June 11, 1987 |
A group of Democratic state lawmakers wants the Casey administration to help keep Pennsylvania National Guardsmen out of Central America, and has introduced House and Senate resolutions to restore control of the National Guard to the states. The effort is part of a nationwide movement coordinated by the St. Louis Pledge of Resistance in Missouri, a group organized three years ago to protest U.S. military involvement in Central America. At issue is whether the states or the federal government decide how Guard units are used.
May 16, 1989 |
They appear satisfied, and they almost seem to be dancing into a police van as members of the Pledge of Resistance who linked themselves together by the wrists and refused to leave Independence Hall are arrested yesterday. Eight people were released on $1,000 bail after being charged with trespassing and other charges. "We tried to negotiate with them, but they wanted to be arrested," U.S. Park Ranger Robert Byrne said. The demonstrators were protesting against U.S. policy in Central America, Byrne said.
March 12, 1987
I have recently become quite concerned with the manner in which Americans view the situation in Nicaragua. Many seem to think that the Sandinista regime is involved in a democratic government. The Sandinistas base their policies on Marxist-Leninist ideology. The Sandinistas were trained in the 1960s in Cuba, Libya and in Palestine Liberation Organization training camps. Nicaragua has advisers from every Marxist-Leninist power in the world stationed inside its borders, most being from Cuba and East Germany.
September 22, 1988 |
Luis Ramos wants to go home to El Salvador. But he says that U. S. military aid to El Salvador and the U. S. military presence in Central America are ensuring that the conflict that drove him out of his homeland will drag on and on. Partly because of that belief, Ramos, a refugee who was granted political asylum in the United States this May, joined Saturday with about 100 demonstrators who maintain that the presence of American soldiers in...
February 4, 2016 |
THIS COLUMN is a limited tip of the hat to Congressman Brendan Boyle. Boyle represents Northeast Philadelphia and parts of Montgomery County. He was on my show last week voicing his opposition to bringing the "unaccompanied minors" to Northeast Philadelphia. These kids from Central America and Mexico were brought to our borders by coyotes or others and are in various spots in our country waiting for their legal status to be decided. Boyle confirmed to me that the Obama administration has briefed him on the fact that the Naval Support Activity complex in the city's Lawndale section would house those minors.
April 6, 1986
Jeane Kirkpatrick's magical ability to weave truth from the frayed slogans of the Reagan administration showed once again in her "Blinders are off" column on March 30. The blinders are not off Mrs. Kirkpatrick. She does tell us that opinion polls in Central America "establish that solid majorities of Costa Ricans and Hondurans believe it would be better for Nicaragua and for themselves if the contras won. " I'd like to know how an accurate poll can be done in countries where many of the people don't have phones.
April 4, 1988
It has been a cruel, disorienting past month indeed for those who follow - or try to follow - the vagaries of Central America. Nicaragua, yesterday's hemispheric threat, has the new look of an island of calm, while its once- quiescent neighbors - Panama and El Salvador - edge toward the brink. They fill the turmoil-elsewhere columns; Daniel Ortega and the contras having quit the fray. In a burst of Easter bipartisanship, Congress now showers "humanitarian" largesse on the contras and the children maimed by the conflict.