November 16, 1998 |
Lest anyone think the Israeli-Palestinian peace process was back on track, a new skirmish flared Sunday over Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's repetition of a vow to declare an independent state in May. And this time, Arafat was reported to have said that Palestinian "guns are ready" to defend the new state, even as he appealed to Israelis to accept Palestinian independence as "a bridge for love and peace." The Israeli government--which itself repeatedly delayed approval of a U.S.
December 14, 1998 |
Supporters of making Puerto Rico the 51st U.S. state refused to concede defeat after a referendum Sunday was won by backers of the Caribbean island's existing commonwealth ties to the United States. Final results showed that 50.2% voted for the "none of the above" option adopted by the commonwealth party, while statehood had 46.5%. In a similar nonbinding referendum in 1993, commonwealth status beat out statehood by 49% to 46%.
November 15, 1993 |
In support of the status quo, Puerto Ricans voted by a narrow margin Sunday to remain a U.S. commonwealth, crushing the hopes of popular Gov. Pedro J. Rossello and his backers that the Caribbean island could enter the Union as the 51st state by 1996. "The people spoke and I will obey," Rossello said Sunday afternoon in a concession speech to a throng of supporters in San Juan. But he added: "This is a struggle that will go on."
September 3, 2000 |
With or without Israel's permission, Palestine is about to be born. Whether this month, as some Palestinian leaders insist, or a bit later, the declaration of an independent Palestinian state seems all but inevitable and will crown a 52-year quest for legitimacy and homeland that has been at the heart of the most enduring conflict in the Middle East. But what will this state, Palestine, look like, and how will it function?
January 2, 1999 |
The state of Alaska marks its birthday Sunday, 40 years since a remote, thinly populated territory overcame skepticism from the Lower 48 and became equal to every other state in the nation. The statehood struggle may now be the stuff of history books, but some of the same conflicts with the federal government that drove that quest remain. Becoming a state took some time and many trips to Washington. But in the end, statehood supporters made their case, and on Jan.
March 5, 1998 |
One hundred years after Puerto Rico was seized by the United States, the House was poised Wednesday night to allow the Caribbean island to choose to become the 51st state, remain a commonwealth or split off and become an independent nation. "Finally, this has become a national issue," said Democrat Carlos Romero-Barcelo, the island's nonvoting delegate in the House and a statehood advocate.
February 10, 1990 |
Jesse Jackson knows how to keep them guessing. During his first race for President in 1984, the former civil rights leader had Democrats fretting over whether he would support the standard-bearer, Walter F. Mondale. When he ran again in 1988, he kept everyone wondering for months what he wanted in return for his support of Michael S. Dukakis. And, now, Jackson is causing the same kind of consternation among the people of Washington, D.C.
March 27, 1999 |
To Israel's dismay, Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat has won from the European Union what he could not from President Clinton in talks at the White House this week: a public endorsement of the Palestinian right to self-determination, including statehood. The European Union declaration, which came early Friday at the conclusion of a summit in Berlin, was its clearest statement supporting the Palestinians' goal of declaring an independent state.
November 30, 1998 |
Yasser Arafat declared anew Sunday that he hopes to establish an independent Palestinian state--with Jerusalem as its capital--in May, despite intense opposition from Israel and pleas by the United States that he soft-pedal the issue.