Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XI, No. 2, September

AMA Involves Community Members in Strategy Building
AMA Involves Community Members In Strategy BuildingAmerican Muslim Alliance (AMA) leaders met with West Coast Muslim Activists May 17 at San Francisco's Arab Cultural Center to discuss "How to get 2,000 Muslim Americans elected in the year 2000." This...
Antiochian Orthodox Archbishop Assails Clinton, Gingrich Middle East Stands
Antiochian Orthodox Archbishop Assails Clinton, Gingrich Middle East Stands"Yasser Arafat never should have signed the Oslo agreement. In my opinion, Oslo is dead." So said Archbishop Philip Saliba, the spiritual leader of 800,000 Antiochian Orthodox...
Beirut Archaeology Proves Lebanon's Antiquity
Beirut Archaeology Proves Lebanon's AntiquityIf it weren't for Lebanon's destructive 5-year civil war, which has given rise to a massive urban renewal project, it is unlikely the true age and total number of different cultural groups who have dwelled...
BETHLEHEM BULLETIN: Palestinians Equally Disgusted with Shabby Government Performance, Failed Peace Process
BETHLEHEM BULLETIN: Palestinians Equally Disgusted With Shabby Government Performance, Failed Peace ProcessPalestinians are frustrated with the unclear political situation and panicked by the failing economy, rising unemployment and poverty, according...
CALIFORNIA CHRONICLE: Dr. Maher Hathout Criticizes Bigotry of South Carolina Board of Education Member
CALIFORNIA CHRONICLE: Dr. Maher Hathout Criticizes Bigotry of South Carolina Board of Education MemberSouth Carolina state board of education member Dr. Henry Jordan stirred up a nationwide hornets' nest when he publicly cast aspersions on the Buddhist...
EDNA'S ESSAYS: AN ISRAELI-AMERICAN TRAVELER ALONG THE AMERICAN WAY; the Many Faces of Terrorism
EDNA'S ESSAYS: AN ISRAELI-AMERICAN TRAVELER ALONG THE AMERICAN WAY: The Many Faces of TerrorismDo you remember Qibya? Most of us do not. During the night of Oct. 14, 1953 Israeli paratroopers descended on the village of Qibya, at that time in Jordanian-held...
Ethnic Cleansing in Jerusalem, Israeli Style
Ethnic Cleansing in Jerusalem, Israeli StyleIsraeli authorities are carrying out a process in East Jerusalem that can accurately be described as ethnic cleansing. It is plainly geared to uproot Palestinians from an area that historically has been known...
George Ball: Behind the Scenes in U.S. Foreign Policy
George Ball: Behind the Scenes in U.S. Foreign PolicyIn 1961 President John F. Kennedy told his friend, then-Deputy Secretary of State George Ball, "George, you're just crazier than hell. That just isn't going to happen." Kennedy's caustic response was...
Haris Silajdic at Wilson Center
Haris Silajdic at Wilson CenterThe Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted Haris Silajdic, co-prime minister of the Federation of Bosnia, for an overview of the "Continuing Bosnian Peace Process," May 15 at the Smithsonian Institution's...
Hopes for Peace Still Alive in the Subcontinent
Hopes for Peace Still Alive in the SubcontinentEarlier this year many thought sanity had prevailed in the subcontinent when two new prime ministers, Inder Kumar Gujral of India and Mian Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan, agreed to resolve their disputes through...
IMF Assesses Palestinian Economic Potential
IMF Assesses Palestinian Economic Potential"We've had deterioration in many ways in the last two or three years, but on the other hand, the economy does have potential," says Milan Zavadjil, an economist with the International Monetary Fund and lead...
Leadership Failure Prolongs Sudanese Civil War
Leadership Failure Prolongs Sudanese Civil WarThe civil war in the Sudan is usually labeled a religious, ethnic conflict, pitting Arab-speaking Muslims in the north against Christians and animists in the south. Southerners often speak English and various...
"Lebanon.Imprisoned Splendour" Holds Official U.S. Premiere
"Lebanon...Imprisoned Splendour" Holds Official U.S. PremiereOn June 5, the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill was the scene of the official U.S. premiere of the video "Lebanon...Imprisoned Splendour." Over 150 well-wishers in the national capital joined...
MIDDLE EAST HISTORY: IT HAPPENED IN SEPTEMBER; U.S. Grants Israel Strategic Partnership and Then Pays for It
MIDDLE EAST HISTORY: IT HAPPENED IN SEPTEMBER; U.S. Grants Israel Strategic Partnership and Then Pays For ItIt was 16 years ago, on Sept. 10, 1981, that the Reagan administration conferred an extraordinary privilege on Israel. It formally announced that...
Mississauga Council Blocks Community Project
Mississauga Council Blocks Community ProjectA number of religious groups have joined the Muslim community in its bid to have the city of Mississauga approve its re-zoning application for a mosque project in the city. The Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation...
Museum of Fine Arts Unveils Exotic Luxury with Silk Road Exhibit
Museum of Fine Arts Unveils Exotic Luxury With Silk Road ExhibitFor centuries caravans crossed the dusty deserts and lonely mountains of Central Asia with loads of spices, porcelain and manufactured goods from India, China and Persia destined for Damascus,...
Palestinian Press Censorship: Both Heavy-Handed and Subtle
Palestinian Press Censorship: Both Heavy-Handed and SubtleWhen Jamil Salameh gave an editor an article last April that compared the Palestinian legal system unfavorably to the Israeli system, the Gaza attorney expected next to see his treatise in the...
PNA Officials Study U.S. Government Press Relations in USIA-Sponsored Project for Palestine
PNA Officials Study U.S. Government Press Relations In USIA-Sponsored Project for PalestinePalestine National Authority officials visited four U.S. cities from April 7 to 25, including Portland, Oregon, as part of a U.S. Information Agency-sponsored...
Pollard's Israeli Handler Breaks 10-Year Silence
Pollard's Israeli Handler Breaks 10-Year SilenceIsraeli intelligence officer Rafael "Rafi" Eitan broke a decade of silence in mid-June to tell the Tel Aviv daily Yediot Ahronot that the "big fuss" in the U.S. that followed the 1985 exposure of U.S. naval...
Qatar's Emir Visits Washington
Qatar's Emir Visits WashingtonSheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who came Emir of Qatar in June 1995, made his first state visit to the U.S. national capital the week of June 9. He was accompanied on the visit by Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad...
Revival of "Silk Road" Underway
Revival of "Silk Road" UnderwayKyrgyzstan has declared that it strongly favors the proposal to develop a viable Eurasian transportation corridor stretching from Asia to Europe. Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev made an official visit to the exSoviet Republic...
Second Conference on Islamic Banking Held in Toronto
Second Conference on Islamic Banking Held in TorontoThe Regal Constellation Hotel in Toronto was the venue for the Second Conference on Islamic Banking and Finance which took place June 2 and 3. More than 65 people, including representatives from government,...
"Switzerland of Central Asia" Targets Tourism
"Switzerland of Central Asia" Targets TourismAlthough much of the landscape is arid and bare, the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan is beginning to target tourism with one asset which could turn out to be gold: seemingly endless mountains covered with...
The Balfour Declaration and the Zimmermann Note
The Balfour Declaration and the Zimmermann NoteIn trying to unravel the puzzle of why Britain issued the Balfour Declaration, perhaps the first need is to establish that a puzzle really exists. It has been suggested that it can all be explained by money,...
The Iranian Election: Iranians Voted for a Pluralistic Society
The Iranian Election: Iranians Voted for a Pluralistic SocietyIf Ayatollah Khomeini described Iran's revolution as an explosion of light, for millions of Iranians Syed Mohammed Khatami's landslide victory in the May 23 presidential election reflects...
THE IRANIAN ELECTION: Khatami's Election May Be a Turning Point
THE IRANIAN ELECTION: Khatami's Election May Be a Turning PointWas the Islamic Republic of Iran's seventh and most competitive election May 23 a "return of light" to Iran, as one Pakistani Iran specialist wrote, or merely an opportunity for Iran's voters...
Thirtieth Anniversary of June War Commemorated in Boston
Thirtieth Anniversary of June War Commemorated in BostonBostonians gathered June 5 and 6 at The First Church (Unitarian Universalist) in Harvard Square, Cambridge, to discuss 30 years of Israeli occupation.The first evening's topic was: "Israel and Palestine:...
Turkey's Islamist-Led Government Seeking to Call New Elections
Turkey's Islamist-Led Government Seeking to Call New ElectionsAfter less than one year, Turkey's Islamist-led government is crumbling under mounting military-backed secular pressure that it resign.As a result, Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, hoping...
Will the End of the Peace Process Be Followed by "A Nice Little War"?
Will the End of the Peace Process Be Followed by "A Nice Little War"?Whenever the Middle East became too quiet, which was rare, my first boss in the Department of State used to remark, "Time for some saber rattling by Israel." And sure enough, there...
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