After Arafat

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As Yasser Arafat lies in a Paris hospital, three moderate leaders are heading for France to assess for themselves the Palestinian leader's real condition. From Arafat-s bedside, his wife has accused some of them of what she calls a -conspiracy- to -bury him alive.- Under French law, Suha controls her husband's treatment as well as public statements about his condition. She can also decide who visits him and who doesn-t. Meantime, funeral preparations are being discussed in Ramallah and Jerusalem. We look at the prospects form Middle East peace and whether the How divided are Palestinian leaders? We speak with experts from the International Crisis Group, the World Policy Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations, New York and Columbia Universities about the prospects for Middle East peace and whether the Bush administration will resume active US involvement.
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Rubin's article on American advance in Fallujah



Warren Olney