February 19, 2009
The Pakistani government's announcement this week that it has cut a deal with Taliban leaders to trade peace for the imposition of Islamic law in the bucolic Swat Valley region is a worrisome development. The government appears to be ceding control over part of the North-West Frontier Province less than 100 miles from the capital of Islamabad.
February 17, 2009 |
In a significant concession to Islamic militants battling the central government, Pakistani authorities Monday agreed to allow the imposition of Sharia, or Islamic law, in a onetime tourist destination just 100 miles northwest of Islamabad, the Pakistani capital. The move, the main provision of a cease-fire formally announced Monday by both sides, is likely to set off alarm bells in Washington.
July 27, 2008 |
Somalia's new hard-line opposition leader promised Friday to pacify his shattered country through Islamic law, warning U.N. peacekeepers they will face attack if they deploy and support the government. Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys, whose Islamic regime was ousted from power in 2006 with tacit support from the United States, is gaining influence again as a deadly insurgency ruptures Somalia. Thousands have been killed in the fighting since 2007. Aweys this week took over the Islamist opposition movement, which operates in exile in Eritrea, pushing out a more moderate cleric who signed a peace agreement with Somalia's U.N.-backed government last month.
June 20, 2008 |
It was a clear case of irreconcilable differences. The wife said there was no love left in the marriage, she wanted a divorce. The husband insisted that she had been put under the influence of a taweez, a talisman, that had erased her affections for him. He refused to divorce.
May 22, 2008 |
Pakistani authorities announced Wednesday that they had struck a truce with a militant faction that moved last year to impose Taliban-style rule in a once-popular tourist area. The deal between government officials and Islamic militants in the scenic Swat valley could presage broader accords with militants in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.
February 12, 2008 |
The archbishop of Canterbury on Monday defended himself against a firestorm of recent criticism, telling fellow Anglicans his statement last week that Britain would have to accept some limited form of Islamic law had been misunderstood. Speaking to a gathering of elected representatives from the Church of England, Archbishop Rowan Williams said he took full responsibility "for any unclarity . . . and for any misleading choice of words that has helped cause distress or misunderstanding."
February 10, 2008 |
On a humid morning in downtown Kuala Lumpur, women wearing patterned head scarves and long skirts walk in groups to work, strolling beneath a futuristic, Epcot-esque monorail and past neatly trimmed coconut palms. One cluster of women stops for lattes at a Starbucks, one of many cafes blossoming on the ground floors of new glass-and-steel corporate skyscrapers in the Malaysian capital.
February 9, 2008 |
As Britain reels under unprecedented levels of immigration that have challenged the small island nation's traditions, the Archbishop of Canterbury entered the fray this week by declaring it is probably "unavoidable" that some limited form of Islamic law will have to be accepted in Britain. The archbishop, Rowan Williams, is the spiritual leader of the Church of England, and his pronouncement, aimed at building greater inclusiveness for Britain's 1.
December 2, 2006 |
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf signed into law an amendment to the country's controversial rape statute to make it easier to prosecute sexual assault cases, despite nationwide protests by hard-line Islamists. Rights activists have long condemned Pakistan's old rape law for punishing -- instead of protecting -- rape victims while providing legal safeguards for their attackers. Under the change, judges can choose whether a rape case should be tried in a criminal court or under Islamic law.
October 15, 2006 |
The public execution was set for 9 a.m., and thousands of men, women and children raced toward a sandy dune where the previous regime killed its political enemies. A man accused of fatally shooting a Mogadishu businessman in a dispute over a cellphone two weeks earlier knelt and prayed in front of an eight-man firing squad, as impatient spectators whistled, hooted, stood on cars and scrambled up trees for a better view. The death sentence had been imposed swiftly by a local Islamic court.