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 1, 2011 |
When Suad Dabbagh and two other women graduated from Iraq's Judicial Institute in 1979, they became the first female judges in a nation run by Saddam Hussein. The novelty led to a deluge of news photo and interview requests. But progress was short-lived. By the mid-1980s, when Hussein's government once again stopped accepting women in its judicial study program, there were only six female judges. These days, after eight wrenching years of invasion, occupation and rebuilding, the outlook is different: There are 72 female judges working in Iraqi courts.
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
January 24, 2003 |
A former flight safety student in Arizona facing deportation to Lebanon on immigration violations has instead been summoned to testify before a federal grand jury investigating terrorism. Amid unusual secrecy, Zakaria Soubra, 26, is being held on a material witness warrant issued under seal in the same Northern Virginia courthouse where a range of terrorist plots has been investigated, including the case of the so-called 20th skyjacker Zacarias Moussaoui.
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.
March 14, 2011 |
To understand the Muslim Brotherhood, and to assess its role today in a shifting Middle East, it is necessary to first examine the forces that led to the organization's birth. And that takes us back to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire during World War I. The Ottoman Empire had been, before World War I, the strongest and most visible face of Islam in the world. At its height in the 16th and 17th centuries, it controlled a vast swath of territory that extended from southeastern Europe into Asia and northern Africa.
September 26, 2011 |
Four decades ago, a rangy civil servant in charge of overseeing the forested ridges and brick-hut villages of Pakistan's Swat Valley sought a pastime to get through slow days. He dabbled in poetry, composing haiku in longhand. His wife read the poems and called them "rubbish. " "Why don't you write about something you know?" Jamil Ahmad recalled his wife, Helga, telling him. She said his focus should be the tribes of Pakistan's northwest frontier, where Ahmad had worked for 15 years.