorian
Last week I sent a text message to a friend. A Hollywood business meeting I had high hopes for had been suddenly "postponed. " "Everybody canceled except me," I texted. She texted back, "Haha. " What's so funny about it, I wondered? Where's the haha in my disappointment? My text was more sad than funny; her text steamed me. Dismissed twice . "Haha" and its partner, "LOL," are texting's go-to replies, a vaguely complimentary, vaguely condescending way to acknowledge a text has been received.
NEWS
January 29, 1989 | From Associated Press
Premier-designate Ante Markovic on Saturday called for radical market-oriented reforms and a "completely new type of socialism" to overcome the country's deep economic and social crisis. "I consider the open-market economy to be an ultimate achievement of mankind for which no alternative has yet been found," Markovic said, advocating closer links with "the most developed European countries."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A 17-year-old student was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of making threats against a charter-school teacher in Point Loma and a middle school in Clairemont via social media. The boy was taken to Juvenile Hall on a possible charge of making a terrorist threat after the postings were discovered by authorities. A search of his family's home found no weapons, the San Diego Police Department said. The nature of the threats was not disclosed. ALSO: Rizzo gets 12 years in prison, must pay $8.8 million in Bell scandal Jay Z, Mayor Eric Garcetti expected to announce music festival Top Centinela official says FBI probing superintendent's high salary tony.perry@latimes.com Twitter: @LATsandiego
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
The first lunar eclipse of 2014 - known as "blood moon" - is lighting up social media tonight as people post photos of the moon and the eclipse. Large crowd descended on the Griffith Observatory to look at the eclipse. They posted a variety of photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Here is a sampling:   In Los Angeles, the most impressive part began around 11 p.m. when the first "bite" is taken out of the moon. It will be blotted out entirely by 12:06 a.m. Tuesday, said experts at the observatory.
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