Dear ProCon.org readers: This non-partisan non-profit oasis of truth on the Internet simply cannot exist without your support. Your donations keep the research flowing, the servers on, and millions of minds fed. Would you consider making a one-time (or monthly) tax-deductible donation to ProCon.org of at least $10? Thank you.
Dear ProCon.org readers: You know the world needs reliable, unbiased information on important issues – now more than ever. That's why you love ProCon.org, a nonprofit educational organization that provides – for free and without ads – nonpartisan facts, well-researched pros and cons, and a platform for critical thinking on today’s hottest topics to millions of students, teachers, and others. Please support ProCon.org with your tax-deductible donation in our fund drive.

If everyone who used ProCon.org donated $1, the charity would be around for decades. Millions visit but few give. This oasis of truth on the Internet simply cannot exist without your support.Your donations keep the research flowing, the servers on, and millions of minds fed. Would you consider donating at least $10 a year or becoming a recurring monthly donor? Thank you for supporting ProCon.org.

Video exploring critical thinking and how it leads to great citizen involvement

GENERAL REFERENCE (not clearly pro or con)

Flag of the Arab League

Member States of the Arab League and the year of admittance

Go to Map of the Arab League Countries

Click below to see the full text of relevant Arab League documents:
1944 Alexandria Protocol
1945 Arab League Charter
1950 Treaty of Joint Defense and Economic Cooperation

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) wrote in an Mar. 25, 2003 entry titled "League of Arab States," published on their website that:

"The League of Arab States was established on March 22, 1945 upon signature of its Pact by seven Arab States. The League is a national and regional organization that seeks to promote closer ties among member-states and coordinate their policies and their economic, cultural and security plans with a view to developing collective cooperation, protecting national security and maintaining the independence and sovereignty of member-states; thereby enhancing the potential for joint Arab action in all fields.

In the political field, the League is entrusted with the tasks of defending the supreme interests and national causes of the Arab world through the implementation of joint action plans at both regional and international levels as well as through the coordination of the relations of member-states with regional and international organizations.

The League is also entrusted with the task of examining whichever disputes that may arise between member-states and to adopt whichever resolutions and measures as may be deemed necessary to settle such disputes by peaceful means.

Economic, social and cultural activities constitute principal and vital elements of joint action in addition to the fact that they provide solid grounds for development, security, liberation and economic integration."

Mar. 25, 2003 International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Dilip Hiro, journalist and author, in his 2003 article "The Essential Middle East / A Comprehensive Guide," provided the following description of the Arab League:

"In early 1942, faced with the prospect of Germany conquering North Africa, including Egypt, Britain tried to sway popular Arab opinion toward the Allies by publicly favoring the idea of unity of the Arab world, extending from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf. Having countered the German threat, soon after London acted behind the scenes to bring about a preliminary Arab conference in the Egyptian city of Alexandria in September-October 1944. It was attended by official representatives of Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, North Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Transjordan, as well as a Palestinian observer on behalf of Arab Palestinians. Their decision to form the League of Arab States -- a cooperative of independent Arab counties -- was ratified on 22 March 1945 in Cairo."

2003 Dilip Hiro

DONATE - Donate to ProCon.org - DONATE
Visit the ProCon.org community on:
Reprinting Policy | How to Cite ProCon.org | Media & Press | Donate to ProCon.org | Disclaimer | Privacy Policy
Debate Topics | State Laws | History of... | Critical Thinking Quotes | Teaching Controversial Issues
into 100+ Languages and Dialects

© 2017 ProCon.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit | 233 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200, Santa Monica, CA 90401 | Tel: 310-451-9596