Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XII, No. 3, April 3

Adrien Wing on Apartheid
ADRIEN WING ON APARTHEIDAdrien K. Wing, professor of comparative and U.S. constitutional law at the University of Iowa College of Law, spoke Feb. 20 at the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine in Washington, DC on "Apartheid Israeli-Style: A Comparative...
Alice's Kitchen
Alice's KitchenLinda Dalal Sawaya is an enthusiastic Lebanese-American cook who writes with family memories and love as her Alice's Kitchen shows. Sawaya is also a painter, graphic designer, photographer, children's book illustrator, and writer as well...
As Americans Learn the Facts They Are Turning against Netanyahu's Land-Grabbing Tactics
As Americans Learn the Facts They Are Turning Against Netanyahu's Land-Grabbing TacticsOlder Americans still differ so strongly over the Vietnamese War that it's a taboo subject in social conversation among casual acquaintances, like religion or like...
As War Clouds Gather over Kosovo and Serbia, Who Are the Adversaries and Their Allies?
As War Clouds Gather Over Kosovo and Serbia, Who Are the Adversaries and Their Allies?In the fighting that broke out in Kosovo in February, and which soon could involve major powers both in Europe and the Middle East, who are the adversaries?Ninety percent...
Boston University Professor Condemns Clinton's Palestine Policy
Boston University Professor Condemns Clinton's Palestine PolicyDespite both international and domestic pressure, President Clinton continues to avoid a strong role in the Middle East peace process, playing into the hands of Israeli hard-liners and leaving...
CAIRO COMMUNIQUE: Egyptians Get Economic and Environmental News to Cheer About
CAIRO COMMUNIQUE: Egyptians Get Economic and Environmental News to Cheer AboutCrowds of young men screaming "Allahu Akbar!" and waving Egyptian flags were marching across the El Tahrir bridge connecting downtown Tahrir Square with the island of Zamalek.Drivers...
CALIFORNIA CHRONICLE: Christians, Jews and Muslims Thronged Five Separate Los Angeles Rallies against Bombing Iraq
CALIFORNIA CHRONICLE: Christians, Jews and Muslims Thronged Five Separate Los Angeles Rallies Against Bombing IraqAs war clouds darkened February skies, proponents of peace staged rallies, demonstrations and programs imploring Washington to solve the...
CHRISTIANITY AND THE MIDDLE EAST: Deliver Food, Not Missiles, to Iraq, Churches Tell U.S. and U.K. Governments
CHRISTIANITY AND THE MIDDLE EAST: Deliver Food, Not Missiles, to Iraq, Churches Tell U.S. and U.K. GovernmentsAs American and British missiles and military manpower massed in the Persian Gulf in early February for possible action against Iraq, church...
Congressional Debate on Iraq More Thoughtful after Testimony of Non-Governmental Witnesses
Congressional Debate on Iraq More Thoughtful After Testimony of Non-Governmental WitnessesAs the Clinton administration was blindly reeling toward military action against Iraq in late January and early February, Congress all but abdicated its responsibility...
CONGRESS WATCH: Administration Requests 1999 Foreign Aid Increase and Full Funding for Israeli Military and Economic Aid
CONGRESS WATCH: Administration Requests 1999 Foreign Aid Increase And Full Funding for Israeli Military and Economic AidApart from the occasional glance toward Iraq (see p. 15), most congressional activity concerning the Middle East during this session...
Cool Clinton Response to Khatami Initiative Shows Israel-Inspired Dual Containment Policy Not Yet Dead
Cool Clinton Response to Khatami Initiative Shows Israel- Inspired Dual Containment Policy Not Yet DeadWhere Middle East policy is concerned, the United States suffers either from serious immaturity or, still worse, from foreign manipulation. It may...
Despite Repression, Turkey's Islamists Holding Their Own as Pressure Grows for New Elections
Despite Repression, Turkey's Islamists Holding Their Own as Pressure Grows for New ElectionsWhen Turkey's staunchly secular armed forces launched an all- out campaign to oust the pro-Islamic government of Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan a year ago,...
IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Mohammad T. Mehdi (1928-1998)
IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Mohammad T. Mehdi (1928-1998)Arab-American activist Dr. Mohammad Taki Mehdi, who died at age 70 of a heart attack in New York City on Feb. 23, has been called the "father of the Arab movement in America." He was the second son of El...
Iran Profiles Itself as a Regional Power Inside the Former U.S.S.R
Iran Profiles Itself as a Regional Power Inside the Former U.S.S.R.Iran's growing importance as a regional power is creating a dilemma for its northern neighbors in the Caucasus and Central Asia. The dilemma is how to reap the benefits of increased trade...
Israeli National Security Analyst Speaks at Mei
ISRAELI NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST SPEAKS AT MEIIsraeli national security analyst Dan Schueftan discussed "The Middle East of the Last 30 Years in Perspective" Feb. 25 at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC. Currently a lecturer at Haifa University...
Israeli Religious Intolerance and Rejection of the Peace Process Alienating Majority of American Jews
Israeli Religious Intolerance and Rejection of the Peace Process Alienating Majority of American JewsAs a result of growing religious intolerance in Israel and of the Israeli government's move away from the commitments made in the Oslo peace accords,...
JERUSALEM JOURNAL: With World Attention on Iraq, Israel Seized Opportunity to Demolish Record Number of Palestinian Homes
JERUSALEM JOURNAL: With World Attention on Iraq, Israel Seized Opportunity To Demolish Record Number of Palestinian HomesWhile the eyes of the world were riveted on developments in the recent U.S.-Iraqi standoff, the Israeli government seized the opportunity...
LETTER FROM LEBANON: Syria and Iran Make Significant Gestures in Lebanon
LETTER FROM LEBANON: Syria and Iran Make Significant Gestures in LebanonHe thought (as did most Lebanese political observers) he had the unlimited support of Damascus and that he could go on defying the authority of the Lebanese government and maybe...
Mei Hosts a Panel Discussion on the Rights of Women and Children in Iran
MEI HOSTS A PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN IRANA panel discussion on the rights of women and children in Iran was held at the Middle East Institute on March 11, 1998. Panelists discussed developments surrounding the national...
MIDDLE EAST HISTORY: IT HAPPENED IN APRIL; How George Shultz Became the Most Pro-Israel Secretary of State
MIDDLE EAST HISTORY: IT HAPPENED IN APRIL; How George Shultz Became the Most Pro-Israel Secretary Of StateIt was 15 years ago, on April 14, 1983, that a chorus of criticism of Secretary of State George Pratt Shultz reached a crescendo in The Washington...
National Muslim-American Groups Oppose Military Action in Iraq
NATIONAL MUSLIM-AMERICAN GROUPS OPPOSE MILITARY ACTION IN IRAQRepresentatives of a number of U.S. national Muslim religious, political and social action groups spoke at a Feb. 24 conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The conference...
Pakistanis Differ over Nawaz Sharif's First Year in Office
Pakistanis Differ Over Nawaz Sharif's First Year in OfficeUpon completion of its first year in office on Feb. 6, 1998, Pakistani Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif's Muslim League government claimed: "We stopped institutionalized corruption, massive political...
"Political Islam and the West" Conference in Cyprus Attracts 600 Participants
"Political Islam and the West" Conference in Cyprus Attracts 600 ParticipantsA conference on "Political Islam and the West" attracted some 600 participants in Cyprus Oct. 30 and 31. More than 30 speakers delivered their papers in eight tightly-arranged...
Prospects for Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Lessons from Lebanon
PROSPECTS FOR FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION: LESSONS FROM LEBANONGeorge Irani, senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and professor of political science at Balamand University in Kaoura, Lebanon, and Laurie King-Irani, director of development...
The American University Hosts a Symposium on Islam and Peace in the 21st Century
THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY HOSTS A SYMPOSIUM ON ISLAM AND PEACE IN THE 21 ST CENTURY.Sponsored by Nonviolence International, American University's Center for Global Peace, and The Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace, a round-table symposium on "Islam...
The Future of Palestinian Society and Politics
THE FUTURE OF PALESTINIAN SOCIETY AND POLITICSThe Middle East Institute and George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs co-sponsored a half-day conference on the university campus on Friday, Feb. 13. The topic of the conference...
TRI-STATE TALK: NOTES FROM GREATER NEW YORK; Thousands of New Yorkers Turn out Feb. 28 for Second Major Demonstration against Strike on Iraq
TRI-STATE TALK: NOTES FROM GREATER NEW YORK; Thousands of New Yorkers Turn Out Feb. 28 for Second Major Demonstration Against Strike on IraqU.S. threats to bomb Iraq have galvanized those members of the public who never seem to be included in the polls...
What Price Holocaustmania? the Specter of Hitler That Drives Washington's "Israel First" Mideast Policy
What Price Holocaustmania? The Specter of Hitler That Drives Washington's "Israel First" Mideast PolicyIf Adolf Hitler were able to look up to earth from the depths of hell, a broad smile would break out on the Führer's face. Far from being forgotten...
Year-Long Exhibit on Michigan's Arab-American Community to Be Shown in Detroit, Lansing
Year-Long Exhibit on Michigan's Arab-American Community to Be Shown in Detroit, LansingThe Detroit Historical Museum is hosting an exhibition celebrating the uniqueness and historical complexity of Michigan's ArabAmerican community from March 20 through...