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June 27, 2012 | By Reem Abdellatif and Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - A move by Egypt's ruling generals to revive martial law was blunted Tuesday by a court that struck down a government decree that had allowed soldiers and military intelligence services to arrest civilians during the nation's political turmoil. The decision by an administrative court, which followed an outcry from human-rights groups, was a rebuke to the ruling generals, who have tightened their hold on the country to prevent newly elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi from accumulating power.
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May 19, 1989 | Daily News Wire Services
Premier Li Peng declared martial law in Beijing today as Chinese troops approached central Beijing in a move to end a mass protest by students in the capital's Tiananmen square. The troops were mobilized after students ended a seven-day hunger strike but vowed to continue their protest in the face of a warning of a crackdown by Li. Sources said Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang, who has opposed cracking down on the protesters, offered to resign. The State Council, China's Cabinet, banned demonstrations as of midnight (11 a.m. EDT)
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January 15, 1990
To listen to President Bush, you might think that his secret diplomacy with the despots of China has eased the lot of the Chinese people. The facts say otherwise. Last week China lifted the martial law imposed after the June 4 massacre at Tiananmen Square. "A very sound step," said Mr. Bush. A "vindication" for Mr. Bush's efforts, said Vice President Quayle, referring to the public and secret presidential missions to China last year. But what has changed? The Chinese authorities make no bones of their continued determination to crush any unrest.
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October 14, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
A martial-law plan is ready whenever President Corazon Aquino wants to impose it, Defense Secretary Rafael Ileto said yesterday. "It is in our shelves," Ileto said. "When the time comes . . . we will just pick the plan from the shelf and say, 'This is the plan, Mrs. President,' " Ileto said. "Let us have no fear if martial law is declared. If it means (saving) the life of our democracy, why not?" Today, a powerful bomb exploded at a Japanese-managed hotel in suburban Manila, shattering windows in a nearby shopping complex and slightly injuring at least 10 people.
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February 19, 2013 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Think Martin McDonagh without the accents. Think Quentin Tarantino without the cars. Think, in other words, about stupid people with foul mouths, big guns, and big ideas. What you have is Jason Wells' The North Plan , a very scary and very funny political satire that just opened at Theatre Exile. The place is a jail in a tiny town in southern Missouri. In one cage is a self-justifying drunk named Tanya Shepke (Madi Distefano at her yeehah! motor-mouthed best). If there's a lesson to be learned here, it's do not mess with Tanya Shepke.
NEWS
October 12, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
President Corazon Aquino today hinted for the first time that she could declare martial law in the strike-torn country. Meanwhile, police fired shots to disperse strikers pressing demands for an increase in the minimum wage. Aquino ruled out an immediate move to govern through emergency powers, but, in an apparent policy shift, stopped short for the first time of rejecting martial law outright. Martial law would not be introduced "unless it is absolutely necessary, unless it will be for the greater good of the country," she said in her weekly radio broadcast.
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May 20, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Chinese authorities imposed martial law today on parts of Beijing where students, joined at times by workers and even some military personnel, have ignored appeals and orders to end more than a month of pro-democracy protests. The announcement by the official news agency Xinhua - flashed on state-run television - came hours after crowds had blocked troop convoys moving toward Tiananmen Square, the central site where about 3,000 students staged a weeklong hunger strike whose status was unclear last night.
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July 5, 1987 | By Alfonso Chardy, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Lt. Col. Oliver L. North helped draft a plan in 1984 to impose martial law in the United States in the event of an emergency, provoking a sharp protest by then-Attorney General William French Smith, according to government officials. The secret plan called for suspension of the Constitution, turning control of the government over to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), appointment of military commanders to run state and local governments, and the declaration of martial law in the event of such a crisis as nuclear war, violent and widespread internal dissent or national opposition to a U.S. military invasion abroad, the officials said.
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August 1, 1994 | By Tom Infield, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was a clear day, not particularly hot and sticky for the first of August. William Barber rose from bed, washed, and put on a clean white shirt and tie. He doesn't remember whether he ate. "A lot of times you lose your appetite when you're excited about things. " It was Barber's first day as a trolley operator for the Philadelphia Transportation Co., forerunner of SEPTA. He left the house by the screen door and walked to catch the No. 43 trolley, which ran on Haverford Avenue and would take him to the car barn at 59th and Callowhill Streets.
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June 21, 2004 | By Tom Lasseter and Hannah Allam INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi promised yesterday to mold the nation's beleaguered security forces into a guerrilla-fighting network with the brawn of the former regime, minus the brutality. Allawi told reporters at a news conference in Baghdad that the security forces would be organized into police and national guard units to root out insurgents; far-flung patrols to seal the border; a coast guard to secure vital ports; an air force to watch over electrical and oil lines; and special forces to "strike terrorists before they have a chance to hit innocent people.
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May 8, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Billed as "magical realism," Jose Rivera's play Brainpeople seems more like psychotic realism. Luna Theater's production of the well-known playwright's one-act - Rivera wrote Marisol and the screenplay for Motorcycle Diaries , among others - features three accomplished actors in three ridiculous roles. Mayannah (Jessica Gruver) is rich, beautiful, and tormented by the death of her parents when she was 8 years old. For reasons mainly unintelligible, each year on the anniversary of this sad event, she invites two strangers to a lavish meal.
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July 30, 2013 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
His grandfather escaped from the Treblinka death camp, his grandmother died there. Decades later, when Witold "Vic" Walczak returned to his family's native Poland, a young man amid the Solidarity protests of the 1980s, he got knocked around and strip-searched by police. "At that point, I knew I wanted to be a civil liberties attorney," said Walczak, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. Today, Walczak helps lead the legal fight for what is fast becoming Pennsylvania's preeminent civil rights issue: gay marriage.
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February 19, 2013 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Think Martin McDonagh without the accents. Think Quentin Tarantino without the cars. Think, in other words, about stupid people with foul mouths, big guns, and big ideas. What you have is Jason Wells' The North Plan , a very scary and very funny political satire that just opened at Theatre Exile. The place is a jail in a tiny town in southern Missouri. In one cage is a self-justifying drunk named Tanya Shepke (Madi Distefano at her yeehah! motor-mouthed best). If there's a lesson to be learned here, it's do not mess with Tanya Shepke.
NEWS
July 2, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
After the memorable preamble to the Declaration of Independence — "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" — comes a list of charges against King George III. Find the word or phrases missing from some of those charges below.   1. "He has refused his [ ], the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
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June 27, 2012 | By Reem Abdellatif and Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - A move by Egypt's ruling generals to revive martial law was blunted Tuesday by a court that struck down a government decree that had allowed soldiers and military intelligence services to arrest civilians during the nation's political turmoil. The decision by an administrative court, which followed an outcry from human-rights groups, was a rebuke to the ruling generals, who have tightened their hold on the country to prevent newly elected Islamist President Mohammed Morsi from accumulating power.
NEWS
June 14, 2012
Venezuela makes military drones CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday that his government has begun to assemble Kalashnikov assault rifles with assistance from Russia and has started making surveillance drones. Chavez said Venezuela has produced three drones. One of the small planes was shown on television atop a truck. Chavez also said that Venezuela has assembled 3,000 Kalashnikov AK 103 rifles and has started making grenades and ammunition for its military.
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January 25, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - Egypt's military ruler attempted to bolster public support Tuesday by partially lifting a reviled 30-year-old emergency law the day before the anniversary of the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak's police state. In a nationally televised address, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi said: "I have taken a decision to end" emergency law. The general quickly noted, however, that the measure would still apply to "thuggery," a catchall term used to target activists and antigovernment demonstrators.
NEWS
March 16, 2009
To save a life A letter Wednesday, "Lifting the stem-cell funding ban," is in error when it comes to beliefs about the morality of abortion. Catholics believe that the soul is infused at conception; Jews mainly believe that this occurs at birth. The letter's argument that an embryo is "merely an undeveloped baby" simply does not hold universally as religious doctrine. Catholics believe that the fetus (as a being untainted by voluntary sin) has priority for life over that of the mother.
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January 4, 2008 | By Trudy Rubin
Americans are focused this week on the presidential primaries, but an election campaign halfway around the world will have enormous impact on their lives. I refer to elections in Pakistan, from which I just returned after a sobering two weeks. Pakistan just deferred its ballot from Jan. 8 to Feb. 18, after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Her country has become the key sanctuary for al-Qaeda and Taliban forces, along with other jihadis trying to seize control of portions of a nation that has nukes.
NEWS
November 19, 2007
AS I READ in the Daily News about the murders and assaults on police and citizens, I ask, what's wrong with Mayor Street? Does he not see that he needs to call a state of emergency or have Philadelphia put under martial law? If I had my way, I'd shut this city down. Bring in the state troopers as well as the National Guard. Set a curfew and enforce it at whatever cost. I know this sounds harsh, but something has to be done NOW. Stricter gun laws and getting these guns out of the wrong hands should take priority.
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