March 22, 2016 |
By international and historical standards, political violence is exceedingly rare in the United States. The last serious outburst was in 1968, with its bloody Democratic convention riots. By that standard, 2016 is, as yet, tame. It may not remain so. The political thuggery that shut down a Donald Trump rally in Chicago recently may just be a harbinger. It would be nice, therefore, if we could think straight about cause and effect. The immediate conventional wisdom was to blame the disturbance on the "toxic climate" created by Trump.
October 8, 2013
WITH THE pathetic state of the American government, I am surprised there wasn't an army of citizens trying to take over the capital, so the people's lives can be addressed! All of these politicians have forgotten about the people. What good is health care when you have no jobs, no way to eat, no way to respect oneself, no way to live? Everyone, including the president, is out of touch with the people, who are suffering untold misery in this economic "depression" that they say we don't have.
February 8, 2013 |
CAIRO - Tunisia's ruling Islamist party rejected Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali's offer to dissolve the government Thursday, a day after the assassination of an opposition leader sent waves of anger rippling through the North African country and left the government scrambling to contain the fallout. The challenge put forward by the moderate Islamist Ennahda party has amplified the potential for a political crisis in Tunisia. Chokri Belaid, a leader of the leftist Popular Front alliance and an outspoken critic of Tunisia's government, was shot dead outside his home Wednesday, a day after he received the latest in a string of death threats and called for a national conference on political violence.
December 27, 2012 |
Lehigh University professor Chaim Kaufmann wants his students to think like terrorists. Even more, he wants them to plan like terrorists, try to understand their motives, and reason through their challenges. It's part of an unusual and engaging assignment in which freshmen in his class on political violence and terrorism are asked to weigh risk and feasibility by spending one class period mapping out a fictional attack - on their own university. "We use Lehigh as the target because that's what students know," said Kaufmann, 52, an associate professor in international relations at Lehigh, in Bethlehem, Pa. To learn best about why terrorism occurs, Kaufmann said, "you've got to do the thing that is uncomfortable for most of us to do most of the time . . . put aside our interests and socializations as Americans . . . and get inside the heads of the attackers and try to figure out what they are thinking.
January 14, 2011
POLITICAL violence comes from one direction - the right. Guns at political rallies, threats, vandalism - all right-wing. Conservatives believe that if you disagree with them, they have the right to kill you. That's not freedom, that's fascism. For all those who say it comes from both sides, tell me when is the last time a liberal shot somebody? James Morton Philadelphia
January 7, 2011
AS A ONCE-loyal Tastykake fan, I want to thank you for shining light on some of the problems of the Tasty Baking Co. My brother recently retired from Tasty after working there for 35 years. At the time he left, seven months ago, Tasty did not have a union, so nobody can say that this is another example of high union wages ruining a company. Should Tasty suffer a downfall, only company mismanagement can be blamed. Pictures show that quality control is no longer a priority of the company.
June 25, 2009 |
A recent spate of attacks largely directed at Baghdad's Shia neighborhoods is fueling concerns that sectarian and political violence may be returning to the city. Residents are especially worried, given that American forces are to withdraw from Iraqi cities by next week. Shias haven't been the only victims. Car bombings have also occurred recently in the Dora district, which is predominantly Sunni. But some fear that the high number of incidents aimed at Shia targets indicates that sectarian and political violence is on the rise.
April 27, 2006 |
Paul Greengrass was at work in London, putting together Bloody Sunday - his dramatization of the 1972 Northern Ireland protest that led to a civilian massacre by British troops - when he got a call telling him to switch on the television. "I was in the cutting room, and a reporter friend of mine phoned up," the director says. "He said, 'A plane just hit the World Trade Center.' Like everybody else, I thought I was looking at a major civil aviation disaster. And then, of course, the second plane hit. " Then a commercial airliner struck the Pentagon, and another crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pa., killing all on board.
August 4, 2005 |
Scores of assassinations have marred the relative peace and prosperity of Iraq's southern port of Basra, a city near the Iranian border that is dominated by Shiite Muslims and has been spared the extreme violence of Baghdad. The assassins have targeted mostly men who are thought to have been connected to Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, which was dominated by Sunni Muslims. About 950 people have been killed since Hussein's regime was toppled in April 2003, according to Majid al-Sari, the Defense Ministry adviser for the southern region.
May 20, 1999 |
For the last seven years, Liberian refugee Tommy O. Tarr has tried to shut the door on the nightmare that drove him out of his homeland: the bloody civil war that left 150,000 dead, created untold numbers of orphans and widows, and displaced half of the population. He mourned for his only child, a 14-year-old son killed during the war, and his wife, who disappeared amid the chaos. He watched in despair from afar as his country remained racked by political and ethnic violence and corruption, even after the war ended in 1997.