February 25th

Democracy Is More Than Going To The Polls
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by Amira Hass - (Opinion) October 2, 2007 - 12:00am

"The protest wave has calmed down," some Israeli journalists said Friday of the Burmese military junta's success in driving thousands of demonstrators off the streets, using excessive violence. Despite the natural sympathy for the uprisers, several editors chose the word "calm," which embodies the rulers' point of view: The norm is "calm," even if it means constant government violence. The mass protest against the oppression is a disruption of order and calm.

The Jordanian Position On Hamas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Al-Akhbar
by Hamada Faraneh - (Opinion) August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

In light of the Jordanian, Palestinian, and Arab concerns that forced decision makers to respond and agree to Hamas’s repetitive calls and strong interest in holding an official meeting and having talks with the Jordanian state, a meeting took place between the head of intelligence and a delegation of the political arm of Hamas.

Jordan Acknowledges Meetings With Hamas
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

Jordan acknowledged Wednesday that it held clandestine meetings with the militant Palestinian Hamas - the kingdom's first public confirmation of the recent talks. Nasser Judeh, Jordan's minister of information, told reporters that the meetings, which were headed by Jordanian intelligencechief Mohammed al - Dahabi, were held in an effort to "solve pending security issues." He declined to elaborate.

More Flexibility Required
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
(Editorial) October 2, 2007 - 12:00am

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is scheduled to host Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at his sukkah in Jerusalem tomorrow. Next month, senior representatives from both sides are expected to participate in a conference at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The frequency with which Olmert and Abbas meet and their seriousness in preparing for the meeting in the United States are raising expectations of significant progress in negotiations. However, the degree to which these expectations correspond to reality is still unknown.

Gaza Travellers Hit By Passport Shortage
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from All Around Philly
by Ibrahim Barzak - August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

Gaza's 1.4 million Palestinians, already largely confined to their narrow strip of land by Israeli and Egyptian border closures, face a new travel restriction: The Hamas administration has run out of passports.

Only A First Step To Peace
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Independent
(Editorial) October 2, 2007 - 12:00am

It would be easy to be cynical about Israel's release of 57 Palestinian prisoners yesterday in an attempt to bolster the authority of the man they see as the moderate Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas. The number released is fewer than the average number of Arab militants detained by Israeli forces each month, joining 11,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails, many imprisoned without trial.

Talks With Hamas Focused On Security’
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Hani Hazaimeh - August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

The government on Wednesday said recent talks with Hamas mainly focused on security-related issues but their scope could be expanded once these issues are aptly addressed, a senior official said. "The meetings between Director General of the Jordanian Intelligence Department [Lt. General Mohammad Dahabi] and the Hamas movement aimed to address outstanding issues," between the two sides, Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Nasser Judeh said.

Hamas: Gilad Schalit May Become Ron Arad 2
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

"If the enemy continues with its stubborn attitude, Gilad Schalit will become a second Ron Arad," a spokesman for Izzadin Kassam, Hamas\'s armed wing, said Wednesday, after the group held a large-scale drill on the site of the ruins of the former Gaza settlement of Netzarim. Schalit has been held captive in Gaza for over two years. Arad is an IAF navigator who parachuted into Lebanon in the 1980s and was captured by the Amal Shi\'ite group, but went missing some years later. His fate is unknown.

The Land Of Zion
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Economist
September 27, 2007 - 12:00am

WHEN the Jewish National Fund (JNF) was set up a century ago, its mission was to buy land in Palestine for settling Jews there, with the coins that diaspora Jews the world over put into the fund's distinctive blue-and-white collection boxes. Now the fund is fuelling the tension inherent in Israel's desire to be both a Jewish state and a democracy. This week a court gave the JNF three months to conclude a deal with the Israel Lands Administration (ILA) on how the fund's land is managed.

Palestine's National Poet
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Arab News
(Editorial) August 21, 2008 - 12:00am

ONE of the wisest pronouncements I have heard in my life was that of an Egyptian general, a few days after Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem. We were the first Israelis to come to Cairo, and one of the things we were very curious about was: How did you manage to surprise us at the beginning of the October 1973 war? The general answered: “Instead of reading the intelligence reports, you should have read our poets.”

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