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.
February 14, 1986 |
A Bedouin shepherdess stabbed to death a wolf that attacked her, the newspaper Okaz reported Thursday. Okaz said the wolf surprised Umm Rajnan as she was tending her flock near a desert village about 125 miles from the city of Medina. As the wolf began attacking her sheep, Umm Rajnan slipped into her tent and grabbed a large knife, the newspaper said. When the wolf jumped at her, she stabbed it repeatedly until it fell dead at her feet, Okaz said.
April 9, 1992 |
You never know where you'll find a Bedouin these days. In Jordan, some of these desert people still follow the traditional nomadic ways. But many have made the transition to village living, and others have long been fully integrated into life in modern Amman. The Bedouin heart, however, doesn't stray so far from its origins.