Yasser Arafat: what the report shows

by Angelique Chrisafis   Swiss scientists discovered unexpectedly high levels of polonium despite fears body would not yield much evidence   Yasser Arafat’s coffin in Ramallah after his death in 2004. Photograph: Jamal Aruri/AFP/Getty Images When Palestinian officials opened up Yasser Arafat‘s grave in November last year, the international scientists standing by were not sure whether the…

Egypt army chief seeks immunity for military

by Heba Fahmy   Abdel Fattah el-Sisi says in a leaked audio tape that the army should have immunity under new constitution. Egypt’s Defence Minister has said that the military should enjoy immunity under the new constitution, according to two leaked audio tapes broadcast on Friday by Egyptiab media Network Rasd.General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi made the comments…

Living the Orwellian Life

By Kathleen Sharp   Sixty-five years ago today, in a remote part of Great Britain, George Orwell was finishing his prescient novel, 1984. At the same moment a continent away in Hollywood, an American woman was actually living Orwell’s fictional story. In the fall of 1948, actress Dorothy Comingore of Citizen Kane fame had no clue that the U.S.…

War Self-Delusion

by FRANKLIN LAMB Damascus In Damascus and many other areas of Syria this weekend, citizens will celebrate the accomplishments of the October 6, 1973 –  19 day war jointly launched by Syrian and Egyptian armies to regain Arab land illegally occupied since 1967. Syrians will honor the 6,000 (Syrians) who died during battle. Many events are planned including…