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Yasith Chhun

The Lonely War

Long Beach accountant Yasith Chhun stood before Judge Dean D. Pregerson in a Los Angeles courtroom on June 22, 2010. The judge noted that the bespectacled Cambo...

A Serbian Film: Kiddie Porn? Historical Satire? Both?

Many movies have aimed to portray the darkest recesses of the human imagination, but few have gone as far as A Serbian Film. Incorporating all manner of taboo from pedophilia to necrophilia into a wildly over-the-top political parable, this Film is definitely extreme. But is it illegal? A prosecutor in......

Inglewood School Chief Dies

Photo by Robert Hale Days after a jury ruled that the Inglewood school district is liable to a former employee to the tune of $420,000 for sexual harassment and emotional distress, the official whose actions sparked the case, Inglewood schools Superintendent McKinley Nash, died of a heart attack. The 65-year-old......

A Mismatch Made in Oil

Photo by Slobodan Dimitrov Awaiting a final okay from the Colombian government, Occidental Petroleum Corp. has mustered the political will to begin drilling a tropical oil field despite the vow of an indigenous tribe, 5,000 strong, to commit mass suicide if their land is so despoiled. Occidental officials have engaged......

Inglewood’s Magisterial Mayor

Photo by Anne Fishbein Two council seats are up for grabs in Inglewood elections on April 6, but the contest is shaping up as a referendum on the city’s mayor, Roosevelt Dorn, who will not appear on the ballot himself but dominates the five-seat panel with the help of two......

Viva Pinochet!

Photo by Debra DiPaolo Some members of the local Chilean community are finding unity in their hope that General Augusto Pinochet lives a long life. Long enough, at least, for the 83-year-old former dictator to endure a lengthy trial and finish his days behind bars — as did many who......

Dying Declaration

PHNOM PENH - On April 2, 13 days before he died, Pol Pot, one of the great killers of the 20th century, gave what was likely the last interview of his 73 years. The former Khmer Rouge leader was tracked down to a small hut near Anlong Veng, only a......

The Killing Courts

When the sun finally dips below the Cambodian horizon, some of Phnom Penh’s innumerable squatters disappear into the once illustrious Olympic Stadium, while thousands of black bats that have made this ramshackle relic of Cambodia’s 1960s glory their home launch themselves enthusiastically into the darkening skies, offering up their shrill......
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