Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

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

AAI 1999 Conference Stresses Arab Empowerment
AAI 1999 CONFERENCE STRESSES ARAB EMPOWERMENT"The substantive speeches [from national leaders to the Arab-American community] mean we've arrived," said president James Zogby of the Arab American Institute (AAI) in Washington, DC, as he reflected on the...
AAUG Re-Invigorated by 1999 Convention in New York
AAUG RE-INVIGORATED BY 1999 CONVENTION IN NEW YORKThe annual convention of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates (AAUG) was held in New York City on Oct. 23 and 24 on the theme, "The Arab World: Toward Rebirth and Renewal in the 21st...
Afghanistan Examined at MEI
AFGHANISTAN EXAMINED AT MEIFormer Defense Intelligence Agency analyst Julie Sirrs, now with Response International, a non-governmental organization, discussed the influences on the ruling Taliban regime in Afghanistan at the Middle East Institute on...
Alice Navasargian Authors Second Tome on Armenian Contributions to the Arts
Alice Navasargian Authors Second Tome on Armenian Contributions to the ArtsIn 1997 Alice Minassian Navasargian produced her first book, Golden Bridges: 20th Century Armenian Artists. It provided biographies and beautiful color reproductions of Armenian...
Alon Ben Meir Speaks at Middle East Institute
ALON BEN MEIR SPEAKS AT MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTEDr. Alon Ben Meir, who teaches at the New School for Social Research in New York City is Middle East project director for the World Policy Institute, spoke Jan. 12 at the Middle East Institute in Washington,...
American Muslim Council Hosts Capitol Hill Iftar Dinner
AMERICAN MUSLIM COUNCIL HOSTS CAPITOL HILL IFTAR DINNERThe American Muslim Council hosted an Iftar (fast-breaking) dinner on Capitol Hill in the Cannon House Office Building on Jan. 4, 2000 for American Muslims in public life. American Muslims active...
A Musical Christmas Gift to Bethlehem
A MUSICAL CHRISTMAS GIFT TO BETHLEHEMA Bethlehem 2000 project needs help raising funds for the restoration of a 19th century German-built pipe organ at Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. The organ was built 106 years ago and shipped to Bethlehem,...
An Invitation to Join Christian Peacemaker Teams or the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions
An Invitation to Join Christian Peacemaker Teams or the Israeli Committee Against House DemolitionsOn my last day in Hebron before returning to the states in late October I wondered what had happened to Liga. There was no way to telephone her. The cave...
Anxious for Armageddon: Militant Coalition of Christian Fundamentalist and Jewish Orthodox Cults Plot Destruction of Al Aqsa Mosque
ANXIOUS FOR ARMAGEDDON: Militant Coalition of Christian Fundamentalist and Jewish Orthodox Cults Plots Destruction of Al Aqsa MosqueFor three decades, Gershon Solomon, a militant Israeli who heads an organization dedicated to the destruction of Jerusalem's...
Arab American Institute Examines Candidates, Platforms on Mideast Issues
ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE EXAMINES CANDIDATES, PLATFORMS ON MIDEAST ISSUES"During the past 25 years, the United States has sent more troops, sold more weapons, lost more lives, spent more money in foreign aid, and had more national security interests at...
Barak Eyes ASEAN as Model for Mideast
BARAK EYES ASEAN AS MODEL FOR MIDEASTAlthough final peace agreements have not yet been reached between Israel, the PLO, Syria and Lebanon, there is concern among other Arab governments that if such treaties are signed Israel will use its political leverage...
Canada Sends Fact-Finder to the Sudan
Canada Sends Fact-Finder to the SudanCanadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy surprised many observers last October when he announced a major policy shift on the Sudan. The decision came three days after U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told...
Christianity in the Gulf
Christianity in the GulfWhere might one find the largest Christian parish in the Middle East? What Middle Eastern country currently has a Christian as its ambassador to Japan? Where have authorities allowed chapels to be refurbished and even doubled...
Clinton Becomes "The Good Shepherd" of Recalcitrant Israeli and Syrian Flocks at Shepherdstown
Clinton Becomes "The Good Shepherd" of Recalcitrant Israeli and Syrian Flocks at ShepherdstownDespite the convening of the largest Middle East peace conference since Madrid in 1991, with more than 100 participants including the Americans, the Syrian-Israeli...
Clinton's Warm Eid Al-Fitr Remarks Reflect Growing Recognition of American Muslims
Clinton's Warm Eid al-Fitr Remarks Reflect Growing Recognition of American MuslimsBeing an independent "Middle East expert" in Washington can be fun if you don't have to make a living at it. In American media interviews you can say pretty much what you...
Conditions Attached to Turkey's EU Breakthrough Present Hard Political, Legal and Economic Choices
Conditions Attached to Turkey's EU Breakthrough Present Hard Political, Legal and Economic Choices"Victory in Europe!" was the banner headline in mid-December in one of Turkey's leading national dailies, a slogan more reminiscent of a soccer triumph...
Consequences of the Israel-Turkey Alliance: The Israel-Iran Alliance Failed; Can Israel and Turkey Fare Any Better?
Consequences of the Israel-Turkey Alliance: The Israel-Iran Alliance Failed; Can Israel and Turkey Fare Any Better?The secret Israel-Iran alliance from 1972 to 1979 disintegrated when Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi was forced to flee his country following...
Consequences of the Israel-Turkey Alliance: Who Encircles Whom? Israeli-Turkish Flanking of Syria Warms Relations between Greece and Iran
Consequences of the Israel-Turkey Alliance: Who Encircles Whom? Israeli-Turkish Flanking of Syria Warms Relations Between Greece and IranOn June 28, 1999, the Greek defense minister visited Tehran. While he was there he claimed, and his hosts confirmed,...
CPAP and Partners for Peace Hold Media Workshop
CPAP AND PARTNERS FOR PEACE HOLD MEDIA WORKSHOPOn Oct. 18, 1999, the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine and Partners for Peace co-hosted a half-day workshop for non-profit groups on ways to better utilize the media. The workshop included presentations...
Croatia, in Parliamentary and Presidential Elections, Decisively Rejects Hard-Liners' Policies
Croatia, in Parliamentary and Presidential Elections, Decisively Rejects Hard-liners' PoliciesThe recent landmark parliamentary election in Croatia heralds, for the first time, the coming to power in that country of center-left political leaders prepared...
Demonstrators Protest Russian Bombing of Chechnya at Russian Consulate in San Francisco
Demonstrators Protest Russian Bombing of Chechnya at Russian Consulate in FranciscoMore than 300 people gathered in front of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco on Nov. 26 to protest Russian military action against the people of Chechnya, a Russian...
Egyptian Ambassador Fahmy Speaks at Peace Institute
EGYPTIAN AMBASSADOR FAHMY SPEAKS AT PEACE INSTITUTEAmbassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United States Nabil Fahmy delivered his first address since arriving in the U.S. on Oct. 25 at the United States Institute of Peace. In Fahmy's view, as...
Friends, Admirers Turn out for Alfred Lilienthal 85th Birthday Observance
FRIENDS, ADMIRERS TURN OUT FOR ALFRED LILIENTHAL 85TH BIRTHDAY OBSERVANCESome 450 friends, fans, colleagues and relatives from all over the United States turned out in November to observe the 85th birthday of pioneer anti-Zionist writer and lecturer...
Gathering from around the World to Keep Watch with the Sultan Family
Gathering From Around The World to Keep Watch With the Sultan FamilyAfter weeks of on-and-off pressure on the Sultan family in the Beqa'a Valley near Hebron, Israeli West Bank settlers backed off for the day on Dec. 27. CPTer Art Gish continued his watch,...
Georgetown Examines Turkish Earthquake's Political Fallout
GEORGETOWN EXAMINES TURKISH EARTHQUAKE'S POLITICAL FALLOUTGeorgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and the Institute of Turkish Studies sponsored an Oct. 27 forum analyzing the August 1999 earthquake in Turkey. Georgetown associate...
IAP Attracts 2,000 to Chicago Convention
IAP ATTRACTS 2,000 TO CHICAGO CONVENTIONNearly 2,000 persons attended the third annual convention of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), held over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Chicago. Speakers elaborated on...
"In Retrospect: Images in Clay" by Maida Al-Hussaini
"IN RETROSPECT: IMAGES IN CLAY" BY MAIDA AL-HUSSAINIIraqi-American artist Maida Al-Hussaini showed her sculptural ceramics, wall hangings and calligraphy at a fascinating exhibit entitled "In Retrospect: Images in Clay" from Nov. 26 to 28 at the Sheraton...
In the 60 Percent of the West Bank under Full Israeli Occupation, Palestinian Evictions Continue
In the 60 Percent of the West Bank Under Full Israeli Occupation, Palestinian Evictions ContinueThus far, the land-for-security provisions of the peace process have produced a situation in which no Israelis live in Area A, comprising major West Bank...
Islam and the Middle East in the Far East: Despite Denials, Indonesia Greatly Expanding Economic Ties with Israel
ISLAM AND THE MIDDLE EAST IN THE FAR EAST: Despite Denials, Indonesia Greatly Expanding Economic Ties With IsraelAs reported in the previous issue of the Washington Report, in November Indonesian Foreign Minister Alwi Shihab stated that his country's...
Israeli Lawyers Speak at CPAP
ISRAELI LAWYERS SPEAK AT CPAPTwo Israeli lawyers, Allegra Pacheco and Sahar Francis, both advocates of Palestinian civil and legal rights, spoke Nov. 3 at the Center for Policy Analysis in Washington, DC. The luncheon briefing was one in a series of...
Israeli Media Watch: Behind the Looking Glass - Political Insights from the Israeli
ISRAELI MEDIA WATCH: Behind the Looking Glass -- Political Insights From The Israeli PressWith Israeli-Syrian negotiations halted, U.S. President Bill Clinton grimly saying as little as possible, and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright airily...
Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel
Jewish Fundamentalism in IsraelIn recent years there has been a dramatic growth of Jewish fundamentalism in Israel which has manifested itself in vigorous opposition to the peace process and has played a key role, as well, in the assassination of Prime...
Journey in Watercolors with George Kosinski
JOURNEY IN WATERCOLORS WITH GEORGE KOSINSKIJerusalem-based artist George Kosinski's Fall 1999 tour of the United States ended with a reception hosted by Tain and Grace Tompkins to introduce national capital-area art-lovers to this great artist and his...
Libya Promotes Peace Deal in the Philippines
LIBYA PROMOTES PEACE DEAL IN THE PHILIPPINESThe Republic of the Philippines is the only Roman Catholic country in Asia, but it also has a Muslim minority. Usually called Moros, the Muslims form a majority of the population in most of the southern island...
"Lost Worlds" Documentary Looks at Mideast Realistically
"LOST WORLDS" DOCUMENTARY LOOKS AT MIDEAST REALISTICALLY"From Moses to McDonald's, life goes on in the Middle East." So narrated Rick Ray in his documentary, "Lost Worlds of the Middle East: Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon." The 80-minute film was...
Mahjabeen's Musings: A Pakistani-American Pilgrim along the American Way; in Pakistan, When Will We Learn Enough from Our History to Avoid Repeating It?
MAHJABEEN'S MUSINGS: A PAKISTANI-AMERICAN PILGRIM ALONG THE AMERICAN WAY; In Pakistan, When Will We Learn Enough From Our History to Avoid Repeating It?It was indeed an interesting December trip to Pakistan. The strange thing was that so much had happened...
Mid-Term Report Card on 106th Congress Shows Mixed Results
Mid-Term Report Card on 106th Congress Shows Mixed ResultsTo prepare the Washington Report's attached midterm report card on members of the 106th Congress, six issues were chosen to rate the members. However, the issues for members of the Senate and...
Only a Solution in Kashmir Will Bring Peace and Security to All of South Asia
Only a Solution in Kashmir Will Bring Peace and Security to All of South AsiaIndia's human rights violations in Kashmir are systematic, deliberate, and officially sanctioned. India has never prosecuted even one of its 700,000 military and paramilitary...
On the Front Lines with the Christian Peacemakers in Hebron: An Unmerry Christmas; Protecting the Omar Sultan Home from Jewish Settlers
On the Front Lines With the Christian Peacemakers in Hebron: An Unmerry Christmas; Protecting the Omar Sultan Home From Jewish Settlers8 p.m. I am suddenly very sorry I didn't stay here at Omar Sultan's house in the Beqa'a Valley all day today instead...
Pakistani-American Groups Examine Future of Democracy in Pakistan
PAKISTANI-AMERICAN GROUPS EXAMINE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY IN PAKISTANThe Council of Pakistani-American Organizations, in conjunction with the Pakistani Students Association of George Washington University in Washington, DC, and the Pakistan United Front...
Patrick Buchanan Denounces Sanctions
PATRICK BUCHANAN DENOUNCES SANCTIONSReform Party presidential candidate Patrick J. Buchanan spoke about foreign policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, on Dec. 16, 1999. He zeroed in on the failure of U.S. sanctions...
Peace Center Completes Rehabilitation of Manger Square for Year-Long Bethlehem 2000 Observances
Peace Center Completes Rehabilitation of Manger Square for Year-Long Bethlehme 2000 ObservancesWhen the Israeli army withdrew from Bethlehem in December 1995, officially ending 28 years of Israeli occupation in the West Bank town, news services carried...
Rabbi Looks at Human Rights
RABBI LOOKS AT HUMAN RIGHTS"It is not enough to [only] teach and educate," one must "also take action" when faced with injustice, said Israeli-American Rabbi Arik Ascherman on Oct. 18 at the Middle East Institute.For the last two decades, Ascherman has...
The European Press Views the Middle East: Economist Says Syrian Issues Are "Molehills" Compared to "Mountains" Facing Palestinians, Israelis
THE EUROPEAN PRESS VIEWS THE MIDDLE EAST: Economist Says Syrian Issues Are "Molehills" Compared to "Mountains" Facing Palestinians, IsraelisAs the new millennium began, one issue preoccupying the European media was the renewal of Middle East peace talks...
The Ostrovsky Files: A Message from Hell
THE OSTROVSKY FILES: A Message From HellOccasionally an article appears that is so disturbing in nature that one wants to cry out to the world in anger and frustration, "stop!" The Tel Aviv daily Ha'aretz carried just such an article, by Aviv Lavi, on...
Those Afghan Sanctions - What Are They and Will They Work?
Those Afghan Sanctions -- What Are They and Will They Work?Here we go again -- more U.S-inspired economic sanctions. Last October the United States managed to get the U.N. Security Council by unanimous vote to approve sanctions ostensibly aimed at the...
Two Arab-American Groups Merge for "Political Empowerment" in 21st Century
Two Arab-American Groups Merge for "Political Empowerment" in 21st CenturyOn Jan. 1, 2000 a merger between the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the National Association of Arab Americans (NAAA) took effect. Observers at the Dec....
U.S. Pushes Security Council to Intrude in Iraq, Keep out of Israeli-Palestinian Dispute
U.S. Pushes Security Council to Intrude in Iraq, Keep Out of Israeli-Palestinian DisputeThe new millennium is shaping up pretty much like the old one as far as the Middle East is concerned and, indeed, for the United Nations. Resolution 1284 adopted...
William Quandt Speaks at Woodrow Wilson Center
WILLIAM QUANDT SPEAKS AT WOODROW WILSON CENTERDr. William Quandt, professor of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia, and White House Middle East adviser at the time of the Camp David negotiations, discussed Arab-Israeli peace...
Will "The Syrian Track" Result in an Israeli Peace Treaty in 2000?
Will "the Syrian Track" Result in an Israeli Peace Treaty in 2000? It's Still Possible for American Muslims to Democratize the Peace ProcessThe "Syrian track" of the Middle East peace process is now well on its way. Both Americans and Israelis are keen...
Will "The Syrian Track" Result in an Israeli Peace Treaty in 2000? Can Israelis Be Persuaded to Take a Chance on Peace with Syria?
Will "the Syrian Track" Result in an Israeli Peace Treaty in 2000? Can Israelis Be Persuaded to Take a Chance on Peace With Syria?By any objective measure, an equitable and just peace settlement between Israel and Syria would benefit Israel as much or...
Will "The Syrian Track" Result in an Israeli Peace Treaty in 2000? When Israel Declined to Confirm Its Promised Withdrawal, Syria Talks Halted
Will "the Syrian Track" Result in an Israeli Peace Treaty in 2000? When Israel Declined to Confirm Its Promised With-drawl, Syria Talks HaltedAs Syrian, Israeli and American negotiators ended their first seemingly successful round of meetings at Shepherdstown,...
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