tuque /tūk/ n Canadian English, var. toque [19th c. Canadian French, from the French toque, from the Basque tauka] 1 A close-fitting knitted cap, often with a long tapering end or tassel or pompom. 2 fig Something quintessentially Canadian.
souq /sūk/ n from the Arabic سوق var. souk 1 An open-air marketplace. 2 fig A central meeting place for the circulation of news and ideas.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Stop and reload?

The morning after the ceasefire, which is Israel's, as Gazans are walking the streets and surveying the damage of 22 days of ceaseless bombardment which has killed at least 1300, including 410 children, the Middle East press is weighing the possibilities of conflict resolution:

A Ha'aretz editorial warns that a long-term solution has to consider the interests and fears of Egypt as well as of the people of Gaza. Yedioth Ahronot spells out exactly why Egypt can't be counted upon to be part of the solution. The Jerusalem Post tells all Israelis to continue living in fear.

Asharq alawsat exposes the hypocrasy of the Doha Arab summit; the Daily Star agrees. Al-Ahram says that Gaza is Egypt's nightmare it cannot ignore. Al-Hayat argues that a political solution must find a way to reward Palestinians for their steadfastness.

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