Barack Who? Arabs Weigh In.
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
by Caryle Murphy - July 25, 2008 - 2:12pm

Several copies of Barack Obama's "The Audacity of Hope" are prominently displayed in Jarir Bookstore here. They have not moved in weeks. Browser Najla Khaled doesn't change that. Standing before the same shelf and lifting her full-face black veil to survey her choices, she grabs novelist Jeffrey Archer's latest release and walks away.

Museum Offers Gray Gaza A View Of Its Dazzling Past
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Ethan Bronner - July 25, 2008 - 1:55pm

It may sound like the indulgence of a well-fed man fleeing the misery around him. But when Jawdat N. Khoudary opens the first museum of archaeology in Gaza this summer it will be a form of Palestinian patriotism, showing how this increasingly poor and isolated coastal strip ruled by the Islamists of Hamas was once a thriving multicultural crossroad. The exhibition is in a stunning hall made partly of stones from old houses, discarded wood ties of a former railroad and bronze lamps and marble columns uncovered by Gazan fishermen and construction workers.

A new museum of archaeology is set to open in Gaza this summer (1). Barack Obama’s recent Middle East visit continues to draw a range of reactions (2) (4). The investigation of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert continues (6) while polls assess the possibility of new leadership (5). Tensions between settlers and the IDF heat up following recent clashes in the West Bank (8). The United States files an official protest with Israel regarding harsh treatment of Palestinians (10).

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