When Palestinian leader Yassar Arafat fell dangerously ill, Israeli
prime minister Ariel Sharon was worried enough about being blamed for
his death to release him from the Israeli blockade in Ramallah to be
flown to France for treatment. Sharon fears that should Arafat suddenly
die, Palestinian mass grieving will spill...
During the recent years, while the municipal councils served as the main
target of the budget cuts and massive redundancies, they were given new
authority and responsibilities. Starting about a year and a half ago,
the municipal councils began to collapse, one by one, under the weight
of budget cuts from central...
"This is far graver than Vietnam. If we leave and there’s no civil war,
that’s a victory." William Odon, former head of the US national security
agency, is more in touch with the reality of Iraq than George Bush and