Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XIII, No. 5, August 31

Algeria's New Government Will Face Tough Economic Problems
Algeria's New Government Will Face Tough Economic ProblemsSometime soon Algeria's new President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, elected April 15, will appoint a government to deal with the country's civil war and shambles of an economy. Good luck to him.The civil...
A Quagmire Is Not So Deadly as an Inferno, and Other Lessons from Kosovo
A Quagmire Is Not So Deadly as an Inferno, And Other Lessons From KosovoWith the arrival in Kosovo of NATO forces (not to mention some unexpected Russians) on June 12, the worst of what will probably go down in history as the Kosovo war is over. There...
Arab Americans React Cautiously to Barak Victory but Jewish-American Peace Activists More Optimistic
Arab Americans React Cautiously to Barak Victory But Jewish-American Peace Activists More OptimisticMuslim- and Arab-American leaders reacted with caution to Israeli General Ehud Barak's 56 to 44 percent defeat of incumbent Binyamin Netanyahu in the...
Arab Bankers Consider Mideast Resistance to Privatization
ARAB BANKERS CONSIDER MIDEAST RESISTANCE TO PRIVATIZATIONThe issue is not whether, or even when, the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) should pursue a policy of privatization, but how to do it. Such was the unanimous opinion of the...
Archbishop Philip Saliba, A Strong Voice for Justice in the Mideast and Christian Orthodox Unity in America
Archbishop Philip Saliba, A Strong Voice for Justice in the Mideast and Christian Orthodox Unity in AmericaOne of the most frequently asked questions of the editor of an American magazine about Middle East affairs is, "When are you going to write something...
As Israel's Armed Proxies Withdraw from Jezzine, SLA Fighters Watch Treatment of Those Who Stay Behind
As Israel's Armed Proxies Withdraw From Jezzine, SLA Fighters Watch Treatment of Those Who Stay BehindIn early June, in the small town of Jezzine in southern Lebanon, history was made. It did not receive the media coverage it warranted, however, because...
A West Bank Stone Thrower's Story Makes Ripples of Hope in a Sea of Hopelessness
A West Bank Stone Thrower's Story Makes Ripples Of Hope in a Sea of Hopelessness"Peace in His Time: A Young Man's Desperate Dreaming in the Holy Land" was the cover story of the Washington Post Magazine on Feb. 14. In the 20 years I have worked as a...
Bethlehem Bulletin: Optometry Volunteers Complete Project in Bethlehem and Gaza Following Equipment Confiscation
BETHLEHEM BULLETIN: Optometry Volunteers Complete Project in Bethlehem and Gaza Following Equipment ConfiscationDespite serious harassment by Israeli authorities at Ben-Gurion Airport and at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, a volunteer group of Oregon-...
Beyond Oslo: The Palestinian Struggle for Human Rights in West Bank and Gaza
BEYOND OSLO: THE PALESTINIAN STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN WEST BANK AND GAZAOn May 25 human rights activist Dr. Ruchama Marton, a Jewish Israeli psychiatrist and a founding member of Physicians for Human Rights in Israel, talked at CPAP about human rights...
Bombings, Government Crackdown on "Islamists" Dividing People of Newly Independent Uzbekistan
Bombings, Government Crackdown on "Islamists" Dividing People of Newly Independent UzbekistanZyolfir Zeyahanova last saw her husband on Uzbekistan's state television news when he was paraded across the screen as an example of an "Islamic terrorist."...
Canadian Charity Claims Religious Discrimination
Canadian Charity Claims Religious DiscriminationHuman Concern International (HCI), a federally registered Muslim-run charity, charges it is being discriminated against by Canadian government officials. The Ottawa-based international relief and development...
Carpenter from Nazareth: A Palestinian Portrait
Carpenter from Nazareth: A Palestinian PortraitThis book "describes the simple life of a Palestinian family," states the jacket blurb. "An average Arab Palestinian." No claim for the spectacular. Just nuts and bolts descriptions of everyday life with...
Chicago-Area Mosque Vandalized
Chicago-Area Mosque VandalizedThe Islamic Foundation of Villa Park, IL was the target of a hate crime recently when a giant concrete block was thrown through the window of the newly renovated mosque. The mosque, one of the largest in the country, is...
Christianity and the Middle East: Seventh Assembly of the Middle East Council of Churches
CHRISTIANITY AND THE MIDDLE EAST: Seventh Assembly of the Middle East Council of ChurchesThe Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) held its Seventh General Assembly from April 26 to 30 at the Maronite Convent Dar-Sayyidat-il-Jabal (Our Lady of the Mountain),...
Congressman Bob Ney: A Voice of Reason on Iran
Congressman Bob Ney: A Voice of Reason on IranThe U.S. Congress as a whole is generally negative toward Iran and prepared to resist any efforts to relax sanctions, or even ease tensions with Iran. There are a few members of Congress, however, who "question...
Damascus Gate Author Speaks in Corte Madera
DAMASCUS GATE AUTHOR SPEAKS IN CORTE MADERARobert Stone, critically acclaimed author of Damascus Gate, spoke to a small audience at Book Passage in Cone Madera, California, on April 29, 1999. Stone's appearance coincided with the release of the novel...
"Dear God, We're Destroying Everything That Lives": A Report from the Baghdad Sanctions Conference
"Dear God, We're Destroying Everything That Lives": A Report From the Baghdad Sanctions ConferenceFor the first four days of May this year, I joined more than 400 delegates from all over the world at a Conference on the Sanctions in Baghdad, Iraq. As...
Demonstration in San Rafael against Sanctions and Bombing of Iraq
Demonstration in San Rafael Against Sanctions and Bombing of IraqOn April 23, 1999, a devoted group of men, women and children demonstrated on a busy street corner in San Rafael, California, against the U.N. sanctions and the U.S. bombing campaign in...
Dispute between Kabbani Followers and Hosts Disrupts Forum at Islamic Center of Southern California
Dispute Between Kabbani Followers and Hosts Disrupts Forum at Islamic Center of Southern CaliforniaA landmark meeting at the Islamic Center of Southern California that featured a State Department ambassador-at-large speaking on international religious...
Ethnic Cleansing Thwarted in Kosovo; Standoff in Iraq; and a Swiss Case of "Stockholm Syndrome"
Ethnic Cleansing Thwarted in Kosovo; Standoff in Iraq; and a Swiss Case of "Stockholm Syndrome"The war over Kosovo was finished with Security Council Resolution 1244. Passed on Thursday, June 10, it is a remarkable document. Depending on which way you...
Fifty Years of Israel
Fifty Years of IsraelJournalists often bemoan the ephemeral nature of their trade. Here today, gone tomorrow. Such is the fate of their output for daily newspapers, described by cynics as Daily Graves -- of millions of words. Periodicals are different,...
Helping the Kosovars While They Await Their Return: A Situation Report from Albania
Helping the Kosovars While They Await Their Return: A Situation Report From AlbaniaAs the crisis moved into its third month, the agreement seemingly reached between NATO and Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic promised relief for the exodus of Kosovar...
IAP-Chicago Holds Jerusalem Festival
IAP-CHICAGO HOLDS JERUSALEM FESTIVALOn May 8, the Chicago chapter of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) held its first annual "Jerusalem Festival for English Speakers." The event attracted some 200 community members, young and old. For more...
India-Pakistan Hostilities Break out in Kashmir, as Both Countries Face Problems at Home
India-Pakistan Hostilities Break Out in Kashmir, as Both Countries Face Problems at HomeWhen tensions mount and the shadow of war falls across the subcontinent, the peoples of India and Pakistan turn to the BBC for their factual news. In more recent...
India-Pakistan War of 1971 a Precedent for NATO and Yugoslavia
India-Pakistan War Of 1971 a Precedent For NATO and YugoslaviaA columnist friend in Texas for whom I have great affection wrote that NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia was "plain illegal." He made his best argument, but from my point of view the 1971 India-Pakistan...
Israel: A Sharply Divided Society on the Brink of a Cultural Civil War
Israel: A Sharply Divided Society on the Brink of a Cultural Civil WarThe election victory of Ehud Barak as Israel's new prime minister has caused many observers in the U.S., in Israel and in the Arab world to hope that the peace process will once again...
Israel May Yet Lose Its Giant Grab for U.S. Funds to Underwrite Its Current Alliance with Turkey
Israel May Yet Lose Its Giant Grab for U.S. Funds to Underwrite Its Current Alliance With TurkeyAfter the 1967 Arab-Israel war, during which Israel seized large Arab territories, it sought close relations with a populous, non-Arab Middle Eastern Muslim...
Israel's Palestinian Population Still Struggling for Equal Rights, Recognition of Their Towns and Villages
Israel's Palestinian Population Still Struggling for Equal Rights, Recognition of Their Towns and VillagesThe mosque minaret, stone houses and winding road that leads to the hilltop village of Ein Hod becomes immediately visible from several miles away...
It's the Economy, Your Majesty
IT'S THE ECONOMY, YOUR MAJESTYThe surprises coming from the palace in Amman are many: King Abdullah is enjoying a real honeymoon with his people from all walks of life, including the young Palestinians who like his attacks on the bureaucracy and his...
John Sfakianakis Discusses Egypt's Military in Transition
JOHN SFAKIANAKIS DISCUSSES EGYPT'S MILITARY IN TRANSITIONJohn Sfakianakis, research fellow at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies and a doctoral candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, analyzed...
King Abdullah Gets Royal Reception in Washington
King Abdullah Gets Royal Reception in WashingtonThe first visit of King Abdullah of Jordan to Washington since his father's death was both friendly and exhausting. The May 16-22 schedule included meetings with President Clinton, Secretary of State Madeleine...
Media Tour: Israel and Its Neighbors
Media Tour: Israel and Its NeighborsThe road to Damascus is open. That is the message being broadcast by Jordanian and Syrian sources as they optimistically assert that the election of a general to head Israel again is a genuine breakthrough that will...
MGM Grand Gambles $1.5 Million on Fayrouz Premier in Las Vegas
MGM Grand Gambles $1.5 Million on Fayrouz Premier in Las VegasLebanon's Fayrouz is generally acknowledged as the Arab world's greatest living singer. On May 15 nearly 10,000 fans traveled from all parts of the Western Hemisphere to hear her perform at...
Middle East History: It Happened in August; Jewish Defense League Unleashes Campaign of Violence in America
MIDDLE EAST HISTORY: IT HAPPENED IN AUGUST; Jewish Defense League Unleashes Campaign of Violence in AmericaIt was 29 years ago, on Aug. 29, 1970, that the Soviet government newspaper lzvestia protested repeated attacks by members of the Jewish Defense...
Muslim Countries Send Huge Shipments of Aid to Kosovo Refugees
Muslim Countries Send Huge Shipments of Aid to Kosovo RefugeesSome of the largest and earliest donors of aid to Kosovo refugees were Muslim countries of the Middle East, although this has received little coverage in the U.S. press either then or since...
Opposition Parties Unite for Indonesia Election; Egyptian Artifacts Shown in Hong Kong, Singapore
Opposition Parties Unite for Indonesia Election; Egyptian Artifacts Shown in Hong Kong, SingaporeSince the downfall of President Suharto in May 1998, Indonesia has been in turmoil. For 33 years, this Southeast Asian country of over 200 million people...
Palestinian-Israeli Play Entertains Children
PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI PLAY ENTERTAINS CHILDREN"Living Side by Side,' a joint Israeli-Palestinian performance for children, debuted in San Rafael, California on April 18, 1999, at the Osher Marin Jewish community Center. This project was developed exclusively...
Panel Explores Patterns of Change in Middle East
PANEL EXPLORES PATTERNS OF CHANGE IN MIDDLE EASTPossible scenarios for post-Oslo events in the Middle East were discussed at an April 25 panel discussion arranged by Prof. Kathy Shamey at Santa Monica College. Panelists were Dr. Galia Golan of Hebrew...
Photojournalist Speaks on Impact of Iraq Sanctions
PHOTOJOURNALIST SPEAKS ON IMPACT OF IRAQ SANCTIONSThe Humanist Center of Cultures and the Social Justice Center of Marin co-hosted a lecture and slide show by photojournalist Adam Kufeld in San Rafael, California, on May 4, 1999. Kufeld's photoessay...
Pollster John Zogby Discusses Elections 2000
POLLSTER JOHN ZOGBY DISCUSSES ELECTIONS 2000Election matters of interest to persons concerned with the Middle East were discussed May 14 at the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine in Washington, DC by John Zogby, who has been called "the poster boy...
Promises for Stronger Muslim Political Participation at the AMC's 8th Annual Convention
PROMISES FOR STRONGER MUSLIM POLITICAL PARTICIPATION AT THE AMC'S 8TH ANNUAL CONVENTIONLOBBYING SESSIONOn May 6, 1999 the American Muslim Council launched its 8th annual convention at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC, where lobbying...
Reinvigorated ADC Massachusetts Chapter Hears Pleas for Arab Unity at Home and Abroad
Reinvigorated ADC Massachusetts Chapter Hears Pleas for Arab Unity at Home and Abroad"I have always delined the ADC [American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee] as the ABC of the Arab Americans," Ambassador Clovis Maksoud of American University told...
Series Explores Women's Roles in Antiquity
SERIES EXPLORES WOMEN'S ROLES IN ANTIQUITYFor five Mondays this spring, antiquity buffs have been gathering at Barnsdall Park Theater for a series of lectures on "Women of the Ancient World" presented by the California Museum of Ancient Art.The series...
Summer Reading Time
Summer Reading TimeLonger days, warmer weather, vacation time all provide more opportunity for digging into books that we did not think we had time to start. Here are two suggestions of books that are timely and fascinating. The June 1967 War After Three...
Talking Turkey: Ocalan Trial Charges of Foreign Aid to Rebellious Turkish Kurds Strengthens Rising Nationalist Tide
TALKING TURKEY: Ocalan Trial Charges of Foreign Aid to Rebellious Turkish Kurds Strengthens Rising Nationalist TideWith gunboats patrolling the sparkling blue waters of the Marmara Sea, helicopters clattering overhead and several thousand gendarmes,...
The Case of Benazir Bhutto's Husband, Asif Ali Zardari
THE CASE OF BENAZIR BHUTTO'S HUSBAND, ASIF ALI ZARDARIAsif Ali Zardari, husband of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, has been in jail for more than two years -- ever since his wife's political rival, Nawaz Sharif, became prime minister....
The Jewish National Fund and World Zionist Organization: The Hidden Faces of Israeli Racism
The Jewish National Fund and World Zionist Organization: The Hidden Face of Israeli RacismIn technical terms, Israel is an apartheid state, according to Israeli author and activist Uri Davis, co-author with Walter Lehn of the book The Jewish National...
Two Remarkable Women of Peace at University of Maryland
TWO REMARKABLE WOMEN OF PEACE AT UNIVERSITY OF MARYLANDOn April 29 the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs and Center for International Development and Conflict Management in College Park hosted a conversation with Leah Rabin, widow of...
UAE Sets the Pace in Kosovar Refugee Relief with Construction of Camp, Field Hospital and Airport
UAE Sets the Pace in Kosovar Refugee Relief With Construction of Camp, Field Hospital and AirportAt first glance the row upon row of tents seem no different than those of the other refugee camps in the Kukes area of Albania. The most visible signs of...
UASR's Session on Iran Carried by C-Span
UASR'S SESSION ON IRAN CARRIED BY C-SPANThere was good news and bad news from the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR) symposium entitled "U.S. and Iran, Time to Talk," held May 9 in the Crystal City Marriot Hotel in the national capital...
UCLA Honors Professor for Archeological Discoveries in Syria
UCLA Honors Professor for Archeological Discoveries in SyriaEach year since 1925, the University of California at Los Angeles has presented its most distinguished scholars to the public through its faculty research lecture. On April 27, Prof. Giorgio...
U.S. Handbell Choir Members Who Went to Palestine "To Spread Music" Returned "Spreading the Truth"
U.S. Handbell Choir Members Who Went to Palestine "To Spread Music" Returned "Spreading the Truth"It's a typical Protestant post-service coffee hour: Sunshine beaming through clean glass windows, well-dressed folks milling around with Styrofoam cups,...
Western Sahara Discussed at MEI
WESTERN SAHARA DISCUSSED AT MEIAmbassador Charles Dunbar discussed the "Western Sahara: A Cautionary Tale About Winner-Take-All Referendums" at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC on May 14. Dunbar, a career U.S. foreign service officer, was...
What the Cox Report Does and Does Not Say about Israeli Technology Transfer to China
What the Cox Report Does and Does Not Say About Israeli Technology Transfer to ChinaOn May 25, 1999, the U.S. House of Representatives released a declassified version of its investigation into China's illegal acquisition of U.S. nuclear and military...
Will Ehud Barak Put Israel on the Road to Real Land-for-Peace with Palestine?
Will Ehud Barak Put Israel on the Road to Real Land-for-Peace With Palestine? Barak's Search For Consensus Must Not Lead Him to Wrap a Failed Policy in A New Package And Call It ProgressIn any contest, whether it be political or military, one must keep...
Will Ehud Barak Put Israel on the Road to Real Land-for-Peace with Palestine? Barak Seems Ready for Peace with Syria, but Not with Palestine
Will Ehud Barak Put Israel on the Road to Real Land-for-Peace With Palestine? Barak Seems Ready for Peace With Syria, But Not With Palestine"Barak, Barak, Barak, Bibi...Barak, Barak, Bibi," rang the voice of the ultra-Orthodox Jew, as he counted the...
Will Ehud Barak Put Israel on the Road to Real Land-for-Peace with Palestine? Israel's New Government May Mean Netanyahu's Policies with a Kinder Face
Will Ehud Barak Put Israel on the Road to Real Land-for-Peace With Palestine? Israel's New Government May Mean Netanyahu's Policies With a Kinder FaceThe day after Labor Party leader Ehud Barak was elected Israel's new prime minister he faced the first...
Will Ehud Barak Put Israel on the Road to Real Land-for-Peace with Palestine? Shape of the Peace Now Depends More on Syria Than on Israel
Will Ehud Barak Put Israel on the Road to Real Land-for-Peace With Palestine? Shape of the Peace Now Depends More On Syria Than On IsraelMost American Jews breathed a collective sigh of relief on May 17 when Gen. Ehud Barak was elected prime minister...
With Congressional Attention Diverted, Some Members Cannot Resist Taking Irresponsible Actions
With Congressional Attention Diverted, Some Members Cannot Resist Taking Irresponsivle ActionsCongressional attention was focused on other issues during the spring, and responsible members of Congress concerned with the Middle East preferred to await...
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