America’s Arab allies feel the strain

The real concern for leaders such as King Abdullah of Jordan, and the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, is that the US will succeed in igniting the Arab street.

Muslim nations condemn US policy

Officials from Muslim nations have denounced US policies on Israel and Iraq at a meeting in Malaysia.

Japanese hostage scorned

The young Japanese taken hostage in Iraq returned home this week, not to the warmth of a yellow ribbon embrace but to a disapproving nation’s cold stare.

White House Says Iraq sovereignty could be limited


The Bush administration’s plans for a new caretaker government in Iraq would place severe limits on its sovereignty, including only partial command over its armed forces and no authority to enact new laws, administration officials said Thursday.

That’s not “limited”. That’s a brutal and continuing occupation. Big surprise, eh?