Tuesday, May 11, 1999

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  • Professor Edward Said Speaks On the Plight of Palestinians

    Israel’s Supreme Court stopped the government from closing the headquarters of the Palestinian Liberation Organization in Jerusalem today, defusing a potential showdown just six days before general elections. No Israeli government has dared touch the headquarters, housed in a building known as the Orient House since the Palestinian uprising of 1980. Peace activists had asked the court to block a closure of Orient House until next week’s elections, saying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision smacked of electioneering. Palestinians had also warned that the closure would provoke mass demonstrations.

  • Theories Behind the NATO Bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade

    The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said today that it will fly its flags at half mast in what diplomats call a "show of respect" for the three Chinese journalists killed in last Friday’s NATO bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade.

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