Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. X, No. 8, May 31

AAPG Poetry Festival Draws Record Audience
AAPG Poetry Festival Draws Record AudienceArabs love poetry and if you have any doubts about this, they would have been dispelled by the crowd of 350 people who filled the American Druze Society Center on Feb. 20 for the 12th annual Poetry Festival of...
A Celebration of Selflessness: Free at Last; the Awesome Sacrifice of Palestine's 30 Joans of Arc
A Celebration of Selflessness: Free at Last; The Awesome Sacrifice Of Palestine's 30 Joans of ArcOmaima Aghah had a normal morning with her seven children. She gave them breakfast, saw four of them off to elementary school, two off to high school and...
After Sales to Iraq Begin - What?
After Sales to Iraq Begin -- What?By the end of February, the United Nations had approved 33 contracts for Iraq to sell oil on the international markets. The proceeds amount to $518 million and the Iraqi government can now use the money to buy food,...
American Engineer under Investigation for Passing Secrets to Israel
American Engineer Under Investigation For Passing Secrets to IsraelPentagon and FBI officials announced in February that a civilian employee of the U.S. Army's Tank Armor Automotive Command (TACOM) in Warren, MI is under investigation for allegedly passing...
An American Dreyfus Affair: The Case of Mousa Abu Marzook
An American Dreyfus Affair: The Case of Mousa Abu MarzookThe fin de siécle case of French Army Captain Alfred Dreyfus made history for two reasons. His 1894 conviction of spying for Germany, and the subsequent refusal of French courts to reopen the case...
A Personal Reminiscence: Vignettes from Jerusalem the Golden
A Personal Reminiscence: Vignettes From Jerusalem the GoldenJerusalem Is A Golden Bowl; Full of Scorpions -- Attributed to an American Consul early this century.A young journalist whom I've never met asked me over the telephone recently, "Was Mrs. [Bertha...
AUB Researcher Questions Lebanese Construction Efforts
AUB Researcher Questions Lebanese Construction EffortsTrying to repair its crumbling buildings and infrastructure, Lebanon is moving at full speed to build and renovate. Despite the new apartment houses and office buildings, the question still remains:...
A View from the Hill: U.S. Congressional Delegations Join Protesters in Belgrade
A View From the Hill: U.S. Congressional Delegations Join Protestor's in BelgradeLeaders of three successive congressional delegations to the former Yugoslavia are taking at least partial credit for Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic's mid-February...
Cairo Communique: A Satanic Khamsiin Blows through Egypt
Cairo Communiqué: A Satanic Khamsiin Blows Through EgyptThe young rocker -- let's call him Khaled -- was in a panic.His best friends, including people with whom he had played in a popular rock band, had been arrested in January. There were reports that...
Campaign Finance Reform: Will Israel's Lobby Get the Same Scrutiny as China?
Campaign Finance Reform: Will Israel's Lobby Get the Same Scrutiny as China?On Jan. 21 at the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine, Ambassador Andrew I. Killgore, one of seven complainants in an ongoing legal complaint against the American Israel...
Canada Calling: Parliament Approves Canada-Israel Free-Trade Deal
Canada Calling: Parliament Approves Canada-Israel Free-Trade DealDespite objections from Arab-Canadian groups and after more than two years of negotiations, Canada and Israel signed a long-awaited free-trade agreement that came into effect Jan. 1, 1997....
Crisis Point in the Peace Process: Israel Negotiates New Agreements While It Violates Old Ones
Crisis Point in the Peace Process: Israel Negotiates New Agreements While It Violates Old OnesIsraeli and Palestinian negotiators resumed talks on Feb. 16 with all the formalities that accompany this by now familiar ritual. And as usual the charade of...
Crisis Point in the Peace Process: Only World's Muslims Can Save Palestine without a Bloodbath
Crisis Point in the Peace Process: Only World's Muslims Can Save Palestine Without a Bloodbath"I am building Har Homa next week, and nothing is going to stop me."-- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, March 13, 1997."To the Palestinians, it looks...
Defense and Intelligence: U.S. Press Speculation and Clinton Statement Threaten Saudi F-16 Buy
Defense and Intelligence: U.S. Press Speculation and Clinton Statement Threaten Saudi F-16 BuyPress speculation and public statements made by President Bill Clinton during Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's February visit to the United States...
Forum Evaluates U.S. Role as "Honest Broker" of Peace Process
Forum Evaluates U.S. Role as "Honest Broker" of Peace ProcessThe Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine, the Washington, DC-based educational program of The Jerusalem Fund, held a Feb. 6 symposium entitled "Honest Broker? U.S. Policy and the Middle...
French Islam et Occident Conference Stresses Muslim Moderation, Tolerance
French Islam et Occident Conference Stresses Muslim Moderation, ToleranceNowhere else in the West is there currently the intensity of anti-Islamic feeling that exists in France. In southern France and especially in the Marseille area, where nostalgia...
Islam in Canada: First Eid Al-Fitr at Parliament Hill
Islam in Canada: First Eid al-Fitr at Parliament HillMore than 300 persons attended a function at Parliament Hill in Ottawa marking the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. The event was co-sponsored by the Muslim Educational and Cultural Association...
Israel Carries out Massive House Demolitions throughout West Bank
Israel Carries Out Massive House Demolitions Throughout West BankThe entire West Bank is under attack as Israel goes on a house demolition rampage in its attempt to transfer thousands of Palestinians living in rural areas under Israeli control while...
Israel Comes to the Rescue of Africa's Most Corrupt Ruler
Israel Comes to the Rescue of Africa's Most Corrupt RulerAccording to legend, Zionism is a national liberation movement that culminated in the founding of a democratic Jewish state dedicated to fulfilling the biblical injunction that Israel shall be...
Israeli Death Squads Still Active in West Bank
Israeli Death Squads Still Active in West BankMohamad Abad al-Aziz Hilu, 57 years old and the father of 10 children, was murdered last month by an Israeli undercover squad known as Mistaravim -- an elite, dangerous, trigger-happy, secret group of soldiers...
Israel Seeks U.S. Permission to Launch Rockets from NASA Facility in Virginia
Israel Seeks U.S. Permission to Launch Rockets From NASA Facility in VirginiaThe Clinton administration currently is considering a request by the Israeli-government-owned defense conglomerate Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) to launch its "Shavit II"...
Kuwaitis Call for Prisoner Release
Kuwaitis Call for Prisoner ReleaseWhen Kuwait was invaded by Iraqi forces in 1991, soldiers took Ahmed Baqer to Basra as a prisoner of war. There he spent seven months in a prison camp with thousands of other Kuwaitis. Now Baqer is the secretary of the...
Letter from Lebanon: Paradise Found and Ruined
Letter From Lebanon: Paradise Found and RuinedLebanon's best-loved songbird, Feyrouz, has always had a soft spot for her country's villages. Her tonal portraits of grape-laden arbors, sweet maidens gathering around village wells, and orange blossoms...
Mahjabeen's Musings: Muslim Traveler along the American Way; What's in a Name? Headaches If You Share One with Iraq's Strongman
Mahjabeen's Musings: Muslim Traveler Along the American Way; What's in a Name? Headaches if You Share One With Iraq's StrongmanLife as a Muslim in these United States is indeed interesting -- with the word "interesting" retaining all the more dubious...
News from New York: Kevorkian Center Speaker Describes Israel's Colonial Logic
News From New York: Kevorkian Center Speaker Describes Israel's Colonial LogicAt the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University, Tom Abowd spoke on "Excavating Israel's Colonial Logic." A Columbia University Ph.D. candidate...
Northwest News: Portland State Leads Formation of Oregon Middle East Studies Consortium
Northwest News: Portland State Leads Formation of Oregon Middle East Studies ConsortiumThe founding meeting of the Oregon Middle East Studies Consortium (OMESC) was held at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon on January 25. It is the first statewide...
PAC Watch: Pro-Israel PAC Donations Soared in Final Months of 1996 Election Cycle
PAC Watch: Pro-Israel PAC Donations Soared in Final Months of 1996 Election CycleWhen pro-Israel PACs were singing the blues early in 1996 about decreasing contributions from members, it seems they were only fooling. Actual contributions to individual...
Saudi Reflections: Arabs Must Stand Firm against Pressure
Saudi Reflections: Arabs Must Stand Firm Against PressureLike vultures with their sharpened talons streaking toward their unsuspecting prey, the two freely supplied American helicopters with their deadly cargo of Israeli crack commandos and weapons and...
Scholar Discusses Political Islam
Scholar Discusses Political IslamTaking a critical yet respectful look at political Islam, Emery University professor Abdullahi An-Na'im told an audience at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC Feb. 18 that current...
Scholars Discuss Jerusalem at MEI Conference
Scholars Discuss Jerusalem at MEI Conference"There can be no solution to Jerusalem that leaves everybody with less than they really want," said New York University professor Arthur Hertzberg. "This will do nothing more than provide sullenness." For this...
Shuttling in Place: An Albright-Clinton Invention
SHUTTLING IN PLACE: AN ALBRIGHT-CLINTON INVENTIONALL SECRETARIES OF STATE come into office hoping to meet regularly with their opposite numbers from the world's major powers, and to limit the time consumed by crisis control missions to the world's flashpoints,...
South Africa May Upgrade Syrian Tanks despite U.S. Pressure
South Africa May Upgrade Syrian Tanks Despite U.S. PressureSouth Africa's announcement in January that its Denel arms company was competing for an estimated $650 million contract to upgrade the fire-control systems in Syria's fleet of main battle tanks...
Straight Talk: No to Violence, No to Terrorism
Straight Talk: No to Violence, No to TerrorismWhere will the acts of violence now sweeping some parts of our Arab world lead us? How long will this bloodbath continue?I was shocked to read the recent statement of Dr. Ahmad Al-Salem, secretary-general...
The Eu Weighs in on the Peace Process
THE EU WEIGHS IN ON THE PEACE PROCESSTHE EUROPEAN UNION weighed in heavily in February in Washington and in early March at the United Nations on the subject of Middle East peace. Last November, the 15 EU nations had appointed as special envoy to the...
This Side of Peace: A Personal Account
This Side of Peace: A Personal AccountDuring a 1995 visit to Los Angeles, Hanan Mikhail-Ashrawi told the Washington Report she chose to write This Side of Peace in order to record a crucial chapter in Palestinian history as she personally experienced...
Ukraine Boosts Trade with Iran
Ukraine Boosts Trade With IranUkraine has won Iranian industrial orders worth $52 billion after a week-long visit by an Iranian delegation headed by the country's industry minister, Reuters reported on Feb. 9. Tehran ordered metallurgy products worth...