September 30, 2015 |
* FRONTLINE: MY BROTHER'S BOMBER. 10 tonight, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13, WHYY12. KEN DORNSTEIN'S story reads like a feature film. A man who's spent his career behind the scenes of a TV news magazine decides to leave behind his wife and two young children and sneak into Libya, a country in turmoil, in search of the people who might be responsible for the murder of his older brother, and 269 others, in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103. Starting tonight,...
January 27, 2015 |
SOMERS POINT, N.J. - Their homecoming has been long awaited. Every time the remains of Navy Master Commandant Richard Somers and the crew of the USS Intrepid get the attention of leaders in Washington, world events intervene. More than 200 years ago, the seamen sailed their explosives-laden vessel into Libya's Tripoli harbor to strike a blow against a pirate fleet and died when the ship blew up. They were the first identified Americans killed in combat to be buried abroad, and their return was strongly sought by the Somers family - to no avail.
January 26, 2015 |
This weekend marks the fourth anniversary of Egypt's Tahrir Square uprising, which became the hallmark of the Arab Spring. As though to mock those long-dead hopes, Yemen and Libya have collapsed, Syria lies in ruins, and much of Syria and Iraq are occupied by ISIS. Several youthful leaders of the Jan. 25, 2011, revolt have been jailed (while the Egyptian leader they ousted, Hosni Mubarak, was just freed from prison). The death last week of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah - whose successor is also old and ill - adds to the turmoil in the region.
November 27, 2014
ISSUE | FERGUSON, MO. Battling, losing The grand jury reviewed the facts in Ferguson and did not find evidence to indict Officer Darren Wilson. Now we see the truly predictable response of the community in Ferguson. With violence, looting, and disrespect for all, they devalue their legitimate grievances. |Marc J. Horman, M.D., Doylestown, firstname.lastname@example.org Credible, unheard It would appear that the people of Ferguson and their outside agitator guests heard not a word of prosecutor Robert McCulloch's detailed, cogent explanation of the decision by the grand jury, which included three black members.
May 7, 2014
War on words As a Rutgers undergraduate in 1965, I was personally outraged when history professor and avowed Marxist Eugene Genovese said, "I do not fear or regret the impending Viet Cong victory in Vietnam. I welcome it. " However, I was even more outraged when Wayne Dumont, the Republican candidate for governor, called for Genovese's ouster. His attempt to muzzle free speech mobilized opposition to Dumont at Rutgers and caused me to cast my first vote ever for Democrat Richard Hughes.
February 11, 2014 |
Last week, half-a-world away, Irvin Richter, 69, was visiting clients in United Arab Emirates, Oman and South Africa, trying to nail down deals worth tens of millions of dollars to his construction consulting company, Hill International Inc., in Marlton. The potential for reward is huge. So is the potential for risk. Ask Richter, Hill's chairman and chief executive, about trying to collect on a mostly unpaid $60 million bill from Libya. "They've since paid us a couple of million and we expect to be paid more soon," he said.
September 12, 2013 |
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received the 2013 Liberty Medal during a Tuesday night ceremony at which a small but noisy band of protesters provided a continuous, punctuating soundtrack. "In a democracy, citizens cannot sit on the sidelines. They have to get into the arena, as Teddy Roosevelt said, and participate," Clinton said. "Sometimes, it can get pretty noisy. " She referred, though, not to the shouts and chants that carried into the outdoor ceremony at the National Constitution Center - "Free the Constitution!"
July 28, 2013 |
TRIPOLI, Libya - More than 1,000 inmates escaped a prison Saturday in Libya as protesters stormed political party offices across the country, signs of the simmering unrest gripping a nation overrun by militias and awash in weaponry. It was not immediately clear whether the jailbreak at al-Kweifiya prison was related to the demonstrations. Protesters had massed across Libya over the killing of an activist critical of the country's Muslim Brotherhood. Inmates started a riot and set fires after security forces opened fire on three detainees who tried to escape the facility outside Benghazi, a security official at al-Kweifiya prison said.
July 10, 2013 |
The Obama administration has shown an uncanny ability to repeat foreign policy errors. You would think by now they would have learned the drill. For example: Where central authority collapses, jihadists rush in. This was true in Iraq, Mali, Libya, and Syria. Yet nowhere did the administration grasp this and take steps to break up this cycle (by acting decisively in Syria) or even to protect Americans (Libya). By now they should have learned at least five of the basics of National Security 101: 1. In the Mideast, elections are not the key to democracy.
June 16, 2013 |
TRIPOLI, Libya - Rooftop snipers and knife-wielding assailants killed six soldiers in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi early Saturday, officials said, in the largest attack on the country's new security forces to date. The brazen overnight assault by hundreds of plain-clothed gunmen on security installations forced soldiers to withdraw from some of their bases. In one case, soldiers fled out the back door of the First Infantry Brigade's headquarters in Benghazi as assailants stormed the main gate, torching the building and two military vehicles.