The ‘Independent’ Republican Senator From Pennsylvania, Arlen Specter



Arlen Specter has impressed me this week by bucking the Bush administration and going to Syria to meet President Bashar al-Assad and then to Jerusalem to meet leading Israeli authorities and pressing for a Palestinian-Israel final settlement. He has even stated that he favors direct talks with Iran.

Saddam Hussein to be Executed Shortly



It has been a long time since America has had such a direct hand in the execution of a former head-of-state. Hussein is was a thug, but this has not been handled right. The former leader should have been tried at the Hague — with a lot of distance between the U.S.

<em>Elaph</em> Profiles <em>The Washington Note</em>



I need to learn Arabic. One of my good friends, Raghida Dergham, who is the New York-based senior diplomatic correspondent for Al Hayat, sent a link to me today that has some things to say about this blog. It’s from the Arab news service and web portal, Elaph.