No 27


The Political Scene (7 July 2003)

The Palestinians have declared a conditional cease-fire and Israel has withdrawn from northern Gaza in the first, tentative moves towards implementing the international road map. The senior Shi'a cleric in Iraq has come out against American plans to draft a constitution.

Better Late Than Never

They came more than a month late according to the timetable in the international Quartets road map, but at least the cease-fire on the ground...