Middle East

  • 2131. IIFWP Conference in Gaza Calls to Protecting Muslim Holy Sites and Tearing Down Apartheid Wall

    IPC, 07 May 2005
    The conference, which was organized by the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP), included a foreign delegation of 50 religious figures from different religions around the world and was entitled "international dialogue and cooperation for progress, prosperity and peace."

  • 2132. The tortuous path of Arab democracy

    Amr Hamzawy , 06 May 2005
    The Arab world is changing. Popular protest movements, parliamentary and municipal elections, and successive concessions by the ruling elites are creating a momentum for political transformation in countries as different as Lebanon and Palestine, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

  • 2133. Must The Holy Land Be Shared With Terrorists?

    Rachel Neuwirth, 05 May 2005
    The gravest evil threatening democracy and world peace today is militant Islam—the convergence of fundamentalist Islam and terrorism. Its breeding ground is in the madrasses (Islamic schools), mosques, and camps sponsored by Arab leaders, and it seeks world dominance.

  • 2134. Pakistan approaches boiling point

    Syed Saleem Shahzad and Masood Anwar , 30 Apr 2005
    On the face of it, the post-September 11 era sees Pakistan re-established in the world community, nurturing friendly relations with India, and enjoying political stability in the shape of President General Pervez Musharraf's grip on power, with the economy steady.

  • 2135. State Department report 'Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2004 - 2005

    The Daily Star, 27 Apr 2005
    Events in the Middle East in 2004 vividly demonstrated U.S. commitment to promoting democracy and respect for human rights. In Iraq, people braved intimidation and threats of death for the opportunity to participate in elections to shape their own future.

  • 2136. Can Democracy Succeed In The Region?

    Mark Baker , 23 Apr 2005
    The signs from the Middle East are hopeful, but how far can democracy movements go? This is the question after recent elections in Iraq, pro-democracy protests in Lebanon, and tentative signs of openness in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Can an "Arab Spring" blossom in the harsh soil of the Middle East?

  • 2137. Let democracy derail radicalism

    Ray Takeyh, 22 Apr 2005
    The reality remains that over the past three decades, the Arab populace has gradually grown weary of radical ideologies and their self-proclaimed verities. From pan-Arabism and its promise of Arab renaissance to radical Islam and its quest for salvation,

  • 2138. Letter from Osama Bin Laden to the President

    Gilo Muirragui, 10 Apr 2005
    The Sharon’s boys at the Pentagon thought that 9/11 fit nicely into their boss political agenda as well as yours. Actually, it was the other way around. It fit into my agenda. Nevertheless, you went along with their advice and blamed me and Saddam Hussein for the 9/11 action.

  • 2139. US not finished with Pakistan yet

    Syed Saleem Shahzad, 03 Apr 2005
    Many in the Bush administration believe that Iran's nuclear energy program is a smokescreen for developing nuclear weapons. Tehran has agreed with the European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it will temporarily suspend its uranium enrichment program.

  • 2140. The Captive Mind

    Editorial, 02 Apr 2005
    The future of America's profoundly strained relations with the Arab and Muslim world depends, to a great extent, on educating the public. Yet the very people who are in a position to perform this vital task have instead found themselves under siege from extremist pressure groups and craven politicians.

  • 2141. The Risks of Regime Change

    Derek Hoffmann , 01 Apr 2005
    Recent U.S. Iraq policy has moved from toppling a genocidal autocrat to seeking to create a pluralist, prosperous Arab democracy and inducing neighboring regimes to replicate it. The mainstream media discuss what this might mean for the region at large, but what about for Christians in the Middle East?

  • 2142. The Palestinianization Of The Academy

    Phyllis Chesler , 30 Mar 2005
    The reality is that the Intifada has gone global, and that master propagandists have hijacked both the world media and the Western academy. The reality is that as soon as we speak truth to one lie, a thousand more spring up in its place.

  • 2143. End of the Road for Reforms in Iran?

    A.H. Jaffor Ullah, 29 Mar 2005
    The world is watching the goings-on in Tehran with some trepidation. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said on 23 February that Iran's "flawed" elections would have an impact on the already stalled trade talks between Tehran and the European Union.

  • 2144. Accuracy in Israel/Palestine Reporting

    The Oregonian , 28 Mar 2005
    When looking at the coverage of children’s deaths, The Oregonian reported 100% of Israeli children’s deaths in news articles and 100% in news headlines, while 28% of Palestinian children’s deaths received coverage in news articles and 2% received headlines.

  • 2145. The Clash of the Cults

    Salim Muwakkil, 26 Mar 2005
    They are making the case that current animosities between the West and the Islamic world are being fueled by the narrow agendas of two cults: American neoconservatives and al Qaeda.

  • 2146. The Rise of Democracy in the Middle East

    Angelique van Engelen , 20 Mar 2005
    If democracy is any more up for a redefinition anywhere, now would be the time and the Middle East would be the place. Events in Iraq and the elections of the Palestians had a contageous effect in other Middle Eastern countries too.

  • 2147. Democratisation or Disintegration?

    Jim Lobe, 19 Mar 2005
    Feeling vindicated by dramatic events in the Middle East since the Iraqi elections Jan. 30, especially the growing international clamour for Syria to withdraw from Lebanon, neo-conservatives are calling on Pres. George W. Bush to seize the moment by pressing for ”regime change” in Damascus and Iran, as well.

  • 2148. Queens G.I.s die in road blast

    Kerry Burke & Leo Standora, 17 Mar 2005
    Two Queens men who immigrated to the U.S. as kids and went to Iraq as soldiers with the famed Fighting 69th Infantry Regiment have died in a bomb blast in Baghdad, military officials said yesterday.

  • 2149. The Promise of Arab Liberalism

    Tamara Cofman Wittes, 16 Mar 2005
    Arab “exceptionalism” has produced its own scholarly literature of explanation (and apology). Now, however, the era of Arab exceptionalism may be drawing to a close. Despite the Bush administration’s admirable rhetorical commitment, it remains to be seen...

  • 2150. Budding democracy?

    newsday.com, 14 Mar 2005
    After a centuries-long winter of despotism and autocracy, the first shoots of democratic yearnings are starting to emerge in Arab soil. It's happening more quickly, and with far more support from Arab elites and ordinary people than expected...

  • 2151. Inside the Committee that Runs the World

    David J. Rothkopf, 13 Mar 2005
    September 11, 2001, was a catalytic event that revealed the core character of the Bush administration’s national security team. As rival factions fought for the president’s ear, the transformative ideals espoused by the neocons gained ascendancy...

  • 2152. Search for Bin Laden Faces Complications

    Katherine Shrader, 12 Mar 2005
    Osama bin Laden remains Public Enemy No. 1 but recent developments raise questions about the ability of U.S. forces to track down the elusive terrorist and the resources dedicated to the hunt more than three years after the Sept. 11 attacks.

  • 2153. Democracy dawns in Arab world

    Richard Beeston, 11 Mar 2005
    In quick succession, Palestinians have voted in a free and fair election for a new president, eight million Iraqis have defied the bloody insurgency to elect a representative Government and even conservative Saudi Arabia has tasted its first morsel of democracy...

  • 2154. Allah and Democracy Can Get Along Fine

    Dilip Hiro , 10 Mar 2005
    With the emergence of the Shiite-dominated United Iraqi Alliance as the majority party in Iraq's National Assembly, the scene is set for the drafting of a permanent constitution that will specify the Shariah, or Islamic law, as the main source of Iraqi legislation.

  • 2155. Silent Victims : The Plight of Arab & Muslim Americans in Post 9/11 America

    Aladdin Elaasar, 09 Mar 2005
    More than two years have passed marking the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation, yet we are still recuperating from the shock that this sad and tragic event has caused us, as a society.

  • 2156. Some Arabs see beginning of new era

    Donna Abu Nasar, 07 Mar 2005
    What happened in Lebanon this week, analysts say, is the beginning of a new era in the Middle East, one in which popular demand pushes the momentum for democracy and people's will can no longer be disregarded.

  • 2157. IRAQ: Is there a threat of civil war?

    Doug Lorimer , 04 Mar 2005
    While Washington has succeeded — largely due to the enormous amount of unemployment its invasion of Iraq has produced — in getting large numbers of Iraqis to join its puppet army and police, it has had little success in winning their loyalty.

  • 2158. Beyond Liberalization?

    Daniel Brumberg , 28 Feb 2005
    Amid all the swirling rhetoric about the future political shape of the Middle East, it’s easy to lose sight of a simple but vital distinction: Democracy and political liberalization are not the same thing.

  • 2159. Goal of Arab democracy should be examined, say analysts

    Tarek El-Tablawy, 27 Feb 2005
    "The sense of complete and unfettered freedom is not a widely held value" among the Arab masses, says Jon Alterman, a former U.S. diplomat and Middle East expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

  • 2160. This Time, I'm Hopeful

    Dr. Eyad El Sarraj, 26 Feb 2005
    Furthermore, close observers have noted important signs of change within Hamas over time. From remarks made by its spiritual leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, before his assassination last year,

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