Friday, February 17, 2006

BULLETIN No.61

The Washington Institute The Security Implications of a Hamas-Led Palestinian Authority By Moshe Yaalon “The only way to address the problems created by a Hamas-led PA is to undermine its authority as soon as possible. Indeed, time is running out.”
U.S. Digs In on Withholding Aid to Hamas Government By STEVEN R. WEISMANThe U.S. is struggling to maintain a united front with its allies to stick to a warning to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority if Hamas does not renounce its anti-Israel positions.Pragmatic Figure Is Likely to Be Next Premier
BBC Israel cabinet to discuss Hamas
The Israeli cabinet meets to consider its approach as Hamas takes control of the Palestinian administration.
Israel threatens to cut PA ties
Israel warns Abbas on Hamas
Who are Hamas?
Al-Ahram Why not Hamas? By Salama A Salama
UPI Israel to consider Hamas restrictions By JOSHUA BRILLIANT, Israel's inner security cabinet is to consider Friday a series of harsh measures against the Palestinian Authority that would be implemented
Haaretz What the Palestinians have to lose by Ze'ev Schif, If relations deteriorate between Israel and the Palestinian government under Hamas control, the main point of conflict between the sides will be the border crossings between Gaza and Israel.
Gulf News Abbas and Hamas may jostle for control of key posts
When the new Palestinian legislature is sworn in tomorrow, Hamas's installation as the new majority will be hailed as an electoral milestone for the fledgling Palestinian democracy.
Fatah-Hamas power struggle looms By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, Conflict expected to rise during the PLC swearing-in session.
Jerusalem Post Hamas working on 'new charter' Exclusive: New document still calls for the destruction of Israel.
Hamas to Choose Top Gaza Figure As Prime Minister
JERUSALEM, Feb. 16 -- Hamas leaders say they have agreed to nominate Ismail Haniyeh, a powerful party figure in the Gaza Strip, as prime minister when the Palestinian parliament convenes Saturday for the first time since the radical Islamic movement's electoral victory last month.
Haaretz Hamas nominates Ismail Haniyeh as Palestinian prime minister
Al-Ahram Countdown to government Hamas accuses outgoing Palestinian law-makers of blatantly tampering with the will of the public as new powers are afforded to President Abbas, reports Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
'Our model is Muhammad' Hamas candidate for PA parliament speaks to Ynet about his views of the future
Yedioth Ahronoth PA: Abbas will dictate government policy Two days before the swearing in of the new Hamas-led Palestinian parliament, consultations to find the best way to deal with the Islamic group are underway in Jerusalem, Washington and capitals around the globe.
Jerusalem Post Olmert reviews recommended sanctions on Hamas-led PAEfforts to 'tighten noose' around PA to press Hamas to recognize Israel may include ban on Palestinian workers entering country.
Haaretz Olmert expected to reduce ties with PA
Haaretz The Three Musketeers Yoel Marcus, Kadima and its supporters believe that the die has been cast. The party will win even if Caligula's horse sits at the helm.
Turkey hosts Hamas; Israel furiousSenior Hamas members embark on first official visit to non-Arab country; Turkey
Hamas Visits Ankara: The AKP Shifts Turkey’s Role in the Middle East The decision to receive Hamas leader Khalid Mishal illustrates Turkey’s break with its traditional stance as an honest broker in the region. Soner Cagaptay writes.
How to fight Hamas, not civilians?Defense minister to meet Thursday with heads of defense establishment in order
Dar Al-Hayat Rafik Hariri: "Jumblatt refused Lahoud's becoming president. He left without having dinner . . . I spend $150 million a year, and I'm not concerned with entering the club of the world's richest people." Ghassan Charbel - In unpublished interviews that were awaiting completion or approval for publication (PART TWO)
A Year After Hariri
Abdullah Iskandar - If Rafik Hariri survived the assassination attempt on the 14th of February 2005, would Lebanon have witnessed what it did during the past year?
Al-Ahram The not-so-simple truth A year after Al-Hariri's death and Lebanon is increasingly haunted by the ghosts of its past, writes Omayma Abdel-Latif from Beirut
Syria and Iran are Responsible by Jihad el Khazen - Syria and Iran are responsible, but not those who drew the cartoons or the magazine that published these caricatures, and everyone who defended it and them?
Al-Ahram Strengthening the line A presidential cabinet shake-up leaves Syria's Baath Party more firmly in command, writes Sami Moubayed
Syria Comment Making a Mockery of Democracy
France Alleges Iran's Nuclear Plan Is for Military Use By ARIANE BERNARDFrance's comments that reflect mounting European frustration with Iran's resumption of uranium enrichment.
MSNBC France: Iran military nuke program? French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Thursday that Iran was pursuing a clandestine military nuclear program.
Der Spiegel The Cost of War: Air Strikes against Iran Would Kill Thousands
Gulf News Why Iran's enrichment rattles the West
To begin enriching raw uranium into fissile material, as Iran now may have done, is to take a fateful step down the path of nuclear capability.
MEMRI Feb 17 SD# 1096 - Reformist Iranian Internet Daily: A New Fatwa States That Religious Law Does Not Forbid Use of Nuclear Weapons
MEMRI Feb 17 IA# 266 - Tariq Ramadan - Reformist or Islamist?
Raw Politics in Iraq By David Ignatius
Foreign Policy The Clash of Caricatures By Cem Özdemir The reactions to the depictions of the prophet Muhammad in the European press have fanned the flames of dangerous stereotyping. The European right and Islamist fundamentalists use the controversy to promote cartoonish depictions of each other that fuel their political agendas. Instead of deepening the divide, Europe’s leaders should reach out to moderate Muslims for practical ways to heal the wounds.
In the Mideast, the Third Way Is a Myth by Shibley Telhami, The notion, popular in Washington over the past few years, that American programs and efforts can help build a third alternative to both governments and Islamists is simply a delusion.

1 comment:

Louise Pharand Doren said...

From web.amnesty.org, on the newspaper that stoked the outrage over Danish cartoons:



The Rakyat Merdeka cases

Rakyat Merdeka is a daily tabloid owned by the country’s largest media group, Jawa Pos, that has gained prominence as a result of its gritty, often abrasive, style, with articles and caricatures that frequently strongly criticize the political establishment.

Two of the paper’s editors are facing legal sanctions for publishing material deemed insulting. In one case, the former editor has been tried and found guilty of defamation under Article 310 of the Criminal Code (KUHP), while the other is currently on trial and charged under Article 134 of KUHP for insulting the President, an offence punishable by up to six years in jail.

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