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September 3, 1993 | CINDY LaFAVRE YORKS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Cindy LaFavre Yorks is a regular contributor to The Times
Makeup artists are busy bad-mouthing the matte lip looks of the early '90s. Edging out the trend are a few fabulous stains. "Matte is becoming old and dated," explains Jocelyn Zayco, creative director and senior makeup artist for Sebastian International, based in Woodland Hills. The new stains are hybrids of matte and wet looks achieved by using a variety of products and tools. Most come in the form of brush-on lip color or in lipstick tubes.
September 20, 1987 | NEJLA SAMMAKIA, Associated Press
As Bedouin Arabs pass with their camels, a foreign woman sunbathes on the beach in a bikini, barely conforming to the edict posted at the nearby police station: "No Nakedness." Egypt is trying slowly to restore the strict traditional ways that gave way at this Sinai Peninsula beach on the Gulf of Aqaba during 15 years of Israeli occupation. During the Israeli years, topless bathing was permitted, and a lot else went on. The Israelis took the Sinai Peninsula in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.
February 23, 2011 | By Bob Drogin, Los Angeles Times
On the night Hosni Mubarak fell from power, the crowds that rejoiced in Cairo's central square were so dense, so roiling and rowdy that Mohamed Assyouti couldn't push his way through when his girlfriend, Mariam Nekiwi, was assaulted several yards away. "A group of men surrounded her from four directions and closed her off," he said. First someone grabbed her groin, she said. Other hands groped the rest of her body, pinching hard and yanking at her clothes. She was shoved one way and then the other.
September 30, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO - In politically fractured Egypt, there's one belief that almost every faction seems to hold in common: God is on our side. (And not, therefore, on yours .) Egypt's social and cultural mix is hieroglyphic in its complexity: Islamists, progressives, conservatives, and those marching in lock step with the powerful military. But in the Arab world's most populous and influential country, the many guises of piety are rarely absent from discourse. More than two months after the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood was driven from power and the country's army chief, Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi, surged to the fore, Egypt remains deeply divided about the role of religion in public life.
June 2, 2004 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
John pulled his cab over when he heard Dr. Nawal M. Nour on the radio. The Sudanese American physician was describing the clinic she runs for women who have undergone female circumcision -- women like his wife, Miriam -- and John wanted to learn all he could. "Other doctors, they didn't know our culture," said John, a Somali immigrant who did not want the family's full name used. "Sometimes we felt, my wife and I, like people were looking at us differently.
A newly felt fear of God's wrath led Shireen Soleiman, a 30-year-old housewife from a well-to-do Cairo family, to cover her flowing, black curls under a Muslim veil. It had not been part of her attire, nor her upbringing, among Egypt's privileged. But after her mother-in-law died three years ago, she sought comfort in the cassette recordings of Omar Abdel-Kafi, who preaches that disobedient Muslims will be tortured in the grave. The veil, he says, helps make a woman a good Muslim.
September 24, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman and Amro Hassan
Conspiracy theories hummed through Egypt's media and political elite today as Cultural Minister Farouk Hosni returned home from Paris after facing accusations of anti-Semitism and losing a bitter fight to become the first Arab to lead the United Nations' cultural organization. The 71-year-old abstract painter and ally of President Hosni Mubarak had carried the hopes of an Arab world seeking cultural prominence and closer ties with the West. But Hosni's bid to become general director of the U.N. Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization unraveled due in part to comments he made in 2008 in which he told parliament he would burn any Jewish books in Egypt's Alexandria library.
Some see Inas el-Degheidi as a feminist fighting through her films for the rights of Egyptian women. Others argue that Egypt's most famous female director gets attention the easy way--by filming cheap sex scenes. Islamic militants simply think El-Degheidi should be dead, police say. As one of the first, and the few, women to have invaded what is a male-dominated career, El-Degheidi is used to controversy. "I was the first to tackle subjects that were banned in the cinema, so they shock people.
June 23, 1994 | Ann Conway
Jehan Sadat brought her message of community service to 900 supporters of the Red Cross on Tuesday when she spoke at the organization's second annual Clara Barton Spectrum Awards luncheon. Taking her place beside the American and Red Cross flags--"they call it the Red Crescent in my country," she noted--the widow of slain Egyptian President Anwar Sadat told luncheon guests at the Hyatt Regency Irvine that her mission was to carry on her husband's work.
At 32, Waffaa Mosaad Gabr is a woman with a problem. She feels emotionally abandoned in her 14-year marriage and displaced in her household since her husband invited another woman to move in last June as his second wife. Her husband even persuaded the illiterate Gabr to sign a document saying that she consented to his new marriage, she says. Gabr asked for a divorce repeatedly during the past three years. But her 38-year-old husband, a farmer in the Nile Delta village of Segin al Kom, refused.
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