April 4, 2016
David O'Reilly is an Inquirer staff writer 'Hear, O Israel," Moses cries out in Deuteronomy, "the Lord our God, the Lord is One. " Known as the Great Admonition, which traditionally observant Jews wear on their foreheads at prayer, it echoes across time as the foundational statement of monotheism informing Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. But Yahweh, the thunderous voice in the whirlwind who in Exodus makes a covenant with the Israelites, likely traveled a longer and more crowded path to his singular status as "Creator of Heaven and Earth" than the Hebrew Bible makes plain.
March 4, 2016 |
Sixth-seeded Clayton routed host No. 3 New Egypt, 68-38, to pull off the only upset in NJSIAA South Group 1 girls' quarterfinal action on Wednesday. Jada Simon drained a game-high 20 points for the Clippers while also adding seven assists and seven steals. Catherine Copeland recorded 18 points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals. In other NJSIAA South Group 1 action, Nicole Velez dominated the court with 30 points as No. 1 Gloucester dispatched visiting No. 8 Pitman, 46-35.
February 27, 2016 |
Ancient Egypt, where the gods were white and spoke with British accents - or so Gods of Egypt will have you believe. The movie has rightfully taken quite the public drubbing for its whitewashing of a story with roots ostensibly in North African history. But truthfully, it's so ridiculously outlandish that the film couldn't possibly be tied to anything in reality, so it's unfortunate that it borrowed a real place as a loose setting. Written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, Gods of Egypt has a much lighter tone and clear willingness to embrace obvious campiness than their previous script, the Vin Diesel vehicle The Last Witch Hunter . Taking place in some random ancient time when mortals and gods coexisted, the film starts with the coronation of god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
February 11, 2016 |
Will Cabbler led Cinnaminson in points in a 59-56 victory over visiting New Egypt on Tuesday, and his free throws in overtime were his most important buckets. Cabbler scored 18 points and made four foul shots in the extra period to give the Pirates the win. The senior was 8 for 8 from the line and made a pair of three-pointers in the Burlington County League contest. In other Burlington County League play, Antoine Wilson made five threes in totaling 23 points and added seven assists as Pemberton downed host Medford Tech, 77-65.
January 29, 2016 |
Jan. 25 marked the fifth anniversary of the Tahrir Square revolt - an uprising organized by young Facebook-savvy Egyptians that came to symbolize the Arab Spring. At the time, I spent days in and around the square interviewing the revolt's youthful leaders as well as ordinary Cairenes. Those conversations were inspiring, as housewives, cabbies, laborers, office workers, and students debated how to transform an authoritarian regime into some form of democracy. We know how those hopes crumbled.
January 10, 2016 |
Hours after he shot a Philadelphia police officer with a stolen police firearm Thursday night, Edward Archer confessed to investigators that he had acted "in the name of Islam," authorities said. "I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic State, and that's why I did what I did," Archer told detectives, according to Homicide Capt. James Clark. Investigators are still working to determine whether the 30-year-old Yeadon man had any ties to terrorist groups or whether he had acted alone.
May 22, 2015 |
If you were looking for an Egyptian who could help his country fulfill the lost promise of the Arab Spring - some day - you couldn't do better than Emad Shahin, an internationally renowned and liberal scholar who studies political Islam. So why was this mild-mannered academic sentenced to death in absentia Saturday in a Cairo court? The answer lays bare the misguided policies of Egypt's new autocratic government, led by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, which is trying to muzzle all domestic critics in the name of fighting terrorism.
March 23, 2015 |
About a year ago, my husband signed on to a team whose mission was to improve the STEM skills (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) of high school students in Egypt. When the project required visiting a Cairo public school, I agreed to join him when the meetings had concluded. Travel to that part of the world both excited and terrified me. The U.S. Embassy travel-advisory notices were brutally honest and had warned of a "heightened risk of violence" in Cairo due to the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 Revolution, which was the time frame of our trip.
June 27, 2014 |
This week, Secretary of State John Kerry rightly criticized an Egyptian court's conviction of three international journalists with Al Jazeera English on blatantly fake charges cooked up for political reasons. But Kerry failed to mention the equally grim case of an idealistic young American held without trial for nearly a year in Cairo's horrendous jails. Mohamed Soltan was arrested in August for trying to document the Egyptian military's undemocratic crackdown on dissent after last summer's coup.
June 11, 2014 |
A pleasing tension rolls off the stage in A Coffin in Egypt , the emotional differential between Ricky Ian Gordon's optimistic score and his dejected main character, the widow Bledsoe. Such contrasts bloom in abundance. Myrtle Bledsoe once had beauty and wealth but was tethered to a philandering, murderous husband, and despite great cultural ambition found herself mostly in rural, early-20th-century Egypt, Texas, pining for something beyond the horizon. Bledsoe spends most of the 80-minute one-act, currently being presented by Opera Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, in bitter flashback.