Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XIII, No. 2, March

After Wye, What? on May 4 Palestinians Can Turn Oslo Accord Lemons into Lemonade
After Wye, What? On May 4 Palestinians Can Turn Oslo Accord Lemons Into Lemonade"The five years have passed and the Palestinians are not a jot closer to independence, or even the trappings of independence. They have little control over their land, and...
After Wye, What? Settler Colonialism: Peace of the Weak to Wye's Rebirth of Apartheid
After Wye, What? Settler Colonialism: Peace of the Weak to Wye's Rebirth of ApartheidIn the Middle East, ironies abound. But none is more replete with them than the recent history of Palestine. The era of decolonization began in August 1947 with the...
Boston Activists Slam Israeli Human Rights Violations against Palestinians
Boston Activists Slam Israeli Human Rights Violations Against PalestiniansOn the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations, a group of Boston activists charges Israel with blatant and serious human rights violations....
"Compensation" vs. "Restitution": What's in a Word?
"COMPENSATION" VS. "RESTITUTION": WHAT'S IN A WORD?As the pro-Israel effort continues unchallenged in defining the Palestine problem in the mind of the U.S. public, one has to remain constantly vigilant to avoid falling under its spell.For example, when...
Dealing with Iraq's Provocative Leadership While Helping Its Suffering People Requires Fresh Policy
Dealing With Iraq's Provocative Leadership While Helping Its Suffering People Requires Fresh PolicyThe recent behavior of the Iraqi leadership has placed in sharp focus the problem that this regime has created for the broader Arab world.For several years...
Fabled Royal Graves of Ur Exhibit Opens Nationwide Three-Year Tour in Southern California
Fabled Royal Graves of Ur Exhibit Opens Nationwide Three-Year Tour in Southern CaliforniaIn 1922 the discovery of Tutankhamen's treasure-filled tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings captured headlines the world over. Five years later, when news broke of...
Fazilet (Virtue), Though the Country's Largest Party, Is Ignored in Formation of Turkey's 56th Government
Fazilet (Virtue), Though the Country's Largest Party, Is Ignored in Formation of Turkey's 56th GovernmentAfter the lapse of 57 days, three political parties with diverse aims and political traditions have finally formed a leftist minority government...
Five Mistakes of U.S. Policymakers in the Muslim World
Five Mistakes of U.S. Policymakers in the Muslim WorldThe First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides in part: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." There...
Former Pakistani Foreign Secretary Sultan Mohammed Khan's Colorful Life Parallels His Country's History
Former Pakistani Foreign Secretary Sultan Mohammed Khan's Colorful Life Parallels His County's HistorySultan Mohammed Khan is a retired Pakistani foreign service officer who now lives in Potomac, Maryland. A consummate diplomat who served his country...
Gulf Cooperation Council Will Meet Twice a Year for Improved Coordination of Positions and Efforts
Gulf Cooperation Council Will Meet Twice a Year for Improved Coordination of Positions and EffortsVisitors to the 19th Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC) sessions held in Abu Dhabi's Intercontinental Hotel on Dec. 7, 8 and 9 found the UAE's capital...
Jerusalem's Silent Conquest: By Denying Palestinians Equal Rights Israelis Expedite Palestinian Expulsion
Jerusalem's Silent Conquest: By Denying Palestinians Equal Rights Israelis Expedite Palestinian ExpulsionFollowing a brief meeting with the hospital's director, Hadas Ziv and Salah Haj Yihyee from Physicians for Human Rights entered the maternity ward....
"Jerusalem Women Speak" Tour Succeeds despite Attrition
"Jerusalem Women Speak" Tour Succeeds Despite AttritionThe second in a series of "Jerusalem Women Speak" tours started Jan. 7 in New York City in snow, ice and biting wind with Nahla Asali, Michal Shohat and Fatin Muhawi meeting with the Council on Foreign...
Letter from Lebanon: Lebanese Brace for Possible Israeli Military Attacks in Run Up to Israel's National Election in May
LETTER FROM LEBANON: Lebanese Brace for Possible Israeli Military Attacks In Run Up to Israel's National Election in MayThere is growing fear in Lebanon that, with Israeli elections scheduled in May, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu may seek...
Mahjabeen's Musings: A Muslim-American Pilgrim along the American Way; Karachi Visit; A Harrowing Return to a Collapsing Political Order
MAHJABEEN'S MUSINGS: A MUSLIM-AMERICAN PILGRIM ALONG THE AMERICAN WAY: Karachi Visit; A Harrowing Return to a Collapsing Political OrderA visit to Karachi is almost a surreal experience. After living there a few years, you do get adjusted to the contradictions...
Muslim-American and Arab-American Coordination Councils Hold "Landmark" Joint Meeting
Muslim-American and Arab-American Coordination Councils Hold "Landmark" Joint MeetingWhat all participants agreed was a "landmark" joint meeting of the four major Arab-American and five largest Muslim-American political organizations was held Jan. 23...
Oil Price Blues Force Lower Budgets, Restructuring in the Region
Oil Price Blues Force Lower Budgets, Restructuring In the RegionThe new year was not a happy occasion for oil-producing states. Many of the countries of the region saw their budgets fall into chaos in 1998 and when they looked to the coming year -- well,...
Pakistani Community Warmly Welcomes Premier Washington Showing of "Jinnah"
Pakistani Community Warmly Welcomes Premier Washington Showing of "Jinnah"Hundreds of Pakistanis and Pakistani-Americans turned out Jan. 23 for the premier showing in the U.S. national capital of "Jinnah," a beautifully produced full-length feature film...
Pakistan's Prime Minister Concentrates on Constitutional Amendments to Shore Up Government
Pakistan's Prime Minister Concentrates on Constitutional Amendments to Shore Up GovernmentThe law-and-order situation inside the country remains precarious, uncertainties in the city of Karachi persist and Pakistan's economy is far from healthy. However,...
Palestine Forum: After Wye, What? Peace Is Possible - but Only If Palestinians Get Their Own State
PALESTINE Forum: After Wye, What? Peace is Possible -- But Only if Palestinians Get Their Own StateBecause it is a fair-to-middling certainty that there will be trouble in the Middle East during 1999, I thought this might be a good time to do a little...
Revisiting "Unknown Oman": America's Ambassador to Oman Is First Woman Envoy to Any GCC Country
Revisiting "Unknown Oman": America's Ambassador to Oman Is First Woman Envoy to Any GCC CountryWhen she arrived in Muscat three years ago Frances Cook was America's first woman ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman. That made her the first female American...
Revisiting "Unknown Oman": Looking for Flaws in the Most Attractive Member of the Class
Revisiting "Unknown Oman": Looking for Flaws in the Most Attractive Member Of the ClassIn an old Anglo-American folk song, a family asks, "Where have you been Billy Boy, Billy Boy?" "Charming Billy" responds that he has found a delightful young lady...
Revisiting "Unknown Oman": Oman's Successful Child-Spacing Program Elevates National Health Standards Generally
Revisiting "Unknown Oman": Oman's Successful Child-Spacing Program Elevates National Health Standards GenerallyOmani Minister of Health Dr. A. Moosa is both a grave and genial medical doctor who can effortlessly spin off statistics to answer any question...
The Full Story of American Spies Operating within UNSCOM Mission in Iraq Remains a Mystery
The Full Story of American Spies Operating Within UNSCOM Mission in Iraq Remains a MysteryLast year while I was visiting a Middle East country a friend working in that country's Foreign Ministry told me some intriguing things he and other diplomats had...
The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: A River Runs Backward through It
The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: A River Runs Backward Through ItFrom Wye River to Jerusalem and Gaza, to Iraq, on the road to impeachment and trial of William Jefferson Clinton, his administration must be given credit for trying to bring U.S....
Timing of December Air Strikes on Iraq Invites Debate on President Clinton's Motives
Timing of December Air Strikes on Iraq Invites Debate On President Clinton's MotivesThe British detention of former Chilean strongman Augusto Pinochet to face extradition to Spain on charges that he made Spanish citizens in Chile "disappear" forever,...
United Nations Report: Pre-Ramadan Bombings of Iraq Bring UNSCOM Inspections and Failed U.S.-U.K. Policy to Dead End
UNITED NATIONS REPORT: Pre-Ramadan Bombings of Iraq Bring UNSCOM Inspections and Failed U.S.-U.K. Policy to Dead EndThe pre-Ramadan bombings of Iraq were not authorized by the United Nations, but what is equally important is that they were evidently...
When in Muscat, "Check out the New Hyatt Regency Hotel"
When in Muscat, "Check Out the New Hyatt Regency Hotel""Since you're going to Muscat, check out the new Hyatt Regency hotel there," my son-in-law, who had just visited Oman, told me only a day or two before I left. I was already booked at the Muscat...
Wye Sowing the Seeds of Future Trouble
Wye Sowing the Seeds of Future TroubleRecent images on the television screens and in newspapers show immense change in how an Arab named Yasser Arafat is being treated. One image: the president of the United States warmly welcoming Arafat to the dais...