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August 11, 2006
RE STU Bykofsky's "A world without Israel": The roots of this feud go back centuries. Today's incarnation is no different. Muslims, by dividing their own people, create the imbalances that are the breeding grounds for discontent, poverty and despair amongst them. Hezbollah would be out of a job with "real" peace and a Palestinian state. Thomas G. Lutek Philadelphia
NEWS
August 7, 2008
WHY GOD hasn't turned the lights off on this planet is beyond me. God rest your soul, Danieal, your suffering is over. You'll never have to worry about the people who gave you life being ashamed of you. And the people whose job is was to protect you not thinking you were worth the time. George Parker, Philadelphia
NEWS
August 9, 2004
THERE IS a consensus in our community, and among thinking people throughout this land, that the invasion of Iraq was a grave error. Many of us also believe that our country has squandered any good will we had in the region, and that it is folly to imagine that the U.S. military can play a positive role in stabilizing Iraq's future. With a history of firing on innocent civilians and torturing political prisoners, our occupation of Saddam's Imperial Palace can only be incendiary.
NEWS
April 9, 2002
War has a way of pushing passions beyond the battlefield's physical boundaries. That's important to remember, because hatred can grow in the absence of efforts to promote understanding. This week's series of events sponsored by the Philadelphia area's Jewish Americans and Arab Americans is just such a worthwhile effort. The events started Sunday at a Sufi mosque on Overbrook Avenue, where about 100 people - Muslims, Jews and Christians - came to read poetry and talk about peace against the backdrop of Middle East fighting.
NEWS
October 3, 1997 | GEORGE REYNOLDS/ DAILY NEWS
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua (above, center) talks with residents of Grays Ferry after prayer service (below) at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in which about 500 people of different races came to promote peace.
NEWS
February 12, 2006
When the city is at peace, the sky will be clearer. If the city was mine, no guns. When the city is at peace no killing and destroying, my man wouldn't have got killed. No crime no deadline. it will regain its name as the City of Brotherly Love. You would always see waving hands! Boys and girls would change hands when the city is at peace. Stop the war. There will be no pain, the beast will sleep, shoes will have feet, As time past, sun sets, mornings are born again everything is calm.
NEWS
May 24, 2007 | By VIC COMPHER & STEVE NEWMAN
WHY ARE Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus and others gathering in Northwest Philadelphia on June 3 to call for peace in our world and on our streets? Sadly, the answers are not hard to find: At home, Philadelphians are mourning the deaths of record-setting numbers of our youth and other citizens to street violence. With Virginia and the nation, we grieve over the murder of dozens of college students who died from senseless violence. Abroad, we witness with horror the protracted wars in the Middle East, Darfur, Afghanistan and other places.
NEWS
June 13, 2006
SOME candidates in the 2006 elections are promoting an exact timetable for troop withdrawal from Iraq. In the absence of a strategy to balance power among Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds, campaign rhetoric underestimates the effort needed to reach a long-term solution to a shattered nation's communal conflict. If there is one common pathway to peace in Iraq, it's unity among its three subnationalities. Peace in Iraq can be achieved. Americans yearn to bring the troops home. But purposeful steps are needed to accomplish these two related ends.
NEWS
February 21, 1991 | By Janet Poland, Special to The Inquirer
The notebook near the altar at Queen of the Universe Catholic Church in Levittown contains the names of parishioners' family and friends who are serving, or may soon serve, in the Persian Gulf. It lists names of men, women, couples: Maj. Patricia Jordan; Lt. Michael Parillo, USMC, Geo. M. Razier, grandson. Since the war began, the congregation has been praying for the safe return of the 225 people whose names are inscribed in the book. But on Tuesday, the entire service was devoted to their concerns when Bucks County's vicar, Msgr.
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NEWS
July 30, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Start with the carpenters' and stagehands' unions, which historically hate each other's guts in Philadelphia. Add hard feelings over which union put up fences during Pope Francis' visit. Not a prayer of forgetting that. Layer in Democratic politics from Washington along with high-stakes pressure to show the city, candidate, and party in a good light. Then throw in demands from a contentious crew of media technicians from the major networks. No one wants to make them mad. Now, just for fun, mix it with a crazy deadline of seven weeks to transform the Wells Fargo complex into a $15 million mini metropolis for the Democratic National Convention.
NEWS
July 25, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
In the middle of contract negotiations with AFSCME District Council 33, Richard Lazer, Philadelphia's point man in the talks, had to deal with another labor issue - his wife giving birth to their second child. With an agreement in sight, Lazer, the deputy mayor for labor, couldn't afford to take time off. "We went to see the baby and Richie was in the kitchen on the phone with [DC33 president] Pete Matthews, saying 'No, we can't do that. I'll see about that,' " said Jim Engler, deputy mayor for policy and legislation and Lazer's brother-in-law.
SPORTS
July 24, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
Scottie Reynolds stepped onto the court and immediately flashed a smile that couldn't be erased. The looseness he played with during his four years at Villanova was evident once again. Before the game started, he swayed to the warm-up music at Philadelphia University's Gallagher Athletic Center. Slipped inside his bright neon blue sneakers, he pointed to the crowd when he was introduced by the public address announcer. As he dribbled the ball up court, he held up hand signals, yelled, "Hey!
NEWS
July 23, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
CLEVELAND - Bryan Hambley had never organized a protest before, and so the Cleveland physician made sure to do his research on what to expect at the Republican convention. What he learned alarmed him. Chaos and violence were forecast. Open-carry advocates had vowed to lug loaded assault rifles into the city. Police had recruited dozens of officers from departments across the nation to help handle demonstrations. High security fences rimmed the perimeter of the arena where Donald Trump would accept the nomination.
NEWS
July 23, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TELEVISION CRITIC
In the end, Donald Trump took the conventional route. For one night, the Apprentice host-turned-contender chose to dance not with the fractured rhetoric that brought him, instead embracing that despised machine - the teleprompter - he once said presidential candidates shouldn't be allowed. Wearing a shiny red tie and standing behind a lectern trimmed in his trademark gold, Trump accepted the Republican nomination in a speech that departed only occasionally from text released earlier in the day, declaring that for the "people who work hard but no longer have a voice, I am your voice.
NEWS
July 21, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
CLEVELAND - In Public Square, where speakers have come and gone peaceably for the last two days, one of the far right's most prominent voices and two men calling him "Nazi scum" scuffled briefly in one of the most tense encounters the city has seen during the Republican National Convention. A quiet morning gave way to a raucous afternoon, where hundreds of reporters, police officers, and protesters filled the historic square amid loud demonstrations and counterdemonstrations. In the evening, a protest led by the hacker collective Anonymous worked its way through the streets and dispersed peacefully near Lake Erie.
NEWS
July 21, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The concert at the Dell Music Center was a "Stop the Violence" program to promote peace in Philadelphia's neighborhoods. It ended with 20-year-old Alexis Guevara mortally wounded in the parking lot after an escalating argument with two men who were leaning on his car. On Tuesday, William Greene was held for trial on a murder charge after his alleged accomplice - testifying anonymously because of threats - told a Philadelphia judge that Greene shot...
NEWS
July 20, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
CLEVELAND - As delegates gathered behind miles of high-security fences for the first day of the Republican National Convention, hundreds of protesters took to the streets, shadowed by hundreds of police officers. But despite a few moments of tension downtown as far left and right rubbed elbows, demonstrations remained peaceful. Two marches Monday were the largest the city has seen this week. Meanwhile, on the banks of the Cuyahoga River, a group called "America First" held an hours-long rally in support of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
NEWS
July 19, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
CLEVELAND - In the end, Scott Williams was the only one in his crew to get here. The Philadelphia activists had spent months planning a march meant to "shut down the Democratic National Convention," and had decided to attend its counterpart in Cleveland, "Shut Down Trump and the RNC. " But with a week to go, there was too much left to do in Philadelphia, so Williams boarded a minivan for Ohio by himself Saturday night. By Sunday afternoon, he was among hundreds of protesters arriving here, many of whom - like the Republican delegates - came from across the country.
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