Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XI, No. 2, September 3

ADC Conference Attracts 2,000
ADC Conference Attracts 2,000"Organizing Is Power," the theme of its 14th national convention, illustrated what the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has begun to accomplish in its 17 years of existence. Nearly 2,000 Arab Americans indicated...
Afghanistan's Taliban Draw World Attention Again
Afghanistan's Taliban Draw World Attention AgainAfghan Gen. Abdul Malik Pahelwan did to his immediate superior and fellow Uzbek, Gen. Abdul Rasheed Dostam, what Dostam had done a few years earlier to General Najibullah, the originally Soviet-backed ruler...
Ambassadors of Bahrain and Kuwait Attend Round Table
Ambassadors of Bahrain and Kuwait Attend Round TableBahraini Ambassador Dr. Mohammed Abdul Ghaffar Abdulla and Kuwaiti Ambassador Mohammed Sahbah Al-Salim AlSabah were among the speakers at a June 11 discussion on the two countries. The discussion at...
Bicentennial of Napoleon's "Expedition" to Egypt Inspires Conference
Bicentennial of Napoleon's "Expedition" to Egypt Inspires ConferenceThe approaching bicentennial of Napoleon's incursion into Egypt in the summer of 1798 prompted UCLA's Von Grunenbaum Near East Center to host a two-day international conference at UCLA...
B'tselem Publications Examine Illegal Israeli Land and Population Policies in Jerusalem
B'tselem Publications Examine Illegal Israeli Land And Population Policies in JerusalemTwo recent publications by B'tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, deal with Israeli land expropriations in East Jerusalem,...
CHRISTIANITY AND THE MIDDLE EAST: Friends of Sabeel Hold Major Conference in Washington, DC
CHRISTIANITY AND THE MIDDLE EAST: Friends of Sabeel Hold Major Conference in Washington, DC"Jerusalem -- The Things That Make For Peace: An Agenda for American Christians" was the overall theme of the conference convened by Friends of Sabeel -- North...
CONGRESS WATCH: Legislative Mischief
CONGRESS WATCH: Legislative MischiefCongress seems incapable of letting an opportunity for mischief go by. The "30th anniversary of the reunification" of Jerusalem in June was such an opportunity. Both the Senate and the House passed similar concurrent...
Georgetown Hosts Roundtable on Yemen Parliamentary Election
Georgetown Hosts Roundtable on Yemen Parliamentary ElectionGeorgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies hosted a May 17 roundtable discussion on the April 27 parliamentary election in the Republic of Yemen. Panelists included Georgetown's...
Is Turkish Military Repeating Algerian Army's Catastrophic Mistake?
Is Turkish Military Repeating Algerian Army's Catastrophic Mistake?In describing the crisis engulfing Turkey for the past year, the Western media point out that since the country underwent three military coups in 1960, 1971 and 1980, its army is anxious...
Journalists Discuss the Middle East at AUC Forum
Journalists Discuss the Middle East at AUC ForumIt's not every day that one is able to see prominent journalists step away from the camera, or computer, and share their observations on the events they cover. But on the morning of Thursday, May 29, 1997...
Land Dealer Killings Highlight Collapse of Israeli-Palestinian Talks
Land Dealer Killings Highlight Collapse of Israeli-Palestinian TalksThe May killing of three West Bank land dealers has further eroded an already teetering Middle East peace process. Like the question of refugees, settlements and East Jerusalem, the...
Lebanese Prime Minister's Visit to Canada a Trade Success
Lebanese Prime Minister's Visit to Canada a Trade SuccessA five-day official visit to Canada by Prime Minister Rafik Hariri of Lebanon has paved the way for increased trade and investment between the two countries. The high point of the visit, between...
Los Angeles Forum Discusses Privatization in the Middle East
Los Angeles Forum Discusses Privatization in the Middle EastUCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies hosted an April 30 public forum entitled "Opening the Doors: Privatization in the Middle East," jointly sponsored with the American University in Cairo...
Maury Maverick, Jr.: A Fearless, Cantankerous, Free Thinker from Texas
Maury Maverick, Jr.: A Fearless, Cantankerous, Free Thinker From TexasRetired Texas state legislator and attorney Maury Maverick, Jr. has won cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, has known presidents (FDR, JFK and LBJ), belongs to one of the first families...
MEI Hosts Iraq Conference
MEI Hosts Iraq ConferenceDespite two wars and six years of sanctions, Iraq remains a sovereign, unified country and will remain a major player in the Middle East for years to come, according to Ahmed Hashim, a defense analyst at the Center of Naval Analysis....
MIDDLE EAST HISTORY: IT HAPPENED IN AUGUST; Fulbright Called for U.S. Defense Pact with Israel but Was Labeled Anti-Semite
MIDDLE EAST HISTORY: IT HAPPENED IN AUGUST; Fulbright Called for U.S. Defense Pact With Israel But Was Labeled Anti-SemiteIt was 27 years ago, on Aug. 22, 1970, when Democratic Senator J. William Ful-bright of Arkansas proposed that the United Nations...
Open Secrets: Israeli Nuclear and Foreign Policies
Open Secrets: Israeli Nuclear and Foreign PoliciesAs a critic of Zionism and as an opponent of Jewish exclusivity, Israel Shahak is special. He possesses in-depth knowledge of Israeli society, Jewish culture and the history of his people. His humanitarian...
OVERVIEW OF THE PROMISED LAND: As Israelis Bicker among Themselves, Palestinians Grapple with Serious Internal Problems
OVERVIEW OF THE PROMISED LAND: As Israelis Bicker Among Themselves, Palestinians Grapple With Serious Internal ProblemsIsraeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's wrecking job on the Oslo peace agreement was not a total loss for the Palestinians. They...
Rep. James Moran Says Jerusalem Should Be "Multi-National Capital"
Rep. James Moran Says Jerusalem Should Be "Multi-National Capital"Virginia Congressman James Moran startled a largely Arab-American audience recently with an emotional attack on Israeli plans for exclusive rule over Jerusalem. As featured speaker at...
Re-Rooting Lebanon's War-Displaced Farmers
Re-rooting Lebanon's War-Displaced FarmersIt's bad enough to be displaced, doubly bad when you are also misplaced. Lebanon's war refugees included its farmers. They too fled the fighting during the 16-year war. And they too took up "squatterhood" in...
SAUDI STRAIGHT TALK: Are They Real Advocates of Peace?
SAUDI STRAIGHT TALK: Are They Real Advocates of Peace?The advocates of "normalization" with the Zionist enemy and the ardent supporters of "peace" with the Jewish state now present us some glittering new slogans. These so-called advocates insist on holding...
Second Yemeni Parliamentary Election Praised by International Observers
Second Yemeni Parliamentary Election Praised by International ObserversThe parliamentary election which took place in Yemen on April 27 was only the second one in that country's history, the first having been held four years ago. Skeptics doubted that...
Sudanese Feminist in Residence at UCLA
Sudanese Feminist in Residence at UCLAFatima Ahmed M. Ibrihim began fighting for women's rights in Sudan in the 1950s. She has been imprisoned and exiled, but she never has given up the struggle. During the 1996-97 academic year she has been in residence...
Supreme Court Takes Up "The Case against AIPAC"
Supreme Court Takes Up "The Case Against AIPAC"A June 16 Supreme Court decision to accept the eight-year-old "case against AIPAC" was good news and bad news both for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and for the six surviving former U.S. government...
Tampa Muslims Demand Bond for Imprisoned Community Leader
Tampa Muslims Demand Bond for Imprisoned Community LeaderSome 250 people filled the auditorium of a Tempa Marriott Hotel for a June 3 rally in support of Dr. Mazen Al-Najjar, a prominent member of the local Islamic Center who also serves as administrative...
The Iranian Election: Iran's Election Reveals the Regime's Weakness
The Iranian Election: Iran's Election Reveals the Regime's WeaknessThe election of Ayatollah Mohammad Khatami as the Iranian regime's new president has once again raised the hopes of those Iran pundits who never abandoned their search for "moderate"...
"The Jasmine Elsewhere Does Not Smell as Sweet": Iranian Immigrants Blend Past and Present Values to Survive in America
"The Jasmine Elsewhere Does Not Smell as Sweet": Iranian Immigrants Blend Past and Present Values to Survive in AmericaAdapting to fast-paced and complex America can be difficult for any immigrant, but for those from traditional Islamic societies --...
UNITED NATIONS REPORT: U.S. Votes against Requiring Israel to Fund Rebuilding of Qana U.N. Camp
UNITED NATIONS REPORT: U.S. Votes Against Requiring Israel to Fund Rebuilding of Qana U.N. CampEveryone knows that the U.S. Congress resents every cent spent on the U.N. and on peacekeeping. So when U.S. diplomats fought bitterly to defeat a move that...