Summer film preview: Art, identity, violence and heroism
Five books you should read this summer
Life of the ‘Party’
‘Waterfall,’ coming to Pasadena Playhouse, bucks Broadway norms
‘The Blob’: How fame took shape from an amorphous sci-fi classic
Leader of Myanmar’s Jewish community dies
Sheldon Adelson hosting private meeting to stem BDS tide on campuses
Agnieszka Kurant and the art of what’s missing
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Borzou Daragahi, the LA Times’ ace in the Mideast has one of those story that is, understandably, really hard to quantify:
BEIRUT—Unmarried and pregnant, Ranya gathered up her courage and confided to a friend that she was considering a drastic step: an illegal abortion.
July 2, 2008 | 2:01 am
Two weeks ago, Julia Duin, the religion reporter for the Washington Times, dropped a bombshell: Commonwealth Catholic Charities of Richmond arranged for a 16-year-old immigrant girl in its care to receive an abortion. These action clearly violated Catholic doctrine and also possibly...
June 4, 2008 | 12:55 pm
When I was at UCLA, students were constantly bombarded by activists and evangelists on Bruin Walk. I remember only one. It was an anti-abortion organization that showed up with the most disturbing supersized posters I had ever seen: the explicit images of blotted-out babies. I can...
May 29, 2008 | 10:25 am
John McCain is a lucky man. He’s alienated what has become an important part of the Republican Party—conservative Christians—by shoving aside the Revs. John Hagee (Hitler remarks) and Rod Parsley (general nuttiness) and staying mum on California’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage. And yet he appears at worse in a dead heat with Barack Obama, maybe better.
How can this be? Well, Ed Stoddard writes for Reuters that McCain has a trump card guaranteeing the Religious Right’s vote:
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July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pmFollowing a string of conservative rulings in the closing weeks of this year's Supreme Court session, some Jewish officials are suggesting that they may be forced to abandon their decades-long strategy of relying on the courts to protect liberal gains on a host of issues.
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February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pmHier scolds Carter, and vice versa
Former President Jimmy Carter has implicitly accused the Simon Wiesenthal Center of "falsehood and slander," after the center mailed Carter some 25,000 signed petitions protesting his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."
In a brief but...
April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm
"Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City and the Conflict That Divided America" by Eyal Press (Henry Holt and Co, $25).
Every father should be a hero to his child. But a child's hero and an adult's hero are often two different people, even when they inhabit the same body. Eyal...
January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm
"But is it good for the Jews?" That was the question many of our grandparents voiced when they perused the morning papers -- a question we may have dismissed, even with affection, as a narrow or parochial expression.
Today, we know that what's "good for the Jews" extends beyond...
October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm
When Californians go to the polls on Nov. 8, many will read Proposition 73 as a proposal to require that health care providers perform the seemingly logical task of informing parents before performing abortions on underage girls.
But the considered opinions of doctors and Juvenile...
September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm
The first half of the 20th century saw Americans locked in a fierce ideological debate surrounding economic class and the distribution of wealth.
In the second half of the century, the cultural wars addressed issues of race and gender.
As we stand at the dawn of the 21st century, a...
August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Israel School Teaches Peace Lesson
Racially motivated brawls at Jefferson High School this spring made the school appear, at times, like a miniwar zone. Which makes it especially interesting that L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) officials are learning lessons from Israeli and...
July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm
The 2008 election may be more than three years away, but one group is hoping to press the Democratic Party to infuse spirituality into its platform for that campaign.
"The right is correct; there is a huge spiritual crisis in America," said Rabbi Michael Lerner, the editor of Tikkun...
April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm
September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Two brothers, both self-proclaimed anti-Semites and white supremacists, pleaded guilty Sept. 7 to firebombing three synagogues in the Sacramento area two years ago.
Benjamin Matthew Williams, 33, considered the instigator in the attacks, faces 30 years in federal prison. His...
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July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm
She's mean, she's popular. And she's more political than her shocked listeners realize. Pat Buchanan has floated her name for running mate. Gay activists have made her a target in the battle for marriage rights. And Christian lobbyists and proselytizers are carrying her flag high.