CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2011 |
With Christmas comes tradition in the Traband household: A plate of cookies for Santa and carrots for his reindeer. A stocking full of treats for Omar, the family dog. A noble fir decorated with golden garland and keepsake ornaments. But there is no angel atop the tree. Sahira Traband feels that would conflict with her family's faith. They are Muslims. "The magic of Christmas is the part we celebrate," said Traband, 45. "We didn't get into the whole religious thing.
September 12, 2010 |
Nine years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Americans came together Saturday to honor the victims with now-familiar rites of remembrance and prayer. But this Sept. 11 was dramatically different from those in the past. For the first time, in Lower Manhattan where the twin towers fell, the ground that had long served to unify the nation began to divide it instead. Angry protests erupted over a proposed Islamic center and mosque two blocks from the former World Trade Center site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2010 |
As men and women in makeshift togas danced and jumped to booming house music, Omar Younis made out with a woman he had met just a few hours earlier at her 25th-birthday dinner. A friend of a friend, the woman was Younis' fixation of the night. He had accompanied her from the restaurant to a karaoke bar — where he promised to get up and sing just for her but never did — and was now at a San Francisco nightclub, hoping to end the night with her. As make-believe Romans danced in the dimly lit club, Younis and the woman, an aspiring actress, kissed in various alcoves as his friends watched with amusement.
May 11, 2003 |
The shaman took hold of my little finger, mumbled in Arabic, then pronounced his diagnosis for the mysterious malaise that had plagued me for months. "You have walked over a grave in a jungle," he said as an afternoon rainstorm rattled the tin roof of his gloomy sitting room. "You must have picked something up." No diagnosis is too strange for Indonesia's shamans -- known here as dukun -- who attract millions of patients despite increased awareness of modern medical treatment.
May 11, 2008 |
Dozens of suspected Islamic insurgents ambushed a military convoy transporting bodyguards for the interior and finance ministers, killing four soldiers, police said. In Mogadishu, a gunfight between Islamic militias and Ethiopian troops left two civilians dead, witnesses said. The two attacks capped a week of some of the worst violence in Somalia in recent months. At least 38 people died in three days of attacks by suspected Islamic insurgents.
October 19, 2011 |
We in the Muslim American community have been battling the corrupt and bankrupt ideas of cults such as Al Qaeda. Now it seems we also have to battle pseudo-experts in the FBI and the Department of Justice. A disturbing string of training material used by the FBI and a U.S. attorney's office came to light beginning in late July that reveals a deep anti-Muslim sentiment within the U.S. government. If this matter is not immediately addressed, it will undermine the relationship between law enforcement and the Muslim American community — another example of the ineptitude and/or apathy undermining bridges built with care over decades.
December 27, 1999
The Islamic community in Long Beach would like to thank you for your articles about Ramadan. You really brought joy to our hearts. --ASEM ABUSIR Via e-mail
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2003 |
After 37 years in America, Cerritos physician Ridha Hajjar can recite a history of tough times for Shia Muslims, who predominate in places such as Iraq -- where they have long been shut out of power -- and Iran. He recalls the harassment of the Shia, Islam's largest minority sect, by some majority Sunnis. He remembers the stereotypes slapped on them as violent fanatics after the 1979 seizure of American hostages by Iranian revolutionaries. He ruefully relates how his wife called U.S.
August 14, 2010 |
Two millenniums ago, an itinerant young Galilean teacher with a fondness for parables told one of his audiences that no sensible person ever would pour new wine into old wineskins. The skins, after all, would burst, and ruin would follow. It's an apt metaphor for this increasingly frenzied and foolish moment in our history. Rising tides of anti-Muslim hysteria and animosity toward undocumented immigrants, most of whom are Latinos (the bitter new wine), have conjoined and are forcing us toward an eerie recapitulation of the Nativist movements (the dreary old skin)
December 28, 2006
Re "Tick, tick, tick," editorial, Dec. 26 Somalia is an event waiting to explode, and it may ignite World War III. Because Somalia juts into the Gulf of Aden, any government that controls this country also controls the flow of oil to the Western world. If a bellicose, fundamentalist Islamic regime gets control of Somalia, the oil that fuels the American economy and military will be shifted to the pan-Islamic fascist movement led by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. What is happening in Somalia needs to be taken seriously and not dismissed as just another incident of Yankee imperialism.