FROM Martin Sieff
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 bom b 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.
Rice Heads to Mideast Pushing a Hard Line towards Iran Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is about to leave for a high-stakes tour of the Middle East , starting in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. She'll then meet with leaders in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait before winding up in Berlin and London. Martin Sieff of UPI previews the challenge she'll face.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.