Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 9, May 31

Arab-American Activism: Arab Americans Fear Backlash Following Bombing Arrests
ARAB-AMERICAN ACTIVISM: Arab Americans Fear Backlash Following Bombing ArrestsArab-American organizations immediately condemned the Feb. 26 bombing attack on Manhattan's World Trade Center. Said the American-Arab Anti- Discrimination Committee (ADC),...
Armenia and Azerbaijan: Two Views
Armenia and Azerbaijan: Two ViewsLife Under Blockade In Yerevan"Just back from Armenia? Wow, how was it?"What do I say? How can I describe what it feels like to live in Yerevan, an industrialized city of 1.2 million people without heat, without hot water,...
California Chronicle: L.A. Police Pressed to Investigate Source of Files Sold to Israel
California Chronicle: L.A. Police Pressed to Investigate Source of Files Sold to IsraelDo they or don't they? That was the question nagging representatives of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee after a March 24 meeting with Los Angeles Police...
Canada Calling: Mulroney Resignation Saddens Mainstream Jewish Leaders
Canada Calling: Mulroney Resignation Saddens Mainstream Jewish LeadersPrime Minister Brian Mulroney's announced resignation on Feb. 24 took most Canadians by surprise. With the exception of Jewish groups who expressed "profound regret," however, the...
Can the U.S. Halt Starvation in Southern Sudan? Three Views
Can the U.S. Halt Starvation in Southern Sudan? Three Views Khartoum Must Halt Human Rights AbusesThe refugees in southern Sudan are a forgotten people in a remote corner of the world whose story is an untold tragedy. The countless ravages they have...
Christianity and the Middle East: Chicago Conference Will Examine Christian-Muslim Relations
Christianity and the Middle East: Chicago Conference Will Examine Christian-Muslim Relations"Christian-Muslim Relations: Toward a Just World Order" is the theme of the April 22-24, 1993 World Mission Institute, co-sponsored by two dozen Islamic and Christian...
Education: San Diego Adopts Arab-American's Textbook
Education: San Diego Adopts Arab-American's TextbookProfessor Mounir Farah's textbook, World History: The Human Experience, published by Glencoe, was selected this spring for adoption by the San Diego Unified School District. The teachers who used the...
From the Hebrew Press: With Iraq Neutralized, Israelis Seek Catalyst for War with Iran
From the Hebrew Press: With Iraq Neutralized, Israelis Seek Catalyst for War With IranEver since the spring of 1992 there has been speculation in the Israeli press about how best to cope with the threat of Iran, now that its neighbor, Iraq, is no longer...
Hate Watch -- the Politics of Smear: Attacks on "Americans for Peace Now" Follow Familiar Pattern
Hate Watch--The Politics of Smear: Attacks on "Americans for Peace Now" Follow Familiar Pattern(The smear calls to talk show hosts, letters to the editor or attacks in news columns have one thing in common. Instead of addressing the remarks of their...
Human Rights
HUMAN RIGHTS: U.S. State Department's Annual Report Document's Israeli Human Rights ViolationsThe U.S. State Department's Human Rights Report on Israel and the Occupied Territories was released in February, two months after the Israelis' expulsion of...
Issues in Islam: After NYC Bombing, U.S. Muslims Feel Threatened, Not Threatening
Issues in Islam: After NYC Bombing, U.S. Muslims Feel Threatened, Not ThreateningThe Feb. 26 bombing of New York's World Trade Center, the subsequent arrests of Mohammed Salameh, Ibrahim Elgobrowney, Nidal Ayyad, Mahmoud Abouhalima and Bilal Al-Kaisi,...
Jews and Israel
JEWS AND ISRAEL: Americans for Peace Now Admitted to Conference of PresidentsAmericans for Peace Now has been admitted to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations after a nasty battle over its application. The bid by APN, a...
Legacy to Lebanon
Legacy to LebanonIn "The Second Coming" the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats adopted a despairingly pessimistic theme of impermanence and disintegration. "Things fall apart. The center cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world," he wrote....
Letter from Gaza: In Gaza, Israeli Rockets Replace Human Rights
Letter From Gaza: In Gaza, Israeli Rockets Replace Human RightsSince Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin took power in Israel last summer, the Israel Defense Forces have initiated a new policy of attacking Arab homes in the occupied territories with rockets...
Media Watch: National Press Club Award Presented to Palestinian Journalist
Media Watch: National Press Club Award Presented to Palestinian JournalistAt a National Press Club briefing just hours before Palestinian journalist Taher Shriteh was presented the club's 1993 Freedom of the Press award, Executive Director Dana Bullen...
Personality: In the Eye of the Media Storm; Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman
Personality: In the Eye of the Media Storm; Sheikh Omar Abdul RahmanAt the time I set out to interview Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman, he was avoiding the press. In three weeks of phoning various mosques around New York to make contact, I heard from several...
Public Opinion and the Middle East: U.S. Public Puts Higher Priority on Middle East Than Does Clinton
Public Opinion and the Middle East: U.S. Public Puts Higher Priority on Middle East Than Does Clinton(Prejudices change slowly, opinions can shift with a single event, and polls can be manipulated by their sponsors through timing, wording, respondent...
Seeing the Light: Rejecting Media Stereotyping Made Me Comfortable with My Heritage
Seeing the Light: Rejecting Media Stereotyping Made Me Comfortable With My HeritageAlthough I come from an Arab back-ground, until five years ago I did not know much about Arab culture, about current events in the Middle East or even the negative pressures...
Speak, Bird, Speak Again: Palestinian Arab Folktales
Speak, Bird, Speak Again: Palestinian Arab FolktalesEdited by Ibrahim Muhawi and Sharif Kanaana. Berkeley: University of California, 1989, 512 pp. List: $15.95; AET: $12.95.The stories in this collection have all the vibrancy and life that one might...
Speaking Out: Haifa Home-Porting Has High Political, Military Costs
Speaking Out: Haifa Home-Porting Has High Political, Military CostsA scheme that will expand and improve the port at Haifa, Israel, at U.S. expense is moving steadily toward execution. It will make Haifa a permanent home port for the U.S. Sixth Fleet...
Special Report: "Journey to the Occupied Lands" A Hard Look at Jewish Settlements
Special Report: "Journey to the Occupied Lands" A Hard Look at Jewish SettlementsTo Americans who saw his 90-minute film "Journey to the Occupied Lands" when it first was aired on public television stations last Jan. 26, Michael Ambrosino is one of the...
Special Report: Photographing Gaza
Special Report: Photographing GazaWe have come down off the plateau of Jerusalem, through the heavily irrigated Kidron Valley, and out into the flatlands of southwestern Israel. I am riding with Mirvat Nofal, a Palestinian woman from Jerusalem who works...
Special Report: Sowing Dragonseed; Israel's Torment of Children under Occupation
Special Report: Sowing Dragonseed; Israel's Torment of Children Under OccupationThe killing of 3-year-old Huda Siyaj by Israeli soldiers on March 15 was neither an accident nor an unusual occurrence in Israel's increasingly reckless effort to retain...
Special Report: The Palestinian Housing Shortage in the Midst of Israel's Housing Glut
Special Report: The Palestinian Housing Shortage In the Midst of Israel's Housing GlutThe U.S. guarantees for Israel, originally requested to finance housing for Russian Jewish immigrants, are no longer needed for that purpose because of the precipitous...
Special Report: Why Europe Failed to Halt the Genocide in Bosnia
Special Report: Why Europe Failed to Halt The Genocide in BosniaThere is no doubt that Europe has singularly failed to resolve the conflict in Bosnia. Neither can one ignore the irony that as the European Community races toward unification, its increasingly...
The Cost of Israel to U.S. Taxpayers: U.S. Aid to Israel Still off Limits in Search for Budget Cuts
The Cost of Israel to U.S. Taxpayers: U.S. Aid to Israel Still Off Limits In Search for Budget Cuts"Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) called on the Clinton administration to provide $1 billion in assistance to the former Soviet states next year-- significantly...
The Subcontinent: India's Travail, Kashmiri Women, Pakistan's Crisis, Afghan Dilemma
The Subcontinent: India's Travail, Kashmiri Women, Pakistan's Crisis, Afghan DilemmaThe London Economist of March 13 described Bangladesh as "poor, overpopulated, corrupt and inefficient." To varying degrees, the same could perhaps be said of more than...
To Tell the Truth: Clinton's Coddling of Rabin A Disaster for Israeli Doves
To Tell the Truth: Clinton's Coddling of Rabin A Disaster for Israeli DovesIt is too soon to tell whether President Bill Clinton has decided to abandon entirely the relatively evenhanded Middle East policies of former President George Bush and former...
United Nations Report: Expellees, Western Sahara, Bosnia and Nuclear Weapons on 1993 Agenda
United Nations Report: Expellees, Western Sahara, Bosnia and Nuclear Weapons on 1993 AgendaThe 400 Palestinian deportees were still freezing on a Lebanese hillside almost two months after Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Prime Minister Yitzhak...
Update: San Francisco Spy Ring "The Tip of the Iceberg"
Update: San Francisco Spy Ring "The Tip of the Iceberg"Some four months after it began to unravel, the true extent of the private intelligence network linking former San Francisco police inspector Tom Gerard, art dealer and paid informant Roy Bullock...
Women's Bodies a Battlefield in War for "Greater Serbia"
Women's Bodies a Battlefield In War for "Greater Serbia"The question I've been asked most frequently since my return in February from interviewing Bosnian Muslim women who were victims of Serbian atrocities is whether the Serbian assaults, including...
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