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.
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.
March 15, 2012 |
A Philadelphia man was arrested this morning by the Philadelphia FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Justice Department said. Bakhtiyor Jumaev, 45, of Port Richmond, was charged with helping to fund the Islamic Jihad Union. Charges were filed in Colorado by the U.S. Attorney, which is handling the case. The IJU is a terrorist organization which 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 attempted attacks in Germany.
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.
September 18, 2011 |
MOSCOW - Glamour queen. International diplomat. Plunderer of the poor. Gulnara Karimova has been called all these things. But all that the eldest daughter of Uzbekistan's aging authoritarian leader appears to want is for people to like her. By the looks of things, that isn't quite working out. Producers of New York's Fashion Week canceled a show by Karimova amid pressure from a human-rights group and a planned protest over the use of...
August 9, 2011 |
A Philadelphia man who was arrested a week ago for allegedly threatening U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) was released on bail Tuesday afternoon. Dmitri Dyatlov's computer will be monitored electronically and he can't leave his apartment. He will remain in custody until authorities set up the monitoring system. An FBI arrest affidavit filed in federal magistrate court on August 3 said that Dyatlov, 23, an information technology consultant, posted a blog threat to "shoot (Lieberman)
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.
November 23, 2008 |
The power to voyage to an exotic land - without ever actually leaving Philadelphia - is one of the best tricks an eating city can offer. One moment I'm driving up I-95 to Woodhaven Road, weaving my way through the rainy Northeast toward Bustleton Avenue. The next moment, I'm in the parking lot of Uzbekistan (the restaurant), dreamily approaching the front door on a heavenly cloud of charcoal-roasted lamb smoke, puffing in my direction from the kitchen chimney. There was an Italian place here not long ago, but it feels more like Moscow or Tashkent now as I part the stylishly dressed crowds of Russian-speaking smokers gathered outdoors.
April 27, 2004 |
Security officials have responded to recent bombings in Uzbekistan with a harsh campaign of mass arrests and torture, according to opposition politicians and human-rights activists here. Hundreds reportedly have been arrested or detained without being charged. Some say they have suffered severe beatings, electric shocks, and anal rape with bottles. "There's a trail of evidence here that's simply undeniable," said Allison Gill, the head of the Human Rights Watch office in Tashkent.
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.