October 25, 2012 |
L.A. rapper Omar Offendum came of age in a hip-hop era filled with violent tales by artists like Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. But last year, the 30-year-old Syrian American discovered how truly dangerous hip-hop could be. "I had to hold my tongue for a long time," Offendum said of his song "#Syria," a furious riposte to Syrian President Bashar Assad that he released in March. Although Offendum (he prefers not to use his real name to protect family) is hardly a superstar, the underground track still could have had devastating implications for family members still in Syria.
December 31, 1997 |
A Jewish extremist, Tatiana Suskin, 26, faces up to 26 years in prison after her conviction in Jerusalem for pasting posters depicting the prophet Muhammad as a pig on doors of Arab shops in Hebron. The posters triggered clashes in the West Bank and outrage throughout the Muslim world, including street protests in Bangladesh and Iran and rulings by Muslim clerics that insulting the prophet should be punishable by death. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for today.
February 13, 1997 |
Bulgaria's president swore in a caretaker premier and set elections for April 19--bringing an end to two years of Socialist rule that ruined the nation's economy. New Premier Stefan Sofiyanski, a popular economist, built a solid reputation as mayor of Sofia despite the country's economic troubles. His interim government must now try to correct hyper-inflation and a sharp drop in living standards, which brought street protests that helped bring down the Socialists.
May 30, 1989
Poland's Parliament issued a sweeping pardon for political crimes committed since the Solidarity trade union was formed in 1980. Concurrently, Parliament also voted overwhelmingly to "pardon and commit to oblivion" crimes including participation in strikes or street protests, underground printing and broadcasting or collecting money for banned organizations, thus lifting measures used to jail hundreds of Solidarity and opposition activists. Meanwhile, a sit-in strike by students protesting the government's refusal to recognize their union doubled in size, with youths at 40 of the nation's 70 universities boycotting classes.
April 13, 2011 |
For almost three decades he wielded unquestioned power, a seemingly invincible figure ruling with a sense of privilege and ruthlessness that epitomized autocrats across the Middle East. Even when mass protests improbably forced him from power in February, it appeared highly unlikely that Hosni Mubarak, long a key U.S. ally in a volatile region, would ever be held to account for allegations of corruption and abuse of office. But that all changed Wednesday, when authorities here confirmed the detention of the former Egyptian president and his two sons, a move immediately hailed by many as a surprising but shrewd step by the ruling military council to calm protests in the world's most populous Arab nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1985 |
One year after a well-known journalist was gunned down on a busy city street, federal authorities still have no leads as to who killed Manuel Buendia, a newspaper reported last week. La Jornada newspaper printed large black spaces on many pages of its Thursday edition with the caption, "And a good day to you too, Attorney General," to denounce the lack of a suspect in the killing.
December 27, 1987 |
Police in Moscow and Leningrad on Saturday reportedly detained 16 people protesting Soviet military involvement in Afghanistan--on the eve of the eighth anniversary of the Kremlin's invasion. Eight people were reported detained in Moscow, most of them after having been roughed up and dragged away by members of a police contingent that outnumbered demonstrators by more than 10 to 1. One demonstrator was said to have been hospitalized after a severe beating.
November 19, 1997 |
The Tawana Brawley saga picked up where it left off nine years ago: with street protests and charges of racism. The furor delayed jury selection three hours in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in a $150-million defamation suit brought by a former prosecutor against the Rev. Al Sharpton and two other advisors to Brawley, who claimed six white law enforcement officers abducted and raped her in 1987.
January 27, 2011 |
Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who formerly headed the U.N. nuclear regulatory agency, has returned to Egypt in a move expected to increase political pressure on President Hosni Mubarak as a new wave of nationwide protests are called for Friday. ElBaradei's presence has energized activists who for months had urged him to take his National Front for Change to the streets. His arrival coincides with a decision by the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest opposition group, to encourage its young members to join the protests.
April 2, 2003
I was driving on the 101 Freeway through Agoura Hills on March 28 when I noticed a large banner proclaiming "America Love it or Leave it" on the overpass. Ugly reminders of the divisive Vietnam War era returned to this Vietnam vet. I would sincerely like to ask those placing these banners to visit their local library and reread the U.S. Constitution. The United States became a great country precisely because of every citizen's right to hold opposing opinions and to voice those opinions.