Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Articles from Vol. XX, No. 4, June 30

Activist Discusses Human Rights in the Middle East
ACTIVIST DISCUSSES HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE MIDDLE EASTOn April 4, the U.S. Institute of Peace hosted a lecture entitled "Human Rights in the Middle East: the Crisis of Implementation" by Senior Fellow Neil Hicks. Dr. Hicks has worked for over 15 years with...
ADC Hosts Alex Odeh Banquet
ADC HOSTS ALEX ODEH BANQUETRep. Cynthia McKinney, the Democratic congresswoman from Georgia's 4th district, was keynote speaker at the Los Angeles/Orange County American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's annual Alex Odeh Humanitarian Award banquet....
ADC's Khalil Jahshan Urges Bush Administration to Set Parameters, Reassess Mideast Policy
ADC's Khalil Jahshan Urges Bush Administration to Set Parameters, Reassess Mideast PolicyPat and Samir Twair are free-lance journalists based in Los Angeles."This is not the time for the Bush administration to take time out. Whenever the Middle East...
American Delegation Returns from Iraq Fact-Finding Mission
AMERICAN DELEGATION RETURNS FROM IRAQ FACT-FINDING MISSIONIn the midst of a Bush administration debate between moderates calling for "easing sanctions" and hard-liners demanding a "regime change" and tighter sanctions, a delegation of Muslim Americans...
American Muslims Remain Committed to Bush, Call for End to Unconditional U.S. Support for Israel
American Muslims Remain Committed to Bush, Call for End to Unconditional U.S. Support for IsraelDelinda C. Hanley is the news editor of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.Six American Muslim leaders called on President George W. Bush to end...
Arab-Americans Meet with Colin Powell
ARAB-AMERICANS MEET WITH COLIN POWELLTwenty representatives of 15 Arab- and Muslim-American organizations met with Secretary of State Colin Powell at the State Department on March 13. In a briefing closed to the press, Arab Americans said they had expressed...
CAIR Hosts Meet-Your-Congressman Event
CAIR HOSTS MEET-YOUR-CONGRESSMAN EVENT"If Israel's goal is to ignore the Palestinians in hope they won't exist in 20 years, it won't work. Likewise, two decades from now Israel will still exist. Both realities must be accepted." So said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher...
Cairo Communique: Arab Summit in Amman Scene of Hard Talk, Failed Iraq-Kuwait Detente, New Alliances
CAIRO COMMUNIQUE: Arab Summit in Amman Scene of Hard Talk, Failed Iraq-Kuwait Detente, New AlliancesAndrew Hammond is a free-lance journalist based in Cairo.The Arab summit on March 27 and 28 in Amman was like its predecessors--it pleased few and was...
Canada Calling: Canadian Muslims Concerned about New Charity Law
CANADA CALLING: Canadian Muslims Concerned About New Charity LawFaisal Kutty is a Toronto-based lawyer and columnist for iViews.com.Canadian Muslims and Arabs have joined a campaign to fight the Liberal government's attempt to pass the Charities Registration...
Christianity and the Middle East: Historic Papal Visit to Syria Highlights Country's Christian Heritage
CHRISTIANITY AND THE MIDDLE EAST: Historic Papal Visit to Syria Highlights Country's Christian HeritageBy Fred StrickertDr. Fred Strickert is professor of religion at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.Pope John Paul II continues his interest in the Middle...
Conference on Palestine: Education and Empowerment
CONFERENCE ON PALESTINE: EDUCATION AND EMPOWERMENTDespite the powerlessness pro-Palestinian supporters are feeling these days, more than 120 individuals overcame their discouragement at the first Conference on Palestine in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Conference--smartly...
Damascus's Splendid Umayyad Mosque Set to Welcome Pope John Paul II
Damascus's Splendid Umayyad Mosque Set to Welcome Pope John Paul IIHabeeb Salloum is a Toronto-based free-lance writer specializing in food and travel.From the dawn of Islam, Damascus has been synonymous with its Umayyad mosque, one of the most sacred...
Did U.S. Machinations at the Pan Am 103 Lockerbie Trial Sully the Verdict?
Did U.S. Machinations at the Pan Am 103 Lockerbie Trial Sully the Verdict?By Andrew I. KillgoreAndrew I. Killgore is the publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.Libyan intelligence service officer Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi was sentenced...
Edward Said at Princeton
EDWARD SAID AT PRINCETONProfessor Edward Said spoke April 5 on "The End of the Peace Process: Oslo and After" in a lecture sponsored by Princeton University's Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central...
First Iowa Muslims Convention
FIRST IOWA MUSLIMS CONVENTIONParticipants in the First Iowa Muslims Convention, held March 30 to April 1 in the Memorial Union of the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, came from as far away as England, New Jersey, California, Kentucky and, of course,...
Hanan Ashrawi Delivers Distinguished Lecture at Inauguration of UCSB's Middle East Center
Hanan Ashrawi Delivers Distinguished Lecture at Inauguration of UCSB's Middle East CenterPat McDonnell Twair is a free-lance writer based in Los Angeles."Our only guilt is to refuse to die in silence." So said Hanan Ashrawi before an audience of 750...
In Memoriam: Sam Day (1926-2001); Vanunu Campaign Coordinator and Nuclear Resister
IN MEMORIAM: Sam Day (1926-2001); Vanunu Campaign Coordinator and Nuclear ResisterBy Felice Cohen-JoppaFelice Cohen-Joppa is the new coordinator of the U.S. Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu. Since 1980, she has been co-editor of the Nuclear Resister...
Internet, Newfound Arab-American Voice Present Challenge, Opportunity to American Jews
Internet, Newfound Arab-American Voice Present Challenge, Opportunity to American JewsBy Dr. M. Reza BehnamM. Reza Behnam, Ph.D., is a political scientist and director of the Institute for Advance Middle Eastern Studies in Eugene, OR.Continuing demonstrations...
Iraq Discussed at World Affairs Council
IRAQ DISCUSSED AT WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCILAllan Solomonow addressed "Dealing With Iraq: Which Way Forward?" at the San Francisco World Affairs Council on Feb. 28. The program was the fourth of the WAC's Great Decisions noontime programs offered this year....
Islam and the Middle East in the Far East: Reminder of the Arab Presence in Singapore
ISLAM AND THE MIDDLE EAST IN THE FAR EAST: Reminder of the Arab Presence in SingaporeBy John GeeJohn Gee is a free-lance journalist based in Singapore and the author of Unequal Conflict: Israel and the Palestinians, available from the AET Book Club.A...
Islam in America: Islam and Democracy; the Struggle Continues
ISLAM IN AMERICA: Islam and Democracy; The Struggle ContinuesDr. Muqtedar Khan is director of international studies at Adrian College in Michigan and a member of the board of directors of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy. His articles...
Israel Chains U.S. Citizen to Chair for 3 1/2 Days
ISRAEL CHAINS U.S. CITIZEN TO CHAIR FOR 3 1/2 DAYSOn March 12 at 11:30 p.m., Hanna Abu Khdeir, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was arrested by Israeli security forces. Despite being interrogated with methods the Israeli Supreme Court, in a 1999 ruling, defined...
Israeli Journalist Speaks at Georgetown University
ISRAELI JOURNALIST SPEAKS AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITYOn April 17, Israeli journalist Israel Shamir spoke at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Hosted by the Young Arab Leadership Alliance of Georgetown University, the event attracted a crowd of curious...
Israeli Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Incites Followers to Commit Genocide against Arabs
Israeli Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Incites Followers to Commit Genocide Against ArabsBy Riad Z. AbdelkarimDr. Riad Z. Abdelkarim is communications director for the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Anaheim, CA."The Lord shall...
"Jihad for Kids" Provides Springboard for Wisconsin Activists and Hillel Society
"JIHAD FOR KIDS" PROVIDES SPRINGBOARD FOR WISCONSIN ACTIVISTS AND HILLEL SOCIETYOn April 3 the University of Wisconsin's Hillel society in Madison showed a documentary called "Jihad For Kids," which features Palestinian children learning jihad songs...
Lawsuit against AIPAC Still Alive
Lawsuit Against AIPAC Still AliveBy Andrew I. KillgoreAndrew I. Killore, a retired career foreign service ambassador and former U.S. ambassador to Qatar, is the publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.The more than decade-old legal...
Lebanon Dodges Bullets of Another Civil War
Lebanon Dodges Bullets of Another Civil WarBy Sami MoubayedSami Moubayed is a Syrian political analyst.More than at any other time in the past 10 years, Lebanon today seems on the verge of another sectarian outburst. Events have been in the making, more...
MESTO Offers Premiere Performance
MESTO OFFERS PREMIERE PERFORMANCEUnder the baton of Dr. Nabil Azzam, the Multi Ethnic Star Orchestra (MESTO) gave its premiere performance March 11 at West Los Angeles College. A young Palestinian singer, Woroud, was the soloist for the program featuring...
Middle East Peace Prospects Discussed in Hawaii
MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROSPECTS DISCUSSED IN HAWAIIOn March 29 at the East Hawaii Cultural Center in downtown Hilo, Dr. Yusuf Tamimi presented a slide show depicting Palestine before and after the Israeli occupation. Dr. Tamimi, who was born in Nablus and...
Muslim Agenda: After Bloc Vote, What Next? Campaign Finance Reform
Muslim Agenda: After Bloc Vote, What Next? Campaign Finance ReformBy Rehana SyedRehana Syed is communication coordinator for the American Muslim Alliance.The American Muslim Alliance, a national Muslim grassroots organization with 94 chapters in 34 states,...
Muslim Community Conditionally for Faith-Based Initiative
MUSLIM COMMUNITY CONDITIONALLY FOR FAITH-BASED INITIATIVEThe American Muslim Council held a March 12 forum/workshop at Georgetown University to discuss the pros and cons of President George W. Bush's Faith Based Initiative. Supporters of the initiative,...
Muslims Demand War Crimes Tribunal at Ariel Sharon's War Crimes Photographic Exhibition
MUSLIMS DEMAND WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL AT ARIEL SHARON'S WAR CRIMES PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITIONSurrounded by a photographic exhibition detailing the new Israeli prime minister's history of massacres and violence, American Muslim leaders expressed their anger...
National Lawyers Guild Examines Israel's Misuse of U.S.-Made Weapons
NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD EXAMINES ISRAEL'S MISUSE OF U.S.-MADE WEAPONSAs the Al-Aqsa lntifada erupted in September 2000, several members of the National Lawyers Guild who were attending the International Association of Democratic Lawyers' Congress in Havana,...
News Embargo on Iraq
NEWS EMBARGO ON IRAQAn important two-day Workshop for Religious and Secular Journalists entitled "The News Embargo on Iraq" was held at the Interchurch Center in New York April 5 and 6. It was sponsored by the World Association for Christian Communications...
Palestine Lost: The Life of George Antonius
PALESTINE LOST: THE LIFE OF GEORGE ANTONIUSDr. Susan Boyle discussed her new book, Betrayal of Palestine: The Story of George Antonius, at the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine on March 27, 2001.Antonius (1891-1942) was the highest-ranking Palestinian...
Palestinians Are Told to Stop Violence, as Israel Wages Full-Scale War
Palestinians Are Told to Stop Violence, as Israel Wages Full-Scale WarBy Rachelle MarshallRachelle 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.The...
Panelists Pessimistic on Peace Prospects
PANELISTS PESSIMISTIC ON PEACE PROSPECTSThe Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) held the 24th in its series of Capitol Hill Conferences on March 8 in Washington, DC, on the subject, "With the `Process' Dead, What are the Prospects for Peace?" The conference,...
Pro-Israel and Arab- and Muslim-American PAC Contributions for the Year 2000 Election Cycle
Pro-Israel and Arab- and Muslim-American PAC Contributions for the Year 2000 Election CycleBy Hugh S. GalfordHugh S. Galford is director of the AET Book Club and compiler of PAC contributions.The following charts summarize donations by pro-Israel and...
Prospects for Palestine and Jerusalem
PROSPECTS FOR PALESTINE AND JERUSALEMThe American Committee on Jerusalem (ACJ) hosted a panel on the future prospects of a Jerusalem shared by both Palestine and Israel, April 5 at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC. The panel was moderated...
Sadr on Southern Lebanon
SADR ON SOUTHERN LEBANONAl-Sitt Rabab al-Sadr, head of the Tyre-based Moussa al-Sadr Foundation and sister of the Shi'i imam who vanished in 1978 while on a trip to Libya, discussed the current situation in southern Lebanon during a March 19 appearance...
Sharon Visit, AIPAC Meeting Generate Negative Congressional Letters, Unhelpful Bill
Sharon Visit, AIPAC Meeting Generate Negative Congressional Letters, Unhelpful BillBy Shirl McArthurShirl McArthur is a retired career foreign service officer and a consultant in the Washington, DC area.Events in Europe, Asia and the Middle East have...
Shifting Tactics in the Intifada
SHIFTING TACTICS IN THE INTIFADAVoices from Palestinian society have called for a shift in the "tactics of the intifada [toward] nonviolence," said Bassem Eid, director of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, at an April 5 luncheon at the Center...
Talking Turkey: Pipelines, Tankers and Economics Attempt to Navigate Turkey's Narrow Straits
TALKING TURKEY: Pipelines, Tankers and Economics Attempt to Navigate Turkey's Narrow StraitsBy Jon GorvettJon Gorvett is a free-lance journalist based in Istanbul.Few things can make a Turkish politician more concerned about the environment than the...
Teach-In at College of Marin Examines Media Bias in Reporting Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Teach-In at College of Marin Examines Media Bias in Reporting Palestinian-Israeli ConflictElaine Pasquini is a free-lance journalist based in Ignacio, CA.The Social Justice Center of Marin sponsored a Feb. 25 teach-in at the College of Marin in Kentfield,...
The European Press View the Middle East: Taliban's Destruction of Ancient Buddhas Sparks Indignation in Europe
THE EUROPEAN PRESS VIEW THE MIDDLE EAST: Taliban's Destruction of Ancient Buddhas Sparks Indignation in EuropeLucy Jones is a free-lance journalist based in London.At the beginning of March, the vow by Afghanistan's Taliban regime to destroy all the...
The Great Caspian Sea Oil Pipeline Game
The Great Caspian Sea Oil Pipeline GameAndrew I. Killgore is the publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs."[Baku-Ceyhan] would allow Israel to draw oil from Ceyhan [Turkey], the only Middle East government with which Israel has good...
The Growing Disconnect between What American Jews Believe and Jewish Organizations Promote
The Growing Disconnect Between What American Jews Believe and Jewish Organizations PromoteAllan C. Brownfeld is a syndicated columnist and associate editor of the Lincoln Review, a journal published by the Lincoln Institute for Research and Education,...
The Land Is in the Heart
The Land is in the HeartBy David A. Marrash, Monterey Pacific Publishing, 1999, 223 pp. List: $12; AET: $9.50.Reviewed by Hugh S. GalfordHugh S. Galford is director of the AET Book Club.In The Land is in the Heart, David Marrash gives us a glimpse of...
This Way Out.Egypt and Jordan Have a Plan
This Way Out...Egypt and Jordan Have a PlanBy Eugene BirdEugene Bird, a retired career foreign service officer, is president of the Council for the National Interest and diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Report.After two weeks of visits to...
U.S. and Israeli Jews Join in "Olive Trees for Peace"
U.S. AND ISRAELI JEWS JOIN IN "OLIVE TREES FOR PEACE"Break the Silence, a national network of American Jews who support a just and peaceful settlement between Israel and a viable Palestinian state, announced their "Olive Trees for Peace Campaign" in...
U.S.-Libyan Relations after the Lockerbie Trial
U.S.-LIBYAN RELATIONS AFTER THE LOCKERBIE TRIALA March 16 conference at Washington, DC's Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, presented in cooperation with the Middle East Institute and the Atlantic Council of the United States, considered American relations...
U.S. Signals Strengthened Ties with India, as Kashmir, Pakistan and Afghanistan Struggle for Normalcy
U.S. Signals Strengthened Ties With India, as Kashmir, Pakistan and Afghanistan Struggle for NormalcyProf. M.M. Ali is a consultant and specialist on South Asia based in the Washington DC area. He is currently visiting the subcontinent.Cross the Mediterranean...
Via Dolorosa: Palestine's New Streets of Pain
Via Dolorosa: Palestine's New Streets of PainSamah Jabr is a medical student who writes from her home in Jerusalem. Betsy Mayfield is an American writer living in Iowa.I'm a walker. For me, walking is a combination of hobby and exercise. More than that,...
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