The Arab League: Tool or Power?
A new political phenomenon burst upon the scene of Middle Eastern politics just about one year ago—the Arab League. Disparaged as a tool of the British Colonial Office, denounced as a Fascist threat and hailed as a step to Arab unity, its character, origins, strength and future possibilities have not yet been made clear to the Western world.
Formed in March 1945, the Arab League—consisting of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Transjordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen—made its international debut at the UNO conference in San Francisco soon after, and went on to open offices in London and Washington in October. The object of these offices was officially stated to be to supply information on aspects of modem Arab life, but the Washington office registered with the State Department as a foreign propaganda office, and Mr. Ahmed Shukairy, its head, declared that he was here to counteract Zionist propaganda.
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