Hamas

Israel/Palestine

Palestinians Edge Towards Elections

Elections have become fashionable in the Holy Land.  Israel has had two of them in the past year and seems poised for a third.   Now the Palestinian Authority (PA) has caught the bug.  After lengthy haggling, the PA, Hamas, Fatah and a clutch…

Arabia Qatar

The Qatar Phenomenon

It is not easy to pigeon-hole Qatar, a stand-alone Middle Eastern state in more ways than one, geographically, politically, economically, influentially.  That Qatar aspires to become a major player in the region and beyond may seem obvious enough, but in pursuit…