October 13, 2011 |
Bearded and feeling misunderstood, Mohamed Tolba made a movie to tell the world he is not a terrorist. "Where's My Ear?" is a satire on the colliding passions and deep suspicions between liberals and ultraconservative Muslims like him, known as Salafis, who have become a pronounced political voice in the new Egypt. The short film has gotten more than 80,000 hits on YouTube and has made Tolba a celebrity and a curiosity among the Koran set. The plot is simple: A liberal invites a Salafi to his home in a comedy of errors and misperceptions.
August 23, 2013 |
AUBURN, N.Y. -- In a televised interview, President Obama defended his cautious approach to situations in Egypt and Syria, citing international law and his concern about over-extending the U.S. military. “Sometimes what we've seen is that folks will call for immediate action, jumping into stuff that does not turn out well, gets us mired in very difficult situations, can result in us being drawn into very expensive, difficult, costly interventions that actually breed more resentment in the region,” Obama said in an interview with CNN that aired Friday morning.
February 15, 2012 |
As 16 U.S. citizens await trial in Egypt for accepting foreign financing to promote democracy, for the first time in more than 30 years there is a serious debate in Washington about whether to end the $1.3-billion annual military assistance to Cairo. There's no debate in Egypt, however. More than 70% of Egyptians, according to a recent Gallup poll, no longer want U.S. funding. By deciding to prosecute Americans, post-Mubarak Egypt has intentionally provoked a bilateral crisis. But the legal assault on U.S.-funded nongovernmental organizations and personnel is merely a symptom of a larger, more serious problem.
April 17, 2013 |
New Zealand became the latest country to legalize gay marriage on Wednesday, spurring cheers and applause inside and outside Parliament. Smiling couples and their supporters in the House of Commons broke into a Maori love song after the 77-44 vote was tallied. “Nothing could make me more proud to be a New Zealander than passing this bill,” Louisa Wall, the lawmaker who sponsored the marriage law, said Wednesday after thanking her partner. “I thank my colleagues, for simply doing what is fair, just and right.” With the Wednesday vote, New Zealand has become the first country in the Asia-Pacific region where gay marriage is legal.
September 27, 1991 |
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak arrived in Moscow on Thursday for talks expected to cover a proposed Middle East peace conference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1993
In response to "Mubarak Should Call an Election," Commentary, March 26: Fadwa El Guindi's article on Hosni Mubarak quickly sinks into the mire of tritely blaming the United States for the war in the Gulf, the deterioration of morality in Islamic countries and blaming Israel for initiating wars in the Middle East. She ignores the historical fact that the Arab nations have started all of the wars with Israel and that more Palestinians die by the hands of Arabs than by Israelis.