January 29, 2012 |
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a complex issue, one that deserves serious scholarship and open, civil debate. Expect to see none of that next weekend on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, where the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement is staging a "conference. " Instead, as we should have learned from many past BDS events at colleges around the country, this will be an exercise in disinformation and propaganda, a call for political and economic warfare, and an attempt to foment hatred of Israel.
January 15, 2012
Movies Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close See Steven Rea's preview on H2. Haywire See Steven Rea's preview on H2. The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby Carl Colby profiles his father in this documentary. Red Tails See Steven Rea's preview on H2. Underworld Awakening Kate Beckinsale retuns for more bloody action as the vampire warrior Selene. Reviewed by critics Carrie Rickey (C.R.)
January 7, 2012
Music Eilen Jewell. Jewell has the voice of a folkie singer-songwriter rather than the full-throated pipes of a honky-tonk angel, and she can be a fidgety, fussy performer on stage. But the Idaho-born, Boston-based guitarist and bandleader (her first name is pronounced ee-lynn) has more than what it takes in the category that really counts: songwriting. Last year's Queen of the Minor Key picked up where 2009's Sea of Tears left off. (In between, there was a just-OK Loretta Lynn tribute album.)
October 21, 2011 |
At water coolers across the region, two aspects of the Downtowners club frat party have legs: the ages of the 10 women arrested (the oldest was 51) and the fact that no "johns" were charged. Some see an inequity in the fact that the ladies' photos were paraded in the press, while most of the men in attendance remain anonymous and uncharged. (The pictures have also provided plenty of fodder. As a buddy of mine snickered, "You can tell who charged $30 and who charged $100. ") Of the three guys who were arrested, two were club members allegedly acting as bartenders in the absence of a liquor license, and the third was charged with promoting prostitution.
September 14, 2011 |
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Clergy sex-abuse victims upset that no high-ranking Roman Catholic leaders have been prosecuted for sheltering guilty priests went to the International Criminal Court on Tuesday, seeking an investigation of the pope and top Vatican cardinals for possible crimes against humanity. The Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York-based nonprofit legal group, requested the inquiry on behalf of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, arguing that the global church has maintained a "long-standing and pervasive system of sexual violence," despite promises to swiftly oust predators.
August 6, 2011 |
AT FIRST, Julia Ramsey blamed herself after she became a victim of sexual violence at a campus party. "Then I realized that when you pass out and wake up, you didn't really say yes," Ramsey, now 30, recalled. "You're not guilty. You're not to blame. Too often, victims of crime blame themselves. " That's why Ramsey will march today in SlutWalk Philadelphia - to help other victims of rape and sexual violence realize that it's not their fault. She'll join hundreds, possibly more than 1,000, starting at Kahn Park at 11th and Pine streets, said organizer Hannah Altman.
April 15, 2011
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) introduced legislation Thursday designed to reduce sexual violence on college campuses. The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act would require colleges and universities to spell out their policies regarding sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Casey said the bill would close a gap in federal law under which those policies need not be disclosed. "Sexual violence is a tragic and harsh reality on college campuses throughout the country," Casey said in a news release.