August 9, 2009 |
It seemed like a moment of reconciliation in this Gulf island nation's bitter sectarian divide when Sunni Muslim rulers suddenly released a group of jailed Shiite Muslim activists. Shiites, who days before had been burning tires in protest, cheered in the streets. But it was a short-lived hope. Since the activists' release in April, there's been no sign the government is pursuing any dialogue with Shiites. If that doesn't change, Shiites warn, more turmoil could be ahead. Bahrain is tiny, with only 530,000 citizens in an island nation smaller than New York City.
May 20, 2010 |
When American tanks tore through her neighborhood, ripping up the roads as they uprooted a nation, she stayed put, refusing to move abroad like many of her wealthy friends. When the black-clad gunmen took over her religiously mixed west Baghdad neighborhood, turning it into a killing field, she wouldn't let them drive her out of the country she loved. And even when they killed her husband, gunning him down as he left work, she fought through her grief, staying in Iraq and hoping for better times.
February 23, 2010 |
Assailants killed an Iraqi family of eight Monday, shooting some and beheading others in a brutal attack south of Baghdad reminiscent of the sectarian killings that raged through the area a few years back. The Shiite Muslim family members were among at least 26 people killed in scattered attacks around the country as violence grew ahead of Iraq's crucial March 7 elections. Neighbors found six children and their parents dead in their home in the rural town of Wehda, near Madaen, which witnessed some of the first of the sectarian violence, in 2005.
September 20, 1987
Eight years of the Imperial Reaganarchy will be, frighteningly and abundantly, quite more than enough. Right now, while the right of free speech is still being applied to private citizens, Just Say No! to King Ronald's ideological nomination of Bork--and to any and all other sectarian candidates he may have in mind. LAURIE HALL Whittier
November 28, 2006
Re "Lebanon's ominous sense of deja vu," Nov. 25 After reading this article, it became apparent to me that the primary conflict between Lebanon's Shiite and Sunni communities is economic rather than sectarian. Your description of the Sunni-owned gas station that came under attack by roaming Shiite gangs gave me an "ominous sense of daja vu" a la Los Angeles circa 1992. Indeed, the conflict between the Shiites and Sunnis mirrors conflicts that black and Latino residents have with many Korean shop owners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2009 |
Amin al-Hafez, 83, former Lebanese prime minister who served a turbulent two-month term in 1973 before being forced to resign, died Monday in a Beirut hospital after a long-running battle with an undisclosed chronic illness, medical officials said. A Sunni Muslim, he was picked by then-President Suleiman Franjieh to form a government in 1973. Although the prime minister's job is reserved for a Sunni under Lebanon's sectarian power-sharing system, Sunni religious leaders who opposed Franjieh refused to recognize the appointment.