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February 13, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
The Cost of the "Peace Process"

The goal of Secretary of State Kerry’s energetic diplomacy with the Israelis and Palestinians is the two-state solution, which means the establishment of an independent, sovereign Palestine living at…

February 2, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
"Soft Bigotry," Secretary Kerry, and the PLO

Secretary of State Kerry continues to press forward in his negotiations with Israelis and Palestinians, seeking some sort of "framework" document that would be an acceptable basis for future negotiat…

March 7, 2013

United States
Obama’s Minimum-Wage Hike Will Hit Employment

President Obama has proposed increasing the federal hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00, pointing out that 19 states already have minimum wages in excess of $7.25.  Only one state, however, Wa…

Obama’s Minimum-Wage Hike Will Hit Employment

April 11, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Will Fayyad Resign?

Reuters reports that "Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad offered his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday following a rift between the two men over government policy...." Fayyad …

August 28, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Mere State-Building in Palestine

How can a Palestinian state be built? For those who believe that the "two-state outcome" is important, and this includes the governments of Europe and the United States, that’s a critical question. F…

November 30, 2012

Palestinian Territories
Nabil Sha’ath and the Sad Story of Palestinian "Leadership"

Nabil Sha’ath has been a top Palestinian official for decades, serving as foreign minister, ambassador to the UN, planning minister, and in many other posts. He has been in the Fatah Party Central Co…

July 2, 2012

Israel
Israel and the Palestinians: A Sad Tale of High Finance

Who is helping the Palestinians in the financial crisis the Palestinian Authority now faces? The United States and the nations of the European Union are the largest donors. Arab nations, including th…

May 22, 2012

Palestinian Territories
The Palestinian Disunity Government

Last Sunday in Cairo, Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement to create the national unity government to which they agreed in principle months ago in Doha. They will meet on May 27 and have given themsel…

May 30, 2011

Israel
The Third Man

In late May President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered two speeches each in Washington, debating how to understand events in the Middle East. But the third man was missing: Mahmou…

July 26, 2011

Middle East and North Africa
Will the Arab League Pay for Palestine?

Will the Arab League pay up? Because donors are not meeting their pledges,  the Palestinian Authority is nearly broke and cannot meet its payroll. The PA told a specially convened session of the Ara…