August 7, 1990 |
Their entrance is always impressive--in a London hotel, a Zurich business suite or in one of the sun-baked capitals of the Middle East. A door swings open, and in stride three or four stern-faced men in gleaming white robes and flowing headdresses, their beards and mustaches neatly trimmed. Kuwaitis. The shoes are Bally and the watches Rolex. These are among the richest people in the world, per capita, and they move with a confident bearing.
June 13, 2003 |
Sheik Wallay Rakan draws no lines in time, no measurements in months or days. His life moves in seasons. The signposts that mark his road are the births of his children, the loss of his camels, the death of his eldest son. So he can't tell the exact year when the black days began. But when he had to sell his last, favorite camel, Aliyan, he knew he was losing his grip on survival.
September 4, 1990 |
For thousands of years, Kuwaiti Bedouins with their camels, sheep and goats have roamed their beloved Arabian desert, at once feared and respected for the cunning resourcefulness it takes to survive in the inhospitable peninsula. And in the past month since the Iraqi invasion, it is this intimate knowledge of the unforgiving and unpredictable terrain that have enabled the Bedouins to successfully escort thousands of desperate Westerners and fellow Kuwaitis overland to freedom in Saudi Arabia.
June 8, 2003 |
Using pickup trucks and camels, the Bedouins of Jordan's legendary desert police patrol a vast sea of pink sand and mountains in one of the most remote precincts on Earth. With the officers' red-and-white-checked head scarves flying in the wind, the blue trucks speed past the towering stone pinnacles that T.E. Lawrence -- Lawrence of Arabia -- dubbed the Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
October 25, 2002 |
For generations, men of the small Bedouin village of Beit Zarzir have proudly volunteered to serve in the Israeli army, which prized them for their battlefield bravery and their phenomenal ability to read terrain. On Thursday, the scion of the village's most prominent clan -- a Bedouin lieutenant colonel who lost an eye fighting for Israel in Lebanon -- stood before a military court, indicted on charges of espionage.
August 6, 1999 |
In fine Bedouin tradition, the Faiyun family was celebrating a wedding. Women in intricately embroidered black robes sat on carpets, sang and ululated, while the groom spruced up the tiny three-room house next door that he would soon share with his bride. The uninvited guest was the memory of the government inspector. In the middle of preparations a day earlier, he had arrived to demand that the family tear down the bridal home.
August 2, 2010 |
A rocket apparently aimed at an Israeli resort on the Red Sea landed Monday near a luxury hotel in neighboring Jordan, killing one person and wounding five others in an attack probably launched by Islamic militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, according to Israeli authorities. Jordanian officials said a rocket struck a road outside the InterContinental Hotel in Aqaba at about 7:45 a.m. local time. The blast killed a taxi driver, set two cars on fire and injured security guards and construction workers.
June 25, 1995 |
Well, goodby, Al. Turn off the lights when you leave. I'm sorry it had to come to this. Come back and see us sometime. Write if you feel like it. Leave the key under the mat. Don't leave mad. But take your team with you, will you? Sorry it didn't work out. But you know how these things are. Win a few, lose a few. Going back where you came from, hey? That's new! How interesting! What happens now? Do the Washington Redskins go back to Boston? That's where they started. Do the Arizona Cardinals become the Chicago Cardinals again?
April 3, 1986 |
The surprise of the 1984 Kentucky Derby was Bedouin. Not because of what the 3-year-old colt did in the race--he finished 15th in a 20-horse field--but because he was running at Churchill Downs at all. Sending Bedouin to the Derby was a last-minute decision by Dick Mandella, who trained the colt for the late Max Gluck's Elmendorf Farm.