FROM Alex Awad
The Pope: Religion and Politics in the Middle East As Pope Benedict XVI continues his " pilgrimage " to the Middle East, different groups are pursuing different agendas. They include the Vatican, the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority -- not to mention local Catholic clergy, the chief Rabbinate and Islamic leaders.
The Papal Visit: Religion and Politics in the Middle East Pope Benedict the XVI threaded his way through the Middle East today as he continued his “ pilgrimage ” in Israel. He met the Palestinians' senior cleric, the Grand Mufti, at the Dome of the Rock, then left a prayer in a niche in the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites. Rabbis and politicians have criticized his speeches, and the Vatican denied that he'd ever belonged to Hitler Youth — contradicting the Pope himself. Will his visit help reinvigorate the peace process? Will it be a boon for the diminishing number of Christians who still live in the Holy Land?
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.