July 30, 2001
EXACTLY A YEAR AGO, the Republican National Convention provided a stage for Philadelphia to strut its considerable stuff, and the city harvested a ton of good public relations. Yet, a series of civil rights lawsuits (some already filed, others in the works) offer evidence that the image Philadelphia presented to the world last summer was - at least in part - a charade. And what a show it was! Mass arrests of would-be protesters and some bystanders, many held on astronomical bail, which conveniently removed them - and their messages - from public view.
October 15, 2011 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Thousands of Syrian protesters called on soldiers Friday to abandon President Bashar al-Assad's regime and join a dissident army numbering in the small thousands, as the top U.N. human rights official warned of a "full-blown civil war" in Syria, saying the death toll in the seven-month-old crackdown has passed 3,000. Security forces opened fire at protesters, killing at least 11, including a 14-year-old boy, in what has become a weekly ritual of protests met by gunfire, according to activists.
May 7, 2014
Given that Pennsylvania is still struggling to come to terms with the legalization of gin under FDR, it's not surprising that the commonwealth is well behind the current vanguard of marijuana policy. But there are signs that the state is making belated progress in withdrawing from the failed war on weed. Last week, Philadelphia Councilman Jim Kenney introduced a bill to end mass arrests for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Meanwhile, in Harrisburg, Gov. Corbett incrementally moderated his pro-prohibition stance, saying he would support medical use of a marijuana derivative.
May 1, 2002 |
Mayor Street said the city's new narcotics crackdown - the targeting of 300 open-air drug markets starting today - will be unprecedented not only in Philadelphia, but in the country. "I don't know of anything like this in a big city - an operation of this order of magnitude," Street said yesterday. "It's never happened in an American city. " The citywide campaign will be called Operation Safe Streets. Hundreds of officers will be redeployed across Philadelphia to 300 known drug corners and blocks based on information compiled by police districts and cross-checked by the department's Narcotics Bureau, police sources said.
April 12, 2003 |
At first glance, Police Capt. William Fisher seems to be leading every antiwar march in Philadelphia, striding back and forth across Center City, often to the dismay of motorists cut off by the surprise parades of protesters. But Fisher is not demonstrating against the war in Iraq. As commander of the Civil Affairs Unit, he has the job of keeping the peace at home, balancing the constitutional right of free speech with the demands of public safety. Scream till you're hoarse.
June 20, 2011 |
BOYNUYOGUN REFUGEE CAMP, Turkey - Syrian troops combing through restive villages near the Turkish border set fire to homes and a bakery Sunday, cutting off a lifeline to thousands of uprooted people stranded in open-air encampments at the frontier. Activists said the military carried out mass arrests and threw up checkpoints in the village of Bdama and surrounding areas to block residents from fleeing across the frontier, as thousands already have done. The torched bakery was said to have been the sole source of bread for those stuck on the Syrian side.
April 21, 2001 |
In the summer of 1996, two Baltimore journalists went to Africa - to the war-torn, sun-scorched and desperate country of Sudan - to buy a slave. They had little trouble making the transaction. Slavery has been commonplace in Sudan for decades, collateral damage from a vicious civil war. The journalists bought two boys for about $1,000 and returned them to their grateful father. The two journalists - an African-American columnist and a white foreign correspondent for The Baltimore Sun - might have expected their stories about the Sudanese slave trade to provoke howls of outrage and protest from Americans, especially African-Americans.
July 24, 2003
After Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt rounded up more than 100,000 Japanese residents and citizens and threw them in internment camps. Indeed, both liberal deities of the 20th century, FDR and Earl Warren, supported the internment of Japanese-Americans. . . . In response to the worst terrorist attack in the history of the world right here on U.S. soil, Attorney General John Ashcroft has detained fewer than 1,000 Middle Eastern immigrants. Ashcroft faces a far more difficult task than FDR did: Pearl Harbor was launched by the imperial government of Japan, not by Japanese-Americans living in California.
August 7, 1997 |
JERUSALEM Arafat's cry: 'Prepare for battle' Yasser Arafat told his people yesterday to "prepare for battle," saying the worst is yet to come in crippling Israeli sanctions. Newly trained Palestinian fighters declared themselves ready to meet a feared Israeli invasion. Alarmed Jordanian leaders urged both sides to tone down the tough talk in the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has suspended peace talks, ordered mass arrests, clamped a travel ban on the West Bank and Gaza and halted the transfer of vital tax revenues to Arafat's self-rule government in the week since suicide bombers killed themselves and 13 others in a crowded Jerusalem market.
May 25, 1996 |
Pro-democracy activists and the military government are headed for a showdown tomorrow when the National League for Democracy (NLD) plans to hold a party congress despite the arrests of more than 200 party supporters by the government. The meeting would be the most important of Burma's opposition in six years. Aung San Suu Kyi, who won the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, told reporters yesterday that most of those arrested were elected representatives from the NLD but added that, in the last 24 hours, nonelected representatives from the party's youth wing had been detained as well.