“Saudi Obama,” the imam at the Grand Mosque in Mecca

“Saudi Obama,” the imam at the Grand Mosque in Mecca

 

RIYADH, April 11 — Two years ago, Adil Kalbani dreamed that he became an imam at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city.

Waking up, he dismissed the dream as a temptation to vanity. Although he is known for his fine voice, Kalbani is black, and the son of a poor immigrant from the Gulf. Leading prayers at the Grand Mosque is an extraordinary honour, usually reserved for pure-blooded Arabs from the Saudi heartland.

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Where dropouts can catch the TRAIN to work

Where dropouts can catch the TRAIN to work

Where dropouts can catch the TRAIN to work

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Chinese chauvinists in Singapore?

Rhetoric from KL not official stance

KUALA LUMPUR, April 10 – The heated rhetoric about Singapore that comes out from Malaysia, for example in some newspapers there, is not reflective of the official policy of Singapore’s closest neighbour, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said yesterday.

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And my father said, ‘Son, don’t come home’

And my father said, ‘Son, don’t come home’

Sometime in 1980, when I was a final year student in London, I had a very short tele-conversation with my father. In those days, there were no call cards, Skype or the like and calls were expensive. He had a very simple message – ‘Son, don’t come home’.

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