November 30, 1999 |
Peace in Northern Ireland was given a push forward Saturday, when the pro-British Ulster Unionists agreed to allow Sinn Fein, the political ally of the Irish Republican Army, to take a seat in a new power-sharing executive this week. Brokered by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, the extraordinary agreement allows for a Protestant-Catholic government to take over the administration of Northern Ireland. I'm going to take the stance of the guarded optimist in this matter. The Unionist vote could indeed lead to the end of the province's three decades of conflict.
June 4, 2000 |
Amid unresolved disputes over policing, flags and weapons decommissioning, Northern Ireland's delicate and oft-suspended peace process resumed last week. The task - some call it a burden - of governing the province has been handed back from London to Belfast, to a power-sharing government of Unionists who favor continued political union with Britain and nationalists who favor unity with Ireland. Political leaders there still find it difficult to look one another in the eye, let alone advance political and social reform for a beleaguered Northern Irish people.
March 17, 1991 |
The major developments that have been taking place in Europe, the creation of the single market and now the drive toward European political union, all have profound implications for relations within Ireland, relations between Ireland and Britain and for what has become known as the "Irish problem," which today disfigures the north of Ireland. Fifty years ago World War II was in progress. The bitterness between European peoples had exploded once again into conflict and war. Difference was once again pushed to the point of division and the terrible price in human terms was again being paid.
October 31, 1988 |
The good citizens of Philadelphia may not be aware of this; it did not make headlines last week and won't do a thing to budge the city treasury. But there's a new, 18th member of City Council. An honorary member, that is - with no city-owned car, no office paneled with cherry wood. (No great pressure to figure out how to balance the city budget, either.) Perhaps because he is not from around here, Ben Briscoe is proud of his new membership. He'll show you the beautifully lettered declaration without prompting.
March 30, 1987 |
Steve Nesmith is a walking, talking, jump-shooting commercial for Big Brothers of America. Nesmith, a former Malvern Prep and American University basketball star, is now in Ireland, playing professionally for Dawn Milk of the (Irish) National League. His numbers make him sound like the Irish version of Larry Bird: 30 points and 12 rebounds per game. Last year, as a rookie for the Tower Hamlets in London, he scored a Jordanesque 35 points a game. But basketball is just one part of this remarkable story.
March 31, 1991 |
Today in the Republic of Ireland, 75 years after the Easter Rising of 1916 and 25 years after the 50th anniversary of the Rising was lavishly celebrated, the country's romance with its violent tradition has faded. In its place is uncertainty about the nation's relationship to its past and ambivalence about how or whether a united Ireland can be achieved. In 1966, the largest military parade the country ever staged marched past the steps of Dublin's General Post Office, where the rebels declared a Republic on Easter Monday in 1916.
January 9, 1986
FALSE IMPRESSION GIVEN IN ARTICLE ABOUT TUTU TRIBUTE We were extremely outraged by an article by Kevin Haney Dec. 16, which improperly linked the upcoming fundraising dinner for South African Bishop Desmond Tutu with the alleged investors battle involving the chairperson of one of the dinner's sponsoring groups. There is no link between the dinner for Tutu and Joe Miller's legal problems. The article creates the impression that Miller, a peace activist and chairperson of the Philadelphia Committee for A Sane Nuclear Policy, swindled investors, and implies he should not be affiliated with the Tutu dinner.
November 1, 1990 |
CUOMO'S CLASS WEDDING You'd think a guy like Mario Cuomo would be confident about rubbing shoulders with anybody. You'd be wrong. Cuomo admits to novelist William Kennedy in the current GQ magazine that he experienced a wee bit of class consciousness at the June wedding of his elder son, Andrew, to Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late Robert F. Surrounded by the humongous and oh-so-elegant Kennedy clan, Cuomo said he was asked by...
November 1, 1990 |
George Nichopoulos, Elvis Presley's personal physician for 11 years until the singer's death in 1977, says he lives with a terrible burden. People still regard him as "the guy that killed Elvis," he says, but "whatever killed Elvis, I had no part in it. " Nichopoulos, acquitted in a 1981 criminal trial on charges of overprescribing addictive drugs to Presley, gave his first interview since Presley's death to the TV show A Current Affair....
February 11, 1993 |
Amid charges of race-baiting and bigotry, a bipartisan group of Philadelphia lawmakers has won state House approval for a measure to ban forced school busing throughout Pennsylvania. The measure is clearly aimed at a court-appointed panel's recommendation of mandatory busing for Philadelphia. The measure is attached to education legislation facing an uncertain future that isn't likely to be soon resolved. It would have to pass the Senate and be signed by the governor to become law. But the busing vote and the debate preceeding it raised harsh racial questions in the House and divided city lawmakers.