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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. 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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November 5, 2008 7:49 AM

Close Guantanamo Prison

The Current Discussion: What's the first thing you hope Barack Obama does as President-Elect?

The first thing the new president should do is to close Guantanamo prison. This could easily be the most visible way to restore the United States' standing as a country that respects the rule of law, truly opposes torture, and is willing to abide by international treaties. This can be done quickly and will have clear and visible impact. Any persons still in that awfuljail should either be tried in the U.S. or sent to their home countries, on condition that they be treated in accordance with international law.




November 5, 2008 3:27 PM

Syria-Israel Talks Prove an Ideological Common Ground

The most important aspect of any Israeli-Syrian talks (whether direct or indirect) is ideological. If the Syrians are talking to the Israelis then it is hard to defend Hamas and others from a position of opposing any recognition or legitimacy to the state of Israel. It is also a clear signal to the radical groups in Damascus which will undoubtedly affect their position as they fear to be totally ostracized if the talks bear fruit.

I agree with Professor Oren that it is difficult to compare Sinai with the Golan Heights because of the Syrian-Iranian connection. In recent months, however, one can
sense a certain cool between those two countries. There have been press reports and analysis that relations between Syria and Iran are not as high as they were in the past apparently due to the flirtation going on between Syria and the US on the one hand and the Syrians and the Israelis on the other hand.

Additionally, the Iraqi crisis has dramatically altered the political geography of the region and has actually helped both Iran and Syria whose borders with Iraq force the international community to take it into consideration when designing any post US invasion plan for Iraq.


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