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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2001
Re "Attorney General Stresses the Risk of More Attacks," Oct. 1: Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft has been stirring the ashes of fear regarding more attacks. Now, what would be gained from keeping us afraid? We'd buy more gas masks, water, Cipro, tetracycline, food, guns? Or is it to pass Ashcroft's anti-terrorism package? When people are afraid, we give up liberties in exchange for a false sense of security. Beware. Libby Breen Altadena Of course more attacks are planned.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2001
Re "U.S., Allies Urge Afghan Rivals to Govern Together," Nov. 14: After WWI, the Allies drew some lines on a map and created Afghanistan. It now is evident that combining the three major tribes of the area was less than optimal. As we research the varied options for a post-Taliban government, would it not make more sense to divide the country along ethnic/tribal lines, rather than succumb to inertia and leave the country as is, the only guarantee of which is more tribal conflict? Creating three functional countries where now exists one nonfunctional one would seem a rational choice, and the choice most likely to create peace in the region.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2001
Barbara Ehrenreich's "Veiled Threat" (Opinion, Nov. 4) struck a chord with me. I was in the midst of reading "Nickel and Dimed," her insightful, passionate, first-person account of the plight of the female underclass in this country when Sept. 11 happened. In the grim aftermath, I couldn't help but feel that there were connections between that important book, our national tragedy and the years-long failure of the world community--starting with the U.S.--to respond to the Taliban's brutality against women.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2011
SERIES The Real Rocky: This documentary from Jeff Feuerzeig looks at the career of Chuck Wepner, the "Bayonne Bleeder," a former New Jersey state heavyweight boxing champion who fought George Foreman, Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali. He says that he was the inspiration for the "Rocky" character (5 p.m. ESPN). NCIS: Gibbs (Mark Harmon) meets Ducky's (David McCallum) new girlfriend (Cheryl Ladd) in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). Frontline: The new episode "Death by Fire" raises troubling questions in the case of a Texan who was executed in 2004 for the arson deaths of his three children, but new evidence raises doubts about whether he was guilty (9 p.m. KOCE)
NATIONAL
March 8, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
International Women's Day is today. How are you observing it, aside from perhaps noting the Google Doodle set up in its honor? Maybe you're signing an online petition seeking gender equality in medical research. Or tweeting using the hashtag "#womensday" to honor women's progress and to renew commitments to women's rights. If you're in Kabul, Afghanistan, you might be making a stop by that city's first Internet cafe just for women. International Women's Day is not nearly as well known in the United States as it is in other parts of the globe; elsewhere, it's marked by rallies, banners and even a day off. Many people in Armenia and Mongolia get time away from the job; in China, only women have that luxury.
NEWS
December 8, 2002 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
When Marzia Basel, one of Afghanistan's few female judges, recently spent several weeks in the United States, she met with President Bush, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and other dignitaries to appeal for more assistance for her homeland. Returning home, she was greeted by derogatory headlines and sneers because, while in the U.S., she hadn't always worn her chador, the scarf used by many Muslim women to cover their hair.
WORLD
December 8, 2002 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
When Marzia Basel, one of Afghanistan's few female judges, recently spent several weeks in the United States, she met with President Bush, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and other dignitaries to appeal for more assistance for her homeland. Returning home, she was greeted by derogatory headlines and sneers because, while in the U.S., she hadn't always worn her chador, the scarf used by many Muslim women to cover their hair.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2003 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
With his wife and daughter by his side, former President George Bush gave the keynote address Wednesday at an unusual fund-raiser. The occasion might have looked like a reunion for the administration of the man Washington cognoscenti call Bush 41 (to distinguish him from the administration of the current and 43rd president).
WORLD
May 23, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - Roya Mahboob navigates the potholes of doing business in Afghanistan like any other entrepreneur. Corruption is rife. Kidnappings are common. Bomb blasts remain an overarching reality. But as the female chief executive of a thriving software firm in Afghanistan's male-dominated society, Mahboob finds that her potholes sometimes feel like sinkholes. Banks have balked at lending her money simply because she is a woman. Anonymous emails and text messages have warned her to abandon her work.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2009 | TINA DAUNT
Everybody knows about Jay Leno's taste for topical humor. Far fewer are aware that his wife, Mavis, has long been one of Hollywood's most influential behind-the-scenes activists on behalf of women. For more than a decade Mavis Leno has made the plight of Afghan women her particular case and this month she and the organization in which she plays a pivotal role -- the Feminist Majority Foundation -- will hold what amounts to a coming out party for the next round in this cause.
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