Thursday, March 16, 2006

[00.00 GMT] Palestinians release Canadian, last of 11 hostages seized (CBC News, Canada - pic); A View From the Eye of the Storm (AINA, CA, USA); Anti-War Movement Casualty of In-Fighting (, VA, USA). UPI Commentary: High geopolitical stakes (World Peace Herald, Washington DC, USA): "Congress has asked veteran bipartisan geopolitical thinkers James A. Baker III, the former Secretary of State, and Lee H. Hamilton, former chairman of the House International Relations Committee, and co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission, to lead an "Iraq Study Group" of 10 prominent Republicans and Democrats. With the president's "war on terror" ratings down to 36 percent, the Iraqi "rethink" group came not a moment too soon. Much bigger threats than civil war in Iraq already loom on horizon 2007. Israel is marking its new frontier with a 420-mile, $2.2 billion barrier that leaves Hamas free to cobble together a state from the patchwork of land left, sans East Jerusalem, which can be neither viable nor contiguous, as pledged by George Bush. Intifada III is now only a matter of time - with rockets and missiles over the wall."

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