Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XII, No. 6, September 30

AAUG Conference Opens Oct. 23 in Detroit
AAUG Conference Opens Oct. 23 in DetroitThe Association of Arab-American University Graduates will host its 1998 convention at the Novi Hilton Hotel, just a short distance from the Detroit airport, Friday Oct. 23 through Sunday Oct. 25. AAUG President...
Amr Moussa Speaks at CSIS
Amr Moussa Speaks at CSISEgypt's Foreign Minister Amr Moussa discussed U.S.-Egyptian relations, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and weapons proliferation in the Middle East during a July 13 presentation at the Center for Strategic and International...
An Iraqi Meets the Lapd
AN IRAQI MEETS THE LAPDOn July 4, life seemed very good to Nezar and Marcy al-Waili. A half-year earlier, they had made the down payment on their first home in Sylmar, a suburb north of Los Angeles. They had a healthy baby daughter born a year after...
An Obituary for "The Middle East Peace Process"
An Obituary for "the Middle East Peace Process"Obituaries celebrate the life of the departed and remind readers of what's been lost. In the case of the "Middle East peace process" so casually killed by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the losses...
Arab-American Interns Organize a Capitol Hill Discussion of the Middle East Peace Process
Arab-American Interns Organize a Capitol Hill Discussion of the Middle East Peace ProcessIn a July 29 event independently organized by George Atallah and Barbara Hawatmeh, two Arab-American interns in the office of Sen. Spencer Abraham (RMI), President...
As Lebanon Recovers, Air Quality Deteriorates and Recycling Fails to Catch On
As Lebanon Recovers, Air Quality Deteriorates and Recycling Fails to Catch OnGeorge Zeytoun, ear, nose and throat specialist at the American University Hospital (AUH), summed up his opinions on the quality of air in Beirut with the suggestion, "Stay...
Author Milton Viorst Honored
AUTHOR MILTON VIORST HONOREDThe poolside patio of Lee and Larry Ramer's Brentwood home was an idyllic setting for a reception honoring Milton Viorst on the occasion of the publication of his new book, In the Shadow of the Prophet. The author had a very...
A Visit with George Habash: Still Prophet of Arab Nationalism and Armed Struggle against Israel
A Visit With George Habash: Still Prophet of Arab Nationalism and Armed Struggle Against lsraelOn a tree-shaded street in Damascus, I found the apartment of Dr. George Habash, a Syrian-based leftist Palestinian leader who came to symbolize revolutionary...
CANADA CALLING: Jewish Groups Charge International Court Politicized by Arab Agenda
CANADA CALLING: Jewish Groups Charge International Court Politicized by Arab AgendaEchoing the position of the Israeli government, Canadian Jewish groups have protested the inclusion of a provision in the draft treaty of the International Criminal Court...
CANADIAN CHRONICLE: Canadian Islamic Congress Hosts First Conference
CANADIAN CHRONICLE: Canadian Islamic Congress Hosts First ConferenceThe Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) held a successful one-day conference at the Ramada Inn in Toronto on June 27, 1998. The group, set up last year, aims to establish a national network...
Chicago's Young Muslim Women Find Support at "Sisters" Program of Muslim Youth Center in Bridgeview
Chicago's Young Muslim Women Find Support at "Sisters" Program of Muslim Youth Center in BridgeviewThe southwest side of Chicago, and its neighboring suburbs have experienced a steady influx of Muslims moving into the area over recent years. The first...
CHRISTIANITY AND THE MIDDLE EAST: Prominent Christian Arabs to Be Featured in U.S. and Canadian Events in November
CHRISTIANITY AND THE MIDDLE EAST: Prominent Christian Arabs to be Featured in U.S. And Canadian Events in NovemberChicago-based Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding (EMEU) has scheduled its 1998 National Convention on "Religious Freedom and the...
Dictionary of the Middle East
Dictionary of the Middle EastIt was love at first sight when this book arrived in the mail. For hours after I opened it, I couldn't put it down. I started by looking up the alphabetically listed entries on subjects I know well, and sometimes I found...
Emily Shihadeh's "Grapes and Figs Are in Season" A Hit in U.S. and Mideast
Emily Shihadeh's "Grapes and Figs Are In Season" A Hit in U.S. and MideastOn a brightly lit set, with a backgammon table and two chairs as part of her props, a woman with salt-and-pepper hair appears on stage. In a sparkling, melodious voice, she begins...
"For Security Reasons": The Surreal Reality of Post-Oslo Palestine
"For Security Reasons": The Surreal Reality of Post-Oslo PalestineSince March 1997, when negotiations were suspended following Israel's decision to proceed with the construction of the Jews-only Har Homa settlement on Jabal Abu Ghneim, the peace process...
Harvard's Sackler Museum Scores Royal Triumph with Islamic Art
Harvard's Sackler Museum Scores Royal Triumph With Islamic ArtWhen political leaders today want to record the highlights of their administrations, or those of their predecessors, they might write a book or collaborate on a documentary film. The process...
Iran-U.S. World Cup Match: What the World Saw, What Iranians Saw and What Participants Recall
Iran-U.S. World Cup Match: What the World Saw, What Iranians Saw and What Participants RecallLondon, June 22, 1998. "I'd like to invite you to a little victory celebration Saturday night," an Iranian acquaintance told me. I knew he'd been in France the...
Nehad Abul Kosman Discusses Egyptian Women's Rights
Nehad Abul Kosman Discusses Egyptian Women's RightsNehad Abul Kosman, executive director of the Egyptian Committee for Women's Rights (ECWR), addressed the issues facing Egyptian women in a July 7 program at the National Democratic Institute in Washington,...
Oussama Kanaan Speaks at the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine
Oussama Kanaan Speaks at the Center for Policy Analysis on PalestineThe Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine (CPAP) hosted a luncheon meeting with Oussama Kanaan, an economist at the International Monetary Fund, on the Palestinian economy after Oslo...
Pakistani Foreign Minister Says Current Indian Actions Rooted in "Hindu Mythology"
Pakistani Foreign Minister Says Current Indian Actions Rooted in "Hindu Mythology"Pakistani Foreign Secretary Shamshad Ahmad says his country now is living in the shadow of a heavily armed Indian regime whose aggressive actions are based on "Hindu mythology."...
PRO-ISRAEL MCCARTHYISM: "Loyal Supporter of Israel" Exploits Bigotry to Defeat Lebanese-American in California Republican Primary
PRO-ISRAEL MCCARTHYISM: "Loyal Supporter of Israel" Exploits Bigotry to Defeat Lebanese-American in California Republican PrimaryAlthough Arab Americans have made real political progress in the United States during the past two decades, the community...
"Real Americans" Combining to Provide Medical Treatment to Injured Arab Children
"Real Americans" Combining to Provide Medical Treatment to Injured Arab ChildrenDania is too young to understand the threats against her country as she recovers from extensive reconstructive surgery in Michigan. Like any six-year-old girl, she is relieved...
TALKING TURKEY: Despite Its Problems, Turkish Military May Save Yilmaz Government to Thwart Islamist Victory
TALKING TURKEY: Despite Its Problems, Turkish Military May Save Yilmaz Government to Thwart Islamist VictoryTurkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz came to office in June 1997 as a military-backed caretaker tasked with taking his country to the polls.A little...
THE OSTROVSKY FILES: What Israel's Top-Secret Manbar Trial Reveals about Extensive, Ongoing Israeli Arms Dealing with Iran
THE OSTROVSKY FILES: What Israel's Top-Secret Manbar Trial Reveals About Extensive, Ongoing Israeli Arms Dealing With IranOn March 27, 1997, the Israeli General Security Service (GSS) -- or as it is known in Israel, Shabak -- had the police arrest Nahum...
The Smearing of Gandhi
THE SMEARING OF GANDHIThe Indian nation conferred the title "Mahatama" (the Great One) on Mohandas K. Gandhi, who was at the forefront of the Indian independence movement and who had among his disciples men like Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime...
Time for Palestine to Force the Pace of Peace
Time for Palestine to Force the Pace of PeaceWith the agreed deadline for reaching a permanent status agreement between Israel and Palestine less than a year away, both Israel and the United States are urging the Palestinians to move immediately to accelerated...
Two Thousand Participate in 1998 ADC National Convention Featuring Janet Reno
Two Thousand Participate in 1998 ADC National Convention Featuring Janet RenoMore than 2,000 Arab Americans from across the U.S. traveled to Arlington, VA to attend the annual convention of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), "Shaping...
U.S. Bans High-Resolution Imagery of Israel
U.S. Bans High-Resolution Imagery of IsraelIn an unexpected move that stunned the U.S. commercial satellite imagery industry, the United States government announced July 22 that American companies cannot distribute high-resolution satellite imagery of...
WASHINGTON WATCH: Jewish Voters in the 1998 Elections
WASHINGTON WATCH: Jewish Voters in the 1998 ElectionsU.S. electoral politics can be a crass and unprincipled business. A reminder of this fact came last month with the release of a strategy report by Frank Luntz, a leading Republican pollster. Luntz,...
World Bank Statistics Show Tunisia as Arab Bright Spot, Gaza and West Bank as Potential Flash Points
World Bank Statistics Show Tunisia as Arab Bright Spot, Gaza and West Bank as Potential Flash PointsMost people think bankers and financiers have a soft life. That's not so, however, for Dr. Odin Knudsen, who has lived under curfews and political tensions...
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