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November 7, 2013 | By Robert Zaretsky
Albert Camus, who would be 100 years old Thursday, is ageless. The French Algerian's life and work reflect the long tragedy of the 20th century, marked by disquiet, genocide and violence, but his diagnosis of our absurd condition, and his effort to find not a cure (there is none) but the proper response, tie him just as firmly to the new millennium. Camus lived on intimate terms with the absurd. He lost his father, whom he never knew, in the war to end all wars that emphatically failed in that regard.
June 25, 1985 | United Press International
The government announced today that it is raising the price of meat 10%, and underground Solidarity activists immediately renewed a call for a 15-minute national strike the day the price increases take effect. The strike call statement was signed by three activists who form the underground temporary coordinating committee of the banned Solidarity union. The government is expected to make the price rise effective July 1.
October 28, 2013 | Times wire reports
Tadeusz Mazowiecki, 86, Eastern Europe's first democratic prime minister after communism, a key advisor to Poland's Solidarity freedom movement and U.N. human rights envoy to Bosnia in the 1990s, died Monday in Warsaw after being hospitalized for a high fever, said his personal secretary, Michal Prochwicz. In August 1980, Mazowiecki joined thousands of workers on strike at the Gdansk Shipyard. Within days, their action grew into a massive wave of strikes that gave birth to Solidarity - Eastern Europe's first free trade union and a nationwide freedom movement - led by a charismatic shipyard electrician, Lech Walesa, whose name quickly became known around the globe.
June 15, 1989 | HERBERT A. ALEXANDER, Herbert E. Alexander, a professor of political science at USC, participated in a Warsaw University conference that coincided with the Polish elections.
Poland is on the cutting edge of democratic change in Eastern Europe, and the direction it has set may serve as a model for others among communist nations also in ferment these days. The Polish election earlier this month was not a parliamentary one in the British sense, with power simply moving from a Conservative Party to a Labor Party. It was essentially a referendum on the policies of the government. Solidarity, despite its overwhelming victory, seeks to remain an opposition movement with freedom of action to maneuver and continue its stance critical of the government.
October 1, 1986 | ROBERT GILLETTE, Times Staff Writer
In a new challenge to Poland's Communist authorities, the outlawed Solidarity movement announced Tuesday that it will disband its Warsaw regional underground leadership, operate publicly and work for the restoration of independent trade unions. At the same time, two union leaders still in hiding from the days of martial law in 1981, Jan Litynski and Wiktor Kulerski, emerged at a Warsaw news conference to declare that they are ending their clandestine activities.
June 22, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
Once more to the barricades! And over them too. The fare dodgers who jump the turnstiles or sneak in through exit barriers on the Paris Metro are practically as much a fixture of the city as the subway itself. Those who get caught without a proper ticket, though, face fines of up to $60. So what's a poor freeloader to do? The answer, here in the land that gave the world the motto "All for one, one for all," is as typically French as it is ingenious: They've banded together to set up what are, essentially, scofflaw insurance funds, seasoned with a dollop of revolutionary fervor.
June 24, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Solidarity's 161 deputies and 99 senators in Poland's new Parliament refused Friday to propose a candidate for president or take jobs in the Communist government and pledged to remain a political opposition. The senators and deputies led by Solidarity leader Lech Walesa also said they will vote "in line with the will of the voters" when a government candidate for president is proposed, almost certainly Polish leader Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski. Although there is little doubt that Jaruzelski will remain as leader, the party itself is torn by debate over its future after its stunning election defeat by Solidarity, according to the party's chief ideologist Marian Orzechowski.
April 28, 1989 | From Times wire service s
Solidarity's first legal radio program in more than seven years went on the air today with a medley of protest songs and speeches--and an appeal for funds for its election campaign. The union's first authorized broadcast since it was suppressed under martial law in December, 1981, opened with a nostalgic ballad called "Prayer Against Despair." Veteran dissident Jacek Kuron explained Solidarity's program for the parliamentary elections in June, and an announcer appealed for campaign funds.
December 7, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
The outlawed Solidarity labor movement declared Sunday that results of Poland's national referendum last week represented a popular vote of no confidence in the Communist government. "The Communist authorities failed to win a public mandate to govern," Solidarity's national executive commission said in a written statement. Signed by Lech Walesa, a founder of Solidarity, and nine members of the executive commission, the statement was Solidarity's first comment on the Nov.
October 26, 2013 | John Verive
Developed as a "brewer's beer" that would be appealing to drink all day, Solidarity Black Mild Ale was the first commercial beer produced by Eagle Rock Brewery. The "black mild" is a creative take on a classic British style that defies convention and expectations while remaining approachable and satisfying. Brewed with 13 different malts for a complex malt flavor and a dark, nearly black color, the beer pours nearly opaque, topped with a creamy, tan foam. The nose is sweet, with notes of roasted grain and fresh coffee and just a suggestion of wood smoke.
April 21, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
JERUSALEM -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Israel on Sunday to begin a weeklong tour of the Middle East as the region grapples with the worsening civil war in Syria and the stubborn nuclear threat from Iran. Making his first visit to the region as Pentagon chief, Hagel is seeking to demonstrate solidarity between the U.S. and Israel -- allies whose relations have been strained over how to deter Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon. Israel is said to be mulling unilateral military action against Iran's nuclear facilities, a move that Obama administration officials consider extremely risky.
April 16, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
After two explosions rocked the Boston Marathon and shook the nation, Americans took to social media to express their grief and solidarity with the victims. At least three people were killed and 144 injured.  Within hours, #PrayForBoston was trending, and posts on Facebook and Twitter offered housing to stranded runners or their families. By Monday night, entries in Google Docs with contact numbers for those willing to offer a pullout couch or extra beds numbered in the thousands.
March 16, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
It's a Catholic thing. It's an immigrant-underdog thing. It's an acoustic-punk thing. There are many reasons why, for the last 10 or 11 years - the precise number is lost in the fog of memory - the L.A. Chicano band Ollin has celebrated St. Patrick's Day by paying tribute to the Pogues, the Anglo Irish ensemble that slammed the lilting grace of traditional Celtic music together with punk's raw energy during the Reagan-Thatcher era. Ollin's annual...
October 7, 2012 | By Jonathan Shapiro
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September 6, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In the hours BBC (Before Bill Clinton's big speech), large themes were evoked at the Democratic National Convention here. Corporate and union leaders followed one another onto the platform to invite Americans to their political bromance of business and labor working hand-in-work-glove. On Labor Day itself, as men and women in yellow "Teamsters for Obama" T-shirts were strolling around the hall, I was talking to my colleague Matea Gold, who covers politics and money, about unions being at a soul-searching crossroads.
April 9, 1985 | United Press International
A masked man knocked out a pro-Solidarity priest with gas and burned a V-sign into his chest with lighted cigarettes at the clergyman's home in the southern city of Krakow, officials said today. Cardinal Franiciszek Macharski of Krakow said in a telex message to the Roman Catholic church hierarchy that the Rev. Tadeusz Zaleski, 29, was attacked by an unidentified man last Saturday at his home.
June 7, 1989 | CHARLES T. POWERS, Times Staff Writer
The Solidarity trade union, flushed with its election victory over Poland's ruling Communist coalition, said Tuesday that it is willing to allow the government to restore or replace a special list of its candidates sent down to defeat by an angry electorate. But the union leadership stood firm on its refusal to enter into a coalition government with the Communists, arguing that Solidarity had competed in national elections as an opposition party and could not surrender that role.
July 30, 2012 | By Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta
GDANSK, Poland- In a visit meant as much for domestic consumption as international, Mitt Romney arrived in Poland on Monday to accept the endorsement of the country's former president, Lech Walesa. Walesa, the co-founder of the Solidarity labor movement, had invited Romney to his country and lauded him through a translator. "Poland and many other countries will certainly do their best for the United States to restore its leadership position," Walesa said through a translator. "And after our conversation, I'm quite confident that you will be successful in doing that.
October 29, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
As cigarette smoke and the scent of burning sage drifted over the crowd at Occupy L.A., a young protester took to the people's microphone to give a rousing recitation of the group's "points of solidarity. " The crowd echoed his words back at him. "We are daring to imagine," 300 people chanted. "A new sociopolitical and economic alternative that offers greater possibility of equality. " The harmony was shattered by a woman shouting wildly. "Why don't we have a microphone?
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