Iraq is currently governed by a temporary constitution, which stipulates that if a new constitution is not agreed on by midnight tonight, the interim government will go out of existence and new elections will have to be held. But Sunni Arabs who ruled under Saddam Hussein fear that Kurds and Shiites are making a deal to monopolize Iraq-s oil. If they-re not part of the action, the Sunnis could fuel an increasingly violent insurgency for a long time to come. After repeated last-minute postponements, we get a progress report on meeting tonight-s deadline, and update the disagreements over federalism, the role of Islam, and the consequences for women-s rights. (An extended version of this program was broadcast earlier today on To the Point
- Making News: Israel Begins Gaza Pullout
Israel-s pullout from the Gaza Strip has begun. Soldiers today issues eviction notices to settlers with orders to leave by Wednesday or be removed by force. Richard Miron, who is reporting from Gaza for the BBC, says that while there has been no violence, there have been confrontations between soldiers and settlers.
Israel-s disengagement plan
Israeli Prime Minister Sharon addresses nation on Gaza pullout
BBC on Prime Minister Sharon-s defense of Gaza pullout
Rubin-s article on Iraqis- failure to meet constitutional deadline