January 29, 1999
IF YOUR political foe has dangerous views and more dangerous popularity, get him for sexual deviancy. It's been done.Mahathir Mohamad, 73, has for 18 years been prime minister and boss of Malaysia, which is a federal parliamentary democracy with an autocratic atmosphere. Anwar Ibrahim, 51, was his protege, finance minister, deputy prime minister and heir apparent.In the economic meltdown of 1997 and '98, based on reckless bank loans to a commercial real estate bubble that Mr. Mahathir created, the prime minister took strong action.
May 21, 2008
On May 16, 2008, DARIK ANWAR LEIGH. On Thursday Mr. Leigh will be on view at the Highway Holyness Church, 511 Edmond St., Aberdeen, MD. at 10am. Family will receive friends 11am. Funeral Services 11:30am. Professional Services entrusted to the William C. Brown Community Funeral Home, Harford, P.A., 321 S. Philadelphia Blvd., Aberdeen, MD.
August 10, 2005
ASADABAD, Afghanistan - Telephone and power lines haven't reached the villages clinging to the craggy mountainsides of Kunar province. Digital phones and computer chips are even further beyond the shepherds' reach. So when sophisticated bombs detonated by long-range cordless phones began blowing up under U.S. and Afghan military vehicles on mountain tracks, investigators knew they had to search elsewhere for the masterminds. Afghan officials immediately focused on nearby Pakistan and its military, whose Inter-Services Intelligence agency helped create the Taliban in the early 1990s and provided training and equipment to help the Muslim extremists win control over most of the country.
October 1, 1993
The new Michael J. Fox film "For Love or Money" asks th question: Which is more important? And it answers: Both of them. I like a movie that takes a stand.A true case of having the cake and eating the cake, the movie isn't so much a comedy as a not-so-bad moral dilemma that recalls some of the more cantankerous works of that most misanthropic of directors, the great Viennese-American cynic Billy Wilder.Specifically, it recalls Wilder's brilliant "The Apartment," in which a great man's gofer and his mistress, each beholden to him in smarmy ways, view each other from the compromised platform of their corrupted states, but fall in love anyway.
June 24, 1998
Mutwali Sharawi, a leading cleric in the Muslim world who was minister of religious endowments under Egyptian President Anwar el Sadat, died June 17 in Cairo.Lucia Valentini Terrani, 51, the Italian mezzo-soprano who was a leading performer of Gioacchino Rossini's works, died June 11 in Seattle of leukemia.Ernst Brugger, 84, a former Swiss president who reached a European free trade deal for his country, died Sunday in Gossau, Switzerland.Louise M. Davies, 98, whose name graces San Francisco's symphony hall, died Monday in Portola Valley, Calif.
November 13, 1999
PRIME Minister Mahathir Mohamad has ruled Malaysia so idiosyncratically for 18 years that it is easy to forget he is democratically elected. He remembers.Dr. Mahathir called a snap election for next month to capitalize on the apparent economic recovery brought by his policy of internal debt in defiance of the International Monetary Fund.It also comes when his popular opponent and former heir apparent, Anwar Ibrahim, remains a defendant in the longest-running sodomy trial in the history of scandal, and has been sentenced to six years for corruption based on efforts to beat the first rap. Few people in or out of Malaysia believe the proceedings honest.