FROM Mahdi Abdul Hadi
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?
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
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.
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