Egyptians unite behind Mubarak’s trail
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Joseph Mayton - August 4, 2011 - 12:00am

Cheers went up at the local café as the crowd applauded and watched on television former President Hosni Mubarak being wheeled into his courtroom cage, locked up like a dog. This trial of the man who ruled Egypt for nearly three decades was going to be as popular as a World Cup football final, with people tuning into to their radios or crowding around televisions as the streets wind down to a standstill.

APN Principles on the Palestinians, International Recognition & the UN
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Americans For Peace Now
by Lara Friedman - (Opinion) July 28, 2011 - 12:00am

A great deal of attention is focused today on September 2011, when it is expected that the UN will take up some kind of initiative related to the Palestinians. Both the form and the content of such an initiative remain unknown and in all likelihood are in fact still undecided - realities that have not stopped pundits and organizations from rushing to judgment and staking out hard-line positions opposing the effort.

The coming Palestinian statehood
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Reuters
by Ian Bremmer - (Opinion) August 3, 2011 - 12:00am

As violent protests rock the Arab world, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israeli government has tried to keep a low profile. It has largely succeeded. That’s about to change.

Israel’s guns, butter and colonies
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jordan Times
by Michael Jansen - (Opinion) August 4, 2011 - 12:00am

Ongoing demonstrations in Israel are said to be the largest protests ever over social and economic issues. Criticism of the government began over the rising price of cottage cheese, a product on many Israelis’ breakfast table. Youths broadened their protest to encompass rising rents and the skyrocketing prices of food and set up Tahrir Square style camp-ins in Tel Aviv and other cities.

In Israel, the Rent Is Too Damn High
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Dimi Reider and Aziz Abu Sarah - (Opinion) August 3, 2011 - 12:00am

THERE are profound and institutionalized economic disparities between Arabs and Jews in Israel. But when it comes to housing prices, an Israeli Arab who makes $1,000 a month and pays $500 in rent can still find common ground with an Israeli Jew making $2,000 and giving $1,000 to the landlord.

Seeking Balance on the Mideast
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Nicholas D. Kristof - (Opinion) August 4, 2011 - 12:00am

Congress periodically showcases the warts of democracy, occasionally even the deformities and disfigurements, and it might seem difficult to top the latest debt ceiling horrors. But there’s one area where Congress has been even more obstructionist: the Middle East.

Palestinians 'moving ahead' with UN bid: Erakat
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Agence France Presse (AFP)
August 4, 2011 - 12:00am

Palestinians are determined to go ahead with their UN membership bid as an Arab League follow-up committee endorsed a final draft of the request to be presented to the UN General Assembly, a top official said. Saeb Erakat brushed off as a public relations stunt Israeli attempts to lure the Palestinians back into peace talks based on the 1967 borders if they abandon the UN membership campaign. "The Palestinian train is now heading towards New York," Erakat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, told AFP during the committee's meeting in Doha, Qatar, late on Wednesday.

Arab League finalizing PA statehood application for UN
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Jerusalem Post
by Khaled Abu Toameh - August 4, 2011 - 12:00am

Representatives of the Arab League were scheduled to meet in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday night to lay the final touches on the Palestinian Authority’s application to the UN for recognition of a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 lines. The meeting comes as the PA leadership in Ramallah continues to face pressure from the US and EU to abandon its statehood plan and return to the negotiating table with Israel. The meeting in Doha was being attended by several Arab legal experts who were invited by the PA to help in the wording of the application to the UN in September.

Israel in Quandary of What September Holds
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Media Line
by Arieh O'Sullivan - August 3, 2011 - 12:00am

If the Palestinians succeed in their quest to get recognition of a state from the United Nations in September, Israel has no strategy to deal with it, according to a new report being drafted in the parliament (Knesset). Entitled “The September Process: Findings, Developments and Recommendations,” the report was put together at the request of Shaul Mofaz, head of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and a leader in the Kadima opposition party.

Israeli report says Palestinian violence in September unlikely
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Haaretz
by The Associated Press - August 3, 2011 - 12:00am

An internal Israeli parliamentary report shows Israel doesn't anticipate violence around a symbolic UN endorsement of Palestinian independence expected next month, but it proposes reserve soldiers be called up just in case. The report, based on Israeli intelligence assessments, was drafted for parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. It was presented to the committee on Wednesday. An official disclosed main points to reporters. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the material.

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