April 9, 1993 |
They're graying radicals now, more or less respectably settled family folks. But leaders of Philadelphia's once-flamboyant anti-war movement will be reliving it all tonight with - how else? - a potluck supper in Powelton. Leaders of Philadelphia Resistance, which had its heyday in the late 1960s and early 1970s, have organized the reunion around the book promotion visit of veteran pacifist David Dellinger, whose autobiography is called, "From Yale to Jail. " The hosts are Joshua Markel and Eva Gold, who met and married as anti-war student activists.
March 31, 1992 |
Henry Holtzman, a Cherry Hill industrial scriptwriter and self-styled armchair historian, has performed an estimable public service in researching, and writing a play about, the patriotism of more than three score black soldiers who helped win a rousing Revolutionary War victory over Hessian mercenaries in the Battle of Red Bank on Oct. 22, 1777. Holtzman's play, "Heroes' Feast," is in its world-premiere production by Venture Theatre at Stage III of Temple University's Center City campus through April 12. The research, in my judgment, is going to outlive the play by a long shot.
January 18, 1991
The failure of perestroika in the Soviet Union has been apparent for some time. Now, following the crackdown in Lithuania, glasnost - the other byword of the Gorbachev era - is taking it on the chin. Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, stung by criticism of the bloodshed in Vilnius, has proposed suspending the nation's proud new press law, which bans government censorship. The parliament rejected that notion, assigning to a parliamentary committee the Orwellian task of working out "measures to ensure objectivity" in news coverage.
December 24, 1990 |
Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis has told the pro-independence Sajudis movement that direct Soviet rule may be imposed in the restive Baltic region, and he urged Sajudis members to prepare to resist, Tass reported yesterday. The official Soviet news agency quoted Landsbergis as telling Sajudis- backed lawmakers on Saturday that "there are signs that rule of this kind has already been introduced surreptitiously. " The report did not say what those signs were, although leaders of independence movements in the Baltic republics of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have contended in recent weeks that the Kremlin is preparing to crack down on them.
December 18, 1990 |
Talk about red tape. If you are thinking of sending a Christmas parcel, surface mail, to the Soviet Union, it will get there a tad late. Like around Valentine's Day. If you're lucky. By Easter? Mozhet byit. ("Perhaps it's possible. ") By surface mail, it takes six to 10 weeks for the U.S. Postal Service to deliver a package to the Soviet Union - or seven to 10 days by air mail, but airborne postage can cost more than the contents. (For a 10-pound package, it's $69.15, compared with $16.60 by surface.
August 16, 1990 |
Lithuania and the Soviet Union's largest republic have signed an unprecedented trade and economic cooperation treaty that bypasses the central government, the official Tass news agency reported today. The treaty signed yesterday between Lithuania and the Russian republic is the first of its kind between two Soviet republics. It is the result of Russian republican President Boris Yeltsin's offer last month to negotiate a range of political, economic and social treaties with other republics.
June 13, 1990 |
The Soviet legislature passed a bill yesterday to guarantee press freedom and eliminate censorship, ending a tradition of state control of information that predates the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. The new press law should permit dozens of struggling independent newspapers and journals to function legally, acquire offices and compete for access to normal printing facilities. "The law is the first in the history of the Soviet state to give detailed guarantees of the freedom of the press and the rights of journalists," the official news agency Tass said.
June 8, 1990 |
The Russian Federation led by Boris Yeltsin, the main political rival to President Mikhail Gorbachev, today declared that its constitution now took precedence over Soviet laws. The Kremlin, already grappling with a Baltic independence drive that threatens to tear the country apart, seemed certain to reject the move by the Russian Federation, the biggest and most influential of the Soviet Union's 15 republics. The Congress of People's Deputies of the Russian Republic, the Federation's parliament, approved by 544 votes to 271 an article that declared that Soviet law which conflicts with sovereign Russian rights "are suspended by the republic on its territory," the official Tass news agency reported.
February 27, 1990 |
The Soviet parliament today backed a proposal to create a new powerful executive presidency which is almost certain to be filled by Kremlin leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The official news agency Tass said the Supreme Soviet, the inner parliament, voted overwhelmingly in favor of creating the new post. This was despite criticism of provisions of the proposal by radical deputies during today's debate. However, a final decision must be taken by the Congress of People's Deputies, the country's supreme legislature.
January 3, 1990 |
In the latest outbreak of ethnic unrest in the Soviet Union, mobs of citizens, some of them drunk or on drugs, went on a three-day rampage along the Iranian border in the southern republic of Azerbaijan, the official news agency Tass said yesterday. Tass said that crowds in the Nakhichevan region, 1,200 miles south of Moscow, threatened border guards, wrecked frontier installations and tried to cross into Iran illegally. The violence began Sunday and continued through yesterday, the agency said.