Monday, January 24, 2011

What Kind Of Day Has It Been

  • Rahm Emanuel has been disqualified from the Chicago Mayoral ballot. He will appeal.
  •  Jared Loughner pleads not guilty.
  • A candidate backed by Hezbollah is poised to become the next Prime Minister of Lebanon, replacing the Westward looking Saad Hariri. Notably, Najib Mikati was briefly PM after the assassination of Rafik Hariri in 2005. He is also a Sunni Muslim, which will not upset the traditional confessional distribution of authority in Lebanon.
  • A suspected suicide bombing of major Moscow airport killed 30.
  • Thousands of documents leaked to Al Jazeera--and provided by Al Jazeera to the Guardian--indicate both a great deal of cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian Authority security services and huge concessions on the part of the Palestinian Authority to advance the goal of peace and statehood. The revelations are likely to discredit Mahmoud Abbas at home and Israel abroad.

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