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January 11, 2013
Re "Statehood for Kurds?," Opinion, Jan. 4 David Hirst offers the Kurdish question the visibility it is often denied. He stresses the role of external forces in reshaping the Middle East. However, regional and international politics and policies are portrayed primarily as causes rather than manifestations of the colonial division of the Middle East, a division that has impeded democratization and the attainment of minority rights. The Arab Spring, albeit promising initially, is now leading to a growing Islamization of the region.
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WORLD
May 16, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
In the 65 years since the creation of  Israel and the scattering of millions of Palestinians from their historic homeland, hope of resolving the core crisis of the Middle East has risen to joyous pinnacles like Camp David and crashed into despair with deadly outbreaks of violence and bloodshed. When Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in 2009 launched a two-year program to build up the economy and institutions of democratic rule, his vow to show the world that Palestine was ready for statehood inspired filmmakers Dan Setton of Jerusalem and Elise Pearlstein of Los Angeles to document his mission.
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OPINION
September 17, 2000
Much has been published, debated and preached and a lot of people have died or been arrested regarding the continuing struggle of people trying to cross the U.S. border from Mexico in search of a "better life." May I suggest that the Mexican states, starting with those close to the border, put up a ballot seeking authority from their people to apply for U.S. statehood and send the approved ballot to Washington? This way of gaining access to the U.S. is more civilized. ANTONIO A. ENRIQUEZ Costa Mesa
WORLD
March 20, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders and Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - By choosing to deliver his landmark speech to Israel in an auditorium filled with students and young people, President Obama is once again turning to a core audience that has always been responsive to his message of hope and change. But although there's little doubt that the handpicked attendees at the Jerusalem convention center Thursday will cheer what is likely to be his tough-love call for Israel to embrace Palestinian statehood, Obama's political magnetism may prove less effective with the broader masses of Israeli youth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1993
I am pleased that the House rejected statehood for the District of Columbia (Nov. 22) because I think there are already too many states. It would make more sense to me if the fiction that this country is composed of a union of sovereign states was abolished and the entire nation declared one entity, divided for the purpose of local administration into departments all governed by the same set of laws and regulations. Such a proposal, if carried out in good faith, might unify the country rather than contribute to fragmentation because everyone would be treated the same.
NEWS
March 15, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum said Thursday that his views on the official language of Puerto Rico had been mischaracterized in a local interview here. The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Santorum had told the San Juan newspaper El Vocero that “English has to be the main language” if Puerto Rico were to become a state. Currently the territory has two official languages: English and Spanish. During a brief chat with reporters at a hotel in San Juan on Thursday afternoon, Santorum said the reports that he had said Puerto Rico would have to change its official language to English were “completely inaccurate.” Clarifying his views on the topic, the former senator from Pennsylvania said that if Puerto Rican voters were to win statehood - a referendum to gage support for such a move is scheduled for later this year - English should be the “preferred” language, but he said he would not insist that the island change its official language to English alone.
NEWS
January 27, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
Mitt Romney said Friday that he would back the people of Puerto Rico if they voted to become a state -- a position advocated by Puerto Rico's Gov. Luis Fortuño, who endorsed the former Massachusetts governor several hours later and will campaign with him Friday night in Orlando. During a speech to the Hispanic Leadership Network at a golf resort in Miami, Romney drew wild cheers when he raised Puerto Rico's status and the fact that there is a referendum coming up on the question later this year.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- Hail to the 51st state. Statehood for the District of Columbia is a long way off, but retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) has introduced the New Columbia Admissions Act to put the issue on the front burner on Capitol Hill. "It is long past time to give these American citizens who have chosen Washington as their home full participation in our democracy," Lieberman said in introducing the bill this week. The District's lack of a vote in Congress has long been a sore point in the city, which features "Taxation without representation" on its license plates.
WORLD
May 16, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
In the 65 years since the creation of  Israel and the scattering of millions of Palestinians from their historic homeland, hope of resolving the core crisis of the Middle East has risen to joyous pinnacles like Camp David and crashed into despair with deadly outbreaks of violence and bloodshed. When Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in 2009 launched a two-year program to build up the economy and institutions of democratic rule, his vow to show the world that Palestine was ready for statehood inspired filmmakers Dan Setton of Jerusalem and Elise Pearlstein of Los Angeles to document his mission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1988
Given the news from Algiers, I am now prepared to implicitly recognize the right of the PLO to exist. (There, that ought to do it!) JAN MICHAEL SHERMAN North Hollywood
WORLD
March 19, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater and Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
RAMALLAH, West Bank - As Israelis roll out new red carpet and line streets with American flags for President Obama's visit, the U.S. leader faces a decidedly less enthusiastic reception in the West Bank, where the mood ranges from ho-hum to don't come. On Tuesday, dozens of protesters called on Obama to cancel visits to Ramallah and Bethlehem, complaining that the president had failed to do enough to bring them statehood. Posters of Obama that had been hung along the streets of Ramallah in recent days were defaced Tuesday with spray-painted Xs or, in one case, a swastika.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
For the first time since California became a state in 1850, Latinos will surpass whites as the largest ethnic group by 2014, according to demographic numbers released Thursday. The state Department of Finance estimates that by the middle of this year, whites and Latinos will each represent about 39% of California population, with Latinos reaching a plurality soon after that. Officials expect that by 2060, Latinos will make up 48% of the state's population, compared with 30% for whites.
OPINION
January 11, 2013
Re "Statehood for Kurds?," Opinion, Jan. 4 David Hirst offers the Kurdish question the visibility it is often denied. He stresses the role of external forces in reshaping the Middle East. However, regional and international politics and policies are portrayed primarily as causes rather than manifestations of the colonial division of the Middle East, a division that has impeded democratization and the attainment of minority rights. The Arab Spring, albeit promising initially, is now leading to a growing Islamization of the region.
WORLD
January 6, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- With general elections two weeks away, current polls continue to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling party the lead. But complacency among his supporters and a series of campaign blunders appear to have eaten away at his support and strengthened his right-wing rival, Naftali Bennett. While Netanyahu's main rivals on both sides of the political map have published a clear platform on domestic and foreign policy, the ruling party has avoided doing so. Despite a common argument that official party platforms are an anachronism and that most key developments have typically come as a surprise, observers were keen to see how a platform would deal with Netanyahu's landmark Bar-Ilan speech . Delivered by Netanyahu at Bar-Ilan University shortly after taking office in 2009, the speech was a pivotal moment for the prime minister, the Likud party and perhaps Israeli politics.
OPINION
January 4, 2013 | By David Hirst
The Baghdad newspaper Sabah published a surprising article a few weeks ago. Its editor, Abd Jabbar Shabbout, suggested it was time to settle the "age-old problem" between Iraq's Arabs and Kurds by establishing a "Kurdish state. " Never before had I heard such a once-heretical view so publicly expressed in any Arab quarter. And this was no ordinary quarter: Sabah is the mouthpiece of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. Shabbout went on to suggest a negotiated "ending of the Arab-Kurdish partnership in a peaceful way. " He called his proposal Plan B, Plan A being the "dialogue" between Iraq's central government and the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq that emerged after the fall of Saddam Hussein.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- Hail to the 51st state. Statehood for the District of Columbia is a long way off, but retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) has introduced the New Columbia Admissions Act to put the issue on the front burner on Capitol Hill. "It is long past time to give these American citizens who have chosen Washington as their home full participation in our democracy," Lieberman said in introducing the bill this week. The District's lack of a vote in Congress has long been a sore point in the city, which features "Taxation without representation" on its license plates.
WORLD
March 8, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
Palestinian leaders are embarking on a risky statehood strategy that will seek to isolate Israel's hawkish government in the international community and rely less on U.S. backing, a move that reflects growing disappointment here with the Obama administration. The campaign will include U.N. resolutions such as one proposed last month on Israeli settlement building, boycotts against Israeli products, complaints in international courts and attempts to win formal recognition from as many countries as possible, Palestinian officials say. They hope the effort will culminate this September in an internationally backed proposal for membership in the United Nations or a resolution recognizing a Palestinian state, even if it means invoking an obscure rule to circumvent the threat of a U.S. veto at the U.N. Security Council.
NEWS
July 5, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Puerto Rico marked the Fourth of July with protests and a plea by the governor for statehood for the U.S. commonwealth. Gov. Pedro Rossello said it is time for the United States to make Puerto Rico a full partner. In three weeks, the island will mark the 100th anniversary of the landing of U.S. troops on its soil. Tensions were higher than usual as employees of the Puerto Rico Telephone Co.
OPINION
December 2, 2012
Re "Vote at U.N. is a setback for U.S., Israel," Nov. 30 The United Nations' vote to recognize Palestine as a nonmember observer state is a huge step forward. The world stated loud and clear that the occupation of the Palestinians' land and the denial of citizenship and nationality to them is unacceptable. Although the vote doesn't change anything on the ground, it means that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas can now negotiate as the head of a recognized state.
WORLD
November 30, 2012 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations General Assembly voted by a lopsided margin over U.S. and Israeli objections to grant Palestinians an enhanced status that acknowledges their long-cherished goal of statehood. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas won 138 of the assembly's 193 votes Thursday - including those of several key European states - for his proposal to have the group's standing upgraded to "nonmember observer state" from "nonmember observer entity. " It was the use of the word "state" that was most important to Palestinians.
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