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Despite the striking absence of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Morocco, world leaders at the G-8 Summit in Georgia have signed on to President Bush-s latest plan for democratizing the Middle East, one which modifies America's strategy of searching for -stability- by supporting Arab governments that repressed their people and denied human rights. But in the region itself, the US is suspect as an imperialist ally of Israel that wants to take Arab oil and torture Muslim prisoners. Does the US have the credibility to push for reform? Does real change depend on peace between Israel and the Palestinians? Has the President watered down his plan to guarantee allied support before November-s election? Warren Olney looks at the latest plan with experts from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and former policy assistants to President Clinton and UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali.
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2004 G8 Summit

US Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiative

Bush speech that prompted the new Middle East initiative

Marshall Plan

UN Security Council Resolution 1546 on the situation between Iraq and Kuwait

ICG's Middle East briefing, "Imperiled at Birth"

Science article on dogs' language ability

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