September 25, 2015 |
A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. Senate has introduced legislation that would make it easier for victims to sue foreign governments and private-sector financiers for support of terrorism. The bill, aimed largely at the government of Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf terrorism funders, has been pushed by victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. They have been fighting a seesaw legal battle to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for what they say is its support of Islamist terror groups.
June 28, 2015 |
Air Products & Chemicals Inc., of Allentown, has more than 750 factories in 50 countries. One of its factories, in a town near Lyon, France, was in the global spotlight Friday after an attacker rammed a vehicle into a warehouse on the property, causing an explosion, and leaving behind a severed head on the factory entrance gate. "I am horrified and saddened by the attack on our facility in France. I believe I speak for all of our Air Products family around the world in expressing our deepest sympathies to the family of the victim of this unspeakable act," CEO Seifi Ghasemi said in a statement.
June 19, 2015 |
WHEN OPAL TOMETI, Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors created #Blacklivesmatter, their "love note to black people," they couldn't have had Wednesday night's terrorist attack at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in mind. They were, however, mindful of the myriad ways in which black people throughout American history have been terrorized in their houses of worship, including the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. In the early 19th century, Mother Emanuel AME Church was itself destroyed by local white citizens who were committed to quelling the the embers of black rebellion sparked by Denmark Vesey.
April 28, 2015 |
In a seemingly nonthreatening golf course community in Camden County, Benjamin and Susan Hemme have started a business chasing off monsters. Their weapon: A plump, orange, big-eyed, big-eared plush toy named Zimbobo with green swirls on its belly and back that emit ultrasonic waves that scare away monsters. An accompanying 28-page book, Goodbye Monsters , explains how it works. The Hemmes are a long way from quitting their day jobs - he, 38, is an aerospace propulsion technician; she, 35, is a marketing consultant at United Parcel Service Inc. Besides, they say, their entrepreneurial success as toy designers and authors won't be measured solely in dollars, but in nights of terror-free sleep achieved for children.
April 18, 2015 |
I admit, I was quite horrified - like, shaken to my very core - by Unfriended , a horror pic with a new gimmick that likely will spawn an entire subgenre of more substandard rubbish. Unfriended unfolds entirely on a computer screen, the story and dialogue taking place among characters engaged in multiple acts of multiple-partner Skyping, Facebooking, and Googling. Possibly the single most uncinematic device ever used in a film, the gimmick must have made the studio suits jump with joy. Talk about low overhead!
March 2, 2015 |
The arrest last week of an alleged terrorism financier who sold kitchenwares and repaired phones at malls in Philadelphia and along the East Coast has cast new scrutiny on mall kiosks. The news had security analysts examining potential vulnerabilities in those relatively anonymous purveyors of bedazzled cellphone accessories, cheap jewelry, and names emblazoned on grains of rice. And talk among kiosk vendors at the city's shopping centers has turned toward trying to figure out where in Philadelphia Abror Habibov, 30, hung his shingle.
March 1, 2015 |
More security cameras. More uniformed officers. More plainclothes officers. Those are the changes shoppers are likely to see at their local malls if legitimate terror threats are received, according to security experts. The Philadelphia office of the FBI said Friday that it was unaware of threats against local malls. But the bureau is monitoring the situation and communicating all the time with local law enforcement, Supervisory Special Agent J.J. Klaver said. "Every mall has a different threat signature, a different physical layout," said Jack Tomarchio, a former intelligence officer with the Department of Homeland Security.
January 16, 2015
I SUSPECTED IT WOULD happen, just not as quickly as it did. Whenever acts of terror are committed in the name of Islam, there is generally a counter-attack from the enlightened, usually secular but always "progressive" flank of society in which the Islamic jihad is conflated with all types of religious fundamentalism. It can be seen in the letters to the editor, talking about how the Paris attacks were not about radical Muslims, and that other religions and other groups are equally guilty of violence, people like abortion-clinic bombers, and Jewish settlers in Israel, and the Western colonialists, and our jailers at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo, and so forth.
January 11, 2015 |
TO BENEDICTE CLOUET, LOVE Park seemed like a good place to organize a rally in solidarity to the victims of terrorism. "It's a strong symbol, and we're all about symbols today," Clouet said last night as her countrymen gathered in the shadow of the park's namesake statue for the rally she helped organize. "This is such a perfect place to discuss principles and freedoms. " About 200 people braved the bitter cold last night to add their support to the victims of the terrorist attacks Wednesday on the offices of Charlie Hebdo , a Parisian newsmagazine.
January 11, 2015 |
Olivier de St. Martin slept fitfully Wednesday. So he climbed out of bed in his Cherry Hill home at 4 a.m., turned to the website of the French daily newspaper Le Figaro, and was shocked by a predawn bulletin about the massacre of 12 people by Islamic extremists at Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper in Paris. "When I saw the pictures," he said Friday, "well, first of all, I was pissed off, infuriated. " Throughout Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, amid a countrywide manhunt and two hostage-takings, the French-born owner of the Center City restaurants Caribou Cafe, Zinc Bistro, and Petit Roti was glued to news reports and social media, darting among Facebook, Radio-Television Luxembourg, CNN, and French and English websites.