Muslim message falling on deaf ears

By Leonard Pitts Jr. You could tell he’d had enough. I’m talking about Ibrahim Hooper. If the name is familiar, it’s because Hooper, spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, has become the news media’s go-to guy on issues related to Islam and terrorism. This particular morning, he was being interviewed on an […]

Genuine worship centers on God

By Curtis Shelburne A neat thing happened to me at church the other Sunday. I think I worshiped. You think I’m kidding. I mean, you know I’m a preacher, and I help lead worship in a church, and I worship, and we worship, every Sunday, right? Well, yes. But leading worship and worshiping are not […]

Attacking Najaf may be necessary but not beneficial

Freedom Editorial Iraqi and American forces have begun a major offensive in the city of Najaf against militants in the Mahdi Army militia loyal to the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. At a military level, even though urban warfare can be bloody and dangerous for those seeking to oust fighters familiar with the territory, U.S. […]

CIA anonymity at presentation a faulty premise

Our newspaper was in an unusual position last week when national media spotlighted our run-in with the Central Intelligence Agency. In reporting the news, we became the news by refusing a CIA request to withhold an officer’s name. He had planned to speak Wednesday and Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales on “the […]

New strategies needed for U.S. war against terror

Freedom Newspapers The rash of terrorist violence that has afflicted Uzbekistan, leaving at least 42 people dead and several neighborhoods destroyed, might or might not be directly linked to al-Qaida, as Ilya Pyagay of Uzbekistan’s Interior Ministry has claimed. But the attacks illustrate the decentralized and increasingly flexible nature of Jihadist terror. What seems likely, […]

Missile strike on Hamas leader puts U.S. in peril

Freedom Newspapers Beyond the loss of life, beyond the near-certainty that the killing of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin will prompt further bombings in or against Israel, the action places the United States in a delicate position. Unfortunately, this is the result of years of mostly well-intentioned insistence on being intimately involved with what U.S. […]

Public, press can keep our leaders accountable

Editorial The independent commission investigating intelligence shortcomings before the 9/11 terror attacks said Thursday it will seek public testimony from President Bush and Vice President Cheney, and also from former President Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore. It’s most unlikely to happen, but it’s a delightful idea. As aficionados of C-SPAN know, the British […]

Business Briefs 1/27

Business leaders from around the state will attend Business Day today in Santa Fe at the Eldorado Hotel. Business spokespeople will summarize key issues that will be lobbied for by the New Mexico business community during the 2004 Legislative session. Speakers will include Gov. Bill Richardson, Speaker of the House Ben Lujan, House Minority Leader […]

Taxes, water highlight ACI Issues Roundtable

By Gary Mitchell The shortage of physicians, the depletion of water resources and the need for better roads topped the list of concerns during the annual ACI Issues Roundtable breakfast Friday at the Clovis Holiday Inn. Approximately 30 business and community leaders attended the event, sponsored by the Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) and […]

China seeking to erode freedom in Hong Kong

Six years ago, when Great Britain handed Hong Kong to mainland China, optimists predicted Hong Kong’s freedoms would pull China in a freer direction. Pessimists argued that China’s communist government would consume Hong Kong. Last month, after 350,000 people poured into the streets of Hong Kong to protest a proposed anti-subversion law favored by the […]