Mitchell is back in town

Haaretz is reporting that “U.S. special envoy George Mitchell met with Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Friday morning, and was scheduled to hold separate talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas later in the day … Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also spoke with Abbas on Thursday be...

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What does this mean?

Ma’an News Agency has reported that “President Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] issued a decree on Sunday banning all violations of privacy and personal freedoms, following the results of a Palestinian Authority inquiry into corruption allegations against his former chief of staff. ‘In light of the report handed over by the inquiry commi...

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Total closure of West Bank continues

Total Closure of West Bank continues: (1) AFP reported that “Israel maintained a general closure of the West Bank imposed for the week-long Jewish Passover holiday, but the military said it issued more than 10,000 permits allowing Palestinian Christians to enter for up to two weeks … The Palestinians have however complained of restricti...

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Kofi Annan's think tank in Geneva declared bankrupt

“An international humanitarian think-tank presided by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is closing down after it plunged deep into debt, Swiss authorities said Wednesday.  The Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum, which was partly financed by the Swiss government, was launched in 2007 in Geneva under Swiss impetus to bring together the...

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