November 4, 1986
LABELING PATRIOTS 'REDS' Thank you, Jack McKinney. As an Afro-American concerned about much misinformation about the African National Congress, I congratulate you for your eloquent rebuttal to Boston University president John R. Silber's comments in "Beware Leninist ANC. " When the American revolutionaries initially challenged the unjust British government, they were referred to as "patriots. " When black South Africans challenge the unjust apartheid government of South Africa, they are called "Communists.
May 28, 1994
UNBELIEVABLE GENEROSITY It has been fully documented that the beleaguered taxpaying, working middle-class family has been unbelievably generous - denying themselves the bare essentials for sustaining life so they can unselfishly contribute to others, even others obviously much more opulent, but evidently not as charitable. One small example of their altruism is the nearly $1 trillion they have contributed to clean up the financial disaster left behind by corrupt, unscrupulous CEOs of now-defunct savings and loans.
October 14, 2011 |
The nonstop parade of killers, crooks and con artists on the nightly news is enough to leave anyone with a dim view of human nature and pining for the good old days. But what if the good old days weren't so good after all? Steven Pinker, professor of psychology at Harvard and best-selling author of "The Blank Slate," has mustered a mountain of data that tracks violence through the centuries. "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined" (Viking) is the result, an 800-page argument that examines violence from major wars to infanticide, genocide to child abuse, and murder to bullying.
December 22, 2009 |
The Inquirer has performed a public service by shining a bright light on a wide swath of government that is rarely exposed or held accountable - the criminal justice system. As president of an organization whose mission is to make our communities safer from gun violence, I was disheartened to be reminded once again of how dysfunctional the city's system is. There are many causes of the plague of gun violence in Philadelphia, as well as in other parts of the state: poverty, a lack of adequate job opportunities, the breakdown of the family, the flood of illegal guns, lax gun laws, and a lack of common purpose and coordination among governmental organizations.
June 24, 2011 |
BAGHDAD - Four bombs ripped through Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad Thursday evening, killing at least 40 people in the worst violence the capital has seen in months, Iraqi officials said. An American civilian aid specialist working to improve education in Iraq was killed in a separate attack. The violence underscored the fragile nature of the security gains in Iraq at a time when American forces are preparing to withdraw by the end of this year and the challenges facing the State Department personnel and American contractors who would continue on after the U.S. military is gone.
October 26, 2000 |
After the dead are buried, the sirens silenced, the rubble swept from streets where rioters rampaged, what lessons will have been learned from these bloody confrontations between Palestinians and Israelis? Two are essential: When mobs are incited to violence by Palestinian media and political and religious leaders, chaos ensues. When Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation breaks down because Palestinian police and militiamen turn their guns on Israelis, the level of conflict crosses a terrible threshold, and the suffering soars.
January 28, 2012 |
BEIRUT - A new wave of violence swept across Syria on Friday as the government of President Bashar Assad sought to counter mass protests and armed insurgents in cities and towns brimming with rebellion against his rule, according to opposition accounts. More than 120 people have been killed in the last two days, the opposition says, signaling one of the bloodiest stretches of an uprising that began 10 months ago and that now threatens the more than four-decade reign of the Assad family.
December 8, 1992 |
At least 37 people were killed today day in a fresh upsurge of Hindu-Moslem clashes in India's commercial center Bombay as rioters battled with stones and firebombs, police and witnesses said. It took the death toll in widespread violence across the country over the past two days to at least 330 people. Bombay and the surrounding state of Maharashtra have been among the worst hit with 107 people killed in two days of bloodshed triggered by the destruction at the weekend of a mosque in the northern town of Ayodhya by Hindu militants.
December 20, 1992 |
Hours after more than 1,000 Camden residents marched on City Hall to protest a record number of homicides this year, two men were shot to death early yesterday in unrelated incidents in the city. The slayings brought the total killings in the city to 48 for the year. Two other men were injured in yesterday's shootings. Authorities identified the dead as Kenyatta Oberton, 20, of the 1300 block of Atlantic Avenue, and Thomas Long, 27, of the 1000 block of Bergen Avenue. Investigators said no arrests were made in either case.
January 15, 1991 |
Latvia's president today urged supporters of his separatist government to clear trucks and barricades leading to a stadium in the Baltic republic where opponents of independence planned a rally. In a broadcast address, Anatoljs Gorbunovs said he told the commander of the Baltic military district, Gen. Fyodor Kuzmin, that the situation in Latvia was tense, "but it was not necessary for the army to intervene. " Earlier today, Soviet troops entered a Latvian police academy, seized weapons, then left 30 minutes later.