April 22, 2012 |
JACOBABAD, Pakistan — Rachna Kumari, 16, was shopping for dresses in this city's dust-choked bazaar when it happened. The man who her family says abducted her was not a street thug. He was a police officer. Nor was he a stranger. Rachna's family knew and trusted him. He guarded the Hindu temple run by her father, an important duty in a society where Hindus are often terrorized by Muslim extremists, and he had helped Rachna cram for her ninth-grade final exams. After she disappeared from the market, he did not demand a ransom.
July 29, 2011
Beauty and the bush Re " Don't be fooled by its beauty ," July 24 Thanks for the report on the poodle-dog bush. Unfortunately, it came about three weeks too late for me. I was eager to go hiking in the Angeles National Forest on my favorite trails after the highway reopened. That day, I noticed some beautiful plants and even took pictures to show my family. I had no idea the colorful plants were poisonous, and because they had grown so tall along the trails, I brushed them back with my arms and legs as I went by. I hiked to the Vetter Mountain lookout, where I happened to meet a ranger on duty.
July 23, 2011 |
In the immediate wake of the bombing and mass shooting in Norway that left at least 92 people dead Friday, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg declared that it was too early to say whether terrorism was involved. Some interpreted the statement to mean it was unclear whether Muslim extremists were behind the attack. Right-wing websites quickly pointed the finger at "jihadis," and Pamela Geller, publisher of the website Atlas Shrugs and executive director of Stop Islamization of America, wrote on her site: "You can ignore jihad, but you cannot avoid the consequences of ignoring jihad.
January 4, 2011 |
The New Year's Day bombing of an Alexandria church that left 25 Christians dead and scores more injured has unleashed a wave of anger among Egypt's minority Copts directed at their government and Muslim countrymen. Though Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak rushed to blame "foreign hands," officials hinted at Al Qaeda involvement and hundreds of Muslims joined demonstrations on Monday and Saturday to condemn the attack, the bombing highlighted discontent in the Middle East's largest Christian community over how its members are treated in this country.
October 26, 2010 |
A bomb planted on a motorcycle killed five people Monday at a famed Sufi shrine in central Pakistan, the third terrorist attack at one of the country's many such shrines in four months. The latest attack occurred at the Baba Farid shrine in the town of Pakpattan in Punjab province, about 120 miles southwest of the eastern city of Lahore. A crowd had gathered about 6:20 a.m. for early prayers when the bomb exploded, said Shafiq Dogar, a Pakpattan senior administration official. "Two people parked the motorcycle near the eastern gate of the shrine, and the bomb was inside one of two milk cans on the motorcycle," Dogar said.
April 24, 2010 |
The terrorists won. It's become something of a joke, that line, overused to the point of banality, a punch line so easy a child can use it. But when Comedy Central decided to bleep mentions of the prophet Muhammad from a recent "South Park" episode because, and only because, an extremist website had made what amounted to death threats against co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the terrorists won. Because that is the point of terrorism —...