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"Everything except Prophet Muhammed's deeds are fads to us ... [and] everyone who follows a fad is not a Muslim."</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/saudi-arabia/081215/if-its-sunnyday-must-be-saudi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middle East Saudi Arabia Mon, 15 Dec 2008 23:55:56 +0000 Caryle Murphy 2703 at http://www.globalpost.com The solitary life of Omar Sharif http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/egypt/081216/the-solitary-life-omar-sharif <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iconic film star lives in hotels, chooses controversial roles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Theodore May </div> </div> </div> <p>CAIRO — Omar Sharif's entrance onto the international stage stands as one of the grandest — and loneliest — in film.</p> <p> </p> <p>The West first saw the Arab world's most famous actor when a speck appeared on the desert horizon in the 1962 film "Lawrence of Arabia."</p> <p> </p> <p>Slowly Sharif, riding a camel, becomes discernable through the wavy heat thermals. His figure grows larger as he travels across the vast sand plain, and eventually his darkly handsome, glaring face fills the screen.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/egypt/081216/the-solitary-life-omar-sharif" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Egypt Middle East Tue, 16 Dec 2008 23:46:10 +0000 Theodore May 2857 at http://www.globalpost.com Beirut's unruly roads http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/lebanon/081222/beiruts-unruly-roads <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> They're deadly, but Lebanon's government is trying to tame them </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ben Gilbert </div> </div> </div> <p>BEIRUT — Driving in <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/lebanon">Lebanon</a> can be a harrowing experience for even the most seasoned driver.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/lebanon/081222/beiruts-unruly-roads" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middle East Lebanon Technology Tue, 30 Dec 2008 19:58:13 +0000 Ben Gilbert 4170 at http://www.globalpost.com Egyptians angry at Israel's Gaza attacks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/egypt/081231/egyptians-angry-at-israels-gaza-attacks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Many are also critical of Mubarak's ties with U.S. and Israel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Theodore May </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SHEIKH ZOWAYED, Egypt &mdash; In north Sinai, Egyptians angrily watched a scorching air offensive by the Israeli Air Force against Hamas, that has devastated ordinary Palestinians, in the Gaza strip.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As Israel continued to slam strategic Hamas military positions and the labyrinth of smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza, many Egyptians spoke sharply about their government's close cooperation with Israel and the United States. This development must be troubling for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/egypt/081231/egyptians-angry-at-israels-gaza-attacks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt Diplomacy Israel and Palestine Middle East Thu, 01 Jan 2009 00:48:18 +0000 Theodore May 5442 at http://www.globalpost.com Wounded trickle into Egypt border town http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/egypt/090101/wounded-trickle-egypt-border-town <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Egypt allows medical aid into Gaza and the injured out, but also has a heavy troop presence to patrol for Palestinian refugees. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Theodore May </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>RAFAH, Egypt &mdash; The town of Rafah and the Gaza border crossing down the road told two different stories about how the Egyptian government is handling the conflict between Israel and Hamas.</p> <p>The Mubarak government's mixed reaction to the conflict is highlighted at the border, where Egyptian soldiers stand guard against a potential flood of Palestinian refugees. Only medical supplies are permitted to cross into Gaza.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/egypt/090101/wounded-trickle-egypt-border-town" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt Israel and Palestine Middle East Fri, 02 Jan 2009 02:40:02 +0000 Theodore May 5887 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: United Kingdom http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090102/which-it-stands-united-kingdom <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A former Gitmo guard and prisoner reunite in England. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Matt McAllester </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> LONDON &mdash; They stood on opposite sides of the razor wire at Guantanamo, but this former prisoner and former American guard both left sickened with anger about what they experienced there.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> And Jan. 20, the same day Barack Obama makes his inaugural address, these two men will come together. They will be marking the seventh anniversary of the first detainees being sent to the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It could also be the day the new president announces its closure.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090102/which-it-stands-united-kingdom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Asia-Pacific Europe Middle East Pakistan United Kingdom Thu, 08 Jan 2009 20:19:00 +0000 Matt McAllester 6363 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: Wheels http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/wheels/090102/which-it-stands-wheels <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> America defined: the good, the bad, and the automobile </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Royal Ford </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>It flows through our music, rumbles through our movies,&nbsp; permeates our&nbsp; literature.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Nat King Cole crooned its promise in&nbsp; &quot;Route 66.&quot; From snarling hot rod to exotic Thunderbird, it was the star of the movie &quot;American Grafitti,'' and a virtual weapon in the hands of Robert Mitchum in &quot;Thunder Road.'' For Jack Kerouac, it was holy deliverance in &quot;On the Road.'' And loaded with all the Joad family had left in this world, it was a beast of burden and hope in John Steinbeck's &quot;The Grapes of Wrath.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/wheels/090102/which-it-stands-wheels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Americas Asia-Pacific Europe Germany Middle East Japan Technology United Kingdom Thu, 08 Jan 2009 22:22:03 +0000 Royal Ford 6401 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: Worldview http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090102/which-it-stands-worldview <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Opinion: Can Israel change the writing on the wall? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gershom Gorenberg </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>JERUSALEM &mdash; The photograph of Barack Obama covered the entire front page of Ha'aretz. He stood with one hand held high, facing what looked like a distant pillar of cloud. Forget comparisons with Abraham Lincoln. This picture said that Obama was Moses, leading the Israelites out of Egypt. The headline &mdash; in English, not Hebrew &mdash; proclaimed, &quot;Yes We Can.&quot; <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090102/which-it-stands-worldview" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt Diplomacy Iraq Israel and Palestine Middle East Jordan Lebanon Opinion Saudi Arabia Thu, 08 Jan 2009 19:32:45 +0000 Gershom Gorenberg 6411 at http://www.globalpost.com Back to Baghdad http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/egypt/090103/back-baghdad <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Economic hardships in Egypt force many Iraqi refugees to return home. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Theodore May </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CAIRO &mdash; Abu Bashar&rsquo;s lively eyes and open demeanor did little to mask a weathered face, weary by years of war and worry.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Once a well-to-do professional, he decided to leave Baghdad after members of a Shi&rsquo;a militia stormed his office and then armed bandits broke into his house and threatened his family at gunpoint. In 2006, he made a midnight dash for the Syrian border to take his family to safety.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/egypt/090103/back-baghdad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt Business Aid Iraq Middle East Mon, 26 Jan 2009 17:41:38 +0000 Theodore May 6569 at http://www.globalpost.com The War Hotels: Lebanon http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/090103/the-war-hotels-part-iv-lebanon <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beirut's Commodore was the quintessential wartime hotel during the long, cruel civil war. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HDS Greenway </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> BOSTON &mdash; Perhaps the quintessential wartime hotel was the Commodore in West Beirut during Lebanon&#39;s long and cruel civil war, and later, during Israel&#39;s invasion, when artillery shells rained down on the town &ldquo;indiscriminately,&rdquo; as Tom Friedman of the New York Times wrote. The Times copy desk struck out the word from the published story, but it certainly seemed an apt description to those beneath the shelling. When the hotel was full I tried to bunk with a friend who told me I could have a bed, but underneath the bed was reserved for him.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/090103/the-war-hotels-part-iv-lebanon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middle East Lebanon Opinion Sat, 28 Feb 2009 01:53:24 +0000 HDS Greenway 6775 at http://www.globalpost.com The War Hotels: Iraq's Palestine Hotel http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/090103/the-war-hotels-part-v-iraq <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Palestine Hotel in Baghdad was where journalists congregated during the last days of Saddam Hussein's rule </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HDS Greenway </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> BOSTON &mdash; The Palestine was the Baghdad war hotel during the last days of Saddam Hussein&#39;s rule, but after his fall, the Al-Hamra became the hotel of choice for most journalists. When I stayed there in 2005 it was almost entirely filled with journalists and private security employees. There were elaborate security precautions, sand bags around the front door, and a huge blast wall around the compound to keep out car bombers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/090103/the-war-hotels-part-v-iraq" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Iraq Middle East Opinion Sat, 28 Feb 2009 01:54:35 +0000 HDS Greenway 6776 at http://www.globalpost.com Lebanon builds on its ancient past ... literally http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/lebanon/090104/lebanon-builds-its-ancient-past-literally <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beirut is struggling to preserve a rich Roman heritage found on its many construction sites. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ben Gilbert </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BEIRUT &mdash; Assad Seif drove an ambulance for the Red Cross during Lebanon's 15-year civil war. In those days, Lebanon's National Museum of Antiquities sat on Beirut's &quot;green line,&quot;&nbsp;a barbed wire and landmine-filled no man's land that ran between the opposing militias of east and west Beirut.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/lebanon/090104/lebanon-builds-its-ancient-past-literally" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Middle East Lebanon Fri, 09 Jan 2009 00:07:21 +0000 Ben Gilbert 7122 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: Egypt http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090104/which-it-stands-egypt <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What does the "Arab street" think of Obama? Enter Mostafa's barbershop. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Theodore May </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CAIRO &mdash; Mostafa Menshawy, manning his barbershop in central Cairo last summer, marveled that the U.S. might elect its first Muslim president.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> An array of older Egyptian men sat at the back of the shop watching Egyptian soap operas, while Menshawy offered tea to one of his clients and served up his latest dose of political analysis.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In many ways, this was a typical Egyptian block scene: men from the neighborhood gathering in one store or another each afternoon to catch up on the news, gossip, and television of the day.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/america-and-the-world/090104/which-it-stands-egypt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Egypt Iraq Israel and Palestine Middle East Jordan Lebanon Saudi Arabia Thu, 08 Jan 2009 22:57:07 +0000 Theodore May 7149 at http://www.globalpost.com For Which It Stands: Worldview http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/090104/which-it-stands-worldview <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Opinion: Obama faces a daunting list of foreign policy challenges </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Moran </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NEW YORK &mdash; Of all the lists drawn up over the past few months &ndash; Barack Obama's cabinet picks, auto industry plant shutdowns, New Year&rsquo;s resolutions and so on &mdash; none will prove as fateful, full of surprises or difficult as the list of international challenges facing the new U.S. administration.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/worldview/090104/which-it-stands-worldview" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Africa Americas Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Europe Iraq China Israel and Palestine Middle East India Opinion Pakistan Thu, 08 Jan 2009 21:28:25 +0000 Michael Moran 7245 at http://www.globalpost.com