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Sad and Happy

Palestinian state“Will this be the happiest day of your life?” a local interviewer asked me, referring to the approaching recognition of the State of Palestine by the UN.

I was taken by surprise. “Why would that be?” I asked.

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Palestine's Rocky Road to Statehood

abbas-bidSome roads prove too rocky to traverse, especially when opposition against the real thing comes from alleged supportive allies.

The worst of all enemies often are traitors to a just cause. That in a word sums up Palestine's dilemma as loyalists count down to September's General Assembly meeting next week.

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29 years after the Massacre at Sabra-Shatila…

Massacre at Sabra-ShatilaHow much longer until we find the missing and grant civil rights to the rest?

“The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind” was the general consensus following a discussion between this observer and a gathering of Palestinian refugees in Sabha, Libya, many of whom would very much like to travel to Shatila camp in Beirut this week and participate in the 29th annual commemoration of the 1982 Israeli facilitated massacre that left more than 3000 dead and hundreds still missing.

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Stimulus II Won’t Work, Either

obama-jobs-speechPresident Obama won’t use the “stimulus” label to describe his nearly half-trillion-dollar jobs bill, but that refusal can’t hide the fact that he has no idea how economies recover from recessions. “Stimulus” is a tainted label because his $800 billion bill in 2009 was a failure. His economic team promised that passing that bill would keep unemployment from exceeding 8 percent. The bill passed, and unemployment climbed to more than 9 percent and has stayed there ever since.

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Turkey's regional power play

 Time magazine reported that Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan was 'greeted like a rock star'by Rachel Shabi

Whatever else you want to say about Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister has timing. Just days before the Palestinian Authority takes its statehood application to the UN, just days after fierce Egyptian protests drove Israeli embassy staff out of the country, and one week after Turkey dramatically downgraded its relations with Israel, Erdogan kicked off an "Arab uprisings" tour to a hero's welcome in Egypt. As Erdogan stepped off a plane to cheers and unity chants - Time magazine reported he was "greeted like a rock star" - it was clear the intention was to signal Turkey's positioning at the heart of a new regional politics.

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