Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XIX, No. 6, July 31

After Illusory "Victory" in First "Battle of Burger King," Muslims, Arabs Prepare for Second Round
After Illusory "Victory" in First "Battle of Burger King," Muslims, Arabs Prepare for Second RoundRichard H. Curtiss is the executive director of the Washington Report.The odds were overwhelming a year ago. Under Arab League auspices more than 250 million...
Amnesty International Charges Khiam War Crimes
Amnesty International Charges Khiam War CrimesBy Ahmed Karaoud (Amnesty International, Tunisia), Ina Tin Iversen (Amnesty International, Norway), Elizabeth Hodgkin and Claudio Cordone (International Secretariat)(Eyewitness report from an Amnesty International...
Anti-Arab McCarthyism: Heavy-Handed Intimidation Fails to Deter Palestinian-American Charity
Anti-Arab McCarthyism: Heavy-Handed Intimidation Fails to Deter Palestinian-American CharityRichard H. Curtiss is the executive editor of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.The old joke among African Americans who receive a traffic ticket is...
As Both Presidential Candidates Kowtow at AIPAC Conference, Only an Israeli Speaker Voices Doubts
As Both Presidential Candidates Kowtow at AIPAC Conference, Only an Israeli Speaker Voices DoubtsJamie Terrar is the program manager at the Council for the National Interest.For the first time in the history of the annual American Israel Public Affairs...
As Clinton's Last Days in Office Dwindle, So Do Hopes for Middle East Peace in His Term
As Clinton's Last Days in Office Dwindle, So Do Hopes for Middle East Peace in His TermEugene Bird, a retired foreign service officer, is president of the Council for the National Interest and diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Report on Middle...
AU's Center for Global Peace Hosts International Conference: "The Kurds; Search for Identity"
AU'S CENTER FOR GLOBAL PEACE HOSTS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: "THE KURDS; SEARCH FOR IDENTITY"American University's Center for Global Peace, in conjunction with the Mustafa Barzani Scholars Program of Global Kurdish Studies, held a conference on "The...
Bethlehem Bulletin: Palestinian-Israeli Roundtable Reports Impasse on Joint Economic Rules and Projects
BETHLEHEM BULLETIN: Palestinian-Israeli Roundtable Reports Impasse on Joint Economic Rules and ProjectsSr. Elaine Kelley is a development officer and ESL teacher at Bethlehem University.The Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI)...
Beyond "Whodunit": The Political Road to the Lockerbie Trial
Beyond "Whodunit": The Political Road to the Lockerbie TrialShirin Sinnar, former communications director for the American Muslim Council, is a consultant at the World Bank and is enrolled as a law student at Columbia University starting in the fall...
Cairo Communique: Dispute over Controversial Book A Banquet for Seaweed Becomes Increasingly Politicized in Egypt
CAIRO COMMUNIQUE: Dispute Over Controversial Book A Banquet for Seaweed Becomes Increasingly Politicized in EgyptAndrew Hammond is a free-lance journalist based in Cairo.It's hard to know whether or not to interpret the recent storm in Egypt over a novel...
Canadian Foreign Minister Condemns Iraq Sanctions but Chretien Backslides on Palestine Neutrality
Canadian Foreign Minister Condemns Iraq Sanctions But Chretien Backslides on Palestine NeutralityBy Faisal KuttyFaisal Kutty is a Toronto-based lawyer and columnist for iViews.comCanadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy made headlines in April...
Clinton Addresses Arab Americans at the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards
CLINTON ADDRESSES ARAB AMERICANS AT THE KAHLIL GIBRAN SPIRIT OF HUMANITY AWARDSPresident Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance at the Arab American Institute (AAI) Foundation's second annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards gala dinner on June...
Compromise on Palestinian Refugees Is Essential for Middle East Peace to Succeed
Compromise on Palestinian Refugees Is Essential for Middle East Peace to SucceedAllan C. Brownfeld is a syndicated columnist and associate editor of the Lincoln Review, a journal published by the Lincoln Institute for Research and Education, and editor...
Congresswoman Pat Danner to Retire; Who Stands Where on Eight Pending Bills, Letters
Congresswoman Pat Danner to Retire; Who Stands Where on Eight Pending Bills, LettersShirl McArthur, a retired foreign service officer, is a consultant in the Washington, DC area.One of the six Arab Americans in the House, Rep. Pat Danner (D-MO), announced...
Despite All Odds and Expectations, Iran Convenes a Freely Elected New Parliament
Despite All Odds and Expectations, Iran Convenes a Freely Elected New ParliamentBy John P. NordinDr. John P. Nordin is a free-lance writer living in the Denver area.The new members of Iran's parliament, the Majlis, could be forgiven for marveling that...
European Press Review: European Press Calls "Premature Exit" from Lebanon a "Humiliation for Israel"
EUROPEAN PRESS REVIEW: European Press Calls "Premature Exit" From Lebanon a "Humiliation for Israel"Lucy Jones is a free-lance journalist based in New York.The withdrawal of Israeli troops from southern Lebanon after 22 years dominated headlines across...
Europeans Fail to Chastise Russia for Chechen Policy
EUROPEANS FAIL TO CHASTISE RUSSIA FOR CHECHEN POLICYThe Council of Europe's mid-May decision not to pursue further sanctions against Russia in light of its policy toward Chechnya was criticized by some newspapers. The French daily Les Dernieres Nouvelles...
Future of Iran, Iraq, Arab Gulf States Explored at UCLA International Conference
Future of Iran, Iraq, Arab Gulf States Explored at UCLA International ConferencePat and Samir Twair are free-lance journalists based in Los Angeles.A decade after the Gulf war and 20 years since the onset of the Iran-Iraq war, UCLA scholars hosted a...
Internet Reveals What Media Won't about Albright
Internet Reveals What Media Won't About AlbrightRichard H. Curtiss is the executive editor of the Washington Report.This column is about Madeleine Albright and the graduating class of 2000, but the moral is about the Internet. That's because although...
Islam and the Middle East in the Far East: Far Eastern Press Beginning to Publicize Abuses of Southeast Asian Workers in Israel
ISLAM AND THE MIDDLE EAST IN THE FAR EAST: Far Eastern Press Beginning to Publicize Abuses of Southeast Asian Workers in IsraelJohn Gee is a free-lance writer based in Singapore and the author of Unequal Conflict: Israel and the Palestinians, available...
Islamic Scholar Optimistic about Future of Islam in 21st Century
ISLAMIC SCHOLAR OPTIMISTIC ABOUT FUTURE OF ISLAM IN 21ST CENTURYDr. Ebrahim Moosa, associate professor of religious studies at Stanford University, spoke on "Islam in the 21st Century: Reform and Reinterpretation" at the World Affairs Council in San...
Israeli Media Watch II: Israeli Pundits See No Peace with Palestinians or Syria, despite U.S. Pressure in Clinton's Final Year
ISRAELI MEDIA WATCH II: Israeli Pundits See No Peace With Palestinians or Syria, Despite U.S. Pressure in Clinton's Final YearBy Nathan JonesNathan Jones is a free-lance writer specializing in Israel and North American Jewish affairs.Israel's highly...
Israeli Media Watch I: Israeli Media Reflect Profound Shock and Pessimism over Chaotic Lebanon Retreat
ISRAELI MEDIA WATCH I: Israeli Media Reflect Profound Shock and Pessimism Over Chaotic Lebanon RetreatBy Nathan JonesNathan Jones is a free-lance writer specializing in Israeli and North American Jewish affairs.Americans have seen and read far less about...
Israel Withdraws from Lebanon but Peace Is Not Yet in Sight
Israel Withdraws From Lebanon But Peace Is Not Yet In SightRachelle Marshall is a free-lance editor living in Stanford, CA. A member of the Jewish International Peace Union, she writes frequently on the Middle East."Today for the first time in decades,...
Jerusalem Journal: Hebrew University Seeks to Remove Forcibly Five Palestinian Families from Land It Has Seized
JERUSALEM JOURNAL: Hebrew University Seeks to Remove Forcibly Five Palestinian Families From Land It Has SeizedMatthew Brubacher is a free-lance journalist and human rights activist based in Jerusalem.For 87-year-old Aisha Aqel, receiving the renewed...
Jordan's King Abdullah Eyes Information Technology as Key to Economic Survival
JORDAN'S KING ABDULLAH EYES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AS KEY TO ECONOMIC SURVIVALLauding communications technology as a means to make Jordan's desert bloom economically and stating the political situation is ripe for immediate peace, Jordan's King Abdullah...
Law Professor Discusses the Status of Muslim Marriage Contracts in American Judicial System
LAW PROFESSOR DISCUSSES THE STATUS OF MUSLIM MARRIAGE CONTRACTS IN AMERICAN JUDICIAL SYSTEMOn May 20, the Minaret of Freedom Institute, a Muslim think tank near Washington, DC, invited to its annual dinner Dr. Aziza Al-Hibri, a law professor and Muslim...
Lebanese Community Celebrates Israeli Withdrawal
LEBANESE COMMUNITY CELEBRATES ISRAELI WITHDRAWALMembers of the Lebanese community in Los Angeles staged a celebration of the liberation of south Lebanon at an impromptu reception June 4 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel near Los Angeles International...
Leukemia in Iraq
Leukemia in IraqAndrew North is a British journalist who recently visited Iraq.It is the sight of the parents that strikes you first when you enter the leukemia ward at the Saddam Central Hospital for Children in Baghdad. Sitting next to each bed, their...
Musharraf's Military Government Receives Judicial Endorsement for Three-Year Rule in Pakistan
Musharraf's Military Government Receives Judicial Endorsement for Three-Year Rule in PakistanProf. M.M. Ali is a consultant and a specialist on South Asia. He is a senior fellow with the Center for Planning & Policy Studies based in the Washington,...
Newly Established Council for Palestinian Repatriation Launches World-Wide Petition Drive
Newly Established Council for Palestinian Repatriation Launches World-Wide Petition DriveSherri Muzher is a free-lance writer on leave from a position with the state of Michigan."We must do everything to ensure they [the Palestinian refugees] never do...
Palestinian Islamist, Mayor Shaikh Ra'id Salah
PALESTINIAN ISLAMIST, MAYOR SHAIKH RA'ID SALAHHis name is Shaikh Ra'id Salah. When he was only 31 years old, he was elected mayor of the Arab municipality of Um El-Fahem, a town within Israel's pre-1967 borders that is home to 35,000 Arab Palestinians....
Pro-Israel PAC Charts Show Which Candidates Are Getting AIPAC Money, but Not How Much
Pro-Israel PAC Charts Show Which Candidates Are Getting AIPAC Money, But Not How MuchRichard H. Curtiss is the executive editor of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.Every four months candidates for Congress have to file with the Federal Election...
Prospects for Middle East Media Reform Assessed at Montreal Global Broadcasting Conference
Prospects for Middle East Media Reform Assessed at Montreal Global Broadcasting ConferenceAlan Heil retired as deputy director of the Voice of America two years ago and served as that organization's Middle East correspondent from 1968-71.Every two years,...
Report of Israeli Eavesdropping on White House Telephones Gets Varying Media Treatment
Report of Israeli Eavesdropping on White House Telephones Gets Varying Media TreatmentBy Richard H. CurtissRichard H. Curtiss is the executive editor of the Washington Report.In its May 29 issue Insight magazine published an in-depth report headlined...
Saudi Arabia: Major Change in Investment Climate
Saudi Arabia: Major Change in Investment ClimateColin MacKinnon is contributing editor to the Washington-based Middle East Executive Reports.Keep your fingers crossed, but it looks as if Saudi Arabia is abandoning almost 70 years of restrictive, even...
Talking Turkey: As Waves of Clandestine Europe-Bound Refugees Crash over Turkey, Human Tragedies on Rise
TALKING TURKEY: As Waves of Clandestine Europe-Bound Refugees Crash Over Turkey, Human Tragedies RiseJon Gorvett is a free-lance writer based in Istanbul.Their fragile wooden craft buffeted by high winds and a crashing sea, the clandestine odyssey of...
The Show Goes on for Iraqi National Symphony
THE SHOW GOES ON FOR IRAQI NATIONAL SYMPHONYIT IS AN EARLY SUMMER EVENING in the Iraqi capital. But even though the hottest temperatures are still to come, everyone in the city is sweltering. Not the best night to be in a stuffy concert hall trying to...
The U.S. and "Political Islam"
THE U.S. AND "POLITICAL ISLAM"Ahmad Moussalli, professor of Islamic and Western philosophy at the American University in Beirut and senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, spoke on "Islamist Politics, U.S. Foreign Policy, and the Middle East Peace...
"Three Strikes and You're Out": The End of Israel's Grab for the Litani River
"Three Strikes and You're Out": The End of Israel's Grab for the Litani RiverAndrew I. Killgore is the publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.At the 1919 Paris Peace Conference ending World War I, the World Zionist Organization presented...
Tunisian President Ben Ali Encourages Tunisian Press to Be "More Critical"
Tunisian President Ben Ali Encourages Tunisian Press To Be "More Critical"Mohammad Dalbah is a Washington-based Arab journalist. He writes often on Tunisian affairs.The May 4 edition of the evening news broadcast on Tunisian national television was unusual....
Two Leading Clergymen Provide Christian Perspectives on Jerusalem on Capitol Hill
TWO LEADING CLERGYMEN PROVIDE CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVES ON JERUSALEM ON CAPITOL HILLOn May 31 Reverend Naim Ateek, the director of Sabeel Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, and Reverend Michel Prior, an Irish Biblical scholar, discussed the religious...
Walid Khalidi Addresses ADC Audience on Jerusalem Issues
WALID KHALIDI ADDRESSES ADC AUDIENCE ON JERUSALEM ISSUESAt the concluding event of ADC's annual conference, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA, on June 11, Professor Walid Khalidi of the Institute of Palestine Studies addressed audience...
With the Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron: As American Cliff Kindy Is Refused Entry, Israel Continues Campaign against "Christian Peacemakers"
WITH THE CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS IN HEBRON: As American Cliff Kindy is Refused Entry, Israel Continues Campaign Against "Christian Peacemakers"Kathy Kern is a member of CPT Hebron, which has maintained a violence reduction presence in Hebron since...

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