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Remembering Castro

Cuba | Former allies say the former dictator knows only one title: the boss
by Priya Abraham
Posted 3/08/08, 12:00 am

As Fidel Castro first slipped his grip on power following intestinal surgery in 2006, 88-year-old Huber Matos remembered the day he met the bearded revolutionary chief nearly half a century ago, on March 31, 1958.

Matos had made it to Cuba's Sierra Maestra mountains with a stash of weapons from Costa Rica, and Castro hugged him and showed his delight until Matos said he wanted to stop his gun-running and stay in Cuba. Then Castro said sternly, "Look, I am the boss."

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Beyond the strife

Movies | The Kite Runner offers a new and refreshing look at ordinary family life in Afghanistan
by Priya Abraham
Posted 12/15/07, 12:00 am

The impact of Khaled Hosseini's Afghan bestselling novel, The Kite Runner, stretches beyond the massive 8 million copies it has sold worldwide. In its celluloid version (rated PG-13 for strong thematic material including the rape of a child, violence, and brief strong language), the story will do much to show ordinary family life in the Muslim world.

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The good jihad

Books | Noted companion of persecuted believers, Brother Andrew has another way to fight terrorism
by Priya Abraham
Posted 12/08/07, 12:00 am

For Westerners, the Muslim radical's cry for jihad-holy war-means suicide bombings and 9/11. But Brother Andrew, the Dutch evangelist famous for sneaking Bibles into communist Europe, has a milder sense of the word. When the apostle Paul says he has "fought the good fight" in 2 Timothy, an Arabic-language Bible translates it as "the good jihad." It's time, Brother Andrew says in his new book, for Western Christians to help much-oppressed Muslims who convert to Christianity to fight well.

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