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August 19, 2011
A plainclothes officer is pummeled with 42 bullets by fellow officers outside a Baltimore nightclub. An off-duty police officer puts over a dozen bullets into a former Marine, who is unarmed and pleads for his life before the officer riddles him with gunfire. His body drops to the asphalt, lifeless. Later that same evening, the same off-duty officer boasts to a fellow officer about the "hot chicks" he was observing at the nightclub he had attended. Compassion? Nary a sign of it by the cop. Another officer is accused of dealing heroin, one time brazenly supporting his "side business" on the district parking lot after a shift meeting.
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February 26, 2013
In a truly moral and civilized society, people would interact exclusively through persuasion. Force would have no place as a means of social interaction. Yet the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, paradoxical as that may sound. When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or use of force. The gun puts a 100-lb. woman on equal footing with a 220-lb.
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By JONATHAN POWER | September 3, 1993
London. -- China should not get the Olympic Games for the year 2000. This is something the outside world decides to give China when the time is ripe; it is not China's right, as the Chinese leadership appears to think. It is a bonus, a present -- of a different order than the much-resented sanctions, which are a punishment whose degree of severity can be honestly disputed.Why should China be rewarded with such a plus when its human-rights record is so abominable? Forget 2000, about which a decision is imminent, and dangle the games of 2004 under Beijing's nose on condition its behavior improves.
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October 24, 2012
As a retired Roman Catholic priest, I can see many religious reasons to support the civil marriage equality law ("Scare tactics on Question 6," Oct. 18). Both Scripture and Christian theology are supportive and persuasive. In the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus tells his followers to give back to Caesar (civil government) what belongs to Caesar. In the letters of Paul and Peter there are instructions to respect civil society. Don't mix the laws of the state with those of the church: Jesus' kingdom is not of this world.
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By Kathy Lally and Kathy Lally,Moscow Bureau of The Sun | January 20, 1995
MOSCOW -- For all of its damaging and dangerous effects, the war in Chechnya has uncovered signs of a true civil society -- one in which there is give and take between the state and its citizens.The evidence is everywhere.Mothers have signed anti-war petitions and staged protests from the remote Kamchatka Peninsula in the Far East to Murmansk above the Arctic Circle. The military has been forced not only to listen but to comply with some of their demands.Local legislatures have passed resolutions censuring the central government.
NEWS
December 21, 2001
THE TRIBAL leader Hamid Karzai starts as provisional prime minister of Afghanistan tomorrow with the good will of most Afghans and best wishes of most of the world. That may not be enough. Warlordism and insurgency, possibly combined with an attempt by the Taliban to re-emerge, imperil the provisional government. Mr. Karzai, though, brings to the post considerable personal skill. The Pashtun prime minister, known for his loyalty to the former king, also will have a multiethnic Cabinet with the major power portfolio in the hands of ethnic Tajiks from the Northern Alliance.
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By Craig Eisendrath and Craig Eisendrath,Special to the Sun | September 12, 1999
When Alexis de Tocqueville visited America from France in the 1830s -- see his "Democracy in America" (HarperCollins, 792 pages, $20) -- he identified voluntary associations as the particular genius of this country. They seemed everywhere, in social life, the arts and in political life, focusing public opinion, providing services and moderating the often harsh conclusions of the political and economic systems. In this century, as wars and the economy have become global, a phenomenon has arisen called "civil society," which projects de Tocqueville's voluntary associations onto a planetary screen.
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By DAN RODRICKS | December 2, 2007
Now that they've started a civility campaign in Howard County, it would be nice - nice being a major element of civility - to bring it to the city of Baltimore. More than Columbia, more than Ellicott City, more than even the funky part of Laurel that's in Howard County, Baltimore could use a citywide bumper-sticker, lapel-button, billboard, classroom campaign to bring civility to its streets. Instead of BELIEVE, it's time for BE CIVIL. Or BELIEVE in CIVILITY. Her inauguration is Tuesday, and that would be an appropriate time for Mayor Sheila "This-Is-A-Witch-Hunt/I-Am-Not-A-Witch" Dixon to launch the campaign.
NEWS
October 24, 2012
As a retired Roman Catholic priest, I can see many religious reasons to support the civil marriage equality law ("Scare tactics on Question 6," Oct. 18). Both Scripture and Christian theology are supportive and persuasive. In the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus tells his followers to give back to Caesar (civil government) what belongs to Caesar. In the letters of Paul and Peter there are instructions to respect civil society. Don't mix the laws of the state with those of the church: Jesus' kingdom is not of this world.
NEWS
By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | December 10, 2005
MOSCOW -- Encountering intense criticism from the United States and Europe about Russia's commitment to civil society, President Vladimir V. Putin signaled a willingness yesterday to temper his country's controversial legislative crackdown on human rights groups and other nongovernmental organizations. But he endorsed the need for a proposed law aimed at reining in NGOs, saying Russia should "exercise control" over the activities of foreign and domestic groups to ensure that their activities adhere to the stated missions of their charters.
NEWS
August 19, 2011
A plainclothes officer is pummeled with 42 bullets by fellow officers outside a Baltimore nightclub. An off-duty police officer puts over a dozen bullets into a former Marine, who is unarmed and pleads for his life before the officer riddles him with gunfire. His body drops to the asphalt, lifeless. Later that same evening, the same off-duty officer boasts to a fellow officer about the "hot chicks" he was observing at the nightclub he had attended. Compassion? Nary a sign of it by the cop. Another officer is accused of dealing heroin, one time brazenly supporting his "side business" on the district parking lot after a shift meeting.
EXPLORE
July 28, 2011
It's more than a little bit disturbing that, on July 13, 2008, Tariq Alston was shot and killed in a fire hall in Joppa where about 100 people were at a party, yet no one has been charged in connection with the crime. To conclude that there were no witnesses, would be foolish. To presume there aren't a dozen or more people who were at the party who know exactly what went down that night would be naive. Yet no one has been arrested in the case, and it appears police won't be filing charges any time soon.
NEWS
February 17, 2011
Regarding the letter in the Feb. 13th Sun from Stanley Weinstein "So much concern about animal abuse, so little concern about child abuse," I agree that the story of the woman who buried her baby in Druid Hill Park should have received more outrage. It was a vicious and heinous crime, and she should be punished, not plea deal her way out of it. However, let me point out that there already exist many strict laws and serious consequences relating to child abuse and neglect, as well as homicide.
NEWS
By Xiaorong Li | November 17, 2009
While President Barack Obama is in Beijing this week, he has an opportunity to address two key issues, climate change and human rights concerns, simultaneously. Here's the kind of speech the president should give: "President Hu Jintao, ladies & gentlemen, it is a great pleasure to be in Beijing. My administration has put climate change at the top of our diplomatic agenda. This is especially true when it comes to our relationship with China. Our two large nations share the title of top consumers of energy and the biggest polluters on earth.
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By DAN RODRICKS | December 2, 2007
Now that they've started a civility campaign in Howard County, it would be nice - nice being a major element of civility - to bring it to the city of Baltimore. More than Columbia, more than Ellicott City, more than even the funky part of Laurel that's in Howard County, Baltimore could use a citywide bumper-sticker, lapel-button, billboard, classroom campaign to bring civility to its streets. Instead of BELIEVE, it's time for BE CIVIL. Or BELIEVE in CIVILITY. Her inauguration is Tuesday, and that would be an appropriate time for Mayor Sheila "This-Is-A-Witch-Hunt/I-Am-Not-A-Witch" Dixon to launch the campaign.
NEWS
By TRUDY RUBIN | November 13, 2007
The next few weeks, or maybe days, will determine the fate of Pakistan - a country containing Islamist terrorist groups and nuclear weapons. It's no wonder that Gen. Pervez Musharraf thought the White House would have to back a dictator over a restoration of constitutional rule. After all, President Bush has ditched his democracy pitch in Arab countries like Egypt, where he's bought the argument that only a strongman can hold back the Islamists. But when it comes to Pakistan, that argument doesn't hold water.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2000
Yesterday, Todd Siler, a hyperkinetic Renaissance guy, author of "Think Like a Genius: the Ultimate User's Manual for Your Brain," visual artist and consultant set the tone for the annual meeting here of the Association of Youth Museums. Take that ball and chain off your brain, he urged. Pointing to a spherical chart linking all realms of learning, Siler bemoaned society's tendency to think like French philosopher Descartes in specialized, mutually exclusive disciplines. This way of organizing knowledge has led to standardized tests, an obsession with performance and a stress on uniformity that is murder on creativity, said Siler, yesterday's keynote speaker.
NEWS
By Marilyn Julius | June 21, 2002
WHEN TARA Williams nailed the pages of her protest on the door of Southern High School, she planted her feet in a modern version of "Here I Stand." OK, she probably used Scotch tape, and the document was actually the unauthorized March issue of the student newspaper, The Bulldog, which she refused to remove from her classroom door even at Principal Thomas Stevens' request. Mr. Stevens subsequently terminated her contract for next year (Tara, gone with the wind?), even though by all accounts she has been an effective teacher and role model.
NEWS
By KARIN VON HIPPEL | June 11, 2006
WASHINGTON -- For the first time in 15 years, Mogadishu is ruled by one faction. This time, it is not one of the many warlords who have dominated its neighborhoods since Somalia officially collapsed in 1991, but rather the city is now under the control of the Islamic courts. These courts are run by a mix of Islamic fundamentalists and conservative clan-based Islamic leaders who want to establish strict Sharia law in Mogadishu, and will likely want to spread their power beyond the former capital.
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