Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XIII, No. 5, February

An Investment in Bosnia's Future
An Investment in Bosnia's FutureBy Aisha (Gray Henry) GouverneurBy now there are many Americans who are participating personally in relief efforts for the people of Bosnia, and many more who would like to become involved. There are various ways to do...
Behind the Headlines: Israeli Legalized Torture Undermines Chances of Reconciliation
Behind the Headlines: Israeli Legalized Torture Undermines Chances of ReconciliationBy Kathryn Casa"Four interrogators came into the room and said, `We are going to kill you. You will not come out of here alive. You will leave here only dead or insane....
Berber: Linguistic "Substratum" of North African Arabic
Berber: Linguistic "Substratum" of North African ArabicBy Professor Ernest N. McCarusThe term "Berber" is applied to the various languages or dialects spoken by the Berbers, who are found in North Africa from the Canary Islands in the Atlantic to the...
Cairo Communique: Mubarak Slows Egypt's Privatization Drive
Cairo Communique: Mubarak Slows Egypt's Privatization DriveBy James J. NapoliEgypt was never anything but a reluctant bride for privatization of its economy, but even the faint celebratory ululations are beginning to trail off. The wedding guests are...
California Chronicle: Composer Marcel Khalife Finishes U.S. Tour
California Chronicle: Composer Marcel Khalife Finishes U.S. TourBy Pat and Samir TwairMarcel Khalife is considered by many critics to be the foremost contemporary composer of the Arab world. The Washington Report caught up with him in Los Angeles, the...
Christianity and the Middle East: UWM Honors Co-Founder of Islamic-Christian Dialogue
Christianity and the Middle East: UWM Honors Co-Founder of Islamic-Christian DialogueBy the Rev. L. Humphrey WalzWhen interviewed about the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee's presentation of its 1994 Distinguished Public Service Award to Abbas Hamdani,...
Fayruz Concert Inaugurates Beirut Reconstruction Project
Fayruz Concert Inaugurates Beirut Reconstruction ProjectBy Nuha MarchiWhen Fayruz, the beloved diva of Lebanese and Arab song, stepped onto the stage in the once beautiful and historic Martyrs Square in Beirut, some 40,000 Lebanese admirers instantly...
For Palestinians under a "Siege of Starvation," There Is Still No Peace
For Palestinians Under a "Siege of Starvation," There Is Still No PeaceBy Rachelle MarshallLike a shady contractor hoping a coat of paint will hide the cracks in the walls until he can sell the house, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is trying to...
Helms Backs off Cutting Israel Aid
Helms Backs Off Cutting Israel AidBy Eugene BirdThe GOP earthquake in Washington has left all three sides in the Middle East peace process (Israel, the Arabs and the administration of Bill Clinton) puzzled. Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC), the likely chairman...
In Memoriam: Samir Odeh; 1951-1994
In Memoriam: Samir Odeh; 1951-1994By Mary AbowdAnd they searched his chestBut they could find only his heartAnd they searched his heartBut they could find only his peopleMahmoud Darwish, Earth PoemIn the early hours of Oct. 11, 1994, Samir Ibrahim Ahmed...
Issues in Islam: "Criticism" without Context
Issues in Islam: "Criticism" Without ContextBy Greg NoakesThe American Muslim community has been in an uproar for weeks about self-described "terrorism expert" Steven Emerson's hour-long documentary "Jihad in America," which aired Nov. 21 on public television....
Journey through the "New Middle East": Fall 1994; Palestinian Birth Pains in Gaza
Journey Through the "New Middle East": Fall 1994; Palestinian Birth Pains in GazaIt took less than an hour to drive in the early morning from Amman down the winding highway to the Jordan River border with Israel. The previous night there had been a prolonged...
Journey through the "New Middle East": Fall 1994; Qatar; "Desert Drizzle" Makes a Friendship Bloom
Journey Through the "New Middle East": Fall 1994; Qatar; "Desert Drizzle" Makes a Friendship BloomBy Richard CurtissThe Gulf Airways flight from Frankfurt to Abu Dhabi was only a quarter full. The plane I boarded in the United Arab Emirates for the 45-minute...
Journey through the "New Middle East": Fall 1994; Saudi Arabia; Big, Bothered and Bedeviled
Journey Through the "New Middle East": Fall 1994; Saudi Arabia; Big, Bothered and BedeviledOn the evening of my arrival in Saudi Arabia, President Bill Clinton also was arriving for the last of his pre-election visits to six Middle East countries in...
Journey through the "New Middle East": Fall 1994; the United Arab Emirates; A Passion for Stability
Journey Through the "New Middle East": Fall 1994; The United Arab Emirates; A Passion for StabilityThe journey from Abu Dhabi's futuristic airport into the capital of the seven-member United Arab Emirates is startling for first-time visitors. From the...
"Leave and Lift" or "Lift and Strike"? in Bosnia, Muslim Units Ready to Replace Reluctant British, French
"Leave and Lift" or "Lift and Strike"? In Bosnia, Muslim Units Ready to Replace Reluctant British, FrenchBy Richard H. Curtiss"Once it marginalized human rights considerations, the ideals of the U.N. charter and the claims of justice, in the name of...
Letter from Lebanon: Reconstruction Is Frustrating Process for Ordinary Lebanese
Letter From Lebanon: Reconstruction is Frustrating Process for Ordinary LebaneseBy Marilyn RaschkaWhen residents of a country, and the armies of its neighbors, have spent more than 15 years tearing the country apart--and driving out the members of the...
Middle East History: It Happened in February; Israeli Commission Calls Occupation Policies "A Systematic Miscarriage of Justice"
MIDDLE EAST HISTORY: IT HAPPENED IN FEBRUARY; Israeli Commission Calls Occupation Policies "A Systematic Miscarriage of Justice"By Donald NeffIt was 11 years ago, on Feb. 9, 1984, that a report prepared by a special commission appointed by the Israeli...
Middle East History: It Happened in January; Israel Seeks "Neutrality" between U.S., Soviet Union
MIDDLE EAST HISTORY: IT HAPPENED IN JANUARY; Israel Seeks "Neutrality" Between U.S., Soviet UnionBy Donald NeffIt was 46 years ago, on Jan. 13, 1949, that The New York Times reported Israel sought to steer a neutral course between the United States and...
Palestine's Dismemberment
Palestine's DismembermentBy Paul FindleyWhen President George Bush stood firm in the fall of 1991 in a showdown that months later put Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir out of office, he unwittingly made possible a series of momentous political changes....
Pentagon Questions Benefits of Israel's U.S.-Funded "Arrow" Project
Pentagon Questions Benefits of Israel's U.S.-Funded "Arrow" ProjectBy Tim KennedyJohn Deutch, the second most powerful man at the Pentagon, has threatened to withhold continued support for the joint U.S.-Israeli "Arrow" anti-missile program unless officials...
Talking Turkey: U.S. and West Strain Turkish East-West Link
Talking Turkey: U.S. and West Strain Turkish East-West LinkBy James M. DorseyThe opening at Edirne in western Turkey of a key link of the first Europe-to-Ankara superhighway began with a throat-slashing rather than a ribbon-cutting.As a knife-wielding...
The Armenian-Azerbaijani Dispute as Seen from the U.S.: An Experienced Armenian Lobby Opposes Azerbaijan
The Armenian-Azerbaijani Dispute As Seen From the U.S.: An Experienced Armenian Lobby Opposes AzerbaijanBy Dr. Mahir Ibrahimov and Erjan KurbanovThe activities of the Armenian lobby in the U.S. are coordinated by the several Armenian organizations: Armenian...
The Armenian-Azerbaijani Dispute as Seen from the U.S.: Turkish, Azerbaijani Blockades of Armenia and Karabakh Waste U.S. Tax Dollars
The Armenian-Azerbaijani Dispute As Seen From the U.S.: Turkish, Azerbaijani Blockades of Armenia and Karabakh Waste U.S. Tax DollarsBy Ross VartianOne of the most misunder-stood conflicts on the territory of the former Soviet Union is that between Azerbaijan...
The Clintons: American Hostages in the Holy Land
The Clintons: American Hostages In The Holy LandBy Grace HalsellPresident Bill Clinton is a very "Christian" man--he will tell you so. But like TV evangelist Jerry Falwell and several million other "Christian Zionists" in the United States, the American...
The Contrasting Media Treatment of Israeli and Islamic Death Threats
The Contrasting Media Treatment of Israeli and Islamic Death ThreatsBy Victor OstrovskyI was seated in the Ottawa studios of Canadian Television's "Canada A.M.," getting ready for an interview with Valerie Pringle, hostess of Canada's national morning...
To Tell the Truth: Israel's Unthinkable Debate; Abolishing the Law of Return
To Tell the Truth: Israel's Unthinkable Debate; Abolishing the Law of ReturnBy Leon T. HadarSince Israel's establishment, its "Law of Return" has guaranteed automatic citizenship to any Jew who sets foot in the Holy Land. The conventional wisdom has...