Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XI, No. 4, October 31

A Clear Choice for Middle East Peace
A Clear Choice For Middle East PeaceFor the millions of Americans who are concerned with the Middle East, 1992 marks a critical turning point in history. For the first time, Arabs and Israelis have embarked upon an historic series of negotiations which...
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After 15 Years of Likud Influence, Israeli Media Regaining Its Balance
After 15 Years of Likud Influence, Israeli Media Regaining Its BalanceThe Labor Party victory in Israel's Knesset elections has opened a new chapter in a long-running battle for control and influence within Israel's newspapers and broadcasting outlets....
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A One-Issue Voter for Middle East Peace
A One-Issue Voter For Middle East PeaceIt's not cool, but I've become a one-issue voter. The issue is Middle East peace. There are millions like me, but almost all of them seem to be on the other side of the question. They have more than 100 weekly newspapers...
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Arab-American Activism
ARAB-AMERICAN ACTIVISMADC Condemns Bias at CBSFollowing several demonstrations organized by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) at the Columbia Broadcasting System Washington, DC offices, representatives of ADC, Fairness and Accuracy...
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A "Yellow Dog Democrat" for Strings on Aid to Israel
A "Yellow Dog Democrat" for Strings on Aid to IsraelGrowing up in Alabama in the 1930s, we were "yellow dog Democrats." We'd vote for a common yellow cur dog rather than vote for any Republican. Only Winston County, which hadn't seceded from the Union...
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Dangerous Liaison: The Inside Story of the U.S. - Israeli Covert Relationship
Dangerous Liaison: The Inside Story of the U.S. - Israeli Covert RelationshipTwo hundred pages into this 416-page fact-filled book, I recognized that it is the best compendium of information about the multifaceted secret relationships between Israel...
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Even an Eight-Year-Old Can Tell Middle East Fact from Fiction
Even an Eight-Year-Old Can Tell Middle East Fact from FictionThe Arab Airways DC-3 taxied to a halt at the airport in Amman, Jordan on a summer afternoon in late June, 1955. I was only eight years old at the time, but I can still remember the warm wind...
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Every Vote Counts, First and Foremost Yours
Every Vote Counts, First and Foremost YoursTo vote or not to vote, that is the question. Many, especially in the Arab-American community, are pondering that very query concerning this year's presidential election. Large numbers find that neither George...
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Freedom of Speech Only a Memory in Gang-Ridden Los Angeles
Freedom of Speech Only a Memory In Gang-Ridden Los AngelesFreedom of speech is an inalienable right in the United States except, according to the Jewish Defense League, if the topic is Palestine. Americans who have tried in vain to raise this topic in...
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From Morocco to Spain: A 10-Mile Boat Ride on a Moonless Night
From Morocco to Spain: A 10-Mile Boat Ride on a Moonless NightIn the spring of 1991, Spain became the latest European country to establish visa requirements for visitors from North Africa. Previously, in conformity with European Community directives,...
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Governor Clinton: A Unique Relationship
Governor Clinton: A Unique RelationshipAmerica and Israel share a special bond. Our relationship is unique among all nations. Like America, Israel is a strong democracy, a symbol of freedom, an oasis of liberty, a home to the oppressed and persecuted....
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History on Fast Forward
History on Fast ForwardLike a juggler trying to keep up too many balls in the air, the United Nations is having difficulty coping. Clearly the U.S. State Department policy wonk who labeled the current era the "End of History" wasn't watching Africa,...
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Human Rights
HUMAN RIGHTSKuwaiti Abuses ContinueHundreds of female domestic servants have fled their Kuwaiti employers and taken refuge in their respective embassies, Middle East Watch (MEW) reports. The maids, mainly from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India and the Philippines,...
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Inside the Elephant's Tent: Jewish Americans Feeling Alienated?
Inside The Elephant's Tent: Jewish Americans Feeling Alienated?The sea of signs read "Pro-Israel, Pro-Bush," in a blue and white that came close to but did not quite match the Israeli flag. On the final evening, they were all over the floor of the Republican...
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Iran's Alarming Military Buildup Transfixes Wary Gulf Neighbors
Iran's Alarming Military Buildup Transfixes Wary Gulf NeighborsA columnist should never become preoccupied with a single issue, lest he seem to be crying wolf. In recent columns this writer has described the rapid buildup of Iran's armaments and the...
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Israeli-Syrian Negotiations: Framework for Peace, or Fraud?
Israeli-Syrian Negotiations: Framework for Peace, or Fraud?As the scheduled monthlong sixth round of Middle East peace talks resumed in Washington on Sept. 14 after an unexpected half-time break, outlines of Yitzhak Rabin's strategy for the U.S. election...
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Jews and Israel
JEWS AND ISRAELWashington Jewish Week WrangleDid the American Israel Public Affairs Committee recently flex its muscles to force out the managing editor of Washington Jewish Week because he didn't toe the AIPAC line? This is the substance of a charge...
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Kashmir Keeps South Asia Hostage While Visitors to U.S. Seek Solution
Kashmir Keeps South Asia Hostage While Visitors to U.S. Seek SolutionFour and a half decades, three Indo-Pakistan wars and numerous bilateral, trilateral and multilateral talks have failed to resolve the Kashmir dispute. The issue refuses to go away...
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Kuwait Begins Its Return to Democracy
Kuwait Begins Its Return to DemocracyWith the official announcement by the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Jabir Al-Sabah, that national elections would be held on October 5, Kuwaitis plunged into what promise to be the most exciting elections in their history....
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Media Bias and the Israel Factor
Media Bias and the Israel FactorThe difference in media treatment accorded the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and their aftermath quickly became obvious to readers and viewers all over the United States. The bias was particularly evident...
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Mosque a Vital Part of Islamic Life
Mosque a Vital Part of Islamic LifeThe main function of the mosque, the Muslim place of worship, is evident in its Arabic name, masjid, which means "place of prostration." In addition to hosting prayers, mosques in both the Islamic world and North America...
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No Ordinary Year
No Ordinary YearPresident Bush has said repeatedly that this is no ordinary election year, and as the election draws ever nearer it is apparent that the president is right on target. Clearly, concerning U.S. Middle East policy, this has been an extraordinary...
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October Surprise: American Hostages in Iran, and the Election of Ronald Reagan
October Surprise: American Hostages in Iran, and the Election of Ronald ReaganIt was a traumatic year for President Jimmy Carter. His secret attempt in April 1980 to rescue 52 American diplomatic hostages imprisoned in Tehran had failed disastrously....
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Participation Challenges Those Who Would Lock Us Out
Participation Challenges Those Who Would Lock Us OutIt was the spring of 1990 and I was in Cleveland at a well-attended Arab-American candidates' forum and "Get-out-the-vote" rally. After I spoke urging Arab Americans to get organized and vote, a local...
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President Bush: The Goal Is Comprehensive Peace
President Bush: The Goal Is Comprehensive PeaceIn the Middle East, events have defied all predictions. Today direct bilateral talks are taking place between Israel and her neighbors. You may recall that we were told we couldn't succeed, we couldn't bring...
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Pro-Israel PAC Donations to 1992 Candidates near $3 Million
Pro-Israel PAC Donations to 1992 Candidates Near $3 MillionWith 77 open seats in the House, seven open seats in the Senate, and an anticipated turnover of up to 150 seats in the House alone, political action committee donations of virtually every special...
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Schifter Shifts to Clinton
Schifter Shifts to ClintonRichard Schifter, who reportedly spent much of his tenure as Reagan administration assistant secretary of state for human rights trying to water down criticism of Israel in the State Department's annual human rights report,...
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Syria's Golan Heights Turning into an Israeli "Land without People"
Syria's Golan Heights Turning into an Israeli "Land Without People"On a cool August night in the Golan Heights, under bright stars and the holiday lights of a village square, several thousand Syrians dance the dabki. Arm in arm, they step in unison to...
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The Night the Omanis Danced
The Night the Omanis DancedThe most important event in the modern history of the Sultanate of Oman was the takeover of power from Sultan Said Bin Taimur, on July 23, 1970, by his son, the then-29-year-old Sultan Qaboos Bin Said. After the bloodless coup...
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The Non-Freeze of Settlements
The Non-Freeze of SettlementsShortly after newly elected Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin formed his government on July 13, he announced its intention to freeze apartment construction in Jewish settlements in the territories. The best-informed correspondents...
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This Year's Aid and Loan Guarantees to Israel: A World-Class Boondoggle
This Year's Aid and Loan Guarantees To Israel: A World-Class BoondoggleBefore Congress adjourns on October 2, the Israeli government hopes to have lined up billions in new American assistance: $4.6 billion in grants of military and economic aid for fiscal...
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U.N. Envoy Offers a Pragmatic Solution to the Problem of Jerusalem
U.N. Envoy Offers a Pragmatic Solution to the Problem of JerusalemJordan's new ambassador to the U.N. has arrived in New York at an interesting time -- and with an interesting idea to accommodate conflicting claims to the Holy City of Jerusalem. It came...
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Waging Peace
WAGING PEACEUpdate on the Loan GuaranteesWith President George Bush's announcement after his July meeting with newly elected Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin that he would approve loan guarantees to Israel, Congress again will address this issue....
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What Did You Do This Summer?
What Did You Do This Summer?While Washington Report readers were vacationing or wishing they were, here's what some of their Middle East scholar and activist colleagues were doing this summer.John Duke Anthony, president of the National Council on U.S.-Arab...
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Writers Examine Varied Roles for Women in the Middle East
Writers Examine Varied Roles for Women in the Middle EastIn 1988 the World Council of Churches asked its constituent councils, denominations and parishes to designate the next 10 years as a special "Ecumenical Decade in Solidarity with Women." Now as...
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Yemen, Arabia's Poorest Nation, Swamped by One Million Refugees
Yemen, Arabia's Poorest Nation, Swamped by One Million RefugeesOn the Aden coast, in one of the poorest regions of one of the poorest countries in the world, about 55,000 refugees have arrived from Somalia. The flood began when former Somali president...
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