September-October 2010 Table of Contents

Telling the Truth for 28 Years...

Interpreting the Middle East for North Americans • Interpreting North America for the Middle East

The U.S. Role in the Middle East and the Israeli Occupation of Palestine

8 Obama’s Middle East Policy Trapped in ContradictionsRachelle Marshall

12 King Abdullah Seizes the InitiativePatrick Seale 

14 The Big Lie: That Israel Is a Strategic Asset for the United StatesAmbassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. 

16 The Hariri Assassination: Israel’s Fingerprints SurfaceRannie Amiri 

18 Prime Minister David Cameron Forthrightly Describes Gaza as a “Prison Camp”Delinda C. Hanley 

19 Ban Ki-moon Engages Israeli Politicians, as Israel Remains Mum on Kosovo PrecedentIan Williams 

20 Angry Gazan Accuses Hamas of “Protecting the Borders With Israel”Mohammed Omer

22 Amiri Told CIA Iran Has No Nuclear Bomb ProgramGareth Porter

23 Did British Petroleum Encourage the Early Release Of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi?Andrew I. Killgore

40 Turkey’s War Against the PKKPatrick Seale


24 Seven Senators, 25 Representatives in 111th Congress’ “Hall of Fame”Shirl McArthur 

Special Reports

11 “People’s Lawyer” Lynne Stewart Resentenced to Ten Years in PrisonJane Adas 

38 Two Decades of Working to Improve North-South RelationsMarvine Howe 

42 The Other “Jewish National Home”—in SiberiaJohn Gee

In Memoriam

75 Sen. Robert C. Byrd (1917-2010)James G. Abourezk

78 Ambassador James E. Akins (1926-2010)Andrew I. Killgore


5 Letters to the Editor

7 Publishers’ Page

44 Southern California Chronicle: Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) Continues to Put Israel’s Interests First—Pat and Samir Twair

46 New York City and Tri-State News:The True Story of The Gaza Freedom Flotilla—Jane Adas

48 Northern California Chronicle: Grandmothers Against the War Rally in San Francisco’s Union Square—Elaine Pasquini

50 Israel and Judaism: Doubts Growing About Whether Israel Can Simultaneously Be Jewish and Democratic—Allan C. Brownfeld

52 Arab-American Activism:

ADC Chicago Hosts Journalist Anisa Mehdi

52 Muslim-American Activism:

Dr. Akbar Ahmed Discusses His Research on Muslim Americans
Women's Rights in the Muslim World: Achievements and Challenges

54 Human Rights:

Isobel Coleman on Women’s Rights in Mideast’s Major Theocracies
Carnegie Endowment Hosts Panel On Human Rights in the Arab World

55 Music & Arts:

Photo Exhibit by Saudi Arabian Women
An Iraqi Refugee Artist Paints His Home
The Beauty of Shattered Mirrors: Photographs by Najib Joe Hakim
Anna Kipervaser Show at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery

57 Waging Peace:

AMAF Hosts Forum for New Perspectives on Afghanistan
Afghanistan Today: Karzai, Reconciliation, and Western Strategy
Turkish "Undelight" at First Annual Conference on Turkey
Adler Gives Reasons for Possible Success in U.S.-Iran Nuclear Negotiations
Israel's Nuclear Arsenal—Espionage, Opacity and Future
Journalists in Palestine: The Greatest Challenge Is Israel
The Nakba is an Ongoing Process According to Ambassador Safieh
ANSWER Protests Bibi Visit
Gaza Flotilla Co-founders Feted
Wright and Zomlot Speak in Cambridge
Protesters Face Heat, Christians United for Israel
Faith in Cooperation: Evangelicals And Muslims
California Peace Activist Speaks in Des Moines
USIP Panelists Emphasize Need for Youth Empowerment
Blogs and Bullets at United States Institute of Peace
Freeman vs. Satloff: A Debate To Remember

68 Diplomatic Doings:

Egypt’s National Day Reception

69 Other People’s Mail

71 The World Looks at the Middle East — Cartoons

72 Book Review: Quicksand: America’s Pursuit of Power in the Middle East—Reviewed by Jeffrey Blankfort

73 New Arrivals From The AET Book Club

74 Bulletin Board

76 2010 AET Choir of Angels

51 Index To Advertisers