February 15, 2004
A JOKE MAKING the rounds in the Middle East back in the 1970s placed King Hussein of Jordan - having gone to the great beyond - in the company of Satan in hell. The devil was showing the Hashemite monarch the rooms where the doomed would spend eternity, so he could choose one for himself. In the first room Hussein found King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia writhing on the floor, unwashed, tormented by vermin and bugs. Hussein shuddered and asked to see the next room. In the next room, Syrian President Hafez el Assad was being pulled apart on a medieval rack.
April 21, 2003
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The regime of Saddam Hussein is dead. Its trappings and underpinnings are dying under the footfalls of U.S. soldiers. At the dictator's propaganda headquarters, his dark eyes stare up from thousands of photographs scattered on the filthy floors. The chronicles of three decades of rule, of Hussein receiving Yasser Arafat and King Hussein of Jordan and kissing babies and mustachioed commandos, have been pawed through and stomped upon by soldiers after being looted by Iraqi civilians.
April 25, 2001
Leroy Ingles, 84, hand-picked by Adm. Hyman G. Rickover to serve as the chief of the Navy's first nuclear submarine, died April 12. In 1954, Admiral Rickover picked him to serve as the first chief aboard USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. Mr. Ingles later served aboard one of the Navy's first nuclear missile submarines, the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Marshall Habes al-Majali, 87, a former commander who led Arab armies against Jewish forces in 1948 and later crushed a rebellion led by Yasser Arafat, died Sunday of heart failure in Amman, Jordan.
April 7, 2001
WASHINGTON - In 1964, they were all midshipmen in The Yard of the U.S. Naval Academy, three diverse personalities traveling along different roads that would one day intersect on the world stage. Joseph Prueher, class of 1964, an easygoing Tennessee native who rowed crew along the graceful Severn River, graduated that June. Dennis Blair, class of 1968, the son of a Navy captain and a brainy soccer player who would stand at the top of his class, arrived as a midshipman that year. Richard Armitage, class of 1967, overlapped them both.
September 14, 1999
Queen Noor of Jordan had a question for Jamaal Jordan of Baltimore.She'd come thousands of miles for this meeting and was hanging on every word, regal and blonde, earrings glittering. He, on the other hand, was 17, wearing gray sweats and a white T-shirt and had just said how tired he was of hearing that rap music makes people take drugs or shoot people.So then how about television shows, the queen asked. Were they a bad influence?"Naw, man," Jamaal said. "They got a PG-13 rating."So it went yesterday at the Pleasant View Gardens Boys and Girls Club on East Fayette Street, as 11 students told the queen and a handful of other international dignitaries about what it's like growing up in a rough neighborhood.
July 30, 1999
Jordan's king goes undercover to hear citizens' complaintsAMMAN, Jordan -- Jordan's King Abdullah, showing glimpses of the common touch that made his father, King Hussein, hugely popular, dressed up as an old man to investigate operations at a duty-free zone.The monarch, who assumed the throne in February, listened to complaints and harsh criticisms of a bloated bureaucracy. "How can an application take four days to process when there are 40 customs officials at 40 windows?" one investor was quoted as saying.