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November 4, 2002 | By BILL FLETCHER JR
THE BOMBING of the Bali nightclub on Oct. 12 has reinvigorated our fears and concerns about international terrorism in general and al Qaeda in particular. It has also inadvertently highlighted some historical issues related to how we understand terrorism. After the Bali bombing, the Indonesian government commented to the effect that this was the worst act of terrorism in the history of the country. I found this statement puzzling, largely due to one fact: the year 1965. As detailed in an excellent PBS documentary, "Shadow Play" (released earlier this year)
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August 6, 1996 | BY LISA V. NORTON
It's insane. It's horrible, It's tragic. An airplane has exploded and crashed, killing everyone. For the victims, it's over, but for the living, it's a continuing nightmare. The media began talking of terrorism as the story was breaking, making suppositions before evidence had begun to be gathered. One news show even brought in a "terrorism expert" while there was still hope for survivors. They linked public consciousness to catastrophes like Lockerbie, the Oklahoma City federal building and Dharan, Saudi Arabia.
NEWS
February 22, 1987 | By Charles Green, Inquirer Washington Bureau
The Reagan administration's ability to combat terrorism is steadily eroding - perhaps irrevocably - as damaging disclosures continue in the Iran-contra affair, according to members of Congress. Lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats, said Friday that the administration was failing to regain credibility on the anti-terrorism front. Some criticized President Reagan for not moving more aggressively to take the offensive. "U.S. policy is muddled, and we're in a mess. We're wandering now," said Rep. Daniel A. Mica (D., Fla.)
NEWS
January 26, 2004
IJUST READ the story about the pizza deliveryman killed in Frankford. It states that he and his family came here for freedom and a better life. Then he is shot five times in Kensington, hit by a car in Oxford Circle - and the police won't help. Finally he gets murdered in Frankford delivering pizza. Some better life he found. He had a better chance of his dream of freedom and a new life if he moved to Iraq. This poor guy comes here to escape a terrible existence in his country and this is what he gets.
NEWS
January 9, 1986
I read with interest Georgie Anne Geyer's Jan. 2 Op-ed piece on the Palestine Liberation Organization and terrorism. One could well debate ad infinitum what factors should be on a list of the roots and causes of Palestinian terrorism. Such a list would include national and personal humiliation, as Ms. Geyer suggests. However, it seems far too simplistic to blame it all on humiliation. This is especially so, if one agrees with Ms. Geyer's implication that the sole source of that humiliation is Israeli actions.
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April 14, 2011 | By Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that three of the 68 Guantanamo detainees released since Barack Obama became president have engaged in terrorism or insurgency, a senior administration told Congress on Wednesday. U.S. Ambassador Dan Fried, the diplomat who arranged many of the releases, disclosed the figure at a House Armed Services Committee hearing. He declined to say who the men were or where they were sent after Guantanamo. The rate of return-to-battlefield detainees, however, is far less than what the Defense Intelligence Agency determined it was during George W. Bush's administration.
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May 6, 1986 | By David Hess, Inquirer Washington Bureau (The Associated Press contributed to this article.)
Calling Libya the primary offender, the heads of the seven major industrial democracies agreed yesterday to "make maximum efforts" against terrorism, but stopped well short of endorsing economic sanctions. Nonetheless, U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz said the agreement sent an unmistakable message to Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy: "You've had it, pal. " While the summit participants were discussing terrorism, a radical leftist Japanese group called Chukakuha claimed responsibility for a rocket attack that took place before the summit started, and threatened "a second round to blow up the Tokyo summit.
NEWS
June 20, 2002
CONGRATULATIONS on your editorial (July 13 "Wave the Flag, Don't Waive the Constitution") concerning Bush and Ashcroft wanting to deny basic constitutional rights to Jose Padilla for "saying he wanted to detonate a dirty bomb. " It is interesting to me that a case concerning Nazis in 1942 comes back to haunt us when the next fascists in our own history have come into power. The "War on Terrorism," like the "War on Drugs," is not a war. But the war is proclaimed to justify what the administration is doing: using emergency powers to control the populace and win the fight between the haves and have nots.
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April 26, 1988 | By Doreen Carvajal, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Jesse Jackson, known for his eloquence and globe-trotting diplomatic missions, seemed to struggle out loud yesterday to fashion a position on international terrorism. Jackson's struggle was a public one, apparent in a series of impromptu press conferences and press releases to clarify his views on dealing with terrorists, and initially intended to distinguish him from his Democratic rival, Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis. From Washington, D.C., to Pittsburgh, his views shifted with interviews.
NEWS
August 21, 2003
THOSE who think that the attacks against America and its people are over, think again! Those who think that we can relax are going to be in for a rude awakening. The Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies can not protect this nation as they want you to believe. They alone will not stop or prevent another major attack by Islamic terrorists. Checking your bags in airports, having pilots carry firearms or even having air marshals on board airplanes will not prevent another attempted hijacking and slamming it into a building or a nuclear power plant - even though the government is trying to instill a "feel-good" sense about the president's war on terror.
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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.
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September 20, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
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.
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September 13, 2016 | By Nancy Chen, For The Inquirer
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.
TRAVEL
September 12, 2016 | By Larissa and Michael Milne, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
July 22, 2016 | By Sam Wood, STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 18, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
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.
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June 16, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
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.
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