Modal close

Hi there,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. This weekend, we're broadcasting live from D.C. as students and people of all ages converge on the capital to demand action on gun control. Our coverage is produced at a fraction of the cost of a commercial news operation, without ads, paywalls, government funds or corporate sponsors. How is this possible? Only with your support. If you and everyone visiting this website gave just $4, it would cover our operating costs for 2018. Pretty exciting, right? Please do your part. It takes just a few minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.


The Arab League Faces Eviction From Its New York Headquarters

Media Options


The 22-member League of Arab States is being threatened with illegal eviction from the Manhattan offices it hasoccupied for the last 30 years.

According to a lawsuit filed on Monday, the landlord asked the League to leave its midtown headquarters about a weekafter the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. The landlord claimed that other tenants inthe building were worried that the group, which has observer status at the United Nations and diplomatic immunity,would attract trouble.

Now, after letting the issue lie for several months, the landlord is saying that the League must either foot the billfor new security measures that were put in place after September 11 or else it must clear the premises within a week.The cost of the bill is $79,000. However, the chief official of the Arab League, Ambassador Hussein Hassouna ofEgypt, has said that the group’s lease is valid and it has no intention of leaving.

The Arab League formed in 1945, at the suggestion of Egypt, to strengthen ties among the member states and winindependence for all Arabs still under foreign rule. Today it represents more than 200 million people.


  • Clovis Maksoud, former Arab League ambassador to the United Nations.

Related Story

Video squareWeb ExclusiveJan 05, 2018How the NY Times & U.S. Government Worked Together to Suppress James Risen’s Post-9/11 Reporting
The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Up arrowTop