Category: Culture

Line Art By John Potter.

Death By Drink: The Sad Battle of America’s Indians

Vernon Kills On Top’s new home is his sanctuary. Within the quiet refuge of death row at Montana State Prison he will outlive many of his friends. “This is a safe place,” Kills On Top said recently. “My friends are out there dying.” Kills On

The men wore gowns

Is the Problem at the American University of Beirut America?

April, 1971 “I could speak in English, but since I’m at the American University of Beirut, I’ll speak in Arabic,” declared Leila Khaled, the intense Palestinian skyjacker. She had returned this year to the University, where she had studied pharmacy, to speak at one of

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On the Receiving End of an Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove

Life is not all politics, war, or guerrilla fighting for a Palestinian living under Israeli military occupation. And today the majority of the world’s Palestinians find themselves under Israeli rule. Israeli statisticians figure there are 974,000 inhabitants of the West Bank of Jordan and the

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Palestinian Watches

The Palestinian guerrillas denounce it as a sinister plot. King Hussein doesn’t like it a bit. The Israelis shrug it off as purely an accident, then sit back and smile in satisfaction. Accidentally on purpose, Israel has been changing the occupied West Bank of Jordan

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A Long Shot Approach to Peace in the Middle East

Rogers makes headlines. Sadat makes ultimatums. Golda makes recriminations. And Dayan’s military government in Israel’s occupied territories makes facts. All of these activities, world opinion hopes, are some weird windup to a peaceful follow-through. Ever since June 1967, when Dayan’s army occupied the West Bank

The West Bank Town Of Hebron.

Arab Bread

When Israel occupied the West Bank of Jordan and the Gaza Strip following the Six-Day War in June 1967, the majority of the world’s Palestinians came under Israeli rule. According to Israeli statistics, the 974,000 Palestinians in the newly-occupied territories plus the approximately 500,000 Palestinian

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Shabbath is Not Just for the Beach

“The major problem in Israeli society has nothing to do with the Arabs and Jews or Oriental and Western Jews: it is the Orthodox Jews and the rest of us,” a Jerusalemite, a Jew, recently declared. Although only twelve percent of the population is Orthodox

The Marginal Men

The marginal ten, the wretched stragglers for survival on the fringes of farm and city, may already number half a billion. By 1980 they will surpass a billion, by 1990 two billion. Can we imagine any human order surviving with so gross a mass of

Here is a quick crossword puzzle to test your image of the Arab woman today: Number one across: the Arab woman best known to the West today whose name is often associated with trouble. Number one down: one of the best known Arabic words in the English language referring to that part of the house allotted to females and also referring to the wives, concubines, or other females occupying the woman's sector of the house. The Answers: Leila Harem (Khaled)

A Puzzling New Breed of Arab Woman

Here is a quick crossword puzzle to test your image of the Arab woman today: Number one across: the Arab woman best known to the West today whose name is often associated with trouble. Number one down: one of the best known Arabic words in

Palestine liberation organization poster designed by Ismail Shammout.

Portrait of the Artist (Palestinian) as a Political Man

June, 1971 “Our revolution is a drop of blood, a drop of sweat, and a drop of ink” asserts a Fateh poster. So it should not be surprising that Palestinian artists dabble in politics. The best-known Palestinian artist, Ismail Shammout, for example, speaks of his


Obituary for a People: The Jews of Tunisia III

June, 1971 Am Ajjai Fi Jerushalim…Lshanah Habah Byerushalaim…Next Year In Jerusalem* *From the Haggadah , the prayer book read during the Jewish holiday of Passover in Judeo-Arabic, Hebrew, and English. “Isolated communities…in Southern Tunisia and in particular in the island of Djerba, which was cut

The grand synagogue in Tunis, Tunisia was built in the post World War II years and in the last days of the French protectorate when the Jewish community was at its zenith.

Obituary for a People: The Jews of Tunisia I

* Names have been changed to respect certain individuals’ anonymity. May, 1971 The best way to understand the past and present of the Maghreb is to regard it through the prism of the history of its Jews. Among all the races of the Maghreb today,

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It’s a Revolution All Right

Rome May 2, 1971 The disintegration of Pakistan. The collapse of a government in Turkey. Heightened rural violence in the Philippines. Is it mere coincidence that political explosions have followed spectacular advances in agricultural production in all three countries? From the perspective of the Food

Le Temoin, or the Witness, Time Chart of 8,500 Years of Human History.

How Lonely Sits The City – Part II

Le Témoin Suse, capitale de l’Elam, est situe’ dans la province autrefois fertile du Khuzistan qui prolonge, en Iran, la grande plaine arrosee par le Tigre et l’Euphrate. Aussi sa civilization est elle plus etroitement lies a Celle de la Mesopotamie qu’a celle du Plateau

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Ibrihim Thinks About Israel*

March, 1971 *In my first newsletter, my first newsletter for the Alicia Patterson Fund. Uri Avnieri, Member of Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) was interviewed on the subject of Palestine. This newsletter is the second in a series which aims to demonstrate the existence of a plurality of

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Palmyra: Through a Veil Darkly

February 1971 A visit to Palmyra, Syria, where Queen Zenobia, one of the greatest women in history, once ruled an empire stretching from Asia Minor to Egypt, is enough to discourage even the most dedicated women’s liberation activist. Women in Palmyra have come a long

The Citadel and ruins of Susa; what appear to be eroded hills are actually great piles of debris and rubble - potsherds, human and animal bones, shaped stones and other archeological remains.

How Lonely Sits The City – Part I

A Survey in Two Parts of the Human Impact of Agricultural Development from Prehistoric to Contemporary Times as seen from the Village of Shush-Daniel on the Khuzestan Plain of Southwest Persia Contents Part One: 10,000 to 640 B.C. – Bedouin. PartTwo: Le Temoin – 640

Mademoiselle Chidiac (right) and Madame Samira, the dressmaking instructress. Both commute to the village from the city of Zahle.

Tamam of Ain Kfar Zabed, Lebanon

January 1971 The Mukhtar’s baby sister has mother-in-law problems. In-law problems are not unknown in Ain Kfar Zabed, but the case of Tamam Sarkis has an unusual twist. The problem with Tamam is that she has been taught to think. Tamam has spent six years

Hamra Street Scenery

The Village of Beirut

December 1970 Hamra is a cross between Main Street, U.S.A., and Rome’s Via Venetto plus more neon, bazazz, and clamor. Signs are in English or Arabic transliteration – not translation – of the English reads “Splendid Store;” and its “Famous Hamburgers.” Girls flutter by in