August 25, 2002
Regarding "Getting a Bead on Anxiety and Greek Culture," Aug. 11: I saw worry beads for the first time when I was a young man and spent a couple of weeks on Corfu, Greece. I was in a cafe, and a man sitting at a table by himself was rattling them in his hand. I figured he had bought them as a bracelet for his girlfriend, and because she was late in arriving, he was annoyed. It's funny how we can interpret or misinterpret other cultures. KURT SIPOLSKI Palm Desert
October 23, 1989 |
President Hashemi Rafsanjani today offered to help gain freedom for 18 Western hostages in Lebanon if Washington releases frozen Iranian assets or helps resolve the cases of three kidnaped Iranians. He appeared to refer to Iranians kidnaped by the Lebanese Forces militia in north Lebanon in 1982, along with their Lebanese driver, a Shiite Muslim. All four are believed dead. Speaking to a news conference attended by mostly foreign reporters, Rafsanjani also ruled out any participation by U.S.
April 13, 1993 |
A Kuwait Airways Boeing 747 jet carrying former President George Bush and his wife, Barbara, on a trip to Kuwait made an emergency landing here Monday after part of the left wing peeled away, aviation officials said. None of the 59 people aboard the plane were injured when it landed at Houston Intercontinental Airport, about an hour after it left Ellington Field, about 20 miles south.
May 4, 2003
Re "Bush Hails Victory in Iraq," May 2: How long will the American people allow the government to lie to them? In declaring an end to major hostilities in Iraq, President Bush cynically played on the emotion of the Sept. 11 attacks by once again citing a link between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. Never mind that Osama bin Laden had encouraged Iraqis to rise up against Hussein and his secular government. If it can be used to manipulate the masses, Bush is not beneath telling the same lie so many times that some people just start to accept it. Now those in the majority Shiite Muslim community that Hussein kept down with force are rising up to declare their desire for a Muslim government, just as many experts predicted before Bush's ill-advised war. That's just what we need, another fundamentalist government in the Middle East that probably will give support and funding to Al Qaeda -- unlike Hussein, who was No. 2 on its hit list, behind us. Patrick Mallon San Luis Obispo I don't know if President Bush intended to change American foreign policy or not. We used to always wait till we were attacked before we responded.
December 16, 2011 |
In a rocky valley at the northern tip of Lebanon, three generations of a Syrian farming family cluster around a small gas heater in the derelict schoolhouse that has become their refuge. When there is electricity, they are glued to the television, which transmits grainy amateur video of chanting protesters and bloodied bodies just across the border in their strife-torn home province of Homs. Interrupting one another in a rush to be heard, family members describe communities under siege by an iron-fisted state, and village turning against village in a chilling cycle of abductions, beatings and killings.