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* Mideast ‘Honest Broker’? * Iraq Turmoil * Iran

CHRIS TOENSING
CATHERINE COOK
Toensing and Cook are with the Middle East Research and Information Project based in Washington. They can discuss the situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
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BRIAN AVERY
An activist with the International Solidarity Movement, Avery has just returned to South Carolina. Two months ago in the West Bank, he was shot in the face by the Israeli military with a machine gun as he tried to guide two children to safety. Currently, his jaw is wired shut and scars line his face as he awaits more surgery.
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NASEER ARURI
Author of Dishonest Broker: The U.S. Role in Israel and Palestine, Aruri said today: “Ten years after Oslo, as the 36-year-old impasse has deteriorated into open war against defenseless civilians, the sole conciliator and self-labeled ‘honest broker’ is out again with a ‘peace’ plan called the Road Map — a sound bite rather than a workable plan. Although some of the forbidden terms left out of the Oslo Declaration of Principles lexicon are included in the Road Map — terms such as endgame, occupation, independent viable state, timetable and reciprocal duties — the impassable threshold of requirements and facts on the ground such as suffocating settlements, bypass roads, a devastated Palestinian economy, Palestinian Authority institutions lying in ruin and the so-called ‘Separation Wall’ will insure its failure….”
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ANDY SHALLAL
Founder of Iraqi-Americans for Peaceful Alternatives, Shallal is in touch with relatives in Iraq. He said today: “Any resistance by Iraqis to U.S. military presence is either deemed to be Al Qaeda linked or Saddam sympathizers…. The chaos and lawlessness are being used to offer a pretext for U.S. occupying forces to prolong their presence. Those Iraqis who can provide a fig leaf for U.S. hegemonic intentions will be rewarded handsomely. Those who question U.S. intentions are deemed persona non grata.” The Guardian in Britain (June 16) notes that the U.S. administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, has banned “gatherings, pronouncements or publications” that call for opposition to the U.S. occupation; see: www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,978238,00.html

FRANCIS BOYLE
Professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law and author of Foundations of World Order, Boyle set up a campaign in October 2002 advocating impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush — a possibility that others, such as former Counsel to the President of the United States, John W. Dean, are now raising. Boyle cited a pattern of deceit in the build-up to the invasion of Iraq while Bush was rallying Congress and the American public.
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SASAN FAYAZMANESH
Associate professor of economics at California State University, Fresno, Fayazmanesh wrote the recent article “Who Is Next? Return to the Peacock Throne” about the prospects of a return of a Shah in Iran.
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167