January 6, 2011
Waste's new watchdog Re "GOP lawmaker has big plans for his new power," Jan. 3 You quote Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) as saying, "They've played fast and loose with the money Congress gave them. " Issa is a millionaire whose ability to play fast and loose with his own money ended up giving the state to Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003, who in turn played fast and loose with his mouth and thought he could run California with low-class theatrics. Issa spent $1.7 million of his own money to collect the signatures to recall then-Gov.
December 25, 2010 |
The recent groundbreaking for a new Palestinian Authority presidential headquarters here in Ramallah underscored an unprecedented building and investment boom in the West Bank city. Land prices have tripled. International hotel chains are arriving. And master-planned housing projects are underway around town to accommodate a fast-rising population. But not everyone is thrilled with Ramallah's growth. Some worry the city is becoming the Palestinians' de facto capital, overshadowing East Jerusalem, which most Palestinians hope to one day make the center of a new Palestinian state.
June 24, 2010
Though arriving here at a tense international moment for Israel and the Palestinian territories, the British comedy "The Infidel" is an admirably cagey effort to mine humor from the thorny cultural and racial divide that is Muslim-Jewish relations. Weeble-shaped U.K. comedian Omid Djalili stars as Mahmud, an East London husband and father whose Muslim bonafides — self-admittedly "relaxed" regarding Islamic attitudes toward swearing, drinking and fasting — are put to the test when his son is set to marry the stepdaughter of a controversial "hate" cleric.
February 16, 2010 |
Is the West Bank ready for Wall Street? That's a question soon to be answered with the launch of the first-of-its-kind Palestinian private equity fund, which managers hope will raise $50 million to invest in businesses in the Palestinian territories. The Palestine Liberation Organization's finances have at times drawn criticism. Late PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat was accused of controlling a $1-billion investment portfolio that, Western intelligence agencies said, was funded in part through money laundering, arms dealing and diversion of international aid. International pressure led to the 2003 launch of the Palestine Investment Fund, which took over the PLO's old portfolio -- now worth about $800 million -- and invests the money in projects to assist Palestinians, such as housing and infrastructure construction.
January 4, 2010 |
Cruising down this disputed four-lane highway, with all its twists and turns, is like taking a road trip through the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You pass the walls and barriers that keep Palestinians from accessing Highway 443 as it slices through their land. Then there are the hazardous corridors where Israeli drivers have been shot and killed. On one side is an Israeli settlement mushrooming on a hill. Turn the other way for a glimpse of an Israeli detention center for Palestinian prisoners.
November 4, 2009 |
Every Friday, Mohammed Khatib's forces assemble for battle with the Israeli army and gather their weapons: a bullhorn, banners -- and a fierce belief that peaceful protest can bring about a Palestinian state. A few hundred strong, they march to the Israeli barrier that separates the tiny farming community of Bilin from much of its land. They chant and shout. A few teenagers throw stones. Khatib helped launch the weekly ritual five years ago in an attempt to "re-brand" a Palestinian struggle often associated with rocket attacks and suicide bombers.