“There was a moment that everything went wrong": Lara Logan

It only takes a minute for everything to turn wrong. This was a special crowd situation — in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, after the announcement that Husni Mubarak was stepping down from his long-held — since the assassination of his predecessor, Anwar Sadat — post as Egypt’s president. There had been months of tension, week...

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Dr. Salman Abu Sitta on Mapping Palestine

Dr. Salman Abu Sitta, Founder and President of the Palestine Land Society, spoke at the Jerusalem Fund in Washington today about “Mapping Palestine: For its Survival and Destruction”: Video streaming by Ustream. In his speech, Dr. Abu Sitta — described here as a historical geographer and researcher who writes about Palestinian ref...

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Hamas + Fatah announce in Cairo they've reached agreement

This was a surprise. The announcement came at the end of the day, in the early evening. Reuters broke the story. Hamas and Fatah, meeting in Cairo, had reached agreement on reconciliation. Further details were not immediately available, and only a few pieces of information filtered out as evening became night, and later. With the […]

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A Tale of Two Translations

Does it matter? Yes. UPDATE: Ethan Bronner went over the translations with me by phone just now, and agrees that the English version we published is closer to the Hebrew text that he received.  He says he did not do the translation into English, which was sent to him in the same mail as the […]

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More car harassment in Dahiet al-Bariid

At 7:45 in the morning on Sunday — it was Easter morning, which is not only a Christian holiday, it is also a Palestinian national and religious holiday, according to Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad — my doorbell began to ring, loudly and insistently. Finally, leaving the bolt latched, I opened the door a crack. […]

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Quote of the Day – 16th in our series: "Memory is a political issue"

Today’s quote of the Day – the 16th in our series — comes from remarks made by Israeli historian Tom Segev, interviewed by Ed Sanders in the Los Angeles Times about the significance of the 1961 trial in Jerusalem of Nazi officer Adolph Eichmann, months after Eichmann was captured and secretly abducted from a hiding […]

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Three flat tires on my car: one Dahiet al-Bariid morning

About ten days ago, as I was headed off to a conference in memory of Ibrahim Abu Lughod at Bir Zeit University (outside Ramallah), I was only able to get about 75 meters to my destination. Why? My leased car, which had been parked on the street, suddenly had three flat tires, all at once. […]

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