April 1st

Obama has hit the ground running in the Mideast
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Daily Star
by Abdel-Moneim Said - April 1, 2009 - 12:00am

The Obama administration has hit the ground running in the Middle East by virtually reversing all the traditional positions of the Bush administration: from neglect to activism, from clash of civilizations to dialogue of civilizations, from believing that the Arab-Israel conflict cannot be resolved to believing that despite difficulties the hope is there.

Fasten your Seat Belts, Bibi is Back
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Asharq Alawsat
by Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed - March 31, 2009 - 12:00am

[The news of] Bibi Netanyahu's election to the position of Prime Minister of Israel was a piece of bad news, but something that nevertheless must be dealt with. Netanyahu's victory has aroused fear and disappointment that even US President Barack Obama has not hesitated to express. And now the question is; where will the man with the most notorious reputation in modern Israel lead the region? Will he change, in the same way that the Butcher [of Beirut] Ariel Sharon, and before him the extremist Menachem Begin, changed?

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