Day: July 26, 2011

In Pursuit of Romance

source. times magazine on line. It’s 10 minutes to midnight on a Thursday in Riyadh, the start of the Saudi weekend, and even though it’s the middle of finals, Tahlia Street swarms with kids in Porsches and Ferraris looking for a good time. Throbbing bass beats back the syncopated rhythm […]

One Faith, Many Strains

source.time magazie on line Sometimes the path to spiritual awareness runs through a Turkish suq. Nearly 20 years ago, my wife and I were carpet shopping at Istanbul’s vast Ottoman Grand Bazaar. One salesman, a clean-shaven Muslim youth, invited us to a Sufi do — not one of the whirling-dervish […]

An Islamic Odyssey

source:time maazine.com Although he did not know it at the time, when a jurist from Tangier named Ibn Battuta left his home in 1325, he was commencing 29 years of travel, visiting everywhere from the Sahara to the China coast. Yet wherever he went, Ibn Battuta found one constant: the […]

Pakistan’s Iran overtures test Saudi faith

source:asiatimes on line Saudi Arabia has reacted sharply to a “new era” in economic and political ties taking shape between its Sunni-dominated ally Pakistan and its Shi’ite rival Iran. Reports that Islamabad sought closer links in the religious sphere by sending devout Sunni scholars to Tehran on a secret mission […]

But is Saudi Arabia courting disaster?

source.asiatimes on line. A Saudi beacon for Iraq’s Sunni militias Iraqi Shi’ite militias have stepped up attacks on United States troops while al-Qaeda and Sunni forces have exercised restraint, targeting only Shi’ites and refraining from firefights. It seems al-Qaeda has reached an understanding with a foreign power reluctant to be […]

Is Depression a Modern Life Disease?

source: TOI on line Ask yourself what causes you stress easily. It could be a work deadline, a heated argument, partner troubles, the list is endless. Though these may look like simple daily worries, experts suggest that it is these daily life events that trigger flight or fight reactions in […]

Wealth gap widens between whites, minorities: US

source:dawn.com The analysis shows the racial and ethnic impact of the recent economic meltdown, which ravaged housing values and sent unemployment soaring. It also offers the most direct government evidence yet of the stark wealth divide, a disparity between predominantly younger minorities whose main asset is their home and older […]

Who gets to define terrorism?

By Ethan Casey Source: dawn.com. My column last week on drone attacks so clearly struck a nerve that I intended to write a follow-up this week, addressing some of the many comments and responses. I did publish an interim statement on my own website, where I invite you to continue that […]

The tall tale of the bull

source. dawn.com One of my neighbors has gotten a bull. It is not just the usual run of the mill, medium-sized animal either, this one is big – bigger than I am and frolics in the area because after all it would be pretty cruel for the owners to keep […]

Colonising with impunity

There was hardly any international reaction, or an even Arab reaction for that matter, to the latest Israeli plan to build hundreds of housing units in the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority did voice some concern but it was also muted. It is as if the world has become numb […]