Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XIX, No. 5, June 30

Albright's Trip to Central Asia Opens Competition with Russia for Influence in Oil-Rich Region
Albright's Trip to Central Asia Opens Competition With Russia for Influence in Oil-Rich RegionBy Lucy JonesLucy Jones is a free-lance journalist formerly based in Tashkent and now based in New York."Throughout Central Asia, governments remain too involved...
Amr Moussa Discusses Peace and Prosperity at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club
Amr Moussa Discusses Peace and Prosperity at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club"The United States is the number one exporter of revolutions in the world--the Internet revolution, e-commerce revolution--the kind of revolutions we warmly welcome and need...
Artist Samia Halaby
Artist Samia HalabySamia Halaby is a Palestinian artist whose works have been exhibited internationally and are included in many museum collections, including the Guggenheim Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. She recently had a show called "Places...
As Oslo Accord Failure Wipes "Peace Process" Slate Clean, Palestinians Will Start from Stronger Position
As Oslo Accord Failure Wipes "Peace Process" Slate Clean, Palestinians Will Start From Stronger PositionBy Richard H. CurtissRichard H. Curtiss is the executive editor of the Washington Report.President Bill Clinton told National Public Radio talk show...
As Political "Old Guard" Changes, Turks Wonder Whether Authoritarian Ways Will Also Change
As Political "Old Guard" Changes, Turks Wonder Whether Authoritarian Ways Will Also ChangeJon Gorvett is a free-lance journalist based in Istanbul."The process of change from the old guard has started," said Haluk Sahin, the respected columnist from...
A Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Bosnia and Herzegovina?
A Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Bosnia and Herzegovina?Alan L. Heil Jr. is a former deputy director and foreign correspondent of the Voice of America."Truth determined in this way would mean that nobody, neither local politicians, nor authors...
A View from Damascus: Internal Refugees from Golan's 244 Destroyed Syrian Villages
A View From Damascus: Internal Refugees From Golan's 244 Destroyed Syrian VillagesJoMarie Fecci is a photojournalist based in the New York City area.The heart of the matter is the Golan. There can be no peace in the region without the return of the Heights...
A View from Damascus: Why Shepherdstown Failed
A VIEW FROM DAMASCUS: WHY SHEPHERDSTOWN FAILED"If Israel had been sincere at Shepherdstown we would have signed something there," says Fayez Sayegh, director general of the Syrian Arab News Agency. "When Israel is ready to recommence in a serious manner,...
Bethlehem 2000: Past and Present
Bethlehem 2000: Past and PresentBy Mitri Raheb and Fred Strickert. Heidelberg, Germany: Palmyra Press, 1998, 157 pp. List: $34.95; AET: $24.Reviewed by Betty Jane BaileyBetty Jane Bailey has lived in Bethlehem as a representative of the United Church...
Bethlehem Bulletin: Colloquium of Christian Church Leaders in Jerusalem Assesses Growing Ecumenical Movement
BETHLEHEM BULLETIN: Colloquium of Christian Church Leaders in Jerusalem Assesses Growing Ecumenical MovementSr. Elaine Kelley is a development officer at Bethlehem University.The Swedish Christian Study Center in Jerusalem hosted a colloquium April 7...
"Birthright" Program to Tie Young American Jews to Israel Is a Dead End in the Quest for "Continuity"
"Birthright" Program to Tie Young American Jews To Israel Is a Dead End in the Quest for "Continuity"By Allan C. BrownfeldAllan C. Brownfeld is a syndicated columnist and associate editor of the Lincoln Review, a journal published by the Lincoln Institute...
Boston Conference Examines Palestinian Right of Return
Boston Conference Examines Palestinian Right of ReturnDavid P. Johnson Jr. is a Boston-based freelance writer specializing in international affairs.More than 600 people packed the Boston University Law School auditorium April 8 for a comprehensive look...
Boston Meeting Shows How Palestinian Refugee Repatriation and Restitution Can Be Implemented
Boston Meeting Shows How Palestinian Refugee Repatriation and Restitution Can Be ImplementedLaurie King-Irani, former editor of Middle East Report, is completing a doctoral dissertation on the political and psychological dilemmas of Palestinian citizens...
Cairo Communique: Lack of Real Democracy and Economic Reform Casts Shadow over Egypt's Upcoming Elections
CAIRO COMMUNIQUE: Lack of Real Democracy and Economic Reform Casts Shadow Over Egypt's Upcoming ElectionsBy Andrew HammondAndrew Hammond is a free-lance journalist based in Cairo.A financial analyst said recently that Egypt's stop-start attitude to selling...
Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy Holds First Annual Conference
CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY HOLDS FIRST ANNUAL CONFERENCEThe Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) held its first annual all-day conference, "The Theory and Practice of Democracy in Islam," April 30 at Georgetown University...
CESR Research Project Calls Oslo "Peace Process" Boon to Israelis and Disaster for Palestinians
CESR Research Project Calls Oslo "Peace Process" Boon to Israelis and Disaster for PalestiniansBy Jane AdasJane Adas is a free-lance writer based in New Jersey.The Oslo "peace process" has been a boon for Israelis and a disaster for Palestinians. This...
Congress Watch: Some Members of Congress Quietly Challenging Israeli Sale of AWACS-Configured Aircraft to China
Congress Watch: Some Members of Congress Quietly Challenging Israeli Sale of AWACS-Configured Aircraft to ChinaBy Shirl McArthurShirl McArthur, a retired foreign service officer, is a consultant in the Washington, DC area.Defying the Israeli lobby, some...
CPAP Examines Future of Muslim and Arab World
CPAP EXAMINES FUTURE OF MUSLIM AND ARAB WORLDIn an April 27 review of more than a century of Zionism culminating in the creation and development of Israel, Abdel Latef Arabiat, secretary-general of the Islamic Action Front (IAF), asked what the future...
Despite Coverup, Israel Caught Spying in Washington Again
Despite Coverup, Israel Caught Spying in Washington AgainRichard H. Curtiss is the executive editor of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.Israel has been caught spying in Washington again, this time on the White House and other sensitive telephone...
Discussion of Legal Issues Facing Muslim Communities in the United States
DISCUSSION OF LEGAL ISSUES FACING MUSLIM COMMUNITIES IN THE UNITED STATESThe Islamic Legal Society of the Washington College of Law at American University held an April 13 roundtable discussion on contemporary legal issues facing Muslim communities in...
First DC Rally in Support of Women in Afghanistan
FIRST DC RALLY IN SUPPORT OF WOMEN IN AFGHANISTANThe Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) held its first U.S. rally and press conference in Washington, DC's Lafayette Square, facing the White House, on April 28, to mark and condemn...
Former Chief Palestinian Negotiator Warns Israel about Right of Return of Palestinian Refugees
FORMER CHIEF PALESTINIAN NEGOTIATOR WARNS ISRAEL ABOUT RIGHT OF RETURN OF PALESTINIAN REFUGEESAs the framework for final negotiation talks is hammered out, it is becoming increasingly clear that Israel has no intentions of allowing Palestinian refugees...
Georgetown Audience Hears Two Perspectives on Iran
GEORGETOWN AUDIENCE HEARS TWO PERSPECTIVES ON IRANThe Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University held a briefing on April 7 on "Iran After the Elections" with Hooshang Amirahmadi, professor of Middle East studies at Rutgers University...
Great Expectations - Bitter Realities
GREAT EXPECTATIONS--BITTER REALITIESThe Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) held an informative day-long conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on April 14. A similar conference was held at Columbia...
Ignoring Facts in Its Own Report, State Department Shines Spotlight Where the Terrorists Aren't
Ignoring Facts in Its Own Report, State Department Shines Spotlight Where the Terrorists Aren'tEugene Bird, a retired foreign service officer, is president of the Council for the National Interest and diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Report.The...
In Memoriam: Dr. Sabri El Farra (1934-2000)
IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Sabri El Farra (1934-2000)Pat McDonnell Twair is a free-lance writer based in Los Angeles.For a quarter of a century Dr. Sabri El Farra has been Los Angeles' leading advocate for Palestinian justice. He opened his home to U.S. congressmen,...
Iran Exporting Islamic Democracy, Not Revolution, Says Gary Sick at UCLA Conference
Iran Exporting Islamic Democracy, Not Revolution, Says Gary Sick at UCLA ConferencePat and Samir Twair are free-lance journalists based in Los Angeles.Gary Sick, White House Middle East adviser in the administration of President Jimmy Carter, opened...
"Iraq under Siege"
"IRAQ UNDER SIEGE"To inaugurate the publication of Iraq Under Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions (South End Press, 2000), a collection of essays documenting the tragedy in Iraq, the book's editor and three of its authors appeared on a panel at the...
Islam and the Middle East in the Far East: Chinese President Jiang Zemin in Israel
ISLAM AND THE MIDDLE EAST IN THE FAR EAST: Chinese President Jiang Zemin in IsraelJohn Gee is a free-lance journalist based in Singapore and the author of Unequal Conflict: Israel and the Palestinians, available through the AET Book Club.The transformation...
Israeli Media Watch: Simmering Dispute over Israeli AWACS Sale to China Strikes Sparks in Washington and Tel Aviv
ISRAELI MEDIA WATCH: Simmering Dispute Over Israeli AWACS Sale to China Strikes Sparks in Washington and Tel AvivBy Nathan JonesNathan Jones is a free-lance writer specializing in Israeli and North American Jewish affairs.Because of U.S. mainstream media...
Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations Discussed in San Francisco
ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE NEGOTIATIONS DISCUSSED IN SAN FRANCISCOHassan Abdel Rahman, chief representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority in the U.S.; Daniel Shek, consul general of Israel in San Francisco; and...
Israel Polishes Its Image but Moves No Closer to Peace
Israel Polishes Its Image But Moves No Closer to PeaceRachelle Marshall is a free-lance editor living in Stanford, CA. A member of the International Jewish Peace Union, she writes frequently on the Middle East."Peace means nothing to us. We cannot taste...
L.A. Israeli Film Festival
L.A. ISRAELI FILM FESTIVALIn the past, the Israeli Film Festival in Los Angeles has offered feature films by an Israeli Arab and Israelis that show the Palestinian perspective, but this year's 16th festival offered three documentaries revealing a few...
Like It or Not, Demographics Eventually Will Change Israel from a Jewish State into a Democratic State
Like it or Not, Demographics Eventually Will Change Israel From a Jewish State into a Democratic StateAndrew I. Killgore is the publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs."An Israeli Bureau of Statistics...report put the figure [of Israeli...
Medical Anthropologist Examines Islamic Women's Health Issues
MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGIST EXAMINES ISLAMIC WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUESDr. Soheir Stolba, president of International Health and Development Associates, spoke on "Women's Issues in Islamic Culture Today" at the San Francisco World Affairs Council on March 30. Egyptian-born...
MPAC Honors 'Three Kings'
MPAC HONORS `THREE KINGS'The Muslim Public Affairs Council Foundation has earned a reputation over the years for its Entertainment Media Awards, which honor individuals whose work develops a better understanding of Islam. Award recipients have included...
Muslim Students Sponsor Palestine Program at Berkeley
MUSLIM STUDENTS SPONSOR PALESTINE PROGRAM AT BERKELEYA program on "Continued Resistance in Palestine" was sponsored April 20 by The Muslim Student Association West and the Muslim Student Union at the University of California at Berkeley. Richard H. Curtiss,...
NATO and the Media in Kosovo: Partners or Partisans?
NATO AND THE MEDIA IN KOSOVO: PARTNERS OR PARTISANS?A year ago at NATO headquarters in Brussels, the press contingent of 15 or 20 swelled overnight to more than 400--legions of print, electronic, and Internet correspondents hungry for breaking news,...
New Center for Arab-American Studies at University of Michigan-Dearborn
New Center for Arab-American Studies at University of Michigan-DearbornBetsy Barlow is the program coordinator for the Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.The University of Michigan campus at...
Of Maps and Men: What Hath Israel Proposed?
OF MAPS AND MEN: WHAT HATH ISRAEL PROPOSED?THE EILAT NEGOTIATIONS quickly broke down when Israel's generals presented a map of what they thought the final borders on the West Bank could be. No one has leaked the map so far, but the many earlier maps...
Omar Ahmad: Jordanian-Born Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Is Influential Muslim-American Activist
Omar Ahmad: Jordanian-Born Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Is Influential Muslim-American ActivistRichard H. Curtiss is the executive editor of the Washington Report.The first time I laid eyes on 41-year-old Omar Ahmad, a smiling, articulate but self-effacing...
Palestinian American Congress Hosts Hassan Abdel Rahman
PALESTINIAN AMERICAN CONGRESS HOSTS HASSAN ABDEL RAHMANIn addition to speaking to the World Affairs Council of San Francisco, Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority chief representative in the U.S. Hassan Abdel Rahman was hosted...
Robert Fisk Discusses Lebanon's Forsaken Palestinians
ROBERT FISK DISCUSSES LEBANON'S FORSAKEN PALESTINIANSRobert Fisk, an award-winning and internationally acclaimed journalist, discussed the situation of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon at a Jerusalem Fund lecture on April 12 in Washington, DC. Fisk has...
"Rules of Engagement": A Highwater Mark in Hollywood Hate Mongering with U.S. Military "Cooperation"
"Rules of Engagement": A Highwater Mark in Hollywood Hate Mongering With U.S. Military "Cooperation"Media critic Jack G. Shaheen is the author of The TV Arab and Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture, both available through the AET...
Sa'eb Erekat Discusses the Status of the Peace Process
SA'EB EREKAT DISCUSSES THE STATUS OF THE PEACE PROCESSPalestinian Minister of State Dr. Sa'eb Erekat filled in for Palestinian National Authority President Yasser Arafat at an April 21 press conference called to discuss "The Status of the Middle East...
The Case for a Muslim- and Arab-American Bloc Vote in 2000
The Case for a Muslim- and Arab-American Bloc Vote In 2000Richard H. Curtiss is the executive editor of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Some of the material in this article was contained in the "Election Watch" column of the May 2000 issue...
The European Media View the Middle East: Chechen War Spoils Putin's London Trip
THE EUROPEAN MEDIA VIEW THE MIDDLE EAST: Chechen War Spoils Putin's London TripBy Lucy JonesThe Chechen war cast a dark shadow over Russian President Vladimir Putin's trip to London shortly after he won the Russian presidential election in March. The...
The House of Wisdom
The House of WisdomBy Florence Heide and Judith Gilliland, New York: DK Ink, 1999. 36 pp. List: $16.95; AET: $12.50.Reviewed by Hugh S. GalfordHugh S. Galford is director of the AET Book Club."From time to time, as the world turns, something different...
The Subcontinent: Internal Constraints and External Demands; U.S. Policy in South Asia
THE SUBCONTINENT: Internal Constraints and External Demands; U.S. Policy in South AsiaM.M. Ali is a consultant and a specialist on South Asia. He is a Fellow with the Center for Planning & Policy Studies based in the Washington, DC area.U.S. policy...
The U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement: Israel Keeps Up Barriers, U.S. Companies Lose Sales
The U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement: Israel Keeps Up Barriers, U.S. Companies Lose SalesBy Colin MacKinnonColin MacKinnon is contributing editor to the Washington, DC-based Middle East Executive Reports.As part of its annual review of foreign trade...
Turkey's Kurds Look Forward to Enhanced Cultural Rights as Turkey Moves toward EU Membership
Turkey's Kurds Look Forward to Enhanced Cultural Rights as Turkey Moves Toward EU MembershipMarvine Howe is a former New York Times correspondent in Turkey and the author of Turkey Today: A Nation Divided over Islam's Revival, just published by Westview...
U.N. Official Discusses His Resignation over Cruel Sanctions against Iraq
U.N. OFFICIAL DISCUSSES HIS RESIGNATION OVER CRUEL SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAQHans von Sponeck, former U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, told a Washington, DC audience on May 3 why he had recently resigned from his position in Baghdad. Introduced by...
UNRWA Director General Peter Hansen Looks Back on Agency's First Half-Century
UNRWA Director General Peter Hansen Looks Back On Agency's First Half-CenturyIan Williams is a free-lance journalist based at the United Nations, and the author of The U.N. for Beginners, available through the AET Book Club.No matter what difficulties...
Veteran Diplomat Abdulla Bishara Speaks at Kuwait Information Office
VETERAN DIPLOMAT ABDULLA BISHARA SPEAKS AT KUWAIT INFORMATION OFFICEPresident Abdulla Y. Bishara of Kuwait's Diplomatic Center for Strategic Studies spoke May 3 to an invitational audience at the Kuwait Information Office in Washington, DC. Ambassador...
Why Israel's Latest Power Play in Washington, the Baku-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline, Will Fail
Why Israel's Latest Power Play in Washington, the Baku-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline, Will FailAndrew I. Killgore is publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs."He [Al Gore foreign affairs adviser Leon Fuerth] fiercely opposed--unsuccessfully--Mr....
Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh Discusses Progress in Yemen
YEMENI PRESIDENT ALI ABDALLAH SALEH DISCUSSES PROGRESS IN YEMENSurrounded by oil-rich monarchies, Yemen, a small mountainous land on the southwestern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, has continuously faced challenges posed by regional border disputes, civil...
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