Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XI, No. 3, September

Absence of Syrian-Israeli Peace Agreement Dangerous for Lebanese
Absence of Syrian-Israeli Peace Agreement Dangerous for LebaneseBy Stephen J. SosebeeThe July 12 killing of three Lebanese children by the Israeli army demonstrates that despite Mideast peacemaking efforts, a brutal war still is being waged in south...
After Oklahoma City: Looking for Someone to Blame
After Oklahoma City: Looking For Someone to BlameBy Hania YounisMy co-worker asks me, "You don't feel as badly as the rest of us, do you?" It is three hours after the Oklahoma City bombing. She asks me this question because I am an Arab American. We...
An Israeli-Palestinian Agreement That Won't Bring Peace
An Israeli-Palestinian Agreement That Won't Bring PeaceBy Rachelle MarshallOn July 24, the day before still another much publicized deadline slipped by with no agreement signed between Israel and the PLO, the New York Times carried a fourcolumn headline...
A Party in Exile: Is It a Realistic Hope?
A Party in Exile: Is It a Realistic Hope?By Nazie IsfahaniWith the recent worsening of relations between the United States and Iran, and given Iran's current economic situation, some observers predict an exile force may take power there. This is the...
California Calling: Jewish Writer Documents Racism in Israeli Films
California Calling: Jewish Writer Documents Racism in Israeli FilmsBy Pat and Samir Twair"Palestinians make up about 20 percent of the Israeli population, Jews from the Middle East another 50 percent. If you include the West Bank and Gaza, the figure...
Canada Calling: Choice of New Canadian Ambassador to Israel Widely Criticized
Canada Calling: Choice of New Canadian Ambassador to Israel Widely CriticizedBy John DirlikCanadian-Jewish organizations seemed to be the only ones to welcome Ottawa's appointment as ambassador to Israel of David Berger, a former member of Parliament...
Cancellation of Giant Electrical Project in India Scares U.S. Investors
Cancellation of Giant Electrical Project in India Scares U.S. InvestorsBy M.M. AliThe decision of the Maharashtra state government in Bombay to cancel a $2.8 billion electrical power project that was to be built by Enron, an American consortium, has...
Christianity and the Middle East: "Peace Churches" Team in Hebron Arrested, Grilled, Imprisoned, Freed
Christianity and the Middle East: "Peace Churches" Team in Hebron Arrested, Grilled, Imprisoned, FreedBy Rev. L. Humphrey WalzKnown as the "Peace Churches," Quakers, Mennonites and Brethren are especially renowned for seeking practical ways for rooting...
Congressional, Administration Pandering Has Nearly Destroyed Peace
Congressional, Administration Pandering Has Nearly Destroyed PeaceBy Eugene BirdWhen a Department of State official was asked in late July, after events in Bosnia again had spun out of control, whether the lifting of arms sanctions proposed by Senator...
Former Pakistani Army Chief to Launch Political Party
Former Pakistani Army Chief to Launch Political PartyBy M.M. Ali"Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto holds the key to resolution of the continued crisis in Karachi," according to Pakistan's former army chief of staff, Gen. Mirza Aslam Beg, who is poised to...
Four Years after Massive War Expenses Saudi Arabia Gets Its Second Wind
Four Years After Massive War Expenses Saudi Arabia Gets Its Second WindBy Richard H. CurtissThe year 1995 will go down in Middle East history as the year that Saudi Arabia got its second wind. On Aug. 2 King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud announced the...
In Memoriam: Colonel Robert W. Rickert (1912-1995)
In Memoriam: Colonel Robert W. Rickert (1912-1995)By Andrew I KillgoreWhen U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Robert W. Rickert learned in 1958 that he was being assigned to Jerusalem as deputy chief of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO)...
Iraq's Fractured, Frightened First Family: Defections of His Two Sons-in-Law Presage the End for Saddam Hussain
Iraq's Fractured, Frightened First Family: Defections of His Two Sons-in-Law Presage the End for Saddam HussainBy Richard H. CurtissThe 60,000 Iraqi soldiers who surrendered during the Gulf war begged their Saudi internment camp guards not to allow journalists...
Israel Returns Archeological Finds to Egypt
Israel Returns Archeological Finds to EgyptBy Kurt HoldenNowhere is archeology more political than in the Middle East, where land claims have been based upon little more than obscure references to tribes or places in conflicting religious and secular...
Israel's Unauthorized Retransfer of U.S. Technology Exposed
Israel's Unauthorized Retransfer of U.S. Technology ExposedBy Shawn L. TwingAlthough allegations have been made on numerous occasions linking Israel to the illegal re-export of U.S.-origin defense and dual-use technology, there never has been an independently...
Picking Up a Sputtering Torch: Finally the U.S. Takes the Lead in Bosnia
Picking Up a Sputtering Torch: Finally the U.S. Takes the Lead in BosniaBy Richard H. Curtiss"This time Mr. Lake didn't ask, he informed. An administration official said that in his meetings in Bonn, Paris and London, Mr. Lake declared: `The president...
Saudis Breathe Sigh of Relief at Hassle-Free 1995 Pilgrimage
Saudis Breathe Sigh of Relief At Hassle-Free 1995 PilgrimageBy Richard H. CurtissFive years ago, as the buildup in Saudi Arabia of half a million troops from 37 nations to expel Saddam Hussain's forces from Kuwait was underway, military logisticians...
Seeing the Light: Teaching about Palestinians; A Lesson about America
Seeing the Light: Teaching About Palestinians; A Lesson About AmericaBy Daniel McGowanIt started around 1985, when colleges and universities were overwhelmingly demanding that their pension funds no longer invest in South Africa. As a conservative professor...
Talking Turkey: Amendments, Abolitions, Autonomy
Talking Turkey: Amendments, Abolitions, AutonomyBy James DorseyTurkey has liberalized its military-era constitution, easing the way for its customs union with the European Union. Nonetheless, to be sealed finally, the deal may still require improvement...
The American University in Cairo Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary
The American University in Cairo Celebrates Its 75th AnniversaryBy Mary Judith Sundstrom and Howdy StoutCharles R. Watson, an American born in Egypt, had a vision of establishing a private, English-language university in Cairo, calling for high standards...
The Moral Stakes in Bosnia: An American Muslim Convert; the U.S. Has A Vital National Interest in a Just Settlement
The Moral Stakes in Bosnia: AN AMERICAN MUSLIM CONVERT; The U.S. Has A Vital National Interest in a Just SettlementBy Greg NoakesOpponents of increased United States involvement in Bosnia argue that no vital U.S. interests are at stake in the Balkan...
The Moral Stakes in Bosnia: A Pakistani-Born Muslim; the West Treats Muslims as Second-Class Citizens of the World
The Moral Stakes in Bosnia: A PAKISTANI-BORN MUSLIM; The West Treats Muslims as Second-Class Citizens of the WorldBy Ali Nawaz MemonThe Bosnian tragedy has caused enormous sorrow to Muslims around the world. Admittedly, it has not been a continuous pain,...
The Moral Stakes in Bosnia: A Saudi Muslim; Let the Perpetrators of These Crimes Be Cursed, along with Those Who Could Have Prevented Them
The Moral Stakes in Bosnia: A SAUDI MUSLIM; Let the Perpetrators of These Crimes Be Cursed, Along With Those Who Could Have Prevented ThemBy Khaled Al-MaeenaEmboldened by apathy, indifference and callous disregard by the world community for the plight...
The U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement: Hold the Celebrations
The U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement: Hold the CelebrationsBy Colin MacKinnonSeptember 1, 1995 is the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement. The agreement was hailed in 1985 as a great step forward in U.S.-Israeli trade relations that...
U.S. Embargo May Encourage Iran Radicals
U.S. Embargo May Encourage Iran RadicalsBy Shawn L. TwingPresident Bill Clinton's April 30 executive order banning all U.S. trade with Iran cited three primary reasons for his decision: Iran's attempts to acquire technology to produce and deliver nuclear...
Women's Affairs: Palestinian NGOs Send Delegation to U.N. Women's Conference in China
Women's Affairs: Palestinian NGOs Send Delegation to U.N. Women's Conference in ChinaBy Leila DiabAmong the tens of thousands of delegates pouring into Huairou, a small Chinese town 35 miles from Beijing, for the conference on women will be a 15-person...