November 24, 1988 |
The hottest book in town these days is a barely veiled roman a clef about the Mafia's ties to government officials. It has everyone guessing who's who, even as real-life figures caught in the web of the scandal are being hauled off to jail. Just a couple of weeks ago, the author of the novel was riding in a taxi with his wife and son when it was rammed by another car. All three were hospitalized with serious injuries. Could it have been a Mafia hit? The local prosecutor says no, but that hasn't stopped the speculation.
April 20, 2004 |
Radical Islamist groups from Central Asia took heavy losses while fighting alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan, but the remnants of those mini-armies have proved remarkably resilient in recent months and now appear to be regrouping with new recruits, new strategies and old money, according to analysts and witnesses. No longer secure in Afghanistan, hundreds of Uzbek, Tajik and Chinese militants have recently returned to familiar sanctuaries back home. Analysts believe they are retrenching at their former camps and hideouts, mostly in the rugged and unpoliced mountains of Tajikistan.
June 7, 1989 |
The Communist Party chief of the Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan said yesterday that about 50 people were killed and hundreds more injured last weekend during ethnic clashes between Uzbeks and a Turkic minority. The disclosure by Rafik N. Nishanov marked the first official confirmation of large-scale bloodshed in the mostly Islamic republic - the fifth Soviet republic to see ethnic violence in the last three years. The Soviet television news program Vremya put the death toll at 100. Nishanov denounced what he called the "vandalism of Uzbek youth," some of whom he said had been armed with axes.
March 13, 2002 |
President Bush calls the war on terrorism a struggle between good and evil, but the battle lines are not always so clearly defined when it comes to U.S. allies. The contradictions were on full display yesterday, when Bush welcomed President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan to the Oval Office in a show of wartime solidarity. Although Karimov has found common cause with the United States on terrorism, his own human-rights record is appalling, authorities say. According to the State Department, Karimov oversees a totalitarian state where security forces routinely torture prisoners with suffocation, electric shock, rape and beatings.
February 25, 1994 |
Some day soon, everyone here agrees, all the women will be doing triple flips in aerials competition. They'll scoot down the hill just like Lina Tcherjazova. They'll catapult into the air just like Lina Tcherjazova. And they'll tumble and gyrate and land just like Lina Tcherjazova. This is how sports evolve. Roger Bannister runs the four-minute mile and then it is possible. Bob Beamon leaps 29 feet and the number is out there to chase. Tonya Harding becomes the first woman to land a triple axel in competition and more follow.
May 17, 2012 |
WHEN I travel, I go to supermarkets. Unlike most touring shoppers, I never pause at store windows displaying jewelry and haute couture. But whether I'm in Aix or Antwerp New Orleans or Naples, I make a beeline for the local grocery store to peruse aisles of preserves, inhale the scent of coffee and pick up toothpaste sporting foreign labels. More than one pal at home has benefited from my wanderings, gifted with a tub of New Zealand clover honey or a pound of chicory-laced coffee from Rouses on Royal Street.
January 1, 2011 |
Everyone agrees that Ismoil Samadov and Bekhzod Bakhityarovich Yusupov, two Muslims from Uzbekistan, arrived in the United States in 1999, overstayed their student visas, and are subject to deportation. And there is no question that when the FBI raided the Philadelphia rowhouse Samadov and Yusupov shared with other immigrants in 2002, they found a computer that contained a map of Pennsylvania State Police barracks and jihadi videos downloaded from the Web, including one of a speech by Osama bin Laden.
September 28, 2001
Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan have at least one thing in common. They all end with the suffix -istan. What does it mean? Istan is a Persian word that means "land. " Seven countries in the world end with -istan or -stan: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Similarly, in English, many countries end with the suffix -land (England, Finland, Greenland, Iceland and Ireland, for example). Afghanistan means "land of the Afghans," Uzbekistan means "land of the Uzbeks" and Pakistan means "land of the pure.
January 27, 2012 |
This month, Akzam Turgunov, an Uzbek human rights advocate, spent his 60th birthday in a prison work camp. Just before his birthday, the Obama administration moved to weaken U.S. sanctions against Uzbekistan that have been in place since 2004 due to its abhorrent human rights practices. Turgunov's imprisonment, recently declared a violation of international law by the United Nations, stands as one example of those practices. Turgunov's record as a political and human rights activist is well established.
March 16, 2012 |
A PHILADELPHIA man was arrested yesterday by the Philadelphia FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for helping to fund the Islamic Jihad Union, the Justice Department said. Charges against Bakhtiyor Jumaev, 45, of Port Richmond, were filed by the U.S. attorney in Colorado, which is handling the case. The IJU is a terrorist organization that splintered from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan in the early 2000s. It has conducted attacks and bombings in Uzbekistan and against coalition forces in Afghanistan and has attempted attacks in Germany.