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August 14, 2005 | Michael Henry Heim, Michael Henry Heim teaches in the department of Slavic languages and literatures and the department of comparative literature at UCLA. He translates contemporary and classical fiction from a number of languages.
"IF this be treason," said that great American Patrick Henry, "make the most of it." Now another great American has breathed new life into Henry's quip. Translator Gregory Rabassa has made us a gift of innumerable Latin American writers, including Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Julio Cortazar and Jorge Amado. Rabassa was the moving force behind the "Latin American boom" that began in the late 1960s and revolutionized our reading habits -- and our way of seeing the world.
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July 14, 2005 | From Associated Press
A prominent Islamic scholar who exhorted his followers after the Sept. 11 attacks to join the Taliban and fight U.S. troops was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison. Ali al-Timimi was convicted in April of soliciting treason, inducing others to aid the Taliban and to use firearms in violation of federal law. "I will not admit guilt nor seek the court's mercy," the Fairfax cleric said before sentencing. "I do this simply because I am innocent."
WORLD
December 17, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Five Islamic teachers suspected of being key figures in a separatist insurgency in Thailand's Muslim-dominated south have been charged with treason, security officials said. Four suspects were arrested this week, but the fifth suspect fled during a raid and has been charged in absentia, said Gen. Sirichai Thanyasiri, the regional security commander. The suspects face a maximum penalty of death if found guilty. More than 550 people have been killed in an explosion of violence this year.
WORLD
October 16, 2004 | Robyn Dixon and Peta Thornycroft, Special to The Times
Leading opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was acquitted of treason charges Friday in a surprise court ruling in a nation whose longtime president has been widely accused of crushing dissent. But even as he expressed relief, Tsvangirai, who was arrested two years ago, warned that it was premature to celebrate in the face of what he called continuing repression and abuse by President Robert Mugabe's government.
WORLD
October 14, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A court charged an Islamic radical with treason for allegedly masterminding a failed 1998 plot to crash an airplane into the mausoleum of the founder of secular Turkey, Kemal Ataturk. Metin Kaplan was returned to Istanbul late Tuesday, hours after a court in his longtime home of Germany approved his extradition. His group, the Caliphate State, calls for the overthrow of Turkey's secular government to replace it with an Islamic state.
WORLD
September 27, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A senior Iraqi national guard commander has been arrested on suspicion of having ties to insurgents, the U.S. military said Sunday. In the wake of the restoration of Iraqi sovereignty in June and just four months before parliamentary elections, U.S. troops have been trying to transfer more authority for security to Iraqi forces. But the commander's arrest -- which follows the detention of an Iraqi police chief -- raises questions about the allegiance of Iraqi security services. Brig. Gen.
WORLD
September 24, 2004 | Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writer
Chinese authorities have arrested a New York Times news assistant on charges of leaking state secrets and the newspaper has appealed to the "highest levels" of the U.S. government to help secure his release, a senior editor at the paper said Thursday. Zhao Yen, 42, a researcher in the paper's Beijing bureau, was arrested Sept. 17.
WORLD
July 12, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
One of four Serb generals charged with war crimes in Kosovo said in a television appearance that turning him over to the Netherlands-based U.N. tribunal would be an act of treason. Gen. Vladimir Lazarevic led troops in the 1999 Kosovo campaign in which nearly 10,000 Kosovo Albanians were killed.
WORLD
April 22, 2004 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
Mordechai Vanunu, the onetime nuclear technician who divulged top- secret details of Israel's atomic weapons program, emerged defiant and combative Wednesday from an Israeli prison where he served a 17 1/2-year sentence for treason and espionage, much of it spent in solitary confinement.
WORLD
April 21, 2004 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Ratcheting up pressure against the rebellious leader of an autonomous area on the Black Sea, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Tuesday leveled treason charges against a general who had declared loyalty to the regional strongman. Saakashvili said the general had "betrayed his country" by throwing his support to Aslan Abashidze, the defiant head of the Adzharia region in this former Soviet republic.
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