Saturday, January 28, 2006


Slate-Papers: Aid blockade?

By Emily Biuso -- Posted Jan. 28, 2006, at 5:41 AM ET

The New York Times leads with an urgent challenge facing Hamas: the threat by several foreign governments to withdraw their aid to the Palestinian Authority at a time when the government is in a major financial crisis, because of Hamas' hostile policies towards Israel. Mahmoud Zahar, Hamas leaderHamas' leader, Mahmoud Zahar, left, reiterated Friday that the party had no intention of recognizing Israel's right to exist. The Los Angeles Times leads with the several thousand young Fatah activists who took to the streets of Gaza City Friday, smashing windows, setting cars on fire, and storming the lobby of the parliament building. Gunfire erupted during a face-off between Fatah supporters and Hamas loyalists. The Washington Post says up high the Fatah activists were demanding the resignation of Abbas; the LAT doesn't mention it.

The Post tops their coverage of Palestinian elections with Mahmoud Abbas' announcement that he will invite Hamas to form the next cabinet. Meanwhile, Israel's acting foreign minister worked the phones Friday, urging European authorities to isolate Hamas. Members of the Bush administration will meet with officials from the E.U., U.N. and Russia on Monday to discuss foreign aid to the Palestinians.

Ted KennedyEverybody goes inside with division among Democrats over a filibuster to protest the Alito confirmation. Sens. John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, right, led the call for a filibuster, with Majority Leader Reid saying that he would vote against ending debate despite his belief that there aren't enough votes to support a filibuster. Several other Democrats -- including Sens. Pryor and Salazar -- said they are against the proposed filibuster.

Seventy-six percent of Americans say the President should disclose connections between Jack Abramoff, below left, and White House staff members, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News Poll.

AbramoffNews from Iraq doesn't make the front page. Iraqi forces arrested nearly 60 people in and around Baghdad Friday while a song with the refrain, "Where are the terrorists now?" blared from police cars. Also on Friday, Al-Jazeera broadcast a videotape of two German engineers taken hostage earlier in the week in northern Iraq. They were shown with their captors on the tape, which was appeared to have been recorded only hours after their kidnapping.

The LAT runs a wire story reporting that U.S. forces have detained wives of suspected Iraqi insurgents in an effort to get the men to turn themselves in, according to documents obtained by the ACLU.

Emily Biuso is a writer in New York. Full Slate Magazine story.

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