Middle East Summit: A Recipe For Failure?
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from International Herald Tribune
by Daniel Kurtzer - (Opinion) October 9, 2007 - 2:14pm

As diplomats scramble to piece together the parts of the Middle East peace meeting that the United States is determined to convene in November, one crucial question is getting too little attention: How will success be measured?

As Mideast Realigns, Us Leans Sunni
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Christian Science Monitor
by Howard Lafranchi - October 9, 2007 - 2:04pm

Americans are hearing much less from the Bush administration about democracy for the Middle East than they did a year ago. As Shiite Iran rises, the White House has muted its calls for reform in the region as it redirects policy to reembrace Sunni Arab allies – who run, to varying degrees, authoritarian regimes. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 shifted the balance of power in the Middle East, delivering a Shiite-led government to a country that had for decades been dominated by its minority Sunnis. That, in turn, opened the door to Iranian expansion.

Christian Activist Killed In Gaza
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Associated Press
by Ibrahim Barzak - October 9, 2007 - 1:40pm

A prominent Palestinian Christian activist was found dead on a Gaza City street Sunday, sending a shudder of fear through a tiny Christian community feeling increasingly insecure since the Islamic Hamas seized control last summer. The body of Rami Khader Ayyad, the 32-year-old director of Gaza's only Christian bookstore, bore a visible gunshot wound to the head, and an official at Gaza's Shifa Hospital said he was also stabbed numerous times. Ayyad had been missing since Saturday afternoon.

As Farmers And Fields Rest, A Land Grows Restless
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Steven Erlanger - October 9, 2007 - 1:37pm

As Israel’s Jews start a new year, the country finds itself in the middle of a fierce religious dispute about the sanctity of fruits and vegetables. In the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Malahi, a man held a scroll of the Torah, which mandates shmita, a kind of sabbatical for the land which occurs every seven years. Rabbis are pitted against one another, the state and the religious authorities are in conflict, the Israeli Supreme Court is involved, the devout are confused and the cost of produce is rising.

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