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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.
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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.)
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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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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.
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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.
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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 AnzaldĂșa'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.
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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.
NEWS
June 15, 2016
It only compounded the horror that the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history called forth talking points that had been composed long before 49 innocents were murdered early Sunday. The immediate reactions on social media to the killings at Pulse Orlando, a popular gay dance club, etched a portrait of our national divisions, our mutual mistrust, and our inclination to know what we think even when we lack all the facts. Even before President Obama spoke Sunday afternoon, there were declarations of great certainty that he would attribute the massacre to guns and not "Islamism" - and would therefore feed support for Donald Trump.
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June 15, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A "design flaw" that caused the doors of a Toyota SUV to unlock when the vehicle was placed in park led to the carjacking, kidnapping, and sexual assault of a woman, and to the subsequent hit-and-run murders of a mother and her three children, a lawsuit alleges. The civil suit, filed against the automaker Wednesday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, claims that on July 25, 2014, the woman - a real estate agent whose name is being withheld because she was the victim of a sexual assault - placed her 2005 Toyota 4Runner in park at Cumberland and Cambria Streets while working in North Philadelphia.
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May 26, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Terron L. Phillips had just bought a pack of cigarettes from an East Camden gas station late last Wednesday and was walking home when a red SUV approached him. Four males, ages 16 to 19, were inside, authorities said. The youngest held a sawed-off shotgun. He stepped out of the car with Raquan Handon, 18, and tried to rob Phillips, investigators said. Phillips, 19, told them he had nothing. Handon searched his pockets, found only the cigarettes, and walked back to the SUV holding them, authorities said.
NEWS
May 13, 2016
ISSUE | THREAT OF TERRORISM The cost of citizens being vigilant I have mixed emotions about the University of Pennsylvania economics professor who was temporarily removed from an American Airlines plane at Philadelphia International Airport after the passenger next to him thought he was a terrorist ("Wrong conclusion reached, and a flight is delayed," Sunday). While I would be annoyed if that were to happen to me, the professor's social media posts saying that "Trump's America is already here" and "Personally I will fight back" seem intended to stir controversy and further divide different ideologies.
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