Fatah Security Headquarters Overtaken by Hamas

The Bush administration and military leaders in Washington are always claiming that they will do anything to support American troops fighting in Iraq. That makes it all the more infuriating to learn that, for more than two years, the Pentagon largely ignored urgent requests from field commanders for better armor-protected vehicles that could have saved untold lives and limbs. (NY Times)

Kim Jong-Il's Vanishing Act

Reports that Kim Jong-il is seriously ill have been bolstered by his apparent disappearance from public view. This is big news: the demise of North Korea's Dear Leader would set in train potentially earth-shaking events. But at least one very close observer is skeptical: Kim's "disappearance", he says, is merely another of the arch-schemer's stratagems. This one involves US$25 million. (Asia Times)

Global Islamic Media Front Instructs Islamists to Infiltrate Popular

Non-Islamic Forums to Spread Pro-Islamic State Propaganda Recently, the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) announced a new comprehensive media campaign titled "The Battar Media Raid to Defend the Islamic State [of Iraq] (ISI)," whose declared purpose is to repel the intensive campaign against the ISI by Arab and Western media agencies and to stop the increasing military campaign against the ISI by Sunni organizations in Iraq. The following are excerpts from the announcement: (MEMRI)

View: Middle East's Five Crises

By Joris Voorhoeve

The United States cannot sustain the current rate of casualties (either American or Iraqi), or the expense. To create the conditions for long-term stability, a negotiated separation may be needed, comparable to the Dayton Peace Agreement that ended the war in former Yugoslavia. (Daily Times)

The Gaza Invaders

By Tariq Alhomayed

What is happening in Gaza today is political immorality in the real sense of the word on the part of both Hamas and Fatah. People are taken from their homes, killed and thrown to the street. Others are thrown off high-rise buildings alive. Hamas is busy talking about "traitors" and Abu Mazen is warning against a "collapse." What treason and what collapse could be worse than what we are seeing in Gaza today? (Asharq Alawsat)

Keeper of the Saudi Secrets

Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain seems determined to use his final weeks in office to show how far he has strayed from the pledges of clean government that helped sweep him to power a decade ago. Defending his decision to block a corruption investigation into the sale of fighter jets and other weapons to Saudi Arabia, Blair said last week that the probe would have led nowhere except to the "complete wreckage" of a vital strategic relationship. (International Herald Tribune)

Saudi Shiites and the 'Fire Inside' of National Dialogue

By Fred Wehrey

The Saudi Shiite news service Al-Rasid released its second annual human rights report in late April. The document is a survey of discriminatory practices against the kingdom's Shiite minority. Noting a palpable stall in government reform efforts, the report cited the influence of Salafist hard-liners in the clerical bureaucracy who dissuaded the ruling family from codifying further concessions to Shiite identity. Other Shiite activists have pointed to the stagnating effect of the wars in Lebanon and Iraq on the integration of the Shiites and on reform in general. (The Daily Star)

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