June 2007 Archives



Panelist View  |  June 4, 2007 8:26 PM

A Candle for Tiananmen the Rest of My Life

By Kin-ming Liu

Hong Kong -- I just returned from a candlelight vigil in Victoria Park where up to 55,000 people (claimed by the organizers; the police estimated 27,000 people) marked the 18th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. This former British colony has been the only place in China where people have the freedom to commemorate what happened in Beijing on June 4, 1989.

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Guest Analysts  |  June 6, 2007 4:52 PM

Arab and Jewish Americans see Eye-to-Eye, says Poll

By Debra DeLee and James Zogby

Washington, DC - We were a little anxious when we decided to jointly poll Jewish and Arab Americans on Middle East peace this year.

Not that we haven’t done it before. Similar surveys that we commissioned three times in the past six years have shown that American Jews and Arabs largely see eye-to-eye on the importance of efforts to achieve peace between Israel and its neighbors and on the vital role that the U.S. must play to promote such efforts.

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Guest Analyst  |  June 18, 2007 8:56 AM

Hamas Now Has to Answer for Itself

By Zaki Chehab

On the brink of civil war, alarm bells ricocheted through the tiny and beleaguered Gaza Strip. Last Thursday, senior Hamas leader Dr. Nazar Rayyan announced that his immediate ambitions were to hold Friday prayers at the beach-side Palestinian Authority headquarters of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas -- and convert the city’s Fatah-run Palestinian police headquarters into a Grand Mosque. This provocative statement awakened latent fears that Gaza was about to become a mini Taliban-style Islamic state, something Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was critical of when I interviewed him in the presence of his then adviser, Ismail Hanieh, the newly-deposed Hamas Prime Minister, two years before Yassin’s assassination.

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