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Winds of Change Blow Softly as Palestinian Party Leaders Meet

By Luke Baker and Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 23 – Palestinian politics hasn’t seen much change in the past 10 years — President Mahmoud Abbas has been in power since 2004 and the last parliamentary elections were a decade ago. But next week, Fatah, the dominant force in Palestinian politics for half a

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Has Hamas Reached A Dead End?

Cash-strapped Hamas faces local elections & internal leadership changes BY Ben White In Gaza, the movement is strapped for cash, as the territory’s residents continue to suffer under Israel’s illegal blockade. The unemployment rate in the first quarter of 2016 stood at 41.2 percent, while 80 percent of the population depends on humanitarian assistance to

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With New Decree, Palestinian Leader Tightens Grip

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ali Sawafta GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank, April 11 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has quietly established a constitutional court that analysts say concentrates more power in his hands and may allow him to sideline the Islamist group Hamas in the event of a succession struggle. The nine-member body, which will have supremacy

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Renewed Fighting in Lebanon Palestinian Refugee Camp Kills One

BEIRUT, April 2 – One person was killed and others injured late on Friday in a Palestinian refugee camp in south Lebanon after a dispute erupted into gunfire between rival political groups for the second time this week, Reuters witnesses and state media said. The outbreak of violence comes after two men were shot dead

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Palestine: The Road Ahead

Internal conflicts threaten Palestinian statehood BY  BEN WHITE On January 25, 2006, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip cast their votes for a new Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). Hamas, which had not contested the previous PLC elections a decade earlier, was strongly tipped to do well. The U.S. had spent $2 million to

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Israeli Troops Kill Two Palestinian Gunmen in West Bank Raid

By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 16 – Israeli troops killed two Palestinian gunmen during a clash in the occupied West Bank on Monday that was sparked by an army incursion to demolish a jailed militant’s family home, Palestinian medical sources and residents said. At least three other Palestinians in Qalandia refugee camp, near

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