Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XIII, No. 2, March 31

After Three Years' Confinement, Immigrant Nasser Ahmed Learns Substance of "Secret Charges"
After Three Years' Confinement, Immigrant Nasser Ahmed Learns Substance of "Secret Charges"Nasser Ahmed has been living a nightmare. For nearly three years he has been held in solitary confinement under charges based on secret evidence to which neither...
After Wye, What? Edward Said, Abu Lutuf and Criticism of Oslo: The Hanging Plane Theory
After Wye, What? Edward Said, Abu Lutuf and Criticism of Oslo: The Hanging Plane TheoryThere are two truly eloquent Palestinian spokesmen, and I have heard both.The first is Edward Said, the misunderstood prophet of Palestine's academic bourgeois. The...
After Wye, What? May 4 and May 17: Not an Israeli Trap but A Palestinian Opportunity to Be Seized
After Wye, What? May 4 and May 17: Not an Israeli Trap but A Palestinian Opportunity To be SeizedIsraeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu presumably believes that he has checkmated Palestinian President Yasser Arafat by scheduling Israel's national...
After Wye, What? to Prevail or to Abdicate: Palestinian Americans' Strategic Role in the Struggle for Justice in Palestine
After Wye, What? To Prevail or to Abdicate: Palestinian Americans' Strategic Role In the Struggle For Justice in Palestine"[The] organizations and their respective leaders were emotionally as well as ideologically so absorbed in their internecine struggles,...
As King Hussein's Health Deteriorates, Israeli Right-Winger Proposes Invading Jordan
As King Hussein's Health Deteriorates, Israeli Right-Winger Proposes Invading JordanKing Hussein of Jordan now is 63 years old, about the same age as many of the other heads of state with whom he has to deal. A major difference, however, is that King...
Canada's Free-Trade Deal with Palestinians: A Smokescreen to Help Israel's Economy?
Canada's Free-Trade Deal With Palestinians: A Smokescreen to Help Israel's Economy?Canadian and Palestinian authorities are reportedly in the preliminary stages of negotiating a free-trade deal. According to an exclusive exposé in the National Post,...
Christianity in Iraq: A Small but Respected and Multi-Faceted Population
Christianity in Iraq: A Small But Respected and Multi-Faceted PopulationWhen the Eucharist is celebrated in Iraq, there is a special bond with the original Last Supper meal in the Jerusalem Upper Room. Christians partake of the same Eucharistic loaf...
"Circus Palestina" Wows L.A. Moviegoers
"Circus Palestina" Wows L.A. MoviegoersFor the second consecutive year, critics lauded a Palestinian-themed movie at the Israeli Film Festival in Los Angeles. In 1997, Ali Nasser's "The Milky Way," which focused on the Israeli occupation of the Galilee,...
Clinton's Renewed Air and Missile Strikes on Iraq Soil America's Name
Clinton's Renewed Air And Missile Strikes on Iraq Soil America's NameThe USA Today newspaper published a photograph recently showing Palestinians in Gaza burning U.S. flags and chanting words of abuse against President Bill Clinton.A week before another...
Conflict over Pollard Reflected in U.S., Israeli Politics
Conflict Over Pollard Reflected in U.S., Israeli PoliticsJonathan Pollard has been back in the news ever since Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and/or President Bill Clinton injected his possible release from jail into the final day of the Israeli-Palestinian...
Congress Acquiesces in Bombing of Iraq
Congress Acquiesces in Bombing of IraqAlthough the 105th Congress had concluded its final session when President Clinton decided to launch the bombing campaign against Iraq, the House was in session for the impeachment hearings, and the representatives...
CPAP Holds a Conference on the Implications of Re-Declaring a Palestinian State on May 4, 1999
CPAP Holds a Conference on the Implications of Re-Declaring a Palestinian State on May 4, 1999"May 4, 1999: Implications of Declaring the State" was the theme of a symposium held at the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine (CPAP) Jan. 22, 1999. A...
Growing Intolerance Threatens the Humane Jewish Tradition
Growing Intolerance Threatens the Humane Jewish TraditionSince the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, there has been much discussion about the impact of the state upon the humane Jewish tradition. Some observers feared that the Jewish commitment...
Hezbollah's Sheikh Nabil Qaouk: "As Long as There Is Occupation, There Will Be Resistance"
Hezbollah's Sheikh Nabil Qaouk: "As Long as There Is Occupation, There Will Be Resistance"Resistance activity in southern Lebanon has increased in size and scope over the past several months, ratcheting up the pressure on Israel to remove its troops....
Hindu Extremists Now Focusing Violence against India's Christians
Hindu Extremists Now Focusing Violence Against India's ChristiansThe recent physical attacks on members of the Christian minority and the burning down of scores of churches in the state of Gujarat and other parts of India reflect the gospel of hatred...
Instead of a Gateway to the World, Gaza Airport Is Just Another Israeli Checkpoint
Instead of a Gateway to the World, Gaza Airport Is Just Another Israeli CheckpointThe excitement that accompanied the opening of the Gaza International Airport in December faded almost before the red carpets were rolled up and stored away.A series of...
Jerusalem 1948: Yoom Ilak, Yoom Aleik
Jerusalem 1948: Yoom ilak, Yoom aleikUnder the November 1947 U.N. partition of Palestine, the city of Jerusalem was to become an international zone under U.N. control. This, however, did not happen. Between adoption of the partition plan in 1947 and...
New Israeli Elections Offer Little Hope of Change in Israeli Policy
New Israeli Elections Offer Little Hope of Change in Israeli PolicyIn an old story about the Spanish Inquisition, a prisoner condemned to be burned at the stake is allowed to escape from his cell only to be recaptured just as he reaches the prison gates....
Palestinian Identity, the Construction of Modern National Consciousness
Palestinian Identity, The Construction of Modern National Consciousness"The quintessential Palestinian experience, which illustrates some of the most basic issues raised by Palestinian identity, takes place at a border, an airport, a checkpoint: in short,...
Political Group Formed in Chicago
Political Group Formed in ChicagoThe founding conference of the United Muslim American Association (UMAA) was held Dec. 17 in suburban Chicago. Local Muslim activists felt the need for a political organization that would tend to their local concerns,...
Revisiting "Unknown Oman": Integrating Women Part and Parcel of "Omanization" of Nation's Work Force
Revisiting "Unknown Oman": Integrating Women Part and Parcel of "Omanization" Of Nation's Work Force"Omanization" is the Omani government's fast-moving program to integrate more and more Omanis into positions that up to now have been held by foreign...
Revisiting "Unknown Oman": Oman's New Raysut Container Port in Dhofar Revives a Glorious Maritime Tradition
Revisiting "Unknown Oman": Oman's New Raysut Container Port in Dhofar Revives a Glorious Maritime TraditionFrom the time the Sumerians began keeping the world's first written records more than 5,000 years ago, the ports of the Hadramaut coast of Southern...
Revisiting "Unknown Oman": Once Inaccessible Oman Has Become Winter Vacation Choice for Europeans
Revisiting "Unknown Oman": Once Inaccessible Oman Has Become Winter Vacation Choice for EuropeansOman has the good news, bad news distinction of being one of the most beautiful countries in the Arab world, but also one of the hottest in the summer. So...
Revisiting "Unknown Oman": Sultan Qaboos University's Ninth Graduation Ceremony Marks Oman's Educational Transformation
Revisiting "Unknown Oman": Sultan Qaboos University's Ninth Graduation Ceremony Marks Oman's Educational TransformationBeing invited to lunch in the faculty dining room at Sultan Qaboos University is pretty much all business. Most of the instructors,...
Solving Kashmir Problem Key to South Asia Non-Proliferation
Solving Kashmir Problem Key to South Asia Non-ProliferationKashmir was prominent on President William Jefferson Clinton's agenda during his Dec. 2, 1998 meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. It richly deserved that prime billing.Kashmir...
Spring and Summer Opportunities Available for Study and Travel
Spring and Summer Opportunities Available for Study and TravelDespite the snow and ice, it's time to plan for summer getaways. What could be more enjoyable than an educational opportunity in the beautiful setting of Ghost Ranch in New Mexico?Audrey Shabbas,...
"Suspended" Wye River Agreement May Have Positive Congressional Side Effects
"Suspended" Wye River Agreement May Have Positive Congressional Side EffectsIsraeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wasted no time in "suspending" implementation of the agreement he signed at the Wye River Plantation in October. In any case, the peace...
The Ostrovsky Files: As Israeli Political Scene Shifts toward His Opponents, Netanyahu May Choose Dangerous Election Move
THE OSTROVSKY FILES: As Israeli Political Scene Shifts Toward His Opponents, Netanyahu May Choose Dangerous Election MoveOn Jan. 25, incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu retained the leadership of his Likud Party in a short and sweet primary...
Threatening Incident in Hebron Draws Attention to Personal Sacrifices of Christian Peacemaker Teams
Threatening Incident in Hebron Draws Attention to Personal Sacrifices of Christian peacemaker TeamsA near tragedy was averted in Hebron on Jan. 10, when two North American bystanders stepped between armed Israeli soldiers and 100 Palestinian demonstrators....
Time to Rethink: At Turn of the Year U.S. Iraq Policy Cries out for Re-Evaluation
Time to Rethink: At Turn Of the Year U.S. Iraq Policy Cries Out for Re-evaluationNot much happens in Washington during the last week of the calendar year. Since most people who live and work in the national capital originally are from somewhere else,...
Voices in the Wilderness Contest Iraq Sanctions
Voices in the Wilderness Contest Iraq SanctionsVoices in the Wilderness (VitW), a Chicago-based faces fines totaling $163,000 for delivering donated goods, including medical supplies and toys, to war-tom Iraq. At a Dec. 30 news conference VitW volunteer...

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