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Dreams of glory

DAVID BLAIR charts the career of Saddam Hussein, from party assassin to Iraq#8217;s military leader and feared despot.


Losing the moral war

WHAT can I say about The War that has not been said already? That it is illegal and unjust, that it is akin to an elephant stomping on an ant, in terms of firepower.


It's not anti-Iraq

MORE readers weigh in with their viewpoints on the Iraq war.


A marsh at stake

A SWATH of southern Iraq has been called many things: Land of the swamp people. Mother of all untapped oil reserves. Scene of the worst environmental crime in history. Cradle of civilisation.


Tough revival task

For more than a decade, Saddam Hussein systematically destroyed the vast wetlands of southern Iraq, building dams and canals to drain the swamps, and setting fire to the sea of reeds. With the dictator#8217;s fall, many are hoping the devastated land will be restored to the paradise it once was, the one that many scholars believe was the Biblical Garden of Eden.


Artifacts and ancient records

Archaeology does provide insights into the dynamics of social change in ancient societies.


Heavenly gardens on earth

A coffeetable book and an on-going exhibition at the Islamic Arts Museum of Malaysia (IAMM) in Kuala Lumpur offer fascinating views of magnificent Islamic gardens inspired by verses in the Quran and Hadith, reports MENG YEW CHOONG.


PM: Ulamas must play role

He said the religion was not the cause of the many misfortunes that had befallen the Muslims worldwide but the numerous misrepresentations and misinterpretations.


Ra-ra grills at Sahara

WITH Malaysia gaining popularity as a tourist destination for Middle-Easterners, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of restaurants serving Middle-Eastern cuisine in Kuala Lumpur, especially in the Bukit Bintang area and today b>Alice Ching/bchecks out the Sahara Tent Restaurant.

Other Sport

Asian men’s basketball meet in Harbin

The Asian Men's Basketball Championship will be held in north-eastern China's Harbin city from Sept 23-Oct 3, China's state press announced on Friday.