February 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Far from the staid chambers of the Senate, Secretary of State John Kerry has been presented with a full plate of global crises as he plots his maiden voyage abroad: Egypt in chaos, Syria engulfed in civil war, moribund Mideast peace talks, and North Korea threatening to detonate an atomic bomb while Iran moves closer to developing one of its own. As he seals his transition from legislator to diplomat with his first official trip overseas,...
May 17, 2012 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The late Yasir Arafat's powerful moneyman is the target of the highest-profile Palestinian corruption probe to date, facing allegations he siphoned off millions of dollars in public funds, the chief investigator said Wednesday. Anticorruption campaigners lauded the case against the shadowy former aide, Mohammed Rashid, as a sign of the maturing of the Palestinian political system, although the probe also appeared to be tinged with political intrigue. Rashid, who has in the past denied wrongdoing, made veiled threats on a website to disclose purported secrets about the rise to power of Arafat's successor, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
April 8, 2012 |
TEL AVIV - After coughing regularly for half an hour, Rennie Harris, artistic director/choreographer of Philadelphia-based hip-hop company Rennie Harris Puremovement, paused a hotel-lobby interview last month to order a cup of tea. "It's sandstorm season in Cairo, or something," he apologized. Harris had just finished the first leg of his company's frenetic March 9-to-April 6 DanceMotion USA tour of Egypt, Israel, and the Palestinian territories, during which he and his dynamic dancers taught, performed, loved the food, loved the people, and spread the hip-hop gospel: Be young, be free.
October 21, 2010 |
State lawmakers expressed shock and concern yesterday regarding a Lincoln University professor who has called for the defeat of Israel and who, the lawmakers say, has questioned the Holocaust. Kaukab Siddique, an associate professor of English and literature, was seen in a video recorded on Labor Day weekend in Washington and broadcast on CBN News, the Christian Broadcasting Network, saying: "We must stand united to defeat, to destroy, to dismantle Israel - if possible by peaceful means.
June 5, 2010 |
God's work is never easy. It gets more difficult when temporal considerations come into play, such as a worldwide economic recession that has wreaked havoc with many a budget. Daniel Seeger knows this all too well. As the interim general secretary of the American Friends Service Committee, the Quaker organization with headquarters in Philadelphia, Seeger is trying to stabilize an internationally renowned organization as it exits its most painful economic stretch in memory.
March 29, 2009
By Matt Beynon Rees. Soho Crime. 310 pp. $24 Reviewed by Peter Rozovsky Matt Rees' third crime novel set in the Palestinian territories is more didactic than his first two, more deliberately a lesson in Palestinian history and an attack on abuses within Palestinian politics. Fair enough; the history into which Rees delves is little known, lost amid the area's great, headline-grabbing struggles: Israelis vs. Palestinians and Fatah vs. Hamas. And this book's setting, the city of Nablus - far more ancient than the Palestinians themselves - is far less known than Bethlehem or Gaza City.
October 19, 2006 |
Yonatan Shapira and Sulaiman Khatib became partners the old-fashioned way: They started out as mortal enemies. Shapira, 34, is a former Israeli Air Force pilot with more than 100 rescue and assault missions under his belt. Khatib, 33, is a former Palestinian guerilla who spent 10 years in Israeli prisons for throwing Molotov cocktails and other attacks. Now, calling themselves Combatants for Peace, this unlikely pair - and about 120 other former warriors from both sides of the conflict - are trying to create a peace movement made up exclusively of people who took part in the fighting.
February 22, 2006 |
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice began a campaign yesterday to forge a united front against Hamas, but Egypt broke ranks and said it opposed isolating the group that won control of the Palestinian government in elections last month. After meeting with Rice at the beginning of her three-nation Middle East tour, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit called for continued support for the Palestinian Authority while Hamas, which the United States considers a terrorist group, forms a government.
September 9, 2005 |
A 28-year-old Palestinian convicted in Israel of membership in the militant organization Hamas was sentenced to a year in prison yesterday by a federal judge in Philadelphia. Atef Hasan Ismail Idais had lived in Philadelphia since he arrived from the Palestinian territories in 2000. He was arrested Sept. 9, 2004, on a charge of falsifying a visa application and has been in federal prison since. When Idais is released, possibly today, he will be delivered to immigration authorities, who intend to deport him, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Winter.
February 14, 2005 |
It is now conventional wisdom that the new opening to a Middle East peace is a result of Yasser Arafat's death. This is only half true, and it misses the larger point. Arafat's death was a necessary condition for hope, but not a sufficient one. It was necessary because Arafat had the power to suppress and literally kill any chances of peace. But his passing would have meant nothing if it had not occurred at a time when the Palestinians finally realized that Arafat's last great gamble, the second intifada, was a disaster.