U.S. General: Kidnapped Britons Held By Group Supported by Iran

When Palestine is split into two mini-states ruled by two authorities, things portend a total failure of compromise between two viewpoints: The first is zealous seeking direct military engagement with the 'Zionist enemy', total rupture with the 'West', a relative rupture with the rest of the Arabs, and building an ideologically driven small country guided by political correctness rather than the affairs of food, employment, and education. (Al Hayat)

Iraqi Senior Sunni Cleric Calls Dialogue with US

By Salah Awwad

Sheikh Khalid al-Mullah, chairman of the Sunni Scholars Association in Basra, has called for a dialogue between Sunni and Shiite scholars with the aim of putting an end to the sectarian violence in Iraq, and "consolidating fraternity and amicability among the Iraqis." Sheikh Al-Mullah, who participated in the conference organized last week by New York University in collaboration with the Al-Hakim Organization and the Religions for Peace Organization, believes that the religious element is one of the most prominent factors of the current crisis in Iraq. (Asharq Alawsat)

Mr. Bush's Stem Cell Diversion

President Bush yesterday seeks to reorient research in new directions that may or may not pay off. But make no mistake, it is no substitute for the bill expanding embryonic stem cell research that Mr. Bush vetoed at the same time because it would involve the destruction of microscopic entities — smaller than the period at the end of this sentence — that the president deems a nascent form of life. (NY Times)

A Student, a Teacher and a Glimpse of War

By Nicolas D. Kristof

In villages throughout eastern Congo, people like Yohanita Nyiahabimama are dying by the thousands — of a deadly mixture of war and poverty. [subscription required] (NY Times)

Bush in Trouble, or West Bank on the Potomac

By David Ignatius

Sailors have a colorful phrase to describe a boat that is so close to the wind that it has stopped dead in the water - unable to fill its sails and make any headway. They say the boat is "in irons." The Bush presidency is perilously close to being in irons, at least as seen from neutral ground on shore. The president continues to lose support in Congress and from the public; his latest poll rating is a dismal 29 percent. The crew is quarreling about Iran policy, with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arguing for diplomatic engagement and Vice President Cheney skeptical that it will work. All the while, Bush continues to struggle against the riptide of the Iraq war. (Daily Star)

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