September 6, 2006
Re "On Israel, kid gloves -- or else," Opinion, Sept. 1 Rosa Brooks makes some valid points in her discussion of how criticism of Israel is sometimes unfairly equated with anti-Semitism. She errs, however, when she states, "Israeli policies are a major source of discord in the Islamic world" and that resentment of those policies fuels "terrorism and instability both in Israel and around the globe." Substitute the phrase "Israel's existence" for "Israeli policies" and she has it right.
September 9, 2006
RE "Bush Film: Original or Outrageous?" by Tina Daunt, Sept. 1: I don't need to see "Death of a President" to know I have a huge problem with the premise of the film. My vote goes in the inappropriate column because the film obviously panders to rabid Bush haters and sends an absolutely screwy message to our enemies in the Islamic world. Many films have been made about the assassination of fictional presidents, and Gabriel Range's choice to depict a current and actual president speaks to a very sick mentality.
December 6, 2002 |
Faced with a negative perception of the United States in the Islamic world, President Bush visited a mosque Thursday as his administration sought to deepen support for the international campaign against terrorism. His trip through snowy streets to the Islamic Center of Washington reflected what the White House has presented as a constant theme since the Sept. 11 attacks -- the importance of reaching out to Muslims, made all the more meaningful as the confrontation with Iraq grows more tense.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1989 |
The era of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who died in Tehran on Saturday, witnessed a radical reversal in Iran's regional and international role and in many of its foreign policies. Khomeini, claiming spiritual leadership of the Islamic world, believed that he had a special mission: to reinvigorate the Muslim community for confrontation with the two hostile superpowers and an exploitative West. Under Khomeini, Iran's foreign policy underwent dramatic changes. The shah viewed the United States as Iran's closest ally; Khomeini labeled it the "Great Satan" and Iran's principal enemy.
February 10, 2006
Re "What would Muhammad do?" Opinion, Feb. 9 Because Jamil Momand is an educated man, it is difficult to understand how his commentary could be so far off the mark. One does not have to be an authority on Islam to know why so many Muslims are reacting with violence to the cartoons lampooning the prophet Muhammad. Islamic teachings have offered young followers a confused, if not duplicitous, code concerning the use of violence to resolve conflict. Extremist imams and terrorists around the world have seized on these ambiguities to recruit killers.
December 7, 1997 |
After two decades of sometimes bloody rivalries, the disparate faces of Islam gather in Tehran this week to address a critical issue: Can they ever reconcile? Could they even develop a common vision? The answer, in the form of a much-anticipated Tehran Declaration, will affect everything from the price of oil in U.S. suburbs to the flash points of the post-Cold War world.
September 1, 2012 |
PARIS - The Louvre's astonishing new wing for the department of Islamic art undulates like molten gold, so liquid-smooth in contrast to the surrounding neoclassical architecture framing it that at a glance from afar it almost looks like a digitalized, fake rendering of what visitors can hope to see in the distant future. For the museum's enlarged, 18,000-piece treasure trove of Islamic art, opening Sept. 22, architects Mario Bellini from Italy and Rudy Ricciotti from France used the latest in computer technology to create what is the most significant, innovative architectural expansion project to the museum since I.M. Pei shook up the institution with his glass pyramid in 1989.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1991 |
In 1779, the king of Morocco was among the first rulers to write to George Washington and accept the independence of the newly founded Republic. Soon thereafter the Middle East faded from American minds, reviving only after World War II with the Palestine conflict and the discovery of oil. Now the region is at dead-center of America's consciousness, and there is as much opportunity as risk in how Washington conducts itself.
March 6, 2012 |
Against the backdrop of a key gathering of the United States' pro-Israel lobby in the nation's capital, Rick Santorum on Monday delivered a forceful rebuke of President Obama's policy in the Middle East. Santorum implied a connection between the world view of the president and the Islamic world. After saying that a majority in the Islamic world or the Middle East didn't believe in the Holocaust and therefore did not recognize Israel's right to exist, Santorum said Obama also fails to understand Israel's special status.