June 5, 2009
Rhetorically, at least, President Obama moved mountains in the land of Muhammad. Speaking from Cairo University to the world's estimated 1.5 billion Muslims, the American president made a frank appeal for a new relationship based on mutual respect. Language matters, and this was an eloquent address of historic and moral importance meant to turn the page on strong-arm politics and ultimatums. The first U.S.
April 7, 2009 |
When President Obama declared Monday that the United States "is not, and will never be, at war with Islam," he was addressing Turkey's parliament. But his audience was the wider Muslim world. The president's ringing affirmation of partnership with Turkey, which he described as a vital bridge between East and West, was interwoven with a highly personal appeal for a change in the tone of discourse between the United States and the world's Muslims.
June 3, 2009 |
It is difficult to overstate the anticipation awaiting Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world Thursday. The prospect of an American president who represents a break from the recent past journeying to Cairo has stirred optimism in a region accustomed to viewing U.S. power with hostility. White House advisors have warned that few detailed proposals will be forthcoming when Obama comes to this ancient city of mosques.
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March 4, 1994 |
For anyone still in doubt that anti-democratic forces now dominate the Russian Parliament, the 253-67 vote granting amnesty to those who tried to overthrow Boris Yeltsin should be instructive. While U.S. pundits have been worrying about the future of market reform in Russia, the real issue facing Russians is who is most likely to inherit Yeltsin's mantle. The answer, provided by an authoritative survey conducted in December, is Vladimir Zhirinovsky.
July 25, 2010 |
Fifteen young American religious scholars and 14 teaching assistants from Al Azhar University, one of the oldest and most influential Islamic institutions in the world, spent two weeks together this month at Georgetown University in an attempt to bridge the divide between the Muslim world and the United States. The potpourri of young scholars studied the legal foundations of American democracy and religious diversity in the U.S. and met with political figures, including White House advisor Valerie Jarrett and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.
January 10, 2011 |
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday joined the debate about the motive in the shootings in Arizona that targeted U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, comparing the shooter with an ideologically driven terrorist. Appearing on "Sweet Talk," a satellite-TV show for Arab women, Clinton said American society, like the Muslim world, suffered from extremism and cited the shootings Saturday in Tucson. "Look, we have extremists in my country," Clinton said while taping the show at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi.
February 21, 2010 |
What core value is shared by many American voters and much of the Muslim world? Disappointment in Barack Obama. Obama and his foreign policy team have engaged in an energetic outreach over the last year to the world's 1.5 billion Muslims. Unfortunately, it has backfired -- at least in one important way. A year of intense "engagement" between the United States and the Muslim world has had the paradoxical effect of revealing a disconnect between the priorities of the Obama administration and those of its potential Mideast allies.
November 3, 2001 |
It's the time of day Samir Mahdi and his friends get together, sipping sugared hot tea from tiny glasses, puffing on water pipes burning sweet, flavored tobacco and contemplating the state of the world. On a recent afternoon, the talk among the waiter, taxi driver, laborer and cook turned to the U.S. bombing in Afghanistan. The four men, proudly Muslim and mainstream moderate, still view the United States as a victim.
June 7, 2010 |
A year ago this month, President Obama declared to an audience at Cairo University that he had "come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world." In a surprisingly bold speech that quoted the Koran repeatedly and reached out to Arabs and Muslims who had grown increasingly disaffected with American foreign policy, Obama candidly addressed the issues of Iraq, Afghanistan and democracy, and seized the moment by acknowledging both the Palestinian and Israeli historical narratives.
May 29, 1994 |
Black nylon stockings and patent-leather shoes peeking out from beneath Ajla Nuhbegovic's tunic clash flirtatiously with her head scarf and neck-to-ankle garb. Between licks of a dripping ice-cream cone, the enshrouded 12-year-old says she has every intention of wearing lipstick, eye makeup and jewelry when she's old enough. She shrugs off what some might see as an incongruous melding of religious modesty and a young girl's interest in being attractive to boys.