Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XII, No. 7, November

A Country Report on Tunisia: Tunisia Gives Top Priority to Developing Its Tourism Resources
A Country Report on Tunisia: Tunisia Gives Top Priority to Developing Its Tourism ResourcesGod did not give much oil to Tunisia, but He was generous in His gifts of stunning beaches, exotic deserts, lush oases, and ideal temperatures. In order to make...
A Country Report on Tunisia: Tunisia Still Going Its Own Way
A COUNTRY REPORT ON TUNISIA: Tunisia Still Going Its Own WaySince winning its independence from France in 1956, Tunisia has always gone its own way. A small country of fewer than 10 million people, its natural resources are its mild climate, beautiful...
A Country Report on Tunisia: Women's Rights in Islam; the Position of Islam in Family Planning
A COUNTRY REPORT ON TUNISIA: Women's Rights in Islam; The Position of Islam in Family PlanningThe Rights of Women in Islam and the Position of Islam on Family Planning are very important themes in the present world context, and have been studied by many...
A Letter from Palestine: An American's Attempt to Bridge the Gap between Perception and Reality in Palestine
A LETTER FROM PALESTINE: An American's Attempt to Bridge the Gap Between Perception and Reality in PalestineJuly 30, 1998Dear Friends:After two years living and working in Palestine, I fear that I have forgotten how to talk to you about what is happening...
All Six Arab-American Incumbents Favored: All Three Challengers Underdogs
All Six Arab-American Incumbents Favored: All Three Challengers UnderdogsWith the mid-term congressional elections less than two months away, the six Arab-American incumbents (four Democrats and two Republicans) remain favored to return to Washington,...
A New Breed of Politician
A New Breed of PoliticianOya Akgonenc is a new face in Fazilet and it's clear she will not be a token uncovered woman in the still largely traditional male party. I met her at Ankara's prestigious Bilkent University, where for the past five years she...
An Israeli in America: While 80 Percent of American Jews Supported Oslo Accords, the U.S. Jewish Lobby Helped Netanyahu to Destroy Them
AN ISRAELI IN AMERICA: While 80 Percent of American Jews Supported Oslo Accords, The U.S. Jewish Lobby Helped Netanyahu to Destroy ThemI was living in Israel in 1993 when Israelis and Palestinians alike, glued to the TV, watched Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser...
Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture
Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular CultureDr. Jack G. Shaheen, Pennsylvania-born emeritus professor of mass communications at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and now a visiting professor at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding...
California Chronicle: Syrian Symphony Scores Success in California Debut
CALIFORNIA CHRONICLE: Syrian Symphony Scores Success in California DebutHistory was made in Syro-U.S. relations during the first week of September when the Syrian National Symphony made its premiere performance in the United States. The enthusiasm of...
Clinton Scandal Causes Uncertainty on Capitol Hill
Clinton Scandal Causes Uncertainty on Capitol HillWith the 105th Congress in its final scheduled month of life and scandal surrounding the White House, the watchword is uncertainty. What effect this uncertainty will have on legislation concerning the...
Congressional Hearings Put Politics above Country
Congressional Hearings Put Politics Above CountryTwo hearings -- one in the House and one in the Senate -- were held during the past couple of months that held promise of furthering the debate on U.S. policy in the Middle East. They failed to do so,...
Creative Computer-Driven Educational Units
Creative Computer-Driven Educational UnitsAn increasing number of educational resources are appearing on compact disks or on videos. Two companies that have produced excellent material are Sindibad, based in London with a U.S. outlet, and Astrolabe,...
Economic Figures Tell Us the True Purpose of Israel's Impoverishment of the West Bank and Gaza
Economic Figures Tell Us the True Purpose of Israel's Impoverishment of the West Bank and GazaLast May my wife, Diane, and I were driven around Jerusalem and Ramallah by a Palestinian economist (I'll call him Saeed). As we were passing through Belt Hanina...
Former U.S. Embassy Hostage Dialogues with a Tehran Student Hostage Taker
Former U.S. Embassy Hostage Dialogues With a Tehran Student Hostage TakerOn July 31 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, almost two decades after militant Iranian students took a whole U.S. embassy full of American diplomats and their visitors as hostages...
ISNA Holds 35th Annual Convention Sept. 4-7 in St. Louis, MO
ISNA HOLDS 35TH ANNUAL CONVENTION SEPT. 4-7 IN ST. LOUIS, MOThe Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) held its 35th annual convention at the America's Convention Center in St. Louis, MO over the Labor Day weekend. The convention attracted more than...
Israel Ignores U.S. Protests over Torture, Detention of Young American Citizen in Israeli Prison
Israel Ignores U.S. Protests Over Torture, Detention Of Young American Citizen in Israeli PrisonIt is not the first time an American citizen has been tortured by Israeli interrogators, but the case of 18-year-old Hashem Mufleh is particularly outrageous....
Israeli Policy of Distribution Creates Unprecedented Water Shortages for West Bank, Gaza Palestinians
Israeli Policy of Distribution Creates Unprecedented Water Shortages for West Bank, Gaza PalestiniansA small crowd of people gathered in the Halit Hadul area of Hebron where the Washington Report began its investigation of this summer's Palestinian water...
Jews and Israel: The Politicization of the Holocaust; Examining the Uses and Abuses of Its Legacy
JEWS AND ISRAEL: The Politicization of the Holocaust; Examining the Uses and Abuse of its LegacyFor many years, every foreign visitor to Israel, soon after arriving, has been taken to Yad Vashem, the memorial in Jerusalem to the six million Jews killed...
Mahjabeen's Musings: A Muslim-American Traveler along the American Way; in Islam, Jihad and Terrorism Are Opposites
MAHJABEEN'S MUSINGS: A MUSLIM-AMERICAN TRAVELER ALONG THE AMERICAN WAY: In Islam, Jihad and Terrorism Are OppositesThat the West has learned to think of jihad and terrorism as synonymous is not entirely the fault of the Western media. Undoubtedly a small...
Middle East History: It Happened in October; Yasser Arafat Emerges as Leader of the Palestinians
MIDDLE EAST HISTORY: IT HAPPENED IN OCTOBER; Yasser Arafat Emerges as Leader of The PalestiniansIt was 39 years ago, on Oct. 10, 1959, that a small group of fewer than 20 Palestinians met in Kuwait and secretly formed Fatah, the resistance movement that...
Middle East Institute Hosts Prominent Iranian Artist
MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE HOSTS PROMINENT IRANIAN ARTIST"Persian Art and the Impact of Iran's Revolution," was the title of a Sept. 11 presentation by Amir H. Zekgroo, head of the department of art research at the Art University of Tehran, held at the Middle...
New Video on West Bank
NEW VIDEO ON WEST BANKMarty Rosenbluth, the director of the video "Jerusalem: An Occupation Set in Stone?" is working on a new video which well help to answer some of the questions raised when he traveled the country showing the earlier video. "Stranger...
The Bombings of U.S. Embassies and U.S. Rocket Attacks on Afghanistan and Sudan: Arab Americans Must Condemn All Purveyors of Hatred
THE BOMBINGS OF U.S. EMBASSIES AND U.S. ROCKET ATTACKS ON AFGHANISTAN AND SUDAN: Arab Americans Must Condemn All Purveyors of HatredThe U.S. response to the attacks on its embassies in Kenya and Tanzania was morally, politically and legally wrong. The...
The Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine Holds Its Seventh Annual Conference on the Legitimacy of Resistance in Palestine
THE CENTER FOR POLICY ANALYSIS ON PALESTINE HOLDS ITS SEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON THE LEGITIMACY OF RESISTANCE IN PALESTINEThe Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine (CPAP) held its seventh annual conference Sept. 11 in its newly expanded facilities...
The Only Effective Defense against Terrorism Is to Rebuild America's Reputation for Fairness
The Only Effective Defense Against Terrorism is To Rebuild America's Reputation For FairnessDespite U.S. government claims to the contrary, there is, in my opinion, a serious question whether our action in bombing alleged terrorist sites in Afghanistan...
The Subcontinent: Under BJP Government, an Intolerant Face of Hindu India Emerging Unabashedly into World View
THE SUBCONTINENT: Under BJP Government, An Intolerant Face of Hindu India Emerging Unabashedly into World ViewExpulsion from Bombay of Bengalispeaking Muslims is one sign among many that India's governing coalition of BJP-VHP-Shiv Sena right-wing extremists...
The War on Terrorism: A Panel Discussion at Georgetown University
THE WAR ON TERRORISM: A PANEL DISCUSSION AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITYAt a panel discussion held at the Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies on Sept. 3, Georgetown University faculty members were unanimous in calling for a re-examination...
Thoughts Inspired by PBS's Two-Sentence Report on the Death of Syrian Poet Nizar Qabbani
Thoughts Inspired by PBS's Two-Sentence Report on The Death of Syrian Poet Nizar QabbaniLast May 1, while listening to the opening news summary of PBS's "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer," I was taken aback at an unusual kicker. The summary ended with a...
What's in the Pending Appropriations Bills?
WHAT'S IN THE PENDING APPROPRIATIONS BILLSThe appropriations bills most affecting the Middle East are the one for the Commerce, Justice, and State (CJS) Departments and the one for "foreign operations," which includes funding for export financing programs,...