|Siege, Wall, Checkpoints|
|Sharon`s New Party: The Other Meaning of Israel`s Political Earthquake||Ramzy Baroud - Counterpunch - Most of what has been written or said to depict Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon`s departure from the Likud party is parable to an "earthquake," or the "eruption of a volcano," and has, without a doubt, turned the Israeli political map "topsy-turvy," to borrow Ha`aretz Gideon Samet`s phrase.
|Did Bush Plan to Bomb al-Jazeera? ||Juan Cole - Salon.com - The American press is predictably ignoring the story. Yet it is only too plausible that Bush wanted to wipe out what he saw as a nest of terrorists.
|Psychoanalysis can help explain why Israel acts as it does, and how it can change||John Sutherland - The Guardian/Ideas - What the vitriol Jacqueline Rose`s ideas have provoked is, perhaps, more startling than the ideas themselves. ||28/11/2005|
|Egypt: Elections 2005||Mohamed Sid-Ahmed - Al Aharam Weekly - The parliamentary elections have been marred, as usual, by allegations of gross irregularities, dashing hopes that this time around the Egyptian people would be given a chance to express their free will in a truly democratic process.
|Indictment or intimidation?||Amin Howeidi - Al Aharam Weekly - The fact that Syria seems set to conciliate with the US raises further questions as to the perpetrators and beneficiaries of Al-Hariri`s killing
|A moral roadmap?||Samir Ghattas - Al Aharam Weekly - Finds hope in the election of Amir Peretz as leader of Israel`s Labour Party ||27/11/2005|
|Canning reform||Gamil Mattar - Al Aharam Weekly - In light of Islamist electoral victories, neoconservatives in Washington about face, seeing democracy in the Middle East as not such a good idea after all,
|Galloway speaks Baathism in Damascus||Sami Mubayed - Al-Aharam Weekly - Visiting Syria, Britain`s rebel MP raises a pan-Arab flag to rapturous applause and a few eyebrows
|Egypt: Copts mix cards||Emad Mekay - A conference that took place in the US last week accused Egypt of persecuting Copts. It also revealed some unsavoury connections||25/11/2005|
|Who`s afraid of the Brotherhood?||Amira Howeidy - Al-Aharam Weekly - What the Muslim Brotherhood`s success at the polls really means?
|Egypt: Dealing with a new reality||Omayma Abdel-Latif - Al Aharam Weekly - What will the ruling party do to recover the ground it has lost to the Muslim Brothers||24/11/2005|
|Euro-Med partners fail to agree||Nada Bakri - The Daily Star - The Barcelona Declaration and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership did not succeed in creating a circle of Mediterranean countries that share effective political and economic relations, according to Patrick Renauld, head of the European Union delegation.
|Franjieh insists Hizbullah`s weapons benefit country||Karine Raad - Daily Star - ZGHORTA: Former Interior Minister Suleiman Franjieh said on Monday that Hizbullah`s weapons are "a profit as long as there is no comprehensive solution in the region" to counter the Israeli threat.||29/11/2005|
|Israel under fire for inaction on West Bank settlement outposts||Agence France Presse (AFP) - JERUSALEM: The author of a government-commissioned report on wildcat Jewish outposts across the occupied West Bank on Monday slammed inaction from the authorities over promises to dismantle them. "Nothing has been done to remove them contrary to all commitments," former Justice Ministry official Talia Sasson told public radio.
|EU clinches terror code with Israel, Arabs despite quarrel over definition||Daily Star staff - The European Union salvaged a face-saving agreement with Israel and its Arab neighbors on Monday on a joint code of conduct to fight terrorism, at the end of a lackluster summit.The 35 nations adopted a five-year work program extending a decade-old economic, political and cultural partnership into sensitive areas of security and combating illegal migration.
|Larsen: Disarmament all round in next six months||Daily Star - BEIRUT: UN envoy to the Middle East Terje Roed-Larsen said Sunday "the UN Security Council and its Secretary General Kofi Annan are very keen on the full implementation of Resolution 1559."
|Reopening of main street in Cyprus` divided capital brings sign of change||Agence France Presse - NICOSIA: Rusty barbed wire, abandoned buildings and military checkpoints are visible symbols of the Mediterranean island`s decades-long partition but moves to reopen a major shopping street in Cyprus` divided capital are bringing signs of change.
|Barcelona and beyond: The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership prepares for its second decade||Josˇ Manuel Barroso - The guiding principle of this partnership is evolution rather than revolution
|Mehlis, Daoudi finalize plans to question Syrian officials||Leila Hatoum - Daily Star - UN chief investigator Detlev Mehlis met with Syrian Foreign Ministry legal advisor Riad Daoudi in Lebanon and agreed on the final details for Tuesday`s questioning of five Syrian officials in Vienna.
|New big gains for Egypt`s Brotherhood||The Daily Star - The Muslim Brotherhood built its strength in Egypt`s parliament this weekend, winning 29 more seats in elections despite restrictions on voting and arrests of its supporters, official results showed on Sunday.
|A decade on, Barcelona comes up short||Joseph Bahout - The Daily Star - 10 years after the initiation of the Barcelona process, a critical eye would admit not only that the framework earlier envisaged has shown its limitations, but also that it has become seriously challenged by more aggressive, if not more attractive, models.
|In Qatar, a frank look at the dilemmas of Gulf security||Rami G. Khouri - The Jordan Times - The small emirate of Qatar, where I spent last weekend attending a gathering of NATO parliamentarians with officials, scholars and activists from the Arab Gulf states, is well known for three things, and is trying to generate a reputation for a fourth.||24/11/2005|
|Syria: Assad`s brother-in-law excluded from Vienna interrogations||Leila Hatoum and Majdoline Hatoum - The Daily Star - Lebanese information department denies Houssam allegations||30/11/2005|
|Egypt shrugs off Islamist votes but won`t lift ban ||Reuters - Hundreds of brotherhood members arrested||30/11/2005|
|Iraq`s hostage-takers resume targeting of foreigners||The Daily Star - Iranians and a german among latest victims||30/11/2005|
|Saudi businesswomen run for office||Agence France Presse - `We should give them a chance because they have little representation`||30/11/2005|
|Diplomacy can liberate Shebaa Farms||Adnan El-Ghoul - Daily Star staff - Politicians suggest alternatives to military operations, as opposed to Hizbullah`s military operations.||30/11/2005|
|Qalqilya crossing new international border||Mustapha Sabri - PNN, Qalqilya - On Monday, the northern Qalqilya crossing for workers from the Qalqilya and Salfit districts opened only for those with entry permits into Israel.||28/11/2005|
|Israeli fence surrounds Marda from all sides||Mustapha Sabri - PNN, Qalqilya - Israeli occupation forces began to surround the village of Marda, west of Nablus with a two-meter high barbed wire fence from the northern part of the village thus separating it from the so-called “Samera” road. ||29/11/2005|
|Q/A on the Iraq War||Noam Chomsky, Edward Herman - Znet - "The U.S. specialty is destruction, not reconstruction, in accord with the U.S. elite`s longstanding giving of primacy to military means, and the use of force in dealing with target states. We save them by destroying them, and then move on to the next creative project."||30/11/2005|
|Letter to Senator Clinton on Comments about the Construction of the Wall||Sarah Leah Whitson -
Human Rights Watch - "The media has quoted you as expressing support for the wall because it “is against terrorists” and “not against the Palestinian people.” In light of your general standing as a supporter of international law and human rights, we find these comments disturbing and disappointing.
|Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood scoring high||Associated Press - The leading Islamic group is scoring high in Egypt`s legislative elections where, with only a third of polling completed, it has more than doubled its representation in parliament||16/11/2005|
|Egypt holds second voting round ||Ian Pannell - BBC News, Cairo - Egyptians go to the polls again on Sunday in round two of the country`s parliamentary elections.
|MachsomWatch Summary – October 2005||Checkpoints in October - MachsomWatch observations of the restriction of free movement by Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.||17/11/2005|
|Iraq detainees "found starving"||BBC - Iraq`s government says it has begun an investigation into the alleged abuse of more than 170 detainees held by Iraqi security forces in Baghdad. ||16/11/2005|
|Scores killed in Jordan hotel blasts||Aljazeera - "At least 57 people have died in near simultaneous explosions at three hotels in Amman, Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister Marwan Muashir said on state television. More than 200 people are reported to have been injured."
|Machsom Watch Report from Huwara Checkpoint||Vivi Tsury and Aya Kaniuk reporting - There is this inversion, troubling and malignant, between the seemingly meticulous care of details, and its sinister meaning. As the presence of asphalt, tarmac, neatness, WCs, sheds, flower-pots, good manners and "humanitarian" lines becomes more prominent, all the more deeply dig those sinister bulldozers.
|Another checkpoint on the road to nowhere||Hasan Abu Nimah and Ali Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada - Meanwhile, just weeks after the Gaza settler pullout Sharon gave the go ahead for work to start on E-1, a project to double the size of Ma`ale Adumim, already the largest settlement in the West Bank, which when completed rules out any possibility of a contiguous Palestinian state.||27/11/2005|
|A deadly interrogation: can the CIA legally kill a prisoner? ||Jane Mayer - The New Yorker - there are indications that the US government has officially changed the laws so that the CIA can legally kill prisoners while torturing them||9/11/2005|
|Blair`s litany of failures on Iraq - ambassador`s damning verdict;||Julian Glover and Ewen MacAskill
The Guardian - "Meyer says PM failed to exert any leverage on Bush and was seduced
by US power
|Egypt`s Brotherhood takes centre stage||Amira Howeidy - Aljazeera - "A massive banner displayed in a Cairo district proclaims the phrase `Islam is the solution` above a small image of the Quran set between two crisscrossed medieval swords."||8/11/2005|
|Chemical hypocrisy||Nermeen al-Mufti - al-Ahram Weekly - A US serviceman speaks out to confirm non-embedded reports from Falluja that the US military used banned chemical weapons against Iraqis||23/11/2005|
|Iraqi Minister Brushes Off Allegations of Torture Center||John F. Burns - New York Times - "Only a few detainees were punched and
hit, and it wasn`t a secret bunker"||23/11/2005|
|Five Iraqis murdered at US checkpoint||BBC News - Five members of an Iraqi family were killed when US forces opened fire on their vehicle outside a military base near the city of
Baquba, police say.
|Deadly clash on Lebanese border||BBC News - Israeli troops have killed three Hezbollah fighters during a
guerrilla attack near the Lebanese border, which also left several
Israelis wounded. ||23/11/2005|
|Iraqi Factions Seek Timetable for U.S. Pullout||Hassan M. Fatah - the New York Times||22/11/2005|
|Al Qaeda Claims Credit for Jordan Blasts||Associated Press - New York Times - "Al-Qaida claimed responsibility Thursday for
three suicide bomb attacks on Western hotels that killed at least
56 people in the Jordanian capital, and the terror group`s Web
posting linked the deadly blasts to the war in Iraq."
|Despite Leader`s Harsh Words, Iran Is No Danger to Israel||William O. Beeman - New American Media - The Iranian president`s verbal attack on Israel, when put in context, differs from the grave threat portrayed by international media. ||2/11/2005|
|Basra explosion kills 20 among festive crowds||Atef Hassan, Reuters in Basra- The Guardian
|Israeli planes drop leaflets over Beirut ||Guardian - AP - Israeli planes dropped thousands of leaflets over the Lebanese capital of Beirut and its suburbs early Wednesday||23/11/2005|
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