Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. X, No. 1, June 30

As Sudan Instability Mounts, Sudanese Congregate in Egypt
As Sudan Instability Mounts, Sudanese Congregate in EgyptBy Sybella WilkesVenansio Kidega was desperate to leave Sudan. An American friend helped him to escape an arrest warrant by giving Kidega his car. He escaped to Egypt, where he faced a life of...
Chicago Symposium Considers Gulf War and Its Aftermath
Chicago Symposium Considers Gulf War and Its AftermathBy Raeshma RazviAs someone once said, Truth is the first casualty of war. Five years after the Gulf war, discussions of its causes, not to mention its tragic effects, still proceed on widely varying...
Christian Peacemakers Face Deportation after Hebron Demolitions
Christian Peacemakers Face Deportation After Hebron DemolitionsBy Mitchell KaidyArrested, abused, handcuffed and, in one case, restrained in leg irons, the Christian Peacemaker team in violence-wracked Hebron still took time to decry the cycle of violence...
Disastrous Performance in Sudan Gives Islamism Bad Name
Disastrous Performance in Sudan Gives Islamism Bad NameBy M.I. ElmakkiWhen the National Islamic Front (NIF) came to power in Sudan on June 30, 1989, the exchange rate of the Sudanese pound to the American dollar was 15 to 1. Now, it is 1500 to 1, a hundred-fold...
Domestic Politics Threatening U.S. Mission in Bosnia
Domestic Politics Threatening U.S. Mission in BosniaBy Richard H. Curtiss"Sometimes the Clinton administration's foreign policy appears to be driven almost entirely by domestic concerns."--Columnist Lally Weymouth, Washington Post, April 23, 1996.Not...
Egypt's Economic Reforms Release A New Genie
Egypt's Economic Reforms Release A New GenieBy Emad S. MekayIn its struggle to free itself of its socialist legacy and inaugurate a new era of economic liberalization, the Egyptian government is depending upon a new class that promises to assuage the...
How Do Israel's Two Candidates Differ on Peace with Israel's Neighbors?
How Do Israel's Two Candidates Differ on Peace With Israel's Neighbors?By Eugene BirdBoth Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and his Likud party challenger in Israel's May 29 election, Benyamin Netanyahu, have made a number of statements in recent interviews...
India and Pakistan May Need a Cricket "Test Ban Treaty"
India and Pakistan May Need a Cricket "Test Ban Treaty"By M.M. AliNot only is English beef suddenly not edible, another proud British tradition is in jeopardy. Cricket--a game that is played throughout the British Commonwealth of Nations and which symbolizes...
Israeli Closure Devastates Economy and Threatens Peace Process
Israeli Closure Devastates Economy And Threatens Peace ProcessBy Maureen MeehanThe closure imposed on the West Bank and Gaza Strip following the nine-day suicide bombing spree that killed 59 people is the most stringent in memory.Viewed as severe collective...
Kashmir, Hindutva, and a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
Kashmir, Hindutva, and a Comprehensive Test Ban TreatyBy Suroosh IrfaniWhile the signing of the PLO-Israel Declaration of Principles might have reduced the threat to international security from the Middle East, such a threat seems to be shifting to South...
Lebanese Ambassador Riad Tabbarah Slashes through the Media Curtain
Lebanese Ambassador Riad Tabbarah Slashes Through the Media CurtainBy Andrew I. KillgoreIn his April 18 television interview with Lebanese Ambassador to the United States Riad Tabbarah, host Larry King seemed particularly concerned to protect Israel...
Lebanon's Political Clouds Were Lifting Prior to Israeli Onslaught
Lebanon's Political Clouds Were Lifting Prior to Israeli OnslaughtBy Carole DagherPrior to Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres' bloody April land, sea and air assault on both the Lebanese people and infrastructure, it seemed that Lebanon would be largely...
Middle East and the West Still Sundered by Balfour Declaration
Middle East and the West Still Sundered by Balfour DeclarationBy Andrew I. Killgore"His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the...
Middle East History: It Happened in June; Systematic Torture of Arabs Exposed by Newspaper
MIDDLE EAST HISTORY: IT HAPPENED IN JUNE; Systematic Torture Of Arabs Exposed By NewspaperBy Donald NeffIt was 19 years ago, on June 19, 1977, that the Insight Team of the Sunday Times of London reported Israel's use of torture against Palestinians was...
Muslims in America: The Nation's Fastest Growing Religion
Muslims in America: The Nation's Fastest Growing ReligionBy M.M. AliThe often-heard statement that "Islam is the fastest growing religion in America" elicits reactions varying from hope to fear. In fact, Muslims in America are not totally new kids on...
Palestinians and Lebanese Pay a Heavy Price for Labor's Election Strategy
Palestinians and Lebanese Pay a Heavy Price for Labor's Election StrategyBy Rachelle MarshallThe suicide bombings in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv that killed 59 victims in late February and early March were the work of a small group of Palestinian youths who...
Peres' Attack on Lebanon
Peres' Attack on LebanonBy Neve GordonMy sister, Nitzan, her husband and two children of seven and four left their home last week, after a Katyusha rocket exploded less than two hundred yards from their house. They moved to a small kibbutz further away...
PNC Vote Affirms Arafat Leadership of Diaspora Palestinians
PNC Vote Affirms Arafat Leadership Of Diaspora PalestiniansBy Richard H. Curtiss"We will stop claiming all of Palestine if they do, too."--An Nahar (Palestinian) newspaper, East Jerusalem, April 23, 1996.Increasingly the split among Palestinians over...
Qatar: A Personal Reminiscence; after 24 Years, Qatar Again Has A Succession Problem
QATAR: A PERSONAL REMINISCENCE; AFTER 24 YEARS, QATAR AGAIN HAS A SUCCESSION PROBLEMBY RICHARD H. CURTISSIn 1971, when the British formally relinquished control of foreign and defense affairs in the Arabian/Persian Gulf, British resident political officers...
Qatar: Environmental Protection in Qatar; No Job for Dilettantes
QATAR: ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IN QATAR; NO JOB FOR DILETTANTESBY RICHARD H. CURTISSEven the most casual visitor to Doha, the sparkling modern capital of Qatar, sees that both the government and its citizens care about appearances. Along main streets...
Qatar: Gas Exports May Soon Give Qatar World's Highest per Capita GDP
QATAR: GAS EXPORTS MAY SOON GIVE QATAR WORLD'S HIGHEST PER CAPITA GDPBY RICHARD H. CURTISSOn Jan. 1, 1997, the State of Qatar will make its first shipment of liquified natural gas (LNG) to Japan. The gas will come from Qatar's North Field, the largest...
"Shades of Los Angeles" Project Spotlights Middle Eastern Communities
"Shades of Los Angeles" Project Spotlights Middle Eastern CommunitiesBy Fadwa El GuindiFour years after its founding in the fall of 1991, the Los Angeles Public Library ethnic photo project called "Shades of Los Angeles: A Search for Visual Ethnic and...
Tension between Islamists and Secularists Grows in Turkey
Tension Between Islamists and Secularists Grows in TurkeyBy Marvine HoweAs Turkey finally moves to the threshold of Europe, Turkish society appears increasingly polarized between the secular establishment and a renewed, invigorated, unpredictable Islamic...
The Cost of Israel to U.S. Taxpayers: In Allocating Aid to Israel, Congress Lost All Sense of Proportion
The Cost of Israel to U.S. Taxpayers: In Allocating Aid to Israel, Congress Lost All Sense of ProportionBy Lucille BarnesBefore Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres' April visit to the United States, the U.S. was committed to providing Israel a total...
Vatican-Sponsored Statement Is Sharply Critical of Syria
Vatican-Sponsored Statement Is Sharply Critical of SyriaBy Peter SaiersAfter five years of trying to build national reconciliation among the country's myriad religious denominations, sectarian relations in Lebanon reached a post-war nadir following a...
Why No Outrage at Israel's Terrorism?
Why No Outrage at Israel's Terrorism?By Khaled Al-MaeenaThe Palestinian Authority headed by Yasser Arafat has called for an emergency meeting of the Security Council to discuss the Israeli blockade of the Palestinian territories.I don't think much will...
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