By all measures, 2011 was a big year for international news. It may go down in the history books for being as transformative as 1989, when the Soviet Empire fell.Mass protests transformed the Middle East. The sovereign debt crisis is torching the Eurozone. Let’s not forget Fukishima. Occupy. Osama.
After submitting a letter to the UN last Friday requesting recognition of Palestinian statehood, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas received a rousing welcome in the West Bank yesterday. He told the crowd that they’re part of a “Palestinian Spring” now.
The events in Egypt have reverberated in an interesting way for the Palestinian Authority. They’ve reshuffled their cabinet and called for new elections sometime in September. We’ll speak with Ali Abunimah, co- founder of the Electronic Intifada website.