Viewpoint with James Zogby: Robert Malley, Ahmed Salah, Robert Borosage, Michael Sfard

Posted on February 25, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: 2/24/2011 Robert Malley, Middle East and North Africa Program Director, Washington, DC for the International Crisis Group (ICG); Ahmed Salah, Co-founder of Egypt's April 6th Youth Movement; Robert Borosage, Founder and President, Institute for America's Future; Michael Sfard, human rights lawyer and legal expert on Israeli settlements.
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The Change We Need

Posted on February 21, 2011 in Washington Watch
When speaking about the Arab uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and beyond, the language used here in the U.S. is euphoric. Expressions like "nothing will ever be the same again" and "the existing order is being swept away" are common.
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Geneive Abdo, Ghaith al-Omari, Josh Kraushaar

Posted on February 18, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: 2/17/2011 Geneive Abdo, Fellow and Iran analyst at The Century Foundation; Ghaith al-Omari, Advocacy Director at the American Task Force in Palestine (ATFP); Josh Kraushaar, Executive Editor of the National Journal's Hotline.
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The Palestine Papers: It’s Not Just What Was Conceded; But What Israel Rejected

Posted by on January 24, 2011 in Blog
Much of the immediate reactions to this revelation have focused on the implications for the Palestinian Authority in light of these major and unpopular concessions for nothing in return. But the other half of that story, namely Israel ’s rejection of those concessions as insufficient, is more worthy of attention for us here in the US.
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Prominent Group of Experts Urge Obama to Back UN Settlement Resolution

Posted by on January 19, 2011 in Blog
A group of over 40 former senior foreign policy officials, prominent academics and political figures have signed a public letter to President Obama urging him to vote in favor of a U.N. Resolution condemning illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories. Among the letter's signatories were AAI President, Jim Zogby and Chairman, George Salem.
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: E.J. Dionne, Jr., Andrew Natsios, Bill Corcoran

Posted on January 14, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: 1/13/2011 E.J Dionne, Jr., University professor and columnist for the Washington Post; Andrew Natsios, former USAID Administrator and Sudan Expert; Bill Corcoran, President and CEO of American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA).
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Backing Down on Freeze, But Staying Tough on Peace

Posted by on December 14, 2010 in Blog
Critics of US-led efforts to bring the parties together in a meaningful way were quick to point to Hillary Clinton’s implied equivalence between the roles of Israelis and Palestinians in bringing about the collapse of this phase of direct talks. However, a closer look at Clinton’s speech by those familiar with Washington political speak cannot miss the strength of the message she delivered to Israel.
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A Political Economy of Topics: “Jadaliyya”

Posted by on December 10, 2010 in Blog
A Google news search of the phrase “Palestinian Israeli negotiations” yields few heartening terms: “halted,” “delayed,” “stalled,” “crumbling,” and “doomed” are a few of the cheerier ones.
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No Clear Way Forward as Mideast Talks Collapse

Posted by Howard Arenstein on December 09, 2010 in News Clips

American efforts to get Israel to freeze Jewish settlement construction have collapsed. U.S. officials are scrambling to get Middle East peace talks back on track. But Palestinians are talking about moving ahead on their own toward an independent state.

President Obama's goal of reaching a comprehensive Middle East agreement by next September seems more remote than ever. So, the Palestinians are threatening to dissolve their limited government in the West Bank and act unilaterally to get the United Nations to approve an independent state.

Such a state has already been recognized by Brazil and Argentina. Palestinians say letters of recognition...

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Israeli officials say talks with US reached “dead end”

Posted by on December 07, 2010 in Blog
According to Israeli press reports, Israeli officials have said that negotiations with the US to extend the settlement moratorium have failed, and that the failure is expected to be formally announced by both governments today. The press reports indicate that the US will now look for alternate means to push the peace process forward.
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