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January 29, 1992 | By Owen Ullmann, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
An international conference assembled to launch a new era of Arab-Israeli cooperation met the real world yesterday. The Palestinians staged a last- minute boycott. Despite the boycott, Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations that had never been in direct contact with Israel sat down with Israeli representatives and the world's industrial powers to discuss common economic, environmental, military and social problems. "The presence of Arabs at this conference provides proof that Arab nations desire peace," said Prince Saud al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister.
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March 26, 1986 | By William O. Beeman, Pacfic News Service
Confrontation with Libyan strongman Col. Moammar Khadafy has been at the top of President Reagan's foreign policy agenda since he took office, and eliminating or crippling the Libyan leader is one of the jobs he wants to finish before he leaves. Americans may well wonder if Reagan has gone too far this time, however. In an attempt to make his world safer for democracy, there is real danger that he may leave the American people a legacy of enmity with the peoples of the Middle East that may last well into the 21st century.
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October 21, 2011 | By Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press
CAIRO - Images of Moammar Gadhafi's bloodied body flashed on TV screens across the world may send shivers down the spines of Syria's Bashar al-Assad and Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh, two leaders clinging to power amid Arab Spring uprisings. For the millions of Arabs yearning for freedom, democracy, and new leadership, the death of one of the region's most brutal dictators will likely inspire and invigorate the movement for change. Gadhafi's death sent ripples across the Arab world and set the Internet's social networks abuzz with comments, mostly celebrating the demise of a leader whose bizarre behavior over the years defined the woes of an Arab world mostly ruled by autocratic or despotic leaders.
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March 23, 2013 | By Scott Wilson, Washington Post
JERUSALEM - President Obama urged Israelis on Thursday to move decisively in a spirit of self-preservation and empathy to secure a lasting peace, but he delivered an even sharper ultimatum to Palestinians to drop conditions that have held up a new round of negotiations. His evening address at the Jerusalem International Convention Center signaled a shift away from the balance he has sought to maintain between Israeli and Palestinian leaders since taking office - and toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom he has had a stormy relationship, at least until this trip.
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January 20, 1991 | By Tim Weiner, Inquirer Washington Bureau
When the shooting stops in the Middle East, Saddam Hussein may be dead or overthrown. A pan-Arab or United Nations peace-keeping force may end up presiding over the shattered remains of Iraq. But the United States could be forced to keep tens of thousands of troops in the region, a potentially dangerous and destabilizing presence. That uneasy vision of the fruits of victory emerged from interviews last week with a dozen veterans of the Pentagon, the National Security Agency, the CIA, the National Security Council and the State Department.
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February 3, 2009 | By David R. Stampone FOR THE INQUIRER
More than ever, the music of the Arab world is with us, right here in the good ol' U.S.A. The relatively unfamiliar quarter-tones and microtonal quavers of pan-Arabic music may still suggest something exotic to Western ears. But, as the sublime Sunday afternoon performance of New York-based Palestinian maestro Simon Shaheen and ensemble at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater demonstrated, it thrives in this country. Whether imported via immigration or foreign entanglements, the culture it springs from is increasingly embedded in our own. The 53-year-old Shaheen is a virtuoso on both the violin and the oud - the pear-shaped, lutelike forerunner of the guitar - and a celebrated genre-exploring composer as well as a torch-carrying interpreter of Arabic standards.
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February 14, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Secretary of State John Kerry has done Israelis and Palestinians a huge favor by pushing them to make one last try at negotiating a two-state solution. After months of effort, Kerry will soon present a draft framework meant to serve as a basis for a final agreement. Critics such as Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon have called Kerry's project "obsessive and messianic. " Although those remarks were quickly refuted by Prime Minisiter Benjamin Netanyahu, Ya'alon was correct: You really do have to be mad to try to close the current gap between Israelis and Palestinians.
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March 29, 2001 | By Barbara Demick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Still squabbling over the 1991 Persian Gulf war, 22 Arab countries wrapped up their summit yesterday without any agreement about lifting the crippling economic sanctions against Iraq. Kuwait objected to proposed language in a resolution that would have urged the Arab countries to unilaterally lift the sanctions. As a result, the rambling resolution issued from the summit barely mentioned Iraq, and an appendix called the Amman Communiqu? contained only vague language urging the end to sanctions.
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December 15, 2003 | By Joyce M. Davis INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Saddam Hussein may be under lock and key, but experts warn that the anger at the United States that he came to symbolize in the Arab world and Iran is far from contained. It still seethes in every capital from Rabat to Tehran, in the streets if not always in government. "To some extent, Saddam was a measure of the depth of the region's alienation from the West," said James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute in Washington. "He symbolized the anger; he symbolized the divide.
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January 13, 1993 | by Ron Avery, Daily News Staff Writer
He claims good conversation, good coffee - up to 60 small cups of Turkish coffee daily - and making new friends in his new city are what life is all about. "God only gives us this for a short time," says Issam Masri, 52, gesturing at the larger world outside the window of his small book shop. "We should enjoy it while we are here. " On the surface, the Lebanese immigrant seems more a laid-back philosopher than wheeler-dealer. After all, how much money can you make selling books to the area's 14,000 Arabic speakers?
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