Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XI, No. 6, January

1996 Is Fateful Year for Middle East Peace
1996 Is Fateful Year For Middle East PeaceBy Richard H. Curtiss"We don't intend to rest. We intend to continue the momentum, full speed ahead... Peace between Syria and Israel and between Lebanon and Israel will leave no reason whatsoever for the continuation...
Almost All the News That's Fit to Print
Almost All the News That's Fit to PrintBy Don BustanyThe news we Americans get from our mainstream news media--about Israel and Palestine and the strife between them--is not as complete as the news the Israelis get from their media--nor is it as honest.The...
As Iraq Awaits Saddam's Downfall, King Hussein Revives Hashemite Claim
As Iraq Awaits Saddam's Downfall, King Hussein Revives Hashemite ClaimBy John M. LevinsIn the midst of the excitement over the August defections from Iraq and fresh revelations on Saddam's weapons program, one of the most profound developments in the...
Bangladesh Schedules Elections but Political Crisis Continues
Bangladesh Schedules Elections But Political Crisis ContinuesBy M.M. AliBangladesh, a country of more than 120 million impoverished people, is part of the Asian subcontinent, whose over one billion inhabitants have a per capita income of around $375...
Biased American Mideast Reporting Has Cost Half-a-Million Lives
Biased American Mideast Reporting Has Cost Half-a-Million LivesBy Mitchell KaidyStanding in the White House, flanked by two presidents and a king, the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin grandly spoke of the occasion: "Just two years ago, this...
Bigots and Buffoons at State Dept. Briefings: A U.S. Obstacle to Peace
Bigots and Buffoons at State Dept. Briefings: A U.S. Obstacle to PeaceBy Eugene BirdIf Hollywood ever does a feature film on the peace process, or a documentary for that matter, it can cast the small and outrageously pro-Israel corps of reporters covering...
Canadian Jewish Community Remains Divided Following Rabin's Death
Canadian Jewish Community Remains Divided Following Rabin's DeathBy John DirlikThe bitter debate among Canadian Jews over the wisdom of Israel's peace accord with the Palestinians has been replaced following Yitzhak Rabin's assassination by an equally...
Cancellation of Kashmir Elections Has Implications for India Voting
Cancellation of Kashmir Elections Has Implications for India VotingBy M.M. AliAfter a visit to the Indian-occupied portions of Kashmir, the Election Commission of India has returned to New Delhi with the finding that "free and fair" elections cannot...
Don't Curse the Darkness, Light a Candle
Don't Curse the Darkness, Light a CandleBy Rafique A. KhanMost Kashmiris are concerned and lament about the poor conditions in Kashmir. Yet, few strive to correct the ever worsening conditions. Kashmiris depend on others, the United Nations in particular,...
From the Hebrew Press: Rabin's Murder Spotlights Religious Influence in Israeli Police and Army
From the Hebrew Press: Rabin's Murder Spotlights Religious Influence in Israeli Police and ArmyBy Dr. Israel ShahakSince Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's murder, both Likud supporters and Israeli journalists who have supported Rabin and the Oslo...
In Egypt the Real Struggle Is between Mubarak and the Brotherhood
In Egypt the Real Struggle Is Between Mubarak and the BrotherhoodBy Grace Halsell"No one knows for sure how many political prisoners the Mubarak government holds behind bars," said Dr. Essam Eryan, the No. 2 man in the Egyptian Doctors Association with...
I Remember Palestine
I Remember PalestineBy Anita Ganeri. Steck-Vaugh, 1995, 32 pp. List: $19.95; AET: $15.Reviewed by Marilyn Raschka"My name is Ahmad, and I am Palestinian. Palestine is not a country. You won't see its name on most maps." This simple introduction with...
Issues in Islam: Islamists and the West; Co-Existence or Confrontation?
Issues in Islam: Islamists and the West; Co-existence or Confrontation?By Faisal KuttyDr. Hassan Turabi writes, "Whenever religious energy is...suppressed, it builds up and ultimately erupts either in isolated acts of struggle or resistance, which are...
Lines in the Sand: The Pursuit of Peace in the Middle East
LINES IN THE SAND: THE PURSUIT OF PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EASTCreated by Peter Bakogeorge and produced by Tiger Media Inc., Calgary, Alberta, 1995. List: $49.95; AET: $39.95.Reviewed by Shawn L. TwingWith the "information age" upon us, the newest technology...
Maghreb Mirror: Morocco Is Not Algeria, but Is It Heading in the Same Direction?
Maghreb Mirror: Morocco Is Not Algeria, But Is It Heading in the Same Direction?By Marvine Howe"Morocco is not Algeria," say most Moroccans emphatically. But their conviction is tinged with apprehension and they keep looking over their shoulders.In fact,...
Media Watch: Ted Koppel's 1995 Jerusalem Town Meeting; Involuntary Good Journalism
Media Watch: Ted Koppel's 1995 Jerusalem Town Meeting; Involuntary Good JournalismBy Richard H. CurtissMidway in the intifada and early in the "peace process," a "town meeting" arranged by ABC "Nightline" host Ted Koppel brought then little-known Palestinians...
Palestine: A Health-Care System in Transition
Palestine: A Health-Care System In TransitionBy Louisa S. NyeThe Hebron Nursing College doesn't look like much from the outside, with its dilapidated entrance off a dusty potholed street. Inside, the floors are bare but the whitewashed walls are covered...
Palestine's Birzeit University Hosts International Medical Forum
Palestine's Birzeit University Hosts International Medical ForumIn an unprecedented joint effort, the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Medical Association-Jerusalem, and Physicians For Peace, a U.S.-based non-governmental organization, staged a multispecialty...
Proposed Law Would Legalize Torture of Palestinians
Proposed Law Would Legalize Torture of PalestiniansBy Geoff LumettaAmnesty International is protesting a recent bill proposed in the Israeli Knesset that the group says effectively legalizes torture of prisoners and detainees in Israel and the occupied...
Public Opinion: Despite Suspicions, Palestinian Popular Support Growing for Oslo, Elections
Public Opinion: Despite Suspicions, Palestinian Popular Support Growing for, ElectionsBy Lucille BarnesResults of the 20th public opinion poll in the West Bank and Gaza conducted by the Center for Palestine Research and Studies in Nablus between Oct....
The Barcelona Conference: More Effective Than Amman?
The Barcelona Conference: More Effective Than Amman?By Colin MacKinnonThe Amman summit has come and gone. Some 1,150 business persons--not counting the kings, princes, presidents, prime ministers, sheikhs and amirs--from 60 delegations attended the summit...
The Cost of Israel to U.S. Taxpayers: Israel Costs U.S. Annually More Than Bosnia Reconstruction Will Cost Entire World
The Cost of Israel to U.S. Taxpayers: Israel Costs U.S. Annually More Than Bosnia Reconstruction Will Cost Entire WorldBy Richard H. CurtissForeign ministers and foreign aid officials representing 52 countries met in London Dec. 9 to consider what the...
The Passing of Yitzhak Rabin
The Passing of Yitzhak RabinBy Ali Nawaz MemonThe sudden passing of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was a major event in the recent history of the Middle East. Everyone had his own feelings. But the feelings of the three principle actors in the...
Turkish Elections: Contest between Ciller's DYP and Islamist Refah Party
Turkish Elections: Contest Between Ciller's DYP and Islamist Refah PartyBy James M. DorseyPrime Minister Tansu Ciller came to power two years ago saying she was Turkey's only alternative to militant Islam. By calling for early elections on Dec. 24, she...
U.S. Military Technology Sold by Israel to China Upsets Asian Power Balance
U.S. Military Technology Sold By Israel To China Upsets Asian Power BalanceBy Tim KennedyIsrael's Lavi fighter-bomber was designed to be one of the deadliest weapons in the air. However, it now has been revealed that after Israel discontinued the largely...
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