A warm winter day at Breezes Beach Club. Photo: Susan WyndhamSusan Wyndham explores Zanzibar's heady mix of history and culture.
Invisible behind loudspeakers in their minarets, the muezzins start their call to prayer at 6.20 on a Friday night. The fugue of male voices bounces off Stone Town's rusting roofs. A canvas-sailed dhow passes in front of the red sun as it melts into the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar is at its most Arab and ancient.
Fur Love to Fur Shame: Change of Heart for a PrincessFashion Wire Daily October 17, 2003 - Paris -On Tuesday night, Le Bar du Plaza Athenée on Avenue Montaigne -- Paris toniest shopping street currently dripping in ultra-expensive winter pelts -- bore witness to a rather unusual event, as it hosted an award ceremony for a competition to produce anti-fur advertising, put on by The Fur Free Alliance.
While attending the Berlin International Conference for Afghanistan, Minister Carroll met with the Aga Khan, Head of the Aga Khan Development Network. CIDA and the Aga Khan Foundation are partners in a variety of projects in Asia and Africa.
Berlin, Germany, 7 September, 2004 - 'Global stability will only be realised if poverty, hunger and injustice are overcome,' stated German Federal Minister for Economic and Cooperation and Development Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul on the occasion of the signing today of a Memorandum of Understanding with His Highness the Aga Khan. The aim of this agreement is the deepening of cooperation between the BMZ and the Aga Khan Development Network, particularly in crisis prone-countries of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
ANCIENT TRASH DUMP: Cairo's new 74-acre park, Al Azhar, is located on what was a centuries-old rubbish heap in the middle of Cairo's historic old city.SARAH GAUCH
Egypt gets its own 'central park'
By Sarah Gauch | Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor
Tajikistan May Receive about One Billion Dollars for Combating Poverty - TAJIKISTAN MAY RECEIVE ABOUT ONE BILLION DOLLARS FOR COMBATING POVERTY - 2003-04-05Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Members of donor countries' governments and of international agencies for development have expressed readiness to allocate $900 million to Tajikistan for combating poverty.
According to Director of the World Bank for the Countries of Central Asia Dennis de Tray, the money will be given to Tajikistan during a three-year period, with $200 million in the form of humanitarian aid and $700 million in the form of grants.
Veneman Reaffirms USDA's Commitment to Relief And Reconstruction of Afghanistan - USDA SUPPORTS AKF PROJECTS IN NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN - 2003-11-11Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman, in a historic visit to Afghanistan, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture intends to donate $5 million of U.S. agricultural commodities under the Food for Progress Program. Veneman also announced the first Cochran Fellowship Program with Afghanistan to provide short-term, U.S.- based training for eight Afghan women to study agricultural finance.
Resettlement programme in trouble as migrants ask to go back to their old homes in the mountains.
By Boris Khairuddinov and Zafar Abdullaev in Dushanbe and Beshkent (RCA No. 286, 21-May-04)
Three years after the government of Tajikistan resettled hundreds of people to develop an arid region in the south of the country, many of the settlers want to go back to their old homes in the mountains because they say the experiment has failed.
VICTORY IN TODAY'S PRIX de l'ARC de TRIOMPE WOULD CROWN AN ALMOST PERFECT RACING SEASON FOR THE AGA KHAN - DALAKHANI TAKES ARC GLORY - 2003-10-05Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Aiglemont is bathed in sunshine, although heavy overnight rain has brought a reminder: the Arc encourages October's capricious nature.
Tajiks have more faith in Aga Khan than UN water forum - TAJIKS HAVE MORE FAITH IN AGA KHAN THAN UN WATER FORUM - 2003-09-02Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Fountains played all around Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe for a UN-sponsored water forum this week, but many in this war-weary Central Asian country drew greater comfort from the visit of Ismaili Muslim leader the Aga Khan.
Having been wracked by civil war in the 1990s, this remote mountain republic of 6.5 million people was determined to show the world a new face at the International Fresh Water Forum, intended to help ease ex-Soviet Central Asias deepening crisis of desertification and disease.
Le réseau Aga Khan veut étendre ses activités dans notre pays'Je suis très flatté et satisfait de visiter le Mali. Vous savez, mon réseau a été longtemps présent en Afrique orientale et dans certains Etats de l'Afrique de l'ouest comme le Sénégal, la Côte d'Ivoire, le Burkina Faso et depuis quelques années au Mali.'
The Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community (second left), is received at Moi International Airport, Mombasa, yesterday by Cabinet ministers Karisa Maitha (left) and Najib Balala. On the right is Mr Alnoor Jiwan, the chairman of the Aga Khan Council in Mombasa.
The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili community worldwide, arrived in Mombasa yesterday for a two-day private visit.
The private jet carrying him touched down at the Moi International Airport at 1.08 pm.
Visite privée de son altesse Aga Khan en terre malgache - SON ALTESSE L'AGA KHAN POUR LA DEUXIEME FOIS EN VISITE à MADAGASCAR - 2003-02-22Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
L'avion privé de son altesse, le prince Aga Khan a atterri à l'aéroport d'Ivato, hier à 17h30. Son altesse est venue en visite privée dans la Grande Ile. Il a été accueilli au salon d'honneur de l'aéroport, par le questeur 2 du Sénat, Raberson Jeannot et le député Dramsy, représentant respectivement les présidents du Sénat et de l'Assemblé nationale, avec tapis rouge.
The European Commission has approved a grant for EUR 25.5 approximately US $ 23 million) to help the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) address rural poverty in central-west India over the next ten years - EUROPEAN COMMISSION AWARDS LARGEST GRANT EVPosted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
European Commission Awards Largest Grant Ever Made to Aga Khan FoundationTen year grant will focus on enterprise development for the rural poor in India
Geneva, Switzerland, 6 December 2001 The European Commission has approved a grant for EUR 25.5 (approximately US $ 23 million) to help the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) address rural poverty in central-west India over the next ten years.
Es war schon ein ganzes Stück nach Mitternacht, als Bryan Adams Sabine Christiansen zum Geburtstag gratulierte. Und natürlich war das einer der emotionalen Momente bei der Gala
There's the stereotype of the Muslim woman -- silent and withdrawn behind her veil, obsequious when called upon, unable to think for herself, much less drive a car.
And then there's Shabnam Lutafali. Besides being a devout Muslim, the Pakistan native is a doctor of economics and a professor at the University of Houston-Downtown. She also serves as the president of the Southwest regional board for the Ismaili Muslims, followers of the Aga Khan.
Like most Ismailis, Lutafali believes that being Muslim and being a competent, active woman are not mutually exclusive.
White death' endures in the lands of Central Asia - <I>WHITE DEATH' ENDURES IN THE LANDS OF CENTRAL ASIA - 2002-07-20Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
American authorities predicted a sharp decrease in drug trafficking after the eradication of Afghanistan's Taliban regime - known to feed its activities by selling opiates abroad. But its northern neighbour, Tajikistan, knows better.
Months after the ouster of the hardline Afghan regime, trafficking in heroin - dubbed 'white death' in Tajikistan - is far from eradicated.
'We evaluate that there has been a 13 to 15 per cent increase in drug trafficking since the beginning of the US intervention in Afghanistan,' said Abai Iugochev, head of press relations for the Tajik Drug Control Agency.
Tree plantation for Name Facility donors only. - AGA KHAN SPEAKS ON EDUCATION at AKU CONVOCATION 2003 - 2003-12-06Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Detailed Schedule of Programme(a) Thursday Dec 04, 2003 at 3.30 pm: Tree plantation for Name Facility donors only.
(b) Friday Dec 05, 2003: Dinner at Hotel Marriott (Pool side) at 8:30 pm (by invitation) in honour of visiting donors and their gussets who are attending the Convocation or any other donor events at Karachi. This is as per eligibility criteria applied for Convocation and/or donor events. The dinner is being hosted bythe AKU Resource Development Committee for Pakistan (Ismaili).
President KarzaiYour Excellencies
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is my immense happiness and privilege to welcome you all as we celebrate the inauguration of one of Kabul's restored landmarks. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those professionals, architects, construction trades, staff and volunteers who have worked so hard, under so many constraints, to build this hotel and prepare it for today's opening.
Le Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan etait un veritable homme d'Etat declare le Secretaire generalOn trouvera ci-après le texte de l'allocution prononcée par le Secrétaire général, Kofi Annan, à la cérémonie d'hommage à la mémoire du Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, le 28 octobre: