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May 19, 1998 | By Trudy Rubin
Yesterday at 8:30 a.m., I got a call from Jakarta, Indonesia. Amien Rais, the courageous head of the democratic opposition movement that is trying to topple the aging authoritarian, President Suharto, was on the line, and he sounded jubilant. "Five leaders of parliament have decided to ask Mr. Suharto to resign," he told me hurriedly. These leaders were to meet today, he went on, to discuss convening a special session of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), which has the constitutional power to name a new president.
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April 22, 2003
ON A DAY when citizens were getting brutally mugged in Northern Liberties, you had a big picture of Allen Iverson on the front page. Keep sports on the back page and put the problems of the people of Philly back on the front page. The PEOPLE PAPER should serve the PEOPLE. Jim Hart, Philadelphia
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March 3, 1986 | Daily News Wire Services
Philippine President Corazon Aquino, in her first major public appearance since taking office, urged about 1 million supporters at an outdoor rally yesterday to turn "people power" into a more permanent structure to shape the nation's future. Aquino, who took office Tuesday just hours before deposed President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the country, also read a proclamation restoring the writ of habeas corpus. That action ends the government's power to jail people indefinitely without formal charge, a policy Marcos had used to quash dissent.
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March 16, 1986 | By C. S. Manegold, Inquirer Staff Writer
All last week, vendors squeezed through the nearly impenetrable crowds at Malacanang Palace, hawking fried bananas, half-ripe mangoes smeared with fish paste, roasted peanuts and pumpkin seeds, coconut, pineapple and calamansi juice, egg rolls and even corn on the cob stored in huge tin tubs, steaming and moist inside soggy husks. Others pushed political souvenirs in Aquino yellow, T-shirts proclaiming: "I Stood as a Human Barricade," "Proud to Be a Filipino," "People Power," and one thousand things in the native Tagalog.
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May 10, 1992 | By Vernon Loeb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Six years ago, millions of Filipinos took to the streets, toppled a dictator and electrified the world. They called it "people power. " It was hard to resist. Monday, millions of Filipinos will take to the polls in an exercise of power that should, in many ways, have just as much appeal - casting ballots in this country's first full-fledged presidential election in 23 years. Sadly enough, it doesn't even come close. Whatever sense of hope was produced in those heady days of 1986 has long since been buried in six years of missed opportunity.
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August 30, 1989 | By Susan Caba, Inquirer Staff Writer
A people's prosecutor has been appointed in Chestnut Hill. L. George Parry, 44, a boyish-looking private attorney with a background as a government prosecutor, has been asked to fill that purely informal post by the local civic association, in an effort to prevent the further spread of crime in one of the city's most exclusive neighborhoods. "Basically, we want to let criminals know, if you come into Chestnut Hill, these people are going to reduce you to rubble," Parry said.
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February 17, 2001 | By Peter Ackerman and Jack DuVall
Sen. Richard Lugar (R., Ind.), former Secretary of State George Shultz and others who have made or influenced U.S. foreign policy have criticized the use of "people power" by Filipinos in forcing the ouster of President Joseph Estrada. They have argued that nonviolent resistance should ideally be used against dictators, not against democratically elected rulers, and that constitutional means should be exhausted before protests get underway. But if African Americans had followed that advice 40 years ago, there would never have been a civil rights revolution in America.
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November 24, 1991 | By KATHERINE ELLISON
To know Imelda Marcos is to know she's always wanted to be president. And so it's no surprise, after her breathless arrival Nov. 4 in Manila, to hear that a Mexico City factory has already manufactured thousands of campaign T-shirts, printed with the motto "MA'AM," which is what her underlings call her, and a picture of the deceased - but unburied - President Ferdinand Marcos peering benevolently over his wife's shoulder. Imelda Marcos is as yet an undeclared candidate in the presidential elections set for May. But a candidate she most eagerly is. Nor should it be much more of a surprise - though for now, it's still a scary longshot - if she wins.
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May 13, 1998 | By Trudy Rubin
If ever anyone looked like David up against Goliath, it's Indonesian opposition leader Amien Rais. As nationwide student demonstrations mount in size and fury, calling for the ouster of President Suharto, Rais has emerged as the most prominent and courageous Indonesian opposition leader. The slight, intense, humorous head of Muhammadiyah, a moderate Muslim social movement with 25 million members, Rais urged students on Monday to continue their protests and publicly called on Suharto to quit.
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June 24, 1992 | By Vernon Loeb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Strangely enough, given all Fidel V. Ramos' years in Philippine public life, as a general under Ferdinand E. Marcos and as defense secretary under President Corazon C. Aquino, the pundits and political analysts in Manila seem highly unsure about just how he will perform as president. Part of their ambivalence surely stems from Ramos' long, ambiguous record: He served loyally for years as perhaps the chief enforcer of martial law under Marcos, yet finally broke with the dictator in 1986 and helped topple him during the so-called "People Power" revolution, which brought Aquino to power.
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September 30, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
On a brisk and sunny January day, in front of an oil refinery's circular white storage tanks, at the intersection of two of South Jersey's busiest roadways, Steve Sweeney embarked on a political odyssey unlike anything the state had ever seen. His goal, he told reporters gathered for his news conference, was to use his powers as the state Senate president to make sure the large refinery behind him finally got cleaned of contamination. But Sweeney wasn't just standing at a rundown refinery as New Jersey's highest elected Democrat, whose on-again, off-again relationship with Republican Gov. Christie affected statewide policy.
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December 9, 2011 | By Juliette Kayyem
Robert Ford, the U.S. ambassador to Syria, is back in Damascus after leaving the country in October due to concerns about his safety. In announcing his return, the State Department said he is to engage "with the full spectrum of Syrian society" and that his presence will "send the message that the United States stands with the people. " The suggestion is that President Bashar al-Assad is irrelevant; the Syrians are Ford's clients. Ford is our first true post-WikiLeaks ambassador.
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December 9, 2011 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
I walked down to Thomas Paine Plaza the other day to see how the Occupiers were making out in their new, designated home. It was hard to tell, based on the half-dozen or so folks hanging out. I couldn't tell whether they were sitting in or simply sitting down. That's the thing about Occupy: Its presence is mostly visual. When its members aren't visibly agitating, you never know what effect they're having. And, yes, some students do have a problem with a movement made up, in large part, of their peers.
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February 17, 2011 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
CAIRO - The air of hopefulness is so palpable in Egypt's capital city - as people try to digest what happened to them during their revolution - that it's easy to become a dreamer. This is Egypt's interregnum of hope, a period that comes just after "people power" ousted a dictator, but before the meaning of the revolution has become truly clear. At this point, it's still possible to imagine that Egypt might produce the first democracy the Arab world has known. My Egyptair flight from New York to Cairo was full of young professionals and families eager to get home and feel the difference for themselves.
SPORTS
October 24, 2010 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Desmon Peoples, on the sideline and dealing with cramping issues, missed his cousin Brandon's dazzling fourth-quarter touchdown run. "Yeah, I didn't see it, but I have no trouble believing it happened," Desmon Peoples said after Archbishop Wood's 31-0 romp over Monsignor Bonner on Saturday at Upper Darby's Memorial Field. "He's tough to stop when he gets going. " Desmon and Brandon Peoples, who spun and whirled his way to a 35-yard score to close the scoring, combined for 202 of the squad's 233 rushing yards as the Vikings, ranked No. 4 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, improved to 8-0 overall and 2-0 in the division.
NEWS
September 1, 2010
RE FATIMAH Ali's column on Dr. Laura and the n-word: We all know this won't be the last time white folks will use the n-word (openly or discreetly). What we need to do as a race is stop giving them this word to use. But this won't happen until we take the time to educate the ignorant. The greatest of all riches in the universe is the golden knowledge of self. The destiny of a people is determined by their image of themselves. Jahi Osayande, Philadelphia Fight the crime, Mike!
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May 30, 2010 | By Melissa Dribben INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Emily Cashman walked out of the Franklin Institute on Saturday afternoon and from the top of the steps "I-spied" the podlike green buggy across the street, turned to her father, Bill, and said, "Let's do that!" They had no schedule to keep. It was one of those sweet and weightless cotton candy days for a 5-year-old girl and her father, who live in the Northeast, to go downtown and enjoy the city. So her father said, "Why not?" Even though he didn't know exactly what he was agreeing to do. "I thought it was a motorcycle," Emily said.
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November 14, 2008 | CHRISTINE M. FLOWERS
PEOPLE power. You hear about it all the time. "We the people . . . " "The people, united, will never be defeated. " "A government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from this earth. " President-elect Barack Obama showed what people can do when they pool their resources and create a wave of positive energy. I don't agree with the people's choice, but I can't ignore the effectiveness of the effort. But people power is lightning in a bottle.
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January 17, 2005 | By Daniel Hunter
Sit-ins, picketing, prayer meetings. These nonviolent, passive techniques were hallmarks of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?s campaign for civil rights. Over the years, others have adopted civil disobedience as a means of gaining social change. Here, four area residents discuss the effect of civil disobedience on their work in our region. I first engaged in civil disobedience in the late 1990s with my father, a Baptist pastor, when we walked onto a base at Fort Benning, Ga., to protest the U.S. Army School of the Americas.
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