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By David Pryce-Jones | September 18, 1990
REFUSAL TO REFLECT upon the reality of the Arab world leads time and again to being disagreeably surprised by it.Anwar Sadat's crossing of the Suez Canal in 1973, the use of the oil weapon, the collapse of Lebanon and its invasion by Syria, the intifada, Saddam Hussein's attacks on Iran and Kuwait -- all are presented in the West as unpredictable as acts of God. Their perpetrators are thought to be irrational or suicidal. Yet all are a natural part of the Arab social and political order. The violence is systemic, therefore repeating.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Eric Thompson said among the first challenges in his Arab immersion class was learning the Arabic word for "yes. " To the Arnold resident, it sounded a lot like the English word, "no. " "So when teachers are congratulating you, you're saying, 'Oh, I have messed up,'" said the 17-year old, who is among dozens of foreign language students in the recent Launch into Arabic Learning and Teaching Program, a summer immersion initiative coordinated by...
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By Ron Smith | February 3, 2011
The current revolutionary mood sweeping the Middle East is looking very much like another real-life example of philosopher Auguste Comte's observation, "Demography is destiny. " At the turn of the 19th century, Westerners made up roughly 30 percent of the people on this planet. By the middle of this century, extrapolating present trends, Muslims will be about 30 percent of a much more crowded human population and Westerners reduced to less than 10 percent. This has all sorts of implications, laid out thoroughly by Bill Bonner and Addison Wiggin in their book, "Financial Reckoning Day. " But I want to focus on just one: how a population explosion in the Arab world, stretching from Morocco through the Levant, has set the stage for the revolutionary fervor we've seen on the streets of Tunis, Cairo, Amman and elsewhere in the last couple of weeks.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
Anne Arundel Community College and the U.S. Naval Academy are offering a free summer Arabic immersion program for county students ages 16-25. Students must obtain a teacher's nomination for the program, which be held for four weeks beginning June 23 at the Naval Academy. Class run for seven hours each day, and students will receive individualized and group instruction in Arabic language, officials said. The program is open to students in and out of Anne Arundel County, but no housing or transportation is provided.
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By A. M. Rosenthal | April 14, 1993
SINCE WORLD War II, the Arab world has failed to produce single government that shares power with its people, a single government that holds itself accountable to its people, a single government based on genuine parliamentary process, religious freedom and democratic restraints.Of all political realities, all the causes of sorrow for Arab, Jew and Christian in the Mideast, that is the most important.Hundreds of thousands of Arabs died in Arab pogroms because of it -- and millions in wars of Arab against Arab.
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December 16, 2003
HE FANCIED himself a modern day Saladin, who would restore Arab prominence to its 12th century glory and might. Saddam Hussein's barbarous reputation didn't keep many in the Arab world from privately hoping he would succeed in that mission, and his inglorious capture by American soldiers is reinforcing old resentments toward the United States and its presence in the Middle East. The celebratory gunfire heard in Baghdad after Mr. Hussein's arrest was but a burst of Iraqi exultation. There followed a disquieting reaction in some Arab capitals.
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By William A. Rugh | March 7, 2004
WASHINGTON - For the many Arabs who had become strong supporters and friends of America over the years, these are tough times. They are afraid to speak up and defend the relationship because criticism of the United States and its policies has become so widespread in the Arab world. I have just returned from an extended trip to the Middle East, where I had spent most of my 30 years as a U.S. foreign service officer. I found Arab popular anger at Washington more intense than it has ever been, even during the 1950s when Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser mobilized the Arab masses against us. My wife and I were treated with warmth and great hospitality by the many friends we saw. They still love American democracy, education, technology and culture.
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By Thomas L. Friedman | August 19, 2003
BAGHDAD, Iraq - I got a tour the other day of Baghdad's rebuilt airport, which is now quite beautiful, but still hasn't opened out of security concerns. Our tour guides even took us through passport control to show off their new computers that will check for incoming terrorists. As they showed us around, a question occurred to me that I posed to them: "What happens if someone gets off a plane with an Israeli passport?" After all, Iraq under Saddam Hussein not only didn't have diplomatic relations with Israel, it considered itself at war with Israel.
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By Thomas L. Friedman | October 24, 2002
DOHA, Qatar -- At a seminar here this week on relations between America and Islam, one of the questions discussed by American and Muslim scholars was that elusive issue: Where is the Arab street and how might it respond to a U.S. invasion of Iraq? For my money, the most helpful answer was provided by Jordanian columnist Rami Khouri, who said that "what's really important today is not the Arab street, but the Arab basement." This is an important distinction. The "Arab street" is the broad mass of public opinion, which is largely passive and nonviolent.
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By Robert O. Freedman and Mohamed E. Hamdi | November 12, 2003
ESTABLISHING A genuine democracy in the Middle East is essentially the responsibility of the Arab masses and Arab elites. But in the age of the global village, the West can and ought to help and support the drive for democracy in that part of the world. In this context, despite the impassioned words of President Bush, who said Thursday that the United States would work to spread the "global democratic revolution" to the Arab world, democracy is not likely to come to the Arab world unless the United States matches its words with deeds.
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April 7, 2014
Letter writer Ray Gordon clearly knows very little about the Arab-Israeli conflict ( "Give Israel the ultimatum," April 3). The League of Nations, in order to satisfy both the Arabs and the Jews, offered to carve up the land and give each people a portion. But while the Jews agreed, the Arabs refused. The so-called Palestinians were displaced and settled in concentration camps in the Arab world by their fellow Arabs in 1948. When five Arab armies attacked after Israel declared its independence, Palestinians were told to evacuate the area until the Jews were pushed into the sea, after which they could come back and not only reclaim what was theirs but whatever had belonged to the Jews as well.
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By Samantha Iacia, For The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
Date: Dec. 6 and 7 Her story: Zaineb Makhzoumi, 33, grew up in Lutherville. She is a dermatologist, Mohs surgeon and assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her parents, Hassan and Rayya Makhzoumi, emigrated from Beirut in 1978. They moved back to Beirut in 2008, though Rayya returns to their Lutherville home several times a year. His story: Ayman Tomhe, 34, also grew up in Lutherville. He was a 7-Eleven franchisee for 10 years before opening a State Farm office in Baltimore last month.
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November 7, 2013
On Nov. 5, my wife and I attended a rare public dialogue between Jews and Muslims at Columbia's Beth Shalom Congregation between Imam Yahya Hendi, Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University, and Rabbi Andrew Busch of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. It is the first in a series of four Tuesday night discussions during November designed to explore the various aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict. No reporters attended despite invitations, organizers said. In response to a question about how his message of personal good will and reconciliation might be spread more effectively, Imam Hendi recalled once being invited to appear on a network television show, but after a 35-minute "screening" interview, the show was canceled.
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July 28, 2013
Susan Reimer 's column about pioneering female journalist Helen Thomas makes light of Ms. Thomas' vicious comments about Jews that ended her career ( "Helen Thomas opened journalism for women," July 25). Ms. Thomas' views were not simply "intemperate" and "abrasive" - they were hateful and uninformed. For example, her May 2010 remark that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go home" to Poland and Germany not only rejected Israel's right to exist but also showed contempt for the traumatic legacy of the Holocaust.
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May 6, 2013
The article by Zainab Choudry and Saqib Ali on Israel's supposed discrimination against Arab-American and Muslim citizens is missing a big part of the story in the Arab and Muslim world ("Don't let Israel discriminate," April 30). Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger had to personally intervene to allow Jewish reporters on his plane to enter Saudi Arabia, since Jews weren't allowed. Christians in Arab lands are harassed and persecuted on a regular basis. Meanwhile, Muslim women are considered property upon marriage, and the Arab Spring in Egypt has replaced one dictator with another.
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May 3, 2013
Commentators Zainab Choudry and Saqib Ali complain that Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin co-sponsored legislation to extend a visa waiver program to Israel ("Don't let Israel discriminate," April 30). The waiver program currently allows citizens of 37 European and other countries - including Japan, Australia and South Korea - to travel in the United States for up to 90 days without a visa. The writers claim the legislation would let Israel dispense with a "reciprocity" provision so it could "discriminate against Americans based on their ethnicity or religion" - particularly against Arab Americans and Muslim Americans.
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By Robert Satloff | November 28, 2003
HAVE ONEROUS post-Sept. 11 visa requirements denied young Arabs access to American colleges and universities? That charge was made by the authors of the "Arab Human Development Report," published last month and prepared by respected Arab researchers under the auspices of the U.N. Development Program. Their condemnation of Washington's alleged anti-Arab bias, post-9/11, received headline coverage in national newspapers. Specifically, the report accused the Bush administration of "extreme" counterterrorism policies that "led to the erosion of civil and political liberties ... diminishing the welfare of Arabs and Muslims living, studying or traveling abroad."
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | April 1, 1991
We need more television series like "Moyers/The Arab World," which premieres at 11 tonight on MPT (Channels 22 and 67).The five-part series, which runs through Friday, is a modest one by television production standards. Each half-hour show consists nothing more elaborate than Moyers and a handful of experts sitting in wingback chairs talking about Arab religion, culture, history and society.But what important talk it is. The conversation is filled with the kinds of information we so desperately need if we are ever going to start having informed opinions about the Middle East, instead of living on a roller coaster of emotions triggered by television pictures and political rhetoric.
NEWS
December 7, 2012
It is troubling that neither The Sun's news coverage nor its editorial regarding the United Nations' recognition of Palestine as a non-member observer state bothered to mention what Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas actually said in his speech to the General Assembly preceding the vote. President Abbas could have used the U.N. forum to confirm Palestine's commitment to peaceful coexistence with Israel and to underscore how its enhanced U.N. status will further that goal. Instead, Mr. Abbas defamed Israel by repeating the scurrilous lies and distortions that are common parlance in the Arab world.
NEWS
December 4, 2012
For all those who believe The Sun's position on Palestinian statehood has merit, the following is offered for consideration ("Pressure on Israel to negotiate," Nov. 30). The Palestinian statehood that they are seeking now, they could have had in 1948 with an internationalized Jerusalem if not for the Arab world's belligerence in and out of the United Nations to this very day. The territory they lost to the Israelis was a direct result of the many attacks and provocations the Arab world initiated and against which the Israelis defended themselves successfully.
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