Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XI, No. 3, November

AAI Says Congressional Meddling Disrupts the Peace Process
AAI Says Congressional Meddling Disrupts the Peace ProcessThe American Arab Institute (AAI) held a press conference on July 25 to discuss recent congressional resolutions endangering the peace process. AAI president Dr/ James Zogby and news and defense...
A CLOSER LOOK AT.The U.S.-Israel "Strategic Relationship" and Those Who Choose to Support It
A CLOSER LOOK AT...The U.S.-Israel "Strategic Relationship" And Those Who Choose to Support It"Some in the United States question the levels of aid and general commitment to Israel, and argue that a U.S. bias toward Israel operates at the expense of...
ADC President Responds to Albright Speech
ADC President Responds to Albright SpeechAfter an Aug. 6 teleconference call placed to eight Arab American leaders by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, one day after Albright's Middle East policy speech at the National Press Club in Washington,...
AMA Omaha Protests Award
AMA Omaha Protests AwardThe Omaha chapter of the American Muslim Alliance joined with students and faculty members to protest the granting of an honorary doctorate of humane letters by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) to Moshe Katsav, Israel's...
Armenians Rally 'Round "Angel of Karabagh"
ARMENIANS RALLY 'ROUND "ANGEL OF KARABAGH"Just as Arab Americans gather to strategize against the Israeli takeover of Arab East Jerusalem, Armenian Americans are trying to save the tiny Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabagh from being absorbed by Azerbaijan.While...
As Netanyahu Dismantles Peace Process, Israelis Wait in Vain for Clinton Intervention
As Netanyahu Dismantles Peace Process, Israelis Wait in Vain for Clinton InterventionAs israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continues dismantling the six-year-old American-initiated "peace process," and blaming the Palestinians for its destruction,...
As U.S. Shifts in Bosnia, NATO Gets Serious about War Criminals
As U.S. Shifts in Bosnia, NATO Gets Serious About War Criminals"If there was a heart of the Bosnian darkness, it was Prijedor." -- Author Christopher Bennett, Christian Science Monitor, July 18, 1997."Fear of casualties is what inhibits NATO and keeps...
Builders for Peace: Another Casualty in Dying Peace Process
Builders for Peace: Another Casualty in Dying Peace ProcessA casualty of the derailed American peacemaking effort in the Middle East is Builders for Peace, the joint initiative launched in 1993 by former Rep. Mel Levine (D-CA) and Arab-American Institute...
CANADA CALLING: Toronto Man Charged with Inciting Hatred toward Muslims
CANADA CALLING: Toronto Man Charged With Inciting Hatred Toward MuslimsThe Metropolitan Toronto Police charged a Toronto man on July 1 with inciting hatred against Muslims. The Criminal Code charge of "willfully promoting hatred toward an identifiable...
CHRISTIANITY AND THE MIDDLE EAST: Quakers Continue Fight against Palestinian Deportations
CHRISTIANITY AND THE MIDDLE EAST: Quakers Continue Fight Against Palestinian DeportationsQuaker standards for Christian engagement in public affairs include thoughtful appraisal of the essential facts of any given troublesome situation, alertness to...
Congress and the Pentagon Add $464 Million in Aid to Israel for 1998
Congress and the Pentagon Add $464 Million in Aid to Israel for 1998Congress added nearly $150 million to the 1998 Defense Authorization Act, the bill that sets spending limits for the U.S. Department of Defense, for Israeli-produced or co-produced military...
EDNA'S ESSAYS: AN ISRAELI-AMERICAN TRAVELER ALONG THE AMERICAN WAY; by Any Other Name, It's Still Annexation
EDNA'S ESSAYS: AN ISRAELI-AMERICAN TRAVELER ALONG THE AMERICAN WAY; By Any Other Name, It's Still AnnexationA short while ago, I had a telephone conversation with a longtime friend in Israel. She reported enthusiastically about her day-long visit and...
For Kurdish Refugees, Resettlement in Boston Brings New Battles
For Kurdish Refugees, Resettlement in Boston Brings New BattlesEach morning Anwar, 42, says good-bye to his wife and two young children and leaves their apartment in a run-down section of Boston. Elbowing his way through the rush hour crowds, Anwar steps...
Harvard Museum Highlights Splendor of Imperial Islam
HARVARD MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS SPLENDOR OF IMPERIAL ISLAMThey were the last and they were the mightiest of the great Islamic dynasties: the Ottomans of Turkey, the Safavids of Persia and the Mughals of India. During the 500 years (from the 14th to the early...
India, Pakistan and the United States: Breaking with the Past
India, Pakistan and the United States: Breaking With the PastQuestioning the wisdom of a "hands-off" U.S. policy toward South Asia in the postCold War period, Shirin R. Tahir-Kheli, in her new book published by the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations,...
Lebanon Travel Ban Lifted
Lebanon Travel Ban LiftedFinally! Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announced July 30 that she is lifting the 10-year-old restriction on travel to Lebanon by U.S. citizens, replacing it with a strong "travel advisory." At a press conference on the...
Middle East Institute Considers Plight of Palestinian Refugees
Middle East Institute Considers Plight of Palestinian RefugeesMaya Ayoub of the Palestinian Children's Relief Fund and Dr. Peter Gubser of American Near East Refugee Aid presented their views of the current status of Palestinian refugees in the Middle...
Officials from Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and Mauritania Tour U.S. to Study Role of Legislators in Democracy
Officials From Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and Mauritania Tour U.S. to Study Role of Legislators in DemocracyOfficial visitors from Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and Mauritania participated in a U.S. Information Agency project for Arabic-speaking countries to study...
Sisterhood Is Global Institute Presents Human Rights Manual at MEI
Sisterhood is Global Institute Presents Human Rights Manual at MEIThe Middle East Institute hosted Mahnaz Afkhami, executive director of the Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI), and Haleh Vaziri, currently a post -- doctoral fellow at Harvard University's...
Suicide Bombs Result of Netanyahu's Trickery and Arafat's Inaction
Suicide Bombs Result of Netanyahu's Trickery and Arafat's InactionLong before July's disastrous suicide bombings occurred in West Jerusalem there was little doubt among Palestinians that the peace process was on its last legs. In fact, there was little...
TALKING TURKEY: Turkey's Military Continues Crackdown on Islam in Public Life
TALKING TURKEY: Turkey's Military Continues Crackdown on Islam in Public LifeThirty-year-old Turkan Akbay always thought she could be both Turkish and devoutly Muslim, believing she was part of this secular democracy despite her headscarf and ankle-length...
THE SUBCONTINENT: Fifty Years of India and Pakistan; Dual Histories of Lost Opportunities
THE SUBCONTINENT: Fifty Years of India and Pakistan; Dual Histories of Lost OpportunitiesAs both India and Pakistan celebrated their 50th anniversaries of independence in August of this year, there were obvious regrets. Most Indians acknowledge today...
The Troubling Reticence over U.S. "Terrorism" Cases
The Troubling Reticence Over U.S. "Terrorism" Cases"There is certainly a legitimate public curiosity to the question of was there a great force behind this, and if there was, who was it?" -- Federal prosecutor Henry J. DePippo, who tried the World Trade...
The U.S. Lends a Hand as Israel Revives Old Hostilities
The U.S. Lends a Hand As Israel Revives Old HostilitiesIn the first 14 months after Binyamin Netanyahu became Israel's prime minister, relations between Israel and the Arabs plunged from a high of wary trustfulness to street battles between Palestinian...
UNITED NATIONS REPORT: Plain Talk from General Assembly's Special Report on Israel's Jews-Only Settlements
UNITED NATIONS REPORT: Plain Talk From General Assembly's Special Report on Israel's Jews-Only SettlementsDuring the previous Likud Party administration, under Yitzhak Shamir, Israel treated the U.N. as Arab-occupied territory. Its churlishness was made...