August 7, 2006 |
I'VE LONG believed that it's better to lob adverbs and adjectives than Katyusha rockets - although it's only in the last couple of weeks days that I've learned the word "katyusha. " According to the New York Times, the recent diplomatic talks in Rome between the United States and other world leaders concerned with the war between Israel and Hezbollah broke down after a one-hour go-round over several words in the final communique. Diplomats from other countries pushed for language calling for an "immediate cease-fire," while Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice insisted on "work immediately on a cease-fire.
May 24, 2006 |
Claude Lewis is a longtime Philadelphia journalist It is difficult to imagine who will replace Mike Wallace now that the CBS reporter and 60 Minutes correspondent, 88, is going into retirement. A man like Wallace doesn't just retire. He eases into it, on a tide of interviews about his contributions to journalism, his many coups - conceding a mistake here and there. But for all his bombast, his celebrity, his salty arrogance at times, Mike Wallace has been a major contributor to world journalism.
March 17, 2006 |
What would any citizen do when invited to meet the president of the United States? "Jump!" Or so says common wisdom. (I totally would.) But Jessica Simpson is anything but common. Invited for actual face time with fellow Texan George W. Bush at a National Republican Congressional Committee fund-raising party scheduled for last night, the inimitable vocalist and former TV reality star, said, like, no way! Jess was at Congress yesterday to lobby on behalf of Operation Smile, a dot-org that offers free plastic surgery to children with facial deformities.
September 15, 2005 |
World leaders pledged solidarity against terrorism and applauded President Bush yesterday for expanding the fight to include attacking poverty and injustice. Speaking to the largest gathering of world leaders in history, Bush outlined a strategy that involves both military force and policies that promote economic development and democratic values. More than 160 presidents, prime ministers and kings convened at the United Nations for a summit marking the organization's 60th anniversary.
September 13, 2005 |
Five years after world leaders adopted the ambitious set of antipoverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals, the project faces a key moment at a U.N. summit that begins tomorrow. Leaders of more than 170 countries meeting in New York are expected to review progress on the goals, which call for major improvements by 2015 in fighting hunger, disease, illiteracy, gender inequality, and other problems that plague the world's poorest countries. The results so far are not encouraging.
August 31, 2005
One of the concerns about new U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton was the disdain he had expressed for the U.N. But the greatest shadow was cast by the notion that Bolton's contempt mirrored the Bush administration's view of the umbrella institution that represents 191 member nations. Bolton's first, visible effort in his new post - offering 750 changes to a reform blueprint that nearly was complete - makes him look more like a saboteur than an ambassador. Officials from U.N. member nations, including the United States, have spent the last six months negotiating a 39-page document outlining badly needed changes in most facets of the organization's operation.
July 2, 2005 |
After a feverish day of sound and equipment checks that drew hundreds of Center City workers and visitors to the Art Museum stage for a chance snapshot of a favorite rock star, Philadelphia greets Live 8 this morning - likely the largest live concert in city history. The transformation of the Art Museum steps and 60 acres of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway into one of the world's largest concert halls continued through the day yesterday, despite a late-afternoon thunderstorm that raked the stage with rain, hail and high winds - but caused no damage or injuries.
May 5, 2005 |
Julie Pompizzi knows the odds are stacked against her. The La Salle University graduating senior, who's been selected as the featured speaker at the school's commencement ceremony May 15, said she understands there are an endless number of possible distractions that may leave the audience less than captive during her remarks - cell phones, beach balls, digital camera flashes, windy weather, crying babies, and maybe even a streaker. "I've never spoken to such a large crowd," said Pompizzi, a communication and English major from Upper Darby.
April 9, 2005 |
Before an immense crowd of the powerful and the humble, amid cheers, laughter, tears, and shouts of "Saint," the Roman Catholic Church said a final goodbye to Pope John Paul II yesterday in a majestic 2 1/2-hour funeral Mass broadcast to nearly every corner of the world. The ceremony, a rich pageant of prayer and song in a variety of languages, was seen in churches, homes, and open-air gathering places throughout Europe and the Americas, as well as Africa and Asia. In Italy, even MTV carried the funeral without interruption.
April 6, 2005 |
Old and young, devout and curious, in nuns' habits and in tight jeans, black, white, Hispanic and Asian - they came by the hundreds of thousands yesterday, waiting in lines as long as eight hours to get a fleeting glimpse of Pope John Paul II's body lying in state at St. Peter's Basilica. "Would you look at this? This is unbelievable," said Vincenzo Peluso, a Newark police officer from Barnegat, N.J., who happened to be in Rome on vacation. Peluso was gazing down the broad boulevard leading into St. Peter's Square, surveying a crush of humanity for as far as the eye could see. Italian officials calculated that more than a million people would have walked past the pontiff's body by the end of yesterday, with two days to go before the funeral Friday morning.