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The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949

The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949

By Benny Morris (Author), Roger Owen (Editor), Edmund Burke (Editor), Michael C. Hudson (Editor), Walid Kazziha (Editor), Rashid Khalidi (Editor), Serif Mardin (Editor)

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Bush Authorizes Secret CIA Action in Lebanon

President Bush has authorized the CIA to take covert action in Lebanon against Hezbollah, according to a secret presidential finding obtained by The Daily Telegraph. As part of the policy, the CIA and other intelligence groups will subvert Hezbollah’s influence by funding activists who are supportive of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora’s government.
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Firestorm Over Attack on Yale Singers

Nearly two weeks after a group of San Francisco high school students assaulted the members of a Yale all-male a capella singing group—leaving two hospitalized—charges of homophobia, a police cover-up and local political indifference are making headway in the national news media.

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    Maliki
    latimes.com

    Maliki Pick Angers Iraqis and Americans Alike

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s choice of Lt. Gen. Abud Qanbar, a relatively unknown figure, to head the military in Baghdad has upset Iraqi military commanders and politicians. American commanders have also expressed dissatisfaction with Qanbar, due to the key role he will play in Bush’s planned escalation of the war and fears that his promotion might be motivated by a sectarian agenda.

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    House GOP Runs Amok

    It’s every Republican for himself in the House these days. A quick check of vote counts during the opening salvo of the Democrats’ 100-hour legislative blitz reveals droves of GOP defections. In the words of one representative: “Times have changed. I don’t want to be someone who they say is too stubborn to change too.”

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    Format War Heats Up

    If you’ve been struggling to decide whether HD DVD or Blu-ray is right for your next-generation video needs, consider this: The porn industry has apparently chosen HD DVD as its preferred high-definition format. Sony, beware: The same people who probably gave VHS a win over Betamax in the last major format war have taken sides.

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    Iraq US Forces
    msnbc.com

    Bush Authorized Seizure of Iranians

    According to Condoleezza Rice, President Bush authorized the recent seizure of Iranian operatives in Iraq. U.S. forces seized at least five Iranian officials from Iran’s consulate in Irbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, prompting a confrontation with Kurdish forces. Update: Iran has called the consulate seizures illegal and demanded that the prisoners be returned.

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    npr.org

    Iraqi PM’s Silence Speaks Volumes

    President Bush may have assurances that Nouri al-Maliki will not tolerate sectarian violence in Iraq, but the prime minister’s refusal to publicly confront his militant backers suggests he may be more interested in consolidating Shiite power than fostering stability.

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    Gitmo Anniversary Inspires Global Protests

    Activists from Europe to Kuwait have joined with Cindy Sheehan and others to protest the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where nearly 400 prisoners await their fate.

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    Jimmy Carter
    cbsnews.com

    Another Headache for Jimmy Carter

    Fourteen members of an advisory board to the Carter Center have resigned over the former president’s new book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” saying, “You have clearly abandoned your historic role of broker in favor of becoming an advocate for one side.”

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    The Man Who Helped Bin Laden Escape

    Former Afghan Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said in a recent interview with Pakistani television that his forces led Osama Bin Laden from the mountains of Tora Bora to a “safe place” in late 2001, after U.S. troops had surrounded the area.

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