July 8, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - As the United States and its allies try to negotiate a peace settlement with the Taliban before all combat troops leave Afghanistan in 2014, a new obstacle has arisen: Insurgent splinter groups opposed to the deal are emerging, complicating U.S. hopes of leaving behind a stable country. These splinter groups have demonstrated their strength recently, with two brazen shootings - one of a high-ranking Taliban leader and the other of a senior member of the Afghan government's High Peace Council.
December 3, 2011 |
Philly Occupiers had a message Saturday for those who've written them off: "We're still here!" The anti-corporate protesters announced their staying power at a small gathering across from City Hall, followed by a boisterous march of several hundred down Market Street to the Liberty Bell. Watched over by a heavy police presence along the route, with many officers atop mountain bikes, the marchers filled Market Street, their sing-song cadences bouncing off the tall buildings on either side: "End the war, tax the rich!"
November 30, 2011 |
Minutes before the police arrived, two homeless men who have been living in the Dilworth Plaza encampment for weeks were settling in for the night. "Hey," one said to the other. "You want an American Spirit (cigarette) for one of yours?" Nearby, a woman clambered over the chest-high fence around "Fort Venus," a sturdy if haphazard structure made of wooden pallets nailed together and covered with plastic tarps. Slipping into the damp darkness of the fort's depths, she pulled off her sneakers, peeled off her socks and stretched out, pulling a thin blanket over her. Steve Venus, one of the protesters who built the structure, said earlier this week that his intention was to make it as difficult as possible for police to remove it when the eviction began.
November 29, 2011 |
A WHOLE lotta nothin'. That's what happened on yesterday's episode of "As Occupy Philly Turns. " Some members of the protest movement continued to occupy Dilworth Plaza, a day after an eviction deadline imposed by Mayor Nutter came and went without the city taking any action against them. Plans for a late-afternoon gathering at Rittenhouse Square didn't materialize because, police said, the protesters had intended to assemble in the park only if they had been removed from Dilworth Plaza.
November 26, 2011 |
The eviction notice was in: 48 hours. At a news conference Friday afternoon, Mayor Nutter announced that those camping out on the City Hall apron of Dilworth Plaza as part of Occupy Philadelphia had until 5 p.m. Sunday to pack up their tents and leave. The notice was posted on trees and poles, and handed out to about 300 people in Dilworth Plaza. "This announcement today serves as the promise," Nutter said of those encamped. "You must remove all of your possessions and yourself from that location within the next 48 hours.
March 14, 2004 |
Immediately after the bombings in Madrid on Thursday, the Spanish government pointed to ETA, the Basque terrorist organization, as the prime suspect. If ETA is responsible, this marks a new approach in its violent struggle to create an independent Basque homeland. Traditionally, ETA has pursued targeted assassinations and planting bombs in public places to kill civilians in limited numbers. Its most spectacular attack claimed nearly two dozen in Barcelona in the 1980s. ETA usually issues warnings, claims responsibility, and has never inflicted an attack of the magnitude of March 11. Responsibility for such a heinous act will effectively end any support that ETA may have enjoyed, specifically from those generally sympathetic to its cause.
March 31, 2003 |
Michelle Kwan dazzled. Timothy Goebel proved himself. Two American ice-dancing couples finished in the top 10 for the first time in years. But despite those American triumphs at the World Figure Skating Championships last week, the state of figure skating is still in question. Much of the week, although certainly not all of it, was overshadowed by the cloudy state of judging and the issue of where the sport stands in fans' eyes. Since a judging scandal in the pairs event rocked the Salt Lake City Olympics last year, figure skating has struggled to maintain its composure.
October 19, 2001
TO IMAM Isa Abdulmatin (letter Oct. 12): 1. No female in America is denied an education based on gender or age. 2. We have never mocked your women. Personally, I feel insulted every time I see a Muslim woman hidden behind a veil and placed in lifelong servitude by male dominance and archaic ideology. You mock your own women by treating them as less than a carpet under your feet. 3. Yes, America has made mistakes. We don't hide them; we learn from them and move forward.
May 10, 2001 |
A new Republican splinter group in the township is throwing some heat on what is usually a predictable municipal primary. In March, the township's Republican Committee endorsed candidates for three council seats left open by officials who could not run for reelection. One endorsement - lawyer Denise C. Gentile for the Third District - rankled some of that district's party volunteers, who had nominated the township's longtime Republican Committeeman Steven Visek by a 39-13 vote.
October 25, 2000 |
Despite pleas from a splinter group, the five-member Township Council yesterday voted to publish a questionnaire seeking community opinion on the proposed Aerohaven Park sports complex. The 13-member Aerohaven Advisory Committee, charged with creating the questionnaire, submitted it last night. In addition, a splinter group of four committee members offered a different version of what residents should be asked to determine the township's needs. The council is considering construction of a sports complex that may occupy as much as 300 acres in the heart of the township's Pinelands, with up to 26 fields for 2,300 registered soccer, baseball and softball players.