February 8, 2016 |
When socialism is invoked in American political discourse, it's usually derisively. Prior to this election cycle, there hasn't been a self-described socialist with even remotely respectable polls in a presidential campaign since Eugene V. Debs. Since then, the term has been used mostly by conservatives as a slur or in poorly formulated broadsides equating America's public sector with the Gulag. But this year, the protest candidacy of democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is outperforming all expectations - he effectively tied Hillary Clinton in the Iowa caucuses last week and is favored to win Tuesday's New Hampshire primary - threatening to restore legitimacy to the term.
June 24, 2013
Rabbi Moshe Greenberg, 84, a religious educator who survived a brutal gulag in Siberia and secretly taught Judaism under an oppressive Soviet regime, has died in Israel. The Hasidic Chabad Lubavitch movement, of which Mr. Greenberg was a member, said he died Tuesday. Mr. Greenberg was born to a Hassidic family in Moldavia at a time when Jews were oppressed and Jewish practices were forbidden by the Soviets, Chabad said Thursday. At 14, he went to Tashkent in Uzbekistan to study Judaism at a secret Chabad seminary.
July 23, 2011
Cardinal Kazimierz Swiatek, 96, the former leader of the Catholic Church in Belarus who survived a Soviet death sentence and nearly a decade in the Gulag, died Thursday in a hospital in Pinsk. Cardinal Swiatek was sentenced to death for spying in 1939 by Soviet authorities but escaped when Nazi Germany's forces occupied the city of Brest. After the Red Army regained control of Belarus in 1944, he was rearrested and served nine years in the brutal Gulag prison-camp system. He became archbishop of the Minsk Diocese in 1991, was named a cardinal in 1994, and headed the church in Belarus, which counts about 15 percent of the country as believers, until 2006.
March 28, 2011 |
WITH TEACHERS unions getting slapped around across the country, leave it to Philadelphia School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman to show us why they're still necessary. She didn't set out to do that, but by trying to silence outspoken Audenried High School teacher Hope Moffett, she's made the case for the relevancy of unions far better than any of its leaders have done recently. Moffett, a three-year veteran at Audenried, had the audacity to criticize the district's plans to convert Audenried into a charter school.
January 21, 2011 |
Director Peter Weir, maker of such films as The Year of Living Dangerously , Witness , and The Truman Show , is one of film's master landscape artists. With the possible exception of Terence Malick, no one surpasses him in conveying the lure and awe of place and its transforming effects on people. In The Way Back , a breathtaking epic, Weir chronicles the two-year, 4,000-mile trek of prisoners who escape from a gulag in Siberia. They walk south to Mongolia, across the Gobi Desert, and the survivors then make it up into the Himalayas to find sanctuary in Tibet and India.
August 21, 2009 |
Exuberance alone will lend sparkle to a kids' movie. But it exhausts itself quickly, a cinematic syndrome confirmed by Shorts , the latest film from Robert ( Spy Kids ) Rodriguez. Shorts takes off like Usain Bolt but ends up bent over and panting, well short of the finish line. Our hero, Toe Thompson (Jimmy Bennett), is a dorky 11-year-old with heavy metal on what he describes as his "hillbilly teeth. " He may be the school bullies' plush doll, but, as he proves in the voice-over narration, Toe has a droll sense of humor.
August 5, 2008
Gulag? What's that? Many Americans were asking that question in 1973 after publication outside the Soviet Union of dissident author Alexander Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago. Over time, Americans made the word gulag synonymous with prison, though gulag was actually a Russian acronym for Chief Administration of Corrective Labor Camps, the bureaucracy that once ran Soviet prisons for inmates such as Solzhenitsyn. His death Sunday at age 89 was a reminder of what the old Soviet Union was like and of how much modern Russia still needs to change.
October 31, 2006 |
John Gulager is hot. The success of the first-time director's terrific monster film, Feast, which has made the top-three list of horror DVDs since its Oct. 17 release, has put the unknown squarely on Hollywood's short list of sought-after auteurs (well, the shorter list of directors who make gory, low-to-medium-budget horror films suffused with a sardonic sense of humor). Gulager explains Feast's success with characteristic self-deprecation: "My theory is that if you can actually finish a film you are so much . . . ahead.
June 14, 2005
Save all wetlands Re: "Tiny turtle, colossal clout," June 5: The article was highly informative, but should have put more emphasis on the need for Pennsylvania to join several other states in requiring buffers for all wetlands, including but not limited to areas involving habitat for endangered or threatened species. Wetlands perform an array of very important functions, including filtering pollutants from runoff, storing floodwaters, and providing habitat for an array of wildlife, not just imperiled species.