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Sharon`s New Party: The Other Meaning of Israel`s Political EarthquakeRamzy 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. 30/11/2005
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. 30/11/2005
Psychoanalysis can help explain why Israel acts as it does, and how it can changeJohn 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 2005Mohamed 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. 27/11/2005
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 27/11/2005
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 reformGamil 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, 26/11/2005
Galloway speaks Baathism in DamascusSami Mubayed - Al-Aharam Weekly - Visiting Syria, Britain`s rebel MP raises a pan-Arab flag to rapturous applause and a few eyebrows 25/11/2005
Egypt: Copts mix cardsEmad Mekay - A conference that took place in the US last week accused Egypt of persecuting Copts. It also revealed some unsavoury connections25/11/2005
Who`s afraid of the Brotherhood?Amira Howeidy - Al-Aharam Weekly - What the Muslim Brotherhood`s success at the polls really means? 24/11/2005
Egypt: Dealing with a new realityOmayma Abdel-Latif - Al Aharam Weekly - What will the ruling party do to recover the ground it has lost to the Muslim Brothers24/11/2005
Euro-Med partners fail to agreeNada 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. 29/11/2005
Franjieh insists Hizbullah`s weapons benefit countryKarine 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 outpostsAgence 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. 29/11/2005
EU clinches terror code with Israel, Arabs despite quarrel over definitionDaily 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. 29/11/2005
Larsen: Disarmament all round in next six monthsDaily 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." 28/11/2005
Reopening of main street in Cyprus` divided capital brings sign of changeAgence 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. 28/11/2005
Barcelona and beyond: The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership prepares for its second decadeJosˇ Manuel Barroso - The guiding principle of this partnership is evolution rather than revolution 28/11/2005
Mehlis, Daoudi finalize plans to question Syrian officialsLeila 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. 28/11/2005
New big gains for Egypt`s BrotherhoodThe 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. 28/11/2005
A decade on, Barcelona comes up shortJoseph 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. 30/11/2005
In Qatar, a frank look at the dilemmas of Gulf securityRami 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 interrogationsLeila Hatoum and Majdoline Hatoum - The Daily Star - Lebanese information department denies Houssam allegations30/11/2005
Egypt shrugs off Islamist votes but won`t lift ban Reuters - Hundreds of brotherhood members arrested30/11/2005
Iraq`s hostage-takers resume targeting of foreignersThe Daily Star - Iranians and a german among latest victims30/11/2005
Saudi businesswomen run for officeAgence France Presse - `We should give them a chance because they have little representation`30/11/2005
Diplomacy can liberate Shebaa FarmsAdnan 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 borderMustapha 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 sidesMustapha 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 WarNoam 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 WallSarah 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. "24/11/2005
Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood scoring highAssociated 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 parliament16/11/2005
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. 20/11/2005
MachsomWatch Summary – October 2005Checkpoints 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 blastsAljazeera - "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." 10/11/2005
Machsom Watch Report from Huwara CheckpointVivi 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. 6/11/2005
Another checkpoint on the road to nowhereHasan 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 them9/11/2005
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 8/11/2005
Egypt`s Brotherhood takes centre stageAmira 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 hypocrisyNermeen 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 Iraqis23/11/2005
Iraqi Minister Brushes Off Allegations of Torture CenterJohn 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 checkpointBBC 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. 23/11/2005
Deadly clash on Lebanese borderBBC 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. PulloutHassan M. Fatah - the New York Times22/11/2005
Al Qaeda Claims Credit for Jordan BlastsAssociated 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." 11/11/2005
Despite Leader`s Harsh Words, Iran Is No Danger to IsraelWilliam 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 crowdsAtef Hassan, Reuters in Basra- The Guardian 1/11/2005
Israeli planes drop leaflets over Beirut Guardian - AP - Israeli planes dropped thousands of leaflets over the Lebanese capital of Beirut and its suburbs early Wednesday23/11/2005
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