Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XI, No. 6, January 31

Algerian-American Sculptor of Alex Odeh Memorial Honors Cesar Chavez
Algerian-American Sculptor of Alex Odeh Memorial Honors Cesar ChavezBy Pat and Samir TwairKhalil Bendib gained recognition in Southern California's Arab-American community in April 1994 when his first bronze sculpture--a larger-than-life-size statue...
At Ecumenical Conference Orthodox Theologian Equates Pollution with Sin
At Ecumenical Conference Orthodox Theologian Equates Pollution With SinBy Michael HowardLast September a group of pilgrims sailed from Istanbul across the wine-dark seas of the Mediterranean to Patmos, a small, arid island in the Greek Aegean Sea where...
Beirut Bulletin: A View from a Passing Bus Changes Six Lives
Beirut Bulletin: A View From a Passing Bus Changes Six LivesBy Marilyn RaschkaNext time you absentmindedly look out of a car window, think of the story that follows. It's about well-to-do Lebanese kids who attend the American Community School (ACS) in...
Canon Riah Abu El-Assal
Canon Riah Abu El-AssalBy Janet McMahonThe Middle East conflict is typically portrayed in religious terms--Muslims vs. Jews, with a few Christians thrown in for good measure. One hears little about the latter except at Christmas and Easter, when holy...
Congress Watch: Israel's Friends Go to the Hill to Speed Foreign Aid
Congress Watch: Israel's Friends Go to The Hill to Speed Foreign AidBy Richard H. CurtissLobbyists for Israel are used to having their way on Capitol Hill and when the $12.1 billion foreign aid bill, which provides some $3.3 billion for Israel, got caught...
Crisis in the Gulf: An Independent Iraqi View
Crisis in the Gulf: An Independent Iraqi ViewBy Omar Ali. Praeger Press, 1993, 168 pp. List: $49.95; AET: $34.95.Reviewed by Raymond HabibyThe 1991 war with Iraq is still not buried in the annals of history. The U.N.-imposed embargo on Iraq is still...
Establishing Democratic Rule: The Challenge of the End of the Century
Establishing Democratic Rule: The Challenge of the End of the CenturyBy Aicha LemsineThe end of 1995 has brought forth a great deal of electoral activity in three of the most important states in the Arab world. Palestine, Egypt and Algeria all have been...
In Memoriam: Dr. John Stothoff Badeau; 1903-1995
In Memoriam: Dr. John Stothoff Badeau; 1903-1995By Andrew I. KillgoreWhen former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt John Badeau visited the American Embassy in Baghdad in 1966 he told us of what he termed the "cleverest" thing he had ever written. This was a short...
Issues in Islam: Kashmir; Rising to the Top of the American Muslim Agenda?
Issues in Islam: Kashmir; Rising to the Top of the American Muslim Agenda?By Greg NoakesFor decades, Palestine has been the top foreign policy issue for millions of American Muslims. The blatant injustice of the Palestinians' plight, the Islamic connection...
Middle East History: It Happened in January; Rabin's Murder Rooted in Zionism's Violent Legacy
MIDDLE EAST HISTORY: IT HAPPENED IN JANUARY; Rabin's Murder Rooted in Zionism's Violent LegacyBy Donald NeffIt was 48 years ago, on Jan. 4, 1948, when Jewish terrorists drove a truck loaded with explosives into the center of the all-Arab city of Jaffa...
NGOs Reaffirm Palestine Commitments at Vienna U.N. Meeting
NGOs Reaffirm Palestine Commitments at Vienna U.N. MeetingBy Don BetzAs the United Nations celebrated its 50th anniversary with ceremonies in New York and around the globe, it also convened its 12th annual international meeting of nongovernmental organizations...
Rabin's Assassin Inadvertently Strengthened Desire for Peace
Rabin's Assassin Inadvertently Strengthened Desire for PeaceBy Rachelle MarshallNothing in his life became him like leaving it.--Macbeth, Act I, Scene IVMiddle East scholars may have a hard time assessing the impact of Yitzhak Rabin's untimely death...
Republican Candidates Flunk National Jewish Coalition Tests
Republican Candidates Flunk National Jewish Coalition TestsBy Richard H. CurtissAlthough it's an axiom that the American Jewish community votes overwhelmingly for liberal Democrats, there are a few wellheeled Jewish donors willing to provide campaign...
Sanctions, Saddam and Silence: Child Malnutrition and Mortality in Iraq
Sanctions, Saddam and Silence: Child Malnutrition and Mortality in IraqBy Mary C. Smith Fawzi and Sarah ZaidiWe visited Iraq in 1991, after the Gulf war. Recently, we had the opportunity to return to Iraq as participants in a U.N. mission sponsored by...
The American Discovery of Egypt
The American Discovery of EgyptBy Pat McDonnell TwairPerhaps the most spectacular archaeological discovery in Egypt came in the 1920s when Britain's Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon opened the sealed tomb of King Tutankhamun. Nonetheless, the true test...
The Basics on Bosnia: Putting Some Myths to Rest
The Basics on Bosnia: Putting Some Myths to RestBy Richard H. Curtiss"She was not here and she doesn't know that Serbs also helped us. The ones in town are different from the ones on the hill." -- Muslim teenager Armin Osmanovic, who survived the siege...
The Battle over Israel's National Character
The Battle Over Israel's National CharacterBy Alon Ben-MeirThe current acrimonious debate in Israel between those who support the principle of exchanging land for peace and those who oppose it on religious grounds touches upon the very national soul...
"The Sins of the Fathers," an Arab-Jewish Theatrical Collaboration
"The Sins of the Fathers," an Arab-Jewish Theatrical CollaborationBy Kari SprowlLove and revenge, hatred and forgiveness, confusion and dark passions filled the evening as producers and Arab-American and Jewish community leaders attended a reading of...
United Nations Report: Resolutions Undercut Palestinians, Bolster Dayton Settlement for Bosnia
United Nations Report: Resolutions Undercut Palestinians, Bolster Dayton Settlement for BosniaBy Ian WilliamsWhile the Fiftieth Anniversary Session of the U.N.'s General Assembly is special, it is still business as usual. And one perennial item of business...
Waterless Palestinian Village's Plight Illustrates Weakness of Oslo II Pact
Waterless Palestinian Village's Plight Illustrates Weakness of Oslo II PactBy Allegra PachecoThe Palestinian village of Obadiyya outside of Jerusalem has been without water for more than a year. The Israeli water company in the occupied territories--Mekorot--has...

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