Strangely Enough

Gulf Perfumers Smell Opportunity

From Dubai boutiques to sales clerks offering samples, there’s no shortage of fragrances lingering in the air, part of a tradition dating back thousands of years.

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September 8, 2011

In Libya, the Cellphone as Weapon

When Muammar Gaddafi’s government shut off the cellphone network in Misrata in the early days of Libya’s uprising, it wanted to stop rebel forces communicating with each other. But the power of a modern phone goes beyond its network.

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August 25, 2011

My Flag, My Deen, My Life!

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July 14, 2011

A Summer of “Sandboarding”

It is known by sandboarders as “Big Red”, however locals refer to it as “Al Hamar”.

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June 16, 2011

Taking the Wheel

This past week the issue was once again brought into the limelight as a female Saudi Arabian citizen took to the wheel and later posted the video on the popular social-networking site YouTube.

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May 26, 2011

Precious Cargo

The utter disregard for the safety of children traveling in motor vehicles in the Middle East is alarming.

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April 21, 2011

Jewish Prayer Ritual Causes LA Flight Lock Down

Alaska Airlines crew alarmed by 3 Mexican men tying leather straps and wooden boxes to themselves for orthodox prayer

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March 17, 2011

The Lost Diary of Queen Victoria’s Final Companion

Abdul Karim’s writings, hidden by his family until now, throw new light on a close and controversial relationship

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March 6, 2011

“Ferrari World” Rolls Out in Abu Dhabi

A description of the one and only Ferrari-themed amusement park, in Abu Dhabi

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March 6, 2011

Indian Man with 39 Wives, 94 Children and 33 Grandchildren

A 66-year-old man in India’s remote northeast has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren, all living under one roof. They all live in a four storied building with 100 rooms in a mountainous village in Mizoram state, sharing borders with Burma and Bangladesh, according to reports. “I once married 10 women in one year,” […]

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March 3, 2011

Life Without Driving

TMO Editor’s Note: This is not the kind of article that we normally print because it has really not much to do with Islam or with politics in Muslim countries, and as far as we can tell there are no Muslims in it, but it is a heart-warming and funny story about a family and we hope you enjoy it as we did.

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February 10, 2011

Brotherhood Threatens to Quit Talks with Egyptian Government

CAIRO: US President Barack Obama said on Monday talks to resolve Egypt’s crisis were making progress, but the main Islamist opposition in Cairo said it could quit the process if protesters’ demands were not met.

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February 10, 2011

Air India Express Pilot Saves 113 Passengers After Plane Plunges 7,000 Feet During His Bathroom Break

An Air India Express co-pilot on a May 25th flight from Dubai to Pune, India nearly killed the plane’s 113 passengers when he tried to move his seat and sent the plane into a 7,000 foot nose-dive, according to ABC News.

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January 6, 2011

Turkish Imams Rule Against Mosque Chairs

The increasing use of seating in Turkey’s mosques “is not compatible with Islamic culture,” the country’s Religious Affairs Directorate has declared, calling on physically healthy Muslims to refrain from sitting while praying.

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December 23, 2010

Abu Dhabi Sees Regional Threats to Water Supply

DUBAI, Dec 20 (Reuters) – In the Gulf, only water can be more precious than oil, and Arab leaders are taking steps to protect their supply from possible sabotage by al Qaeda militants or attacks by another potential foe.

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December 23, 2010

AIPAC Demanded US Attack on Iran

In a unique interview with an official at the highest policy levels of the Pentagon, White House and, eventually, CIA, we are offered a unique “behind the curtains” look at areas of policy making during the period between 1999 and 2007. Extensive notes have been taken of meetings with President Bush and all his top policy advisors. This is only a teaser.

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December 9, 2010

A Gem in the Wilderness

A 93-year-old man speaks about the greatness of a military hospital in Pakistan that helped him in his miraculous recovery from a heart attack

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December 9, 2010

Wikileaks Catastrophe

US embassy cables leak sparks global diplomatic crisis

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December 2, 2010

Hands Off, TSA!

Listen to this: “My … and doctors are the only ones allowed to see my naked body or touch my genitalia.” For a sane person in a sane country that’s the ultimate in “no sh**, Sherlock” statement. But not where I live.

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November 24, 2010

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