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AP reports that Mariela Castro, the daughter of retired Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, will visit Philadelphia this weekend to accept a gay rights award from Equality Forum. The visit had been in doubt; the State Department initially denied her a visa to attend the event. Mariela Castro is the director of Cuba's National Center for Sex Education and, given her position, the country's most prominent gay rights activist.
There is a fascinating book by Irving Stone entitled, They Also Ran, the story of men defeated for the presidency. Stone, an historian, also analyzes the races to determine if the voters chose wisely. It’s a fascinating concept, as readers are left pondering how history may have been altered had there been a different outcome—and how history would have changed had the winner not been victorious.
Mostly, it's The Scoop's job to keep you up with the coolest or most-important news coming out of Philadelphia. But damn if North Korea doesn't keep doing stuff like this:North Korea has escalated a near-daily barrage of threats, urging foreigners to flee South Korea to avoid a supposedly imminent “thermo-nuclear war”.No! No! There's nothing at all to like about thermonuclear war. Matthew Broderick taught us that YEARS ago. Surely Kim Jong-un's notoriously Hollywood-loving father showed him that movie.Right? RIGHT?Maybe that's the problem. These days, all our movies about the apocalypse are about the dangers that can be caused to
Here's the trailer for 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus:The New York Times offers the background:Sounds fascinating!
The documentary “50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus,” Monday night on HBO, may have the same template as other tales of impossible odds and outsize courage, but it’s still heart-wrenching, thrilling and above all relevant. The film, by Steven Pressman, is about a Philadelphia couple, Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, who got it in their heads that they should try to bring 50 Jewish children out of Nazi-occupied Austria in 1939.
If you're of a certain age, you'll remember the 1980s as a time when the free world was led by trio of hard-core anti-communist Cold Warriors. Ronald Reagan, president of the United States, was probably foremost among the partners. Pope John Paul II helped provide moral force for the cause, especially because of his Polish roots. And the third was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who shook off the fact that her country was no longer an empire to stand at Reagan's side. That, at least is how Thatcher—who died of a stroke this morning at age 87—will be remembered
Today, women around the world are being encouraged to bare their breasts in solidarity with a young Tunisian activist whose decision to publicly profess her desire for self-determination unleashed a fury of condemnation across North Africa and revealed the extent to which the Arab Spring has abandoned its female participants.
Ready or not, Philadelphia, the War on Terror is coming to your backyard.
Don’t you wish John McCain would just shut his yap, already?Sorry. That’s not a very nice way to speak of a man who has given so much of his life to public service: in the Navy, as a prisoner of war, then as a congressman, senator, and presidential candidate. But while other failed candidates move onto some other second act to prove their love of country—Hillary Clinton and John Kerry as Secretary of State, Al Gore as the King of Climate Change, Bob Dole as elder statesman—McCain has seemed dedicated to proving that Americans were wrong in 2008: He, not Barack Obama, should be president.
To let us know when he's tweeting for himself, and when a generic State Department staffer is doing it, newly appointed Secretary of State John Kerry will be signing his personal tweets "JK," the very same acronym young folks may or may not still use to denote a comment made in jest.#SecKerry will start tweeting from @statedept. Tweets from him will have his initials -JK— StateDept (@StateDept) February 4, 2013In other words, everything the Dept. tweets will sound serious, and everything Kerry will tweet will sound sarcastic, aloof, and inappropriate. I took the liberty of adding a "JK" to some