April 2, 2013 |
Shivering in a black wool coat, Shira Goodman scanned the small crowd assembled at an Ambler park, listened to the gun-control speeches by local activists and lawmakers, and awaited her turn at the microphone. Aside from the cold - particularly biting for mid-March - this is the type of scene Goodman had envisioned when she accepted the job as executive director of the gun-control advocacy group CeaseFirePA. What she never expected was that she would become something of a household name, a regular on the TV news circuit, and end up sitting on an advisory panel to Vice President Biden.
March 13, 2013 |
Just when our politics seemed destined to freeze into a brain-dead brand of partisanship, party lines started cracking up. Start with the progress on two of this year's central issues, gun safety and immigration. It was unfortunate that talks between Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) and Senate advocates of universal background checks were suspended because Coburn can't quite get to yes. But the fact that Coburn and Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D., N.Y.) were negotiating at all, and stayed on cordial terms, means something.
December 10, 2012 |
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The leader of the Islamic extremist group Hamas vowed Saturday to continue fighting Israel, as hundreds of thousands of flag-waving Gazans turned out to celebrate the organization's 25th anniversary. Khaled Mashaal's visit to the Palestinian territory - a first in his lifetime of exile - underscores Hamas' rising clout and regional acceptance since its eight-day conflict with Israel last month. At the main stage in Gaza City, a roaring crowd greeted Mashaal and Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, who emerged from a door built into a large model of a rocket fired at Israeli cities during the recent fighting.
November 26, 2012
CAIRO - As supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi clashed Friday in the worst violence since he took office, he defended a decision to give himself near-absolute power to root out what he called "weevils eating away at the nation of Egypt. " Issued Thursday, the edicts have turned months of growing polarization into an open battle between his Muslim Brotherhood and liberals who fear a new dictatorship. Some in the opposition, which has been divided and weakened, were now speaking of a sustained street campaign against the man who nearly five months ago became Egypt's first freely elected president.
November 22, 2012 |
U.S. stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor's 500 Index up for a fourth day, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr announced a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Hewlett-Packard Co. rallied 2 percent after tumbling 12 percent yesterday. Salesforce.com Inc., the largest maker of online customer-management software, rose 8.8 percent after forecasting sales and profit that were in line with projections. Deere & Co., the largest agricultural equipment maker, fell 3.7 percent as earnings missed analysts' estimates.
November 21, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - A diplomatic push to end Israel's nearly weeklong offensive in the Gaza Strip gained momentum Tuesday, with Egypt's president predicting that airstrikes would soon end, the U.S. secretary of state racing to the region and Israel's prime minister saying that his country would be a "willing partner" to a cease-fire with the Islamic militant group Hamas. As international diplomats worked to cement a deal, senior Hamas officials said that some sticking points remained even as relentless airstrikes and rocket attacks between the two sides continued.
November 20, 2012 |
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers traded fire and tough cease-fire proposals Monday, and threatened to escalate their border conflict if diplomacy failed. No deal appeared near. An Israeli airstrike targeting a Gaza media center killed a senior militant and engulfed the building in flames, while Gaza fighters fired 95 rockets at Israel, nearly one-third of them intercepted by an Israeli missile shield. The number of people killed in Gaza since the start of Israel's offensive rose Monday to 109, including 56 civilians.
October 27, 2012 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Two deadly car bombs and sporadic fighting marred a shaky holiday truce Friday in Syria, although thousands of protesters used the brief respite in the civil war to pour into the streets and demand President Bashar al-Assad's ouster. Chants of "Syria wants freedom!" rang out in the streets in the largest demonstrations in months, suggesting that a 19-month-old crackdown and sustained violence have not broken the spirit of those trying to rid the country of Assad's rule.
October 25, 2012 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - An international mediator told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that he hoped a four-day holiday truce could take hold in Syria this week, warning that another failure would worsen the fighting and increasingly threaten neighboring countries. Yet even this modest effort - the international community's only plan for scaling back the violence - appears doomed to fail. Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N.-Arab League envoy, said the Syrian regime and some rebel groups promised to lay down their arms during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which begins Friday.
October 21, 2012 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The international envoy to the Syria conflict pressed his call for a cease-fire with Syrian officials during a visit to Damascus on Saturday while violence continued unabated throughout the country and a massacre of more than 70 people was alleged in eastern Syria. Lakhdar Brahimi, who represents the United Nations and the Arab League, has appealed for a truce between rebels and President Bashar al-Assad's forces for the four-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which begins Oct. 26. Brahimi arrived in Damascus on Friday after a tour of Middle East capitals to drum up support for the cease-fire, which he hopes will pave the way for a longer-term truce.