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July 12, 1990
Ray Kabaker, former West Coast bureau chief for the Voice of America and a former vice president of the California Bicentennial Commission on the U.S. Constitution, died Monday in La Jolla of cancer. Kabaker, 56, of Palm Desert, was a correspondent for the VOA in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Washington before heading the agency's Los Angeles office from 1977 to 1983.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2014 | By Carlos Lozano
The mother of a 15-year-old California teenager who stowed away in the wheel well of Hawaii-bound airliner told Voice of America radio that her son had recently learned that she was alive after being told by his father she had died. Speaking from a refugee camp in eastern Ethiopia, Ubah Mohamed Adbdullahi told VOA that she believed her son risked his life trying to reach her, according to the Associated Press. "I know he was looking for me, and I am requesting the U.S. government to help me reunite with my kids," she told the international radio station.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2001
As a former Voice of America correspondent, I would like to commend your Oct. 11 editorial, "An Honest Radio Voice." It's the most accurate description of what VOA does that I have seen published anywhere recently. The people of Afghanistan need the truth, not banal propaganda. The VOA needs and deserves greater understanding in this country, especially in Washington, of what it can and should do in times of crisis. Wayne Corey Laguna Niguel
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The father of a 15-year-old boy who stowed away in the wheel-well of a Hawaii-bound plane "thanked God" his son survived the ordeal, saying the boy may have been trying to return to Africa, according to the Voice of America . “When I watched the analysis about the extraordinary and dangerous trip of my son on local TVs and that Allah had saved him, I thanked God and I was very happy,” Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi, of Santa Clara, told VOA's Somali...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1990
The Volunteers of America readmitted residents to its Women and Couples Shelter on Skid Row in Los Angeles Tuesday, ending a one-day lockout that was part of an effort to shut down its operations. According to an agreement between the nonprofit agency and the Inner City Law Center, representing about 20 residents who suddenly found themselves homeless on Monday, the residents will stay at the shelter at 611 E. 5th St. while VOA helps them find other housing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2001
"An Honest Radio Voice" (editorial, Oct. 11) says that the Voice of America is charged with providing "accurate, objective and comprehensive" news, while Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is involved with "frank advocacy" and "tell[ing] the story Washington's way." In fact, VOA, RFE/RL and Radio Free Asia--all of the stations that operate under the supervision of the Broadcasting Board of Governors--are required to provide precisely the kind of accurate and objective news your editorial suggests is the province of VOA alone.
WORLD
April 11, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The Russian government has cut off broadcasts of Voice of America after a leading state media figure denounced the U.S. government-funded radio as "spam on our frequencies. " VOA's contract with the Russian media oversight agency wasn't renewed after it expired at the end of March because the Kremlin could no longer tolerate "its subversive, sanctimonious, self-serving propaganda," the Voice of Russia said in its account of the cutoff. The internal silencing of the broadcasts that beamed news and cultural programs into the Soviet Union during the Cold War represented the latest attempt by the Kremlin to eliminate media providing an alternative to those whose content and editors are controlled by the Russian government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The father of a 15-year-old boy who stowed away in the wheel-well of a Hawaii-bound plane "thanked God" his son survived the ordeal, saying the boy may have been trying to return to Africa, according to the Voice of America . “When I watched the analysis about the extraordinary and dangerous trip of my son on local TVs and that Allah had saved him, I thanked God and I was very happy,” Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi, of Santa Clara, told VOA's Somali...
NEWS
February 25, 1985 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
The Reagan Administration has begun a major expansion of the U.S. radio broadcasting capability in Central America and the Caribbean. The Voice of America, the U.S. government's overseas radio network, has a new transmitter in Costa Rica and plans to spend $50 million on as many as 11 additional transmitters in the Caribbean basin, a VOA official said. The plan reflects the Administration's determination to strengthen U.S. ties in the region and to thwart Soviet and Cuban influence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2014 | By Carlos Lozano
The mother of a 15-year-old California teenager who stowed away in the wheel well of Hawaii-bound airliner told Voice of America radio that her son had recently learned that she was alive after being told by his father she had died. Speaking from a refugee camp in eastern Ethiopia, Ubah Mohamed Adbdullahi told VOA that she believed her son risked his life trying to reach her, according to the Associated Press. "I know he was looking for me, and I am requesting the U.S. government to help me reunite with my kids," she told the international radio station.
WORLD
April 11, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The Russian government has cut off broadcasts of Voice of America after a leading state media figure denounced the U.S. government-funded radio as "spam on our frequencies. " VOA's contract with the Russian media oversight agency wasn't renewed after it expired at the end of March because the Kremlin could no longer tolerate "its subversive, sanctimonious, self-serving propaganda," the Voice of Russia said in its account of the cutoff. The internal silencing of the broadcasts that beamed news and cultural programs into the Soviet Union during the Cold War represented the latest attempt by the Kremlin to eliminate media providing an alternative to those whose content and editors are controlled by the Russian government.
NATIONAL
August 20, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
U.S. immigration officials released a visiting Pakistani journalist employed by the U.S.-run Voice of America news service, 10 days after taking him into custody at Dulles International Airport. Rahman Bunairee, 33, was hoping to find refuge in the U.S. after receiving threats from Islamic militants displeased with his reports about their activities in Pakistan. Officials at VOA quickly arranged to bring Bunairee to the U.S. on a J-1 visa, used by research institutions to sponsor scholars on temporary exchange programs.
NATIONAL
August 15, 2009 | Sebastian Rotella
Six days ago, a Pakistani journalist on the run from Taliban militants landed in the United States holding a valuable key to sanctuary: a visa granting him the right to work for the Voice of America radio service for one year. But today Rahman Bunairee is in an immigration lockup in Virginia after being detained upon his arrival at Dulles International Airport. "We are concerned and upset" about the detention, said Joan Mower, a spokeswoman for the VOA, which is funded by the U.S. government.
WORLD
June 19, 2009 | Henry Chu
The Iranian government has accused the U.S. and Britain of interfering in its election. Both countries have government-funded broadcasters that offer Persian-language reports. British Broadcasting Corp. BBC Persian launched television programming in January to supplement its longtime radio and Internet services. The TV service quickly developed a following in Iran. Tehran has accused the BBC of contributing to unrest in the country.
NEWS
November 11, 2001 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Voice of America recently broadcast a lengthy report on Pakistani Muslims crossing into Afghanistan to join what they see as a holy war against the United States in defense of Islam. Earlier, the U.S. government radio service reported extensively on U.S. bombs that missed their targets and hit civilian locations. What's going on here?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2001
"An Honest Radio Voice" (editorial, Oct. 11) says that the Voice of America is charged with providing "accurate, objective and comprehensive" news, while Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is involved with "frank advocacy" and "tell[ing] the story Washington's way." In fact, VOA, RFE/RL and Radio Free Asia--all of the stations that operate under the supervision of the Broadcasting Board of Governors--are required to provide precisely the kind of accurate and objective news your editorial suggests is the province of VOA alone.
NATIONAL
August 20, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
U.S. immigration officials released a visiting Pakistani journalist employed by the U.S.-run Voice of America news service, 10 days after taking him into custody at Dulles International Airport. Rahman Bunairee, 33, was hoping to find refuge in the U.S. after receiving threats from Islamic militants displeased with his reports about their activities in Pakistan. Officials at VOA quickly arranged to bring Bunairee to the U.S. on a J-1 visa, used by research institutions to sponsor scholars on temporary exchange programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2001
As a former Voice of America correspondent, I would like to commend your Oct. 11 editorial, "An Honest Radio Voice." It's the most accurate description of what VOA does that I have seen published anywhere recently. The people of Afghanistan need the truth, not banal propaganda. The VOA needs and deserves greater understanding in this country, especially in Washington, of what it can and should do in times of crisis. Wayne Corey Laguna Niguel
NEWS
September 6, 1994 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For half a century the Voice of America held a virtual monopoly in telling America's story--warts and all--to the world. And from Africa to the Soviet Union, millions of listeners came to rely on VOA as a truthful, accurate source of news. But the end of the Cold War and the democratization of previously closed societies has brought vast changes to international broadcasting.
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