Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. X, No. 3, September 3

AUC Forum Considers Arab States of the Gulf
AUC Forum Considers Arab States of the GulfRecent changes within the Arab states of the Gulf and their neighbors were examined at the American University in Cairo's Forum, "Changing Economies: The Gulf States Five Years After the War," held May 30, 1996...
Builders for Peace: A Dream That Went Nowhere
Builders for Peace: A Dream That Went NowhereEuphoria was the mood as 200 invited Arab-American and Jewish-American businessmen were thrown together at the White House on Sept. 13, 1993. Political differences went out the window and good fellowship took...
Clinton or Dole: Who's Best for Middle East Peace? A "Yellow Dog" Democrat against Clinton in 1996
Clinton or Dole: Who's Best for Middle East Peace? A "Yellow Dog" Democrat Against Clinton in 1996When the bumper sticker, "Clinton and Gore Out in Four," appeared around Washington two years ago Bill Clinton, on a personal level, had begun to lose this...
Clinton or Dole: Who's Best for Middle East Peace? for a Stateless American, Congress Is Where It's At
Clinton or Dole: Who's Best for Middle East Peace? For a Stateless American, Congress Is Where It's AtSeven years ago, I moved from Oregon to Washington, DC. I had known college classmates from the national capital -- actually, come to think of it, they...
Clinton or Dole: Who's Best for Middle East Peace? "I'll Hold My Nose with One Hand and Vote for Clinton with the Other"
Clinton or Dole: Who's Best for Middle East Peace? "I'll Hold My Nose With One Hand and Vote For Clinton With the OtherFor me, it's the same every presidential election year. When I look at who is running, I ask myself the same question: Out of 250 million...
Clinton or Dole: Who's Best for Middle East Peace? Muslim Pros and Cons for President Bill Clinton and Senator Bob Dole
Clinton or Dole: Who's Best for Middle East Peace? Muslim Pros and Cons for President Bill Clinton and Senator Bob DoleAs a Muslim, I believe President Clinton has made some positive contributions from the Muslim perspective in the following two areas:Bosnian...
God Has Ninety-Nine Names: Reporting from a Militant Middle East
God Has Ninety-Nine Names: Reporting From a Militant Middle EastDuring the last decade political Islam has developed into a topic for serious academic and policy debate. The politicization of the Islamic faith, often inaccurately referred to as "Islamic...
Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine ConflictNorman Finkelstein is a brave man. In writing Image and Reality, he has challenged important myths underlying the origins of Israel as a state, and many elements of the Israel-Palestine conflict. These...
Is Anything Left of the Peace Process after Netanyahu's Victory? the Roots of Netanyahu's Victory Lie in Israel's Past
Is Anything Left of the Peace Process After Netanyahu's Victory? -- The Roots of Netanyahu's Victory Lie in Israel's PastOnly his ardent supporters would call the election of Binyamin Netanyahu and his right-wing coalition a blessing, but their victory...
Islamist Prime Minister Faces Domestic Challenges, International Opportunities
Islamist Prime Minister Faces Domestic Challenges, International OpportunitiesAt the helm of a country beset by chronic inflation, civil strife and foreign rivalries, modern Turkey's first Islamist-led government is seeking to convince both Western nations...
Israel Increases Policy of Confiscation of East Jerusalem Identity Cards
Israel Increases Policy of Confiscation Of East Jerusalem Identity CardsNaja G., a Palestinian born in East Jerusalem and living in the West Bank city of Ramallah since 1989, lost her purse while shopping recently. When she applied to the Israeli Interior...
Meet the Pakistanis: Roushane Zafar - an Economist Activist for Women's Empowerment
Meet the PAKISTANIS: Roushane Zafar -- An Economist Activist for Women's EmpowermentOne of Pakistan's newest NGOs in the crowded human rights/women's rights field is the Kashaff Foundation, established in November 1995. It is the brainchild of 29-year-old...
Meet the Pakistanis: Salma Waheed, a Government Activist for Women's Rights
Meet the PAKISTANIS: Salma Waheed, a Government Activist for Women's RightsSalma Waheed, a top political appointee in the government of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, is a rarity in the bureaucracy of any country. Clearly she feels that her position...
Meet the Pakistanis: Shahnaz Bukhari -- A Single-Minded Activist for Women
Meet the PAKISTANIS: Shahnaz Bukhari -- A Single-Minded Activist for Women's Rights"What's the name of that woman who's always creating problems for us in the press?" the Pakistani government official asked a man and a woman on his staff."Shahnaz Bukhari,"...
Middle East Meets Middle West: On Jerusalem
Middle East Meets Middle West: On JerusalemLike many other cities worldwide, Chicago has been host lately to a number of lectures, films, readings, celebrations and protests dealing with another far more ancient city: Jerusalem.Karen Armstrong's JerusalemOn...
Netanyahu's Visit Confirmed Death of the Peace Process
Netanyahu's Visit Confirmed Death of the Peace ProcessIsraeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu presents a problem to the U.S.-sponsored peace process. While he charmed his audiences during his inaugural visit to the U.S., and received more enthusiastic...
No Surprises: Netanyahu Does Not Soften His Rhetoric in First U.S. Visit
No Surprises: Netanyahu Does Not Soften His Rhetoric in First U.S. VisitThe only surprise in the five-day visit of Binyamin Netanyahu to Washington and New York was that he chose to focus largely on persuading the already committed pro-Israel choir and...
Pakistan: After Years of Marking Time, Environment Gets Top-Level Attention
PAKISTAN: After Years of Marking Time, Environment Gets Top-Level AttentionFor foreign readers, the news item quoted above conjures up a picture of a busy prime minister stealing a glance at the clock and wondering when this tiresome bureaucrat will...
Pakistan: Lagging Education; the Achilles' Heel in Pakistani Development
PAKISTAN: Lagging Education; The Achilles' Heel in Pakistani DevelopmentMost Pakistanis would place among Pakistan's top problems its 37 percent literacy rate, its seemingly irrepressible 2.8 percent birth rate, and its lack of progress in creating jobs...
Pakistan: Pakistan in History; 5,000 Years of Continuous Civilization
PAKISTAN: Pakistan in History; 5,000 Years of Continuous CivilizationThe Traces of Paleolithic HumansPaleolithic humans left their stone tools in large quantities in the north of Pakistan. The tools, which reflect roughly the stages of workmanship found...
Pakistan: Pakistan's "Ultimate Experience" Brings 450,000 International Tourists Annually
PAKISTAN: Pakistan's "Ultimate Experience" Brings 450,000 International Tourists AnnuallyAlthough its leading travel agency bills a visit to Pakistan as "the ultimate experience," few Americans associate that country with tourism. For one thing, a country...
Pakistan: World's Seventh Most Populous Country Is Little Understood in U.S
PAKISTAN: World's Seventh Most Populous Country Is Little Understood in U.S.Pakistan is the world's seventh most populous country (after China, India, the U.S., Russia, Indonesia and Brazil) and the second most populous Muslim country (after Indonesia),...
Palestinians Expelled by Libya Stranded in Makeshift Camp
Palestinians Expelled by Libya Stranded in Makeshift CampIt is not unusual for Palestinians to be expelled or ousted. It is also not unusual for them to live a nomad's life while dreaming of returning to their "homeland." Daily humiliations have to be...
Peace Must Be for All, Not for Israel Alone
Peace Must Be for All, Not for Israel AloneA couple of decades ago not to talk of Arabism was tantamount to treason. Today to talk of Arabism is to invite skepticism.Twenty years ago, Arabs could hold a summit at will. Today, foreign ministers like Warren...
Rudy Boschwitz Is Back, Unless We Stop Him
Rudy Boschwitz is Back, Unless We Stop HimRemember Rudy Boschwitz? He was the Republican U.S. senator from Minnesota who became an outstanding member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee? He was also Israel's point man in the Senate, doing all of...
Shaikh Hasina Takes over from Khalida Zia in Successful Bangladesh Election
Shaikh Hasina Takes Over From Khalida Zia in Successful Bangladesh ElectionAs projected by the Washington Report (May/June 1996), the Awami League leader, Shaikh Hasina Wajid, emerged as the winner in the June 12th elections held in Bangladesh by a non-partisan...
Srebrenica Massacre Remembered at One-Year Anniversary
Srebrenica Massacre Remembered at One-Year AnniversaryJews, Christians and Muslims gathered on Capitol Hill July 11 to pray, remember, and wonder if mankind will ever learn from its crimes and atrocities.In a small room in the corner of a congressional...
Stock Decline Signals That If Peace Falters, Israeli Boom Ends
Stock Decline Signals That If Peace Falters, Israeli Boom EndsInvestors in the Israeli stock market know something the rest of us know, too: Binyamin Netanyahu's new right-wing, pro-business government may well mm out to be as bad for Israeli business...
U.S. Senate Moves to Limit Commercial Satellite Imagery of Israel
U.S. Senate Moves to Limit Commercial Satellite Imagery of IsraelOn June 26, three members of the U.S. Senate added an amendment to the fiscal year 1997 Defense Authorization Act on behalf of Israel that has the potential to devastate a nascent U.S....
Western and Islamist Leaders Consider "Dialogue of Cultures and Civilizations"
Western and Islamist Leaders Consider "Dialogue of Cultures and Civilizations"Organized by Muhammad Elhachmi Hamdi and sponsored by The Diplomat, a new quarterly journal published in England which Hamdi edits, an international conference focusing on...