Palestine/Israel negotiations: no partners for peace

The latest  bad news from the Middle East is that the Palestinian Authority (the Fatah faction) has entered a "unity pact" with militant group Hamas, which has pledged never  to recognize the right of Israel to exist. The talks were set to end next week, and, even before the "unity pact," it was highly uncertain …

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Hatred trumps culture with Algerian novelist’s trip to Jerusalem

As Syria goes deeper into civil war (and may draw in Turkey) and Egypt's first civilian president, Mohamed Morsi,  calls for the release of  the 1993 World Trade Center  bombing plotter, "blind sheik"  Omar Abdel-Rahman, here's a small story that could be even more dispiriting when thinking about the future of the region.  Well-known Algerian author Boualem Sansel  was …

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