September 21, 2016
While much attention is correctly being paid to the terrorist-inspired bombings in New Jersey and New York, where 29 people were injured Saturday, it is important to also stay focused on the carnage that takes place daily in Philadelphia and other cities. A shooting rampage by an apparently deranged gunman that left one woman dead and five others injured in West Philadelphia, including two police officers, was the most shocking violence over the weekend. But it was hardly an isolated event.
September 20, 2016 |
Gov. Christie said Sunday that the explosion of a pipe bomb in a garbage can along the route for the Seaside Semper Five charity 5k race in Seaside Park, Ocean County, the day before was an act of "terrorism. " In a televised interview Sunday with CNN's Jake Tapper, Christie said that there are no suspects in the case yet, but that investigators do have "some promising leads. " Christie said there was no evidence to suggest that the bomb in Seaside Park had any connection to a bomb that exploded Saturday night in New York City, injuring 29 people, or a stabbing at a Minnesota mall that injured nine.
September 13, 2016 |
Across the street from Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philly, a former paint factory on Grays Avenue is serving as the venue for three shows in this year's Fringe Festival, including Albert Camus' The Just , presented by Übungsflugzeug Theatre Company. While the warehouse venue is decidedly nontraditional, The Just happens to be one of the few traditional plays in this year's Fringe line-up. Camus, a member of the French resistance during World War II, wrote the play in 1949, basing it on the stories of members of Russia's Socialist-Revolutionary Party who aimed a 1905 assassination plot at the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, uncle of Nicholas II, last emperor of Russia.
September 12, 2016 |
We recently spent a month in France, where tourism has fallen off this year because of terrorist attacks in the streets of Paris and on the beaches of Nice. On this 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we reflect on how fears of terrorism have changed travel and the perception travelers have. We like to think that when we decide on a destination to visit, fear of terrorism is not a major factor in our planning, but that's not always true. When we got married in 1986, we had a dream honeymoon to Paris planned.
July 22, 2016 |
Philadelphia's hospitals say they're ready to handle whatever calamity the Democratic National Convention may throw at them next week. Mass casualty drills, last September's papal visit, and the fatal crash of Amtrak 188 have tested the city's health systems and proven their mettle, officials said. "To put things in perspective, concerts and football games bring more people to the city than what the DNC will bring, said Wes Light, emergency preparedness manager for Temple University Hospital.
July 11, 2016
ISSUE | GLOBALIZATION Trade ultimately for the best History teaches us that countries that trade with others generally do better economically than those that do not. From the Fertile Crescent to Rome to England, trading nations have prospered. China, the Incas, the Mayans, and others that did little trading stagnated. Natural barriers such as distance and topography once kept trade from threatening domestic economies. Globalization means much greater potential for disruption.
July 6, 2016
By Ed Feulner It's been only 15 years since the 9/11 attacks. But when you look at how the terrorist threat has evolved since then, it seems as if a century or more has gone by. Things have been changing - fast. And if our response doesn't change, and just as quickly, we're practically begging for trouble. Not another 9/11, necessarily, but another Orlando. Another Fort Hood. Another San Bernardino. Indeed, the sheer magnitude of 9/11 can almost blind us to the metastasizing danger out there.
June 25, 2016
By Taylor Hosking As members of Galaei approached the microphone at Philadelphia's City Hall vigil for Orlando, they asked Latino members of the audience to step toward the front and for non-Latinos to make room. Hesitant at first, the crowd started moving. Speaker Nikki Lopez read a passage by Latina scholar Gloria Anzaldúa's "To Live in the Border Lands" connecting queerness to Hispanic heritage. She introduced the passage, using the gender-neutral term Latinx , saying, "oftentimes, because so many of our lives are erased as queer Latinx people, we forget the legacies of those who have fought before us. Queer Latinx people live on the borderlands of many different identities.
June 18, 2016 |
If you see something, say something. It is a dictum for terrorizing times, and as the carnage mounts, law enforcement is more urgently pressing the public to turn tipster. But what, exactly, does something mean? That depends. "If I have a friend who all of a sudden starts going to the masjid [mosque] five times a day, is that a sign of radicalization - or of admirable devotion?" said Quasier Abdullah, assistant imam at Quba Institute, a school and mosque in West Philadelphia.
June 16, 2016 |
PITTSBURGH - Donald Trump's response to the Orlando terrorist attack, filled with "conspiracy theories" and falsehoods, betrayed him as "totally unqualified" to be president and lead in dangerous times, an outraged Hillary Clinton said Tuesday. Meanwhile, in Washington, President Obama denounced Trump as having extreme views toward Muslims that the president said make the United States less safe and threaten the nation's core values. "We hear language that singles out immigrants and suggests entire religious communities are complicit in violence," Obama said after a meeting with national security advisers.