August 29, 2016 |
Editor's note: In this presidential election year, Allan B. Schwartz, M.D., a professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology & Hypertension at Drexel University College of Medicine, offers a different kind of Medical Mystery, looking at the health of U.S. presidents. Earlier articles in this series are on the "Check Up" blog at philly.com/checkup. As the U.S. Senate was debating President Woodrow Wilson's cherished Treaty of Versailles in the aftermath of World War I, Wilson knew his chances of success were slim.
October 9, 2015 |
THIS PAST WEEKEND, a U.S. airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan, against a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders, known around the globe as Medecins Sans Frontieres , or MSF, killed at least 22 people - doctors, nurses and patients, including three children. It is hard to know where to start on this one. There is the fact that MSF shared the coordinates of its hospital - one of the few places left treating people in that war-torn region - with America and its allies days before the attack in an effort to prevent what happened anyway.
October 20, 2014
ISSUE | E-MAIL PORN Unbecoming clicks State Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery can apologize until the cows come home for his avowed lapse in judgment ("Swift justice," Oct. 17). He can offer a multitude of excuses and cry foul all he wants. But passing off his actions as a direct result of his experience as a member of the Police Department, well, that's stooping pretty low. He went from being everyone's hero to being a disgrace. |Dan Dufner, Southampton Gone justice?
October 13, 2014 |
The Nobel committee finally got the Peace Prize right in 2014. After blowing the chance to choose Malala Yousafzai last year - as a brave and inspiring champion of girls' education worldwide - the committee finally tapped her, along with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian campaigner against child labor. These choices couldn't have come at a better time. At a moment when the global news is nonstop negative and ugly, these heroes stand for something uplifting and positive. Both have risked their lives to promote education and better lives for children.
December 7, 2013 |
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, an extraordinary moral authority who became South Africa's first black president and inspired the peaceful transfer of power in the harshly segregated nation, died Thursday at his home in Johannesburg. Mr. Mandela, 95, who devoted his life to fighting apartheid, became one of the 20th century's most revered leaders after he was released from nearly three decades in prison in 1990 and led the nation on a path to reconciliation rather than revolution. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 with F. W. de Klerk, the former South African president who negotiated the white government's abdication of power, resulting in Mr. Mandela's landslide 1994 election in the nation's first all-race vote.
December 6, 2013 |
THE WHITE, RACIST government of South Africa held Nelson Mandela in prison for 27 years. He broke rocks into gravel and slaved in a lime quarry, where the glare from the lime damaged his eyesight. Early on, he was held in a damp cell measuring 8 feet by 7 feet, with a straw mat to sleep on. He contracted tuberculosis. Yet Mandela emerged from these horrors to become president of South Africa after the dreaded apartheid racial-separation system was lifted, shook hands with the president of the country that had jailed him, traveled widely, met numerous world figures and received many honors, including the Nobel Peace Prize and Philadelphia's Liberty Medal.
October 14, 2013 |
The Nobel Peace Prize committee blew it big time on Friday. It could have electrified the world by giving the prize to Malala Yousafzai, the courageous Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban because of her crusade for girls' education. She was the odds-on favorite to win. And by fortuitous coincidence, Friday was also the United Nations' International Day of the Girl Child, with a focus on promoting girls' education. What a global statement the Nobel committee could have made by handing Malala the prize on that date, one year after she was shot!
June 19, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Israeli and global leaders, local celebrities, and Hollywood superstars celebrated under one roof Tuesday to mark Israeli President Shimon Peres' 90th birthday, reflecting world respect for one of the country's peace pioneers. Peres is hosting his annual Presidential Conference, which brings together artists, thinkers, and leaders to discuss issues relevant to Israel and the world. Instrumental in building Israel's military in the first days of the state six decades ago, he served twice as prime minister and promoted peace between Israel and the Palestinians, sometimes ahead of his own people.
June 11, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Nelson Mandela was in serious but stable condition in a Pretoria hospital for the third day Monday with a recurring lung infection, and a foundation led by retired archbishop Desmond Tutu described the 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero as an "extraordinary gift" to South Africa. As family members visited South Africa's first black president in the hospital, the government announced - in only the second communication on Mandela since he was hospitalized on Saturday - that his condition was "unchanged.
December 11, 2012 |
OSLO, Norway - The European Union received the Nobel Peace Prize on Monday for promoting peace and human rights in Europe following the devastation of World War II, and the bloc was urged to use that unity in its battle with an economic crisis that is causing suffering for many of its citizens. About 20 European government leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, and Italian Premier Mario Monti, attended the ceremony in the capital of Norway, an oil-rich country that has twice rejected joining the EU. Not everyone approved the decision to give the prize to the EU, created 60 years ago as Europe was struggling to recover from a war that killed millions.