August 6, 1991 |
With her cherubic face, purple T-shirt and jeans, Mukda looks like a fairly typical 14-year-old from the rural areas of Thailand. She stands barely 4 1/2 feet tall and giggles bashfully when asked a personal question. Until police rescued her in late July, Mukda was a slave. Eight months earlier, she had been brought to Bangkok from her village near the Myanmar border and sold to a brothel by her stepfather. Every night, seven days a week, Mukda was forced to sleep with five or six men.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1998
While it is heartening to see an economist who actually cares about people and the poor, Amartya Sen still manages to perpetuate some important misconceptions about the politics of famine (Commentary, Oct. 16). There have been famine conditions in the U.S., especially on Native American reservations in the 19th and early 20th century. Chronic hunger is still a widespread problem in the U.S. today. Sen also mistakenly attributes the lack of famine in the First World to our democratic governments and relatively free press.
January 22, 2004
Re "Love's OK, but Hate Keeps Us Together," Commentary, Jan. 20: Crispin Sartwell argues, following Heraclitus and others, that hate is a progressive engine of change. Academics, and maybe arms dealers, love this kind of talk. In a ludicrous cherry-picking of ancient sources and detestable quotes, he argues that hate is a unifying force throughout all societies. He says, in closing, that as the universe was born in conflagration, and since we are part of this universe, we are "exploding [read: with exclusionary hate]
May 7, 2005
Re "Why So Many Jobs Have Wanderlust," Opinion, May 1: Businesses stand on three legs: sales, operations and back office. Kenneth Swift has just facilitated the amputation of his company's supporting limb. Sure, Praveen works for a lot less and may have advanced degrees, but does he have an ounce of real loyalty? I have seen countless examples of clerical workers spending nights and weekends fixing and undoing the catastrophic miscalculations of executives like Swift. They do it because they belong to an organization and want that organization to succeed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1987 |
Last year, Greater Los Angeles produced $250 billion worth of goods and services, making the 12.6-million-person metropolitan area the world's 11th-largest "nation" in terms of gross national product, ahead of Australia, India, Mexico, Sweden and Switzerland. In coming years, the region's economy will grow even larger, according to Southern California Assn. of Governments projections, and the number of jobs is expected to jump from approximately 6 million at present to 8 million in 2000.
June 3, 2007 |
Sporadic violence erupted Saturday in this port city as radicals, their faces hidden by hoods and bandannas, broke from a largely peaceful anti-globalization protest and attacked police with sticks, bottles and Molotov cocktails ahead of this week's summit of leading industrialized nations. Authorities said 146 police officers were injured, 25 of them seriously; 78 demonstrators were arrested or taken into temporary custody.