News and Analysis (8/14/08)

In response to a report that Israel would allow a paltry 20,000 Palestinians to return to the homes over a ten year period, Olmert announces he would not allow a single Palestinian his right under International Law:

Hamas condemns groups firing rockets on Israel in violation of the hudna as traitors …

… while Reuters is “deeply disturbed” that Israel has decided that it forces were “justified in firing a shell packed with darts that killed [a cameraman] and eight other Palestinians aged between 12 and 20:”

The military victory puts a nail in the coffin of the Arroyo government’s agreement to establish a Muslim homeland in a mostly Christian province:

A project co-operated by a Sufi relief group becomes the model for a path to a better lifeĀ  for Iraqi youth:

“The terrorist act will not block the launch of our new government,”–Lebanese PM Fouad Siniora:

Convicted militants ask to be beheaded rather than shot to death on the grounds itĀ  is more humane:

International Rescue Committee calls it quits after the murder of a driver and three female workers blamed on the Taliban:

While U.S. and Pakistan deny knowledge of a fatal attack …

… Musharraf starts clutching at straws:

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