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Jerusalem/Amman, Jordan

Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1955. He is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in the United States. Mr. Kuttab is the former director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah, Palestine and the founder of AmmanNet, the Arab world's first internet radio station. His personal web page is www.daoudkuttab.com. Close.

Daoud Kuttab

Jerusalem/Amman, Jordan

Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1955. He is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in the United States. more »

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January 2008 Archives

January 2, 2008 4:09 PM

Annapolis Tops 2007 Palestinian News

The biggest news story in Palestine lasted one day: it was the Annapolis Conference, held at the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland. It launched yet another attempt at peacemaking after seven bad years of almost daily killing and fighting. The jury is still out on this story, which if completed as its architects intend should make 2008 the year of the Palestinian state.

But much more effort, sacrifice and unfortunately deaths will probably occur in the coming year before this remote dream will come to fruition. The politicians have now given their vision, the ministers of finance around the world have pledged the money for the state, and all that remains is its implementation. As New Year's resolutions go, it is unlikely that this one would do any better than the routine resolution of going to the gym or stopping smoking. But let us not be negative. Palestine and Israel exist on what many consider holy land, where miracles happen.

January 6, 2008 8:56 AM

Dear Candidates: Equality For Us, Too

The Question: The U.S. starts to choose a president this week. If you could send the candidates one message, what would it be?

My advice to the next U.S. president is simple. Run your foreign policy like you run your domestic policy.

You may be the legal president of the United States, but de facto you are also the global leader. Treat the world with the same equality that America attempts to provide to its citizens. Act as the world leader that you are by showing understanding and respect for people of all colors, backgrounds and religions.

Show respect to the UN. Reform it if needed, but then give it the necessary place to resolve international crisis.

End U.S. military interventions around the world. Create a mechanism in which peoples and governments are rewarded for their adherence to universally accepted human rights standards.

Finally, whatever you do, apply the formula of saying what you mean and meaning what you say.

January 9, 2008 1:00 PM

Elect A Truly Global President

At a time that world problems need an international leader, the single superpower in the world has been running away from a global leadership position. The hawkish and divisiveness of President Bush on political and environmental issues have alienated America in the eyes of the peoples of the world. But the upcoming U.S. elections provide an opportunity for a change. Can the next U.S. president also be a global president?

Ever since the fall of the Soviet Union, people have been considering the fact that American citizens are really voting for a president whose powers and influences affect the entire globe. The failure of the Bush administration to honor the Kyoto treaty, its rejection of global warming, and its failure to convince the world to join it in an unnecessary war against Iraq have alienated the peoples of the world.

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January 30, 2008 1:43 PM

Waiting to Catch Obama's Wave

The Current Discussion: With the U.S. presidential primary season in full swing, there's a lot of talk here about "change" vs. "competence" in leadership. Which does your country have more of? Is that a good thing?

Change is great and certainly is more important than experience. The only problem, however, is that not all change is necessarily for the better. In our region, change has been institutionally blocked as presidents and monarchs pass power from father to son. Our region has been controlled almost exclusively by persons who run the executive branch leaving the legislative and judicial branches subservient to the executive. And, naturally, the press is in even worse shape as it is directly or indirectly controlled by those in the presidential palaces.

The Arab world is perhaps the last region in the world that has not seen any change in structure and leadership for over thirty years now. Change for many of us has become a far-fetched dream. For the time being, we can only hope that change in the form that Barack Obama is promising will happen in the U.S., and will then spill over into our part of the world.

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