February 25, 2011
The grassroots protests taking place in North Africa and the Middle East appear related to the change that took place in the United States in 2008, when we elected Barack Obama to be our first African American president ("America's needless losses," Thursday). In a free and fair democratic election, the American people elevated a member of a racial minority to the presidency of our nation. This was a sign to the rest of the world of our great respect for people who show an ability to lead, no matter what racial or ethnic background they come from.
August 24, 2010 |
The former old boys club on 22d Street, replete with majestic columns, marble rotunda, grand staircase, and a beaux arts exterior protected by a wrought-iron gate, is imposing but not impenetrable. At 16, Faith Konate of South Philadelphia already has a foot in the ancient oak door. An 11th grader at Masterman High, Konate is among 24 young people from "under-resourced" neighborhoods who were handpicked for a novel project at the revered College of Physicians, on South 22d Street.
June 27, 1991
The threatened breakup of multi-ethnic Yugoslavia is a chilling reminder that the biggest danger to peace in Europe over the next decade is not Soviet invasion, but bloody civil wars. Yugoslavia, the original Balkanized country, is falling apart because, in the post-communist era, the two richest of its six ethnic republics are in a hurry to join the West. Slovenia and Croatia feel held back by the political and economic crises of the other four republics within the Balkan federation that was put together in 1945-6.
April 5, 1992 |
Smokers beware. A new $7.4 million, state-administered program is out to make you just another statistic. No, this is not a conspiracy to kill you (though some would argue that you are already doing that to yourselves). Instead, the program wants you to join an increasing number of smokers who are living longer - by quitting. The Washington-based National Cancer Institute (NCI) has chosen New Jersey as one of 17 states in the country to be part of an ambitious seven-year anti- smoking campaign.
August 7, 1989 |
For the second straight year, the Goode administration is in trouble with ethnic groups angered by the removal of their national flags from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Although City Council in September unanimously passed a resolution calling on the city to fly the national flags of Philadelphia's ethnic communities, representatives of some of those groups say their flags have vanished in recent days. Among the banners missing from the display of flags along the Parkway are those of the Ukraine, Armenia and the Vatican.
June 2, 2011 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - As thousands paid their respects this week to a slain northern Afghanistan police commander, a top lawmaker sounded an ominous warning: He and three other minority faction leaders are on a Taliban hit list and could be next. Conflict between the Taliban - who come mostly from the biggest group, the Pashtuns - and members of its ethnic minorities is nothing new in a nation whose history is scarred by civil strife. But rising ethnic tension is jeopardizing efforts to make peace with the Taliban after nearly 10 years of war. Minorities already worry that President Hamid Karzai, a Pashtun, will make too many concessions to their Taliban enemies to shore up his Pashtun base and craft a peace deal.
January 20, 2013 |
YANGON, Myanmar - Ethnic Kachin rebels in Myanmar said clashes in the country's north continued Saturday despite a government promise to cease fire, casting doubt over hopes that the bloody conflict there could end soon. Myanmar's military had declared Friday that it would stop attacks against rebels around the town of Lajayang, near Myanmar's northeastern border with China, starting Saturday morning because it had achieved its goal of securing an army outpost there that had been surrounded by insurgents.
December 12, 1990 |
The Department of Education has decided to begin prohibiting colleges and universities that receive federal funds from offering scholarships designated for minority students, the New York Times reported today. Michael L. Williams, the Education Department's assistant secretary for civil rights, said yesterday that "race exclusive" scholarships were discriminatory and therefore illegal, the Times said. College administrators and scholarship fund directors reacted with alarm, saying the decision could reverse decades of efforts to increase the enrollment of members of racial and ethnic minorities who have been historically underrepresented in colleges, the newspaper said.
August 15, 1993 |
The Chester County Commissioners, meeting in the southern end of the county, had followed their custom of introducing their senior staff to the public when a Lincoln University professor stood up in the audience. "Unless I'm blind," Robert Millette told the commissioners, "I recognized that there wasn't a single African American person" among the county government department heads introduced. Well, said the county commissioners, making our workforce more diverse is certainly one of our priorities.
May 30, 1993 |
Alonso, one of the richest men in Puerto Callente, Argentina, has everything money can buy, except Victoria, the woman he loves. He is struggling to get Victoria to become his wife, but it will not be easy for him. So goes the plot of Amo Y Senor (The Lord Master), one of the telenovelas, or soap operas, aired in many Spanish-speaking countries. Now, Spanish- speaking people in Camden, Burlington and Mercer Counties can watch Amo Y Senor in their homes. In April, TKR Hamilton and TKR Shade/Gloucester Cable systems started up WTGI-TV 61, the only station in the Philadelphia area - and one of the few in the country - to air a mix of ethnic programming, including Spanish-language telenovelas, news and sports shows.