Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XI, No. 6, January 31

Abdul Rahman Bin Fares Al-Khalifa: Bahrain's Ambassador to the U.S
Abdul Rahman Bin Fares Al-Khalifa: Bahrain's Ambassador to the U.S.Bahrain, an archipelago of more than 30 islands in the Gulf, is an inviting place and, as history and legend tell us, has been so for a long, long time. Its friendliness to outsiders...
A Minnesota Town's Veterans Honor Crew of USS Liberty
A Minnesota Town's Veterans Honor Crew of USS LibertyThe wind from the north was cold on Oct. 17 and the program long: six speakers, two bugle renditions of taps, and two volleys of rifle fire from the Elk River color guard. But more than 100 Zimmerman,...
An Omani Dress Pointed the Way to A Trove of Arab Cultural Treasures
An Omani Dress Pointed the Way to A Trove of Arab Cultural TreasuresWhen asked by my international studies professor, Melissa Prevatt, to participate in the 1991 Brevard (FL) Community College Ethnic Fashion Show, I accepted, thinking it would be a great...
Arab-American Leaders Call for Continuity in U.S. Policy
Arab-American Leaders Call for Continuity in U.S. PolicyLeaders of several prominent Arab-American and Middle East policy organizations shared recommendations for the incoming Clinton administration during a Nov. 20 policy forum at the National Press...
A Vote for Change
A Vote For ChangeChange was the watchword of the 1992 elections, and now that the votes are in, it is clear that this was not just an empty slogan: With some 121 new members, the 103rd Congress that convenes in Washington Jan. 5 will be vastly different...
Beyond Innocence and Redemption: Confronting the Holocaust and Israeli Power
Beyond Innocence and Redemption: Confronting the Holocaust and Israeli PowerA daring Israeli commentator once suggested that the Jewish people have suffered two great tragedies in the last halfcentury: the Holocaust, and the lesson they learned from...
Destruction of Babri Mosque Just One Symptom of India's Plague of Problems
Destruction of Babri Mosque Just One Symptom of India's Plague of ProblemsThe destruction of the Babri Mosque at Ayodhya by Hindu fanatics is just one manifestation of the sectarianism and particularism eroding the foundations of the secular state of...
Instead of Just Recognizing Muslims, Consult with Them
Instead of Just Recognizing Muslims, Consult With ThemFrom an American Muslim perspective, I can easily say that the four years President George Bush was in office allowed us to be anything but indifferent. The president bestowed marginal recognition...
Israeli Justice: No Public Defender and Palestinians Don't Exist
Israeli Justice: No Public Defender and Palestinians Don't ExistIn 1931, Winnie Ruth Judd of Phoenix, AZ was convicted of murdering her two best friends, dismembering their bodies and accompanying them via train to Los Angeles.In a book questioning the...
Israel's High Court Plays Grinch for Messianic Jewish Couple
Israel's High Court Plays Grinch for Messianic Jewish CoupleSeasonally for 35 years, the sales of Dr. Seuss's classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, have soared in children's book departments. For the last 35 months, however, a comparable adult-level...
Jews and Israel
JEWS AND ISRAELAIPAC President ResignsIt hasn't been a banner year for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. After coming out the loser in a public collision with President Bush over loan guarantees for Israel, being dressed down by Israeli Prime...
Journalist's Assassination Heats Up Debate over Press Role in Egypt
Journalist's Assassination Heats Up Debate Over Press Role in EgyptA week after a controversial Egyptian columnist and critic of religious fundamentalism was shot down by extremists in front of his office in Nasr City, a Cairo outskirt, the international...
Muhamed Sacirbey: Bosnian Ambassador to the U.N
Muhamed Sacirbey: Bosnian Ambassador to the U.N.The Bosnians are on the verge of being cast as the Palestinians of Europe in the next century. They have been driven out of their towns and villages, massacred and besieged while the rest of the world finds...
New Horizons: American University of Beirut
New Horizons: American University of BeirutWhen you are 125 years old it's probably not a bad idea to have a facelift. Walking on the campus of the century-and-a-quarter-year-old American University of Beirut (AUB) gives one the feeling that most of...
Nine Ways the Clinton Administration Can Strengthen Middle East Security
Nine Ways the Clinton Administration Can Strengthen Middle East SecuritySecurity and stability in the Middle East must be the cornerstones of U.S. Middle East policy. Central to those goals is a comprehensive negotiated settlement to the Arab-Israeli...
Oman 1972-1992: A Personal Reminiscence
Oman 1972-1992: A Personal ReminiscenceMy first visit to Oman was in 1972, the year it opened its first two hotels, the Falaj and the Mutrah. Both were in Mutrah, the market center and adjacent twin city to the official capital of Muscat, where the two...
Palestinian Christian Leaders Outline Their Hopes for Peace
Palestinian Christian Leaders Outline Their Hopes for PeaceAbout 35 Christians, Jews and Muslims, including Barbara Lubin, director of the Berkeley-based Middle East Children's Alliance, met recently at the Oakland residence of Syed Moeln Saifullah,...
Rabin Will Permit U.N. Participation in Middle East Regional Peace Talks
Rabin Will Permit U.N. Participation in Middle East Regional Peace TalksUnited Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali finally has been invited to participate in the multilateral (but not bilateral) Middle East peace talks. As we reported in...
Rage against the Dying of the Light: The Living Stones of a Poetry Class
Rage Against the Dying of the Light: The Living Stones of a Poetry ClassThere were 18 Palestinian faces. Young faces, mainly, people who have known only the oppressive and punishing Israeli military occupation of the past 25 years. Men, women, Muslims...
Ramya: Palestinian Land Israel Is Seizing Inside the Green Line
Ramya: Palestinian Land Israel is Seizing Inside the Green LineThe growing disappointment with the peace talks among Palestinians in the occupied territories is hardly surprising. The "autonomy" being advanced by Israeli negotiators leaves Israel in...
Reading Clinton's Mideast Crystal Ball: Where Realities May Prevail
Reading Clinton's Mideast Crystal Ball: Where Realities May PrevailMonitoring the Israeli and Arab press these days, one gets the impression that Middle Easterners believe that the recent U.S. presidential elections were a referendum on American policy...
Sahrawi Broadcaster Describes Western Sahara Freedom Struggle
Sahrawi Broadcaster Describes Western Sahara Freedom StruggleThe Western Sahara, an arid, sparsely populated northwest African territory roughly the size of Great Britain, is the setting for one of the last and longest struggles for self-determination...
Salalah: Unspoiled Arabian Peninsula Paradise
Salalah: Unspoiled Arabian Peninsula ParadiseThe rest of the Sultanate of Oman had only three schools before 1970, no hotels until 1972, and few tourists until very recently. These things came still later to that picturesque country's southernmost Dhofar...
The Collapse of Tajikistan
The Collapse of TajikistanThe tragedies of Bosnia and Somalia have led some Muslims to wonder if the West simply doesn't care when a Muslim country is destroyed. But at least the searing images of Bosnia and Somalia on television are burning into the...
The Iranian Submarines: A New Naval Arms Race?
The Iranian Submarines: A New Naval Arms Race?On or about Nov. 13, a Kilo-class submarine with a mixed Russian and Iranian crew entered the Arabian/Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz, to take up at least temporary berthing at the port of Bandar...
Through Soundproof Glass: Israel Refuses Direct Questioning
Through Soundproof Glass: Israel Refuses Direct QuestioningReaders of the Washington Report will remember the case of former Israeli General Rami Dotan, reported in the issue of August/September 1992. Dotan diverted tens of millions of U.S. military...
Two Hours in Jerusalem: Getting There Is More Than Half the Fun
Two Hours in Jerusalem: Getting There is More Than Half the FunIt's 10 a.m., exactly 24 hours after I paid 35 Jordanian dinars (about $52) to an Amman travel agency to secure official permission to cross from Jordan into Israel. The fee covers the taxi...
U.N. Human Rights Observer: Bosnian Muslims "Threatened with Extermination"
U.N. Human Rights Observer: Bosnian Muslims "Threatened With Extermination"In late August and mid-October, a team headed by Special Rapporteur Tadeusz Mazowiecki of the United Nations' Commission on Human Rights made two visits to the former Yugoslavia....
U.S. University Plans to Build Campus in Occupied Territory
U.S. University Plans to Build Campus in Occupied TerritoryDespite a warning from Israeli Minister of Education Shulamit Aloni, the University of New Haven (UNH), a private institution in Connecticut, is going ahead with plans to open a branch campus...
Waging Peace
WAGING PEACEIsraeli Media Attacks ClericsAn unprecedentedly bitter Israeli media campaign against Christian leaders in Israel/Palestine was initiated in the daily Jerusalem Post and reprinted in the weekly international edition dated Oct. 17. None of...
Walking the Red Line: Israelis in Search of Justice for Palestine
Walking the Red Line: Israelis in Search of Justice for PalestineThis quotation by Deena Hurwitz from the introduction to her book Walking the Red Line: Israelis in Search of Justice for Palestine expresses the ethical impetus for her effort in collecting...
What Good Is a Free U.S. Press That Chooses Not to See?
What Good Is a Free U.S. Press That Chooses Not to See?An old Arab man silently wipes the tears from his lined and weathered face and slowly turns away from the funeral procession passing on the road below. In the shadow of the Old City of Jerusalem,...
What Should the Outgoing and Incoming Administrations Do to Secure Middle East Peace?
What Should the Outgoing and Incoming Administrations Do to Secure Middle East Peace?President-elect Bill Clinton is said to support a "last-ditch" effort by former Secretary of State James Baker to revive stalled peace negotiations during the remaining...
Will Bill Clinton or Yitzhak Rabin Revive Foundering Peace Talks?
Will Bill Clinton or Yitzhak Rabin Revive Foundering Peace Talks?Even before round eight of the Middle East peace talks opened, they were going under for the third time. Only U.S. President-elect William Clinton or Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin...
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