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Tony Blair helped resolved the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland. Now he's a Special Envoy to the Middle East. Will the lessons of one conflict apply to the other? We look at Blair's authority, his credibility and the kind of help he might or might not get from other "outsiders." Also, London is shut down after authorities discover a massive car bomb and, on Reporter's Notebook, the US Supreme Court has agreed to review the legal rights of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay.

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Main Topic Can Blair Apply Lessons of Northern Ireland to the Middle East?

Parts of Central London are locked down for a manhunt after a massive car bomb was found unexploded in the heart of the city. Such bombings were a part of life in London during many decades of so-called "Troubles" between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.  One of the "outsiders" given credit for helping resolved what long seemed an intractable conflict is Tony Blair, who has just been named by the Quartet as a Special Envoy to the Middle East. Can the lessons of one intractable conflict be applied to the other? Does Blair have the authority to make a difference?  Will American Jews play a supporting role the way Irish Americans did? Among our guests is former Senator George Mitchell, another "outsider" who helped shape what's now called the "Road Map" to end violence in the Middle East.

George J. Mitchell, US Envoy for Middle East Peace
MJ Rosenberg, Huffington Post (@MJayRosenberg)
Martin Sieff, Chief News Analyst for UPI
Rami Khouri, syndicated columnist, senior fellow at the Belfer Center and professor of public policy at the American University of Beirut (@RamiKhouri)

Reporter's Notebook Supreme Court Agrees to Review Gitmo Detainees' Status

With the leadership of Vice President Cheney, the Bush Administration has insisted that what it calls "illegal combatants in the war on terror" have no rights at all, that Congress has passed a law stripping the courts of jurisdiction over Guantánamo Bay detainees.  Lawyers for prisoners at the prison facility insist that the rule of habeas corpus entitles them to hearings in federal court. Today, the US Supreme Court reversed previous rulings and agreed to address the issue raised by prisoners at Guantánamo Bay. Hofstra University Law Professor Eric Freedman is consultant and coordinator of litigation relating to the detainees.

Eric Freedman, Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law

Making News Car Bomb Discovered in Central London

A massive car bomb that could have caused carnage in the Haymarket area of central London has led to a shutdown in parts of the city. Scotland Yard's Tarique Ghaffur affirmed that "safety and security is number-one priority" for Londoners and the many events taking place over the weekend. Mike Evans is defense editor for the Times of London.

Michael Evans, Defense Editor for The Times of London


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