US and UN at Odds over Middle East

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Lebanon's Prime Minister says his nation's being "torn to shreds." UN Secretary General Kofi Annan wants an "immediate cease-fire." But Israel says it won't stop fighting until Hezbollah has been disabled, and the US says it'll take time for what it calls a "permanent solution." The Bush Administration is said to have replaced short-term peace and stability as its goal in the Middle East with long-lasting change. Will that stance in the current crisis mean another rift with allies who are calling for peace now? Will it confirm the belief of Arabs that the US and Israel are one and the same? We hear from Palestinians, Israelis, former peace negotiators and other Middle East experts.
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UN Secretary General Annan briefs Security Council on situation in Middle East

John Bolton, US Representative to the United Nations, on situation in Middle East

Taif Accord

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)

UN Security Council Resolution 1559 on Lebanon

UN Security Council Resolution 425, 426 (1978)

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

President Bush addresses NAACP Convention

Voting Rights Act of 1965

Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006 (HR 9)



Warren Olney