September 8, 2009 |
This night at the Hunting Club, Qassim Sultan doesn't come on till 1 a.m. Because he wants life to be like the old days. He wants people to dance till 5 in the morning. He just has to stand on the stage and they move for him, the way they did at parties on cruise boats down the Tigris River before the war. In the crowd, women who look like Bettie Page, all jet-black hair and thick blue eye shadow, dance with men in double-breasted khaki suits. A chain of couples swing their hands high and kick their feet, grinning giddily, perhaps slightly tipsy from the beers and whiskeys at their tables.
July 13, 2003 |
The archers came to hit the bull's-eye, help Iraq reenter international athletic competition ... and shop. Members of Iraq's National Archery Team, who were brought to the United States as the Bush administration's first sports initiative after the downfall of Saddam Hussein, took part in an American-style news conference on Saturday.
February 28, 2004 |
The International Olympic Committee readmitted Iraq as a member in good standing Friday, ensuring that Iraqi athletes will march behind the Iraqi flag Aug. 13 at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Games. The IOC's executive board lifted the suspension it had imposed in May, after reports of abuse in Iraq directed at athletes and coaches by Uday Hussein, Saddam Hussein's son. Uday Hussein, for years the president of the Iraqi Olympic Committee, was killed in July in a firefight with U.S.
June 4, 2003 |
A former Fox News technician who took a dozen paintings from an Iraqi palace and brought them into the United States pleaded guilty to smuggling Tuesday. Benjamin James Johnson, 27, of Alexandria could be sentenced to up to five years in federal prison for the single count, but his attorney, Christopher Amolsch, said prosecutors have indicated they will not seek jail time. The paintings were taken from the palace of Uday Hussein, one of Saddam Hussein's sons.
January 30, 2004 |
Amid extraordinary security concerns, an Iraqi Olympic Committee was formally put together and its officers elected Thursday, a key measure in having an Iraqi team take part in the Summer Olympics in August. A number of other steps remain before Iraq takes part in the Aug. 13 opening ceremony in Athens. For one, the International Olympic Committee -- which last May suspended the Iraqi committee, led by Uday Hussein, son of Saddam Hussein -- must now formally recognize the new Iraqi committee.
February 6, 2004 |
In a move that highlights the intent of senior U.S., international and Olympic officials to have an Iraqi team take part in the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, the U.S. Olympic Committee said Thursday that it would play host at its Colorado headquarters to an Iraqi wrestling delegation training for the Games. Four Iraqi wrestlers and two coaches will arrive soon at the USOC's Colorado Springs base for an "extended training program," the USOC said.
May 5, 2004 |
The gym isn't luxurious. It has three competition mats, a training table jammed between chairs piled high with bags and coats, and a hint of the universal gym smell of sweat, liniment and adhesive from bandages wound tightly around knees, ankles and wrists. A few posters adorn the walls and signs admonish visitors not to wear street shoes on the mats. The U.S. Olympic Training Center's wrestling practice facility is probably smaller, darker and less remarkable than most high school gyms.
April 2, 2005
The Vietnam War came before garage bands, karaoke, hand-held digital video and laptops. Before spoken-word art begat rap. Before embedded moviemakers. Vietnam was seem mostly through news footage: battle images, briefings, somber voice-overs and nervous troops trying to speak into the camera. Its best- remembered documentaries were about the war at home: Kent State, the 1967 Harlem protest, Berkeley flower power.
May 8, 2002 |
U.S. authorities are probing allegations that cigarette makers R.J. Reynolds and Japan Tobacco Inc. have violated trade sanctions against Iraq by channeling billions of dollars worth of cigarettes into the country through intermediaries, sources have told The Times. The allegations of illegal shipments to Iraq first surfaced publicly in a civil lawsuit by the European Union, which accused Reynolds, Japan Tobacco and Philip Morris Cos.