Challenging the Palestinian Authority is Hamas, the Islamist militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, which is home to 1.5 million Palestinians. Hamas opposes peace efforts and is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and other nations.Critics of Prime Minister Fayyad's program argue he is operating in an authoritarian, rather than a democratic, context because of the division of Gaza and the West Bank.
Professor Nathan Brown teaches political science and international affairs at George Washington University.kensington ugg boots He said, "The political split between the West Bank and Gaza is so severe, that you cannot even have any kind of democratic procedures. When you move outside the realm of administration you find real serious political diseases.kensington ugg boots The political party system is basically disintegrated. It does not really exist in any healthy form anymore.ugg bailey button Palestinian politics, if you compare it to the 1990's, is in a state of serious decay."
Brown argues that even if there is a peace agreement within the next year,ugg bailey button boots the Palestinian political system is so broken there would be no way to ratify or implement it. "Why are we pretending that there is a viable diplomatic process? You have got no parliament, you have got a PLO that is dead, and you have got a president whose term is expired. He has no authority to negotiate this agreement and certainly to implement it, even if he had the authority to negotiate it. What you have got to do is fix the Palestinian political system first."
The outlines of a Palestinian state have begun to emerge in the West Bank. Palestinian security forces have become more dependable. A transparent and disciplined government is providing a growing number of essential services, and economic growth has been strong.
This is all part of a plan by the Palestinian prime minister to prepare for the future. p90x workout"Namely to get ready for statehood, to get ready for that key deliverable of the political process, for that state of Palestine we thought was not going to be founded against a backdrop of a vacuum, but on the strength of solid,rosetta stone spanish well functioning, efficient institutions of government,"rosetta stone said Fayyad.The West Bank remains occupied by Israel with soldiers and Jewish settlements scattered throughout the territory. Many analysts remain skeptical that Israeli-Palestinian peace talks will yield an agreement leading to Israel handing over control of much of the West Bank to the Palestinian Authority.
But observers such as Howard Sumka, the former director of the USAID Mission to the West Bank and Gaza,p90x cheap say now is the time to build the foundations needed for Palestinian statehood. "They cannot start to learn their jobs or build their institutions the day after independence. They will need to be already proficient. In spite of the formidable obstacles, it is imperative that they stay on this track of state building," said Sumka.
Admitted Alistair Burt, a British Foreign Office Minister responsible for the Middle East and the Gulf, "We are obviously very distressed on this attack on British embassy staff, but it emphasizes the danger of the work that some of our diplomats do when they are caught up in situations such as this. But it is a despicable and entirely unwarranted attack."
The Foreign Office says five employees of the British embassy were traveling in the convoy that was hit by a rocket.taylor made drivers One staff member was injured along with another three civilians. No one has taken responsibility for the attack, but Burt says it is likely to be the same group that carried out a suicide attack against the British ambassador in Yemen six months ago. The Yemen wing of al-Qaida claimed responsibility for that attack."It makes us very conscious of security and issues such as that. But our work and the work of the embassy will go on,"cheap golf balls added Burt when asked if the latest attack would alter Britain's work in Yemen.
Yemen specialist Rodney Wilson of Britain's Durham University says Britain has long been a target for terror attacks in Yemen. He says Wednesday's attack is only one incident in an ongoing story. "Britain is a target partly because it is seen as a colonial power in the past and also they are portraying it that essentially it is anti-Islamic and it is an enemy of Islam,taylor made golf and obviously we have a lot of Islamic radicals in Yemen," said Wilson.
He says counter-terrorism measures in Yemen have been stepped up since the end of last year. In December al-Qaida's taylor made golfYemen wing claimed responsibility for a failed plot to blow up a U.S.-bound flight.But Wilson says ridding the country of terrorists is a major challenge.titleist golf "Essentially it is a very fragmented country," explained Wilson. "Government has problems basically controlling anything beyond the capital. Also it is a very poor country. It faces many challenges in terms of its economic development. It is just a very difficult environment in which to be waging a campaign against terrorists."Britain was not the only Western power under threat in Yemen, a gunman has shot and killed a Frenchman at the Austrian oil and gas company OMV, near Sana'a.
Just imagine. Every Sunday morning, in a large metropolis, 120 kilometers of roads are closed.Welcome to the beloved "ciclovia" as it's known in Bogota.It's a network of paths created 36 years ago out of main roads and handed over to Bogota's residents, no motor vehicles, once a week.
On holidays too, these roads belong to bikers, walkers, skaters and baby carriers... anything that moves with human energy. That includes kids learning to skate, bike and even jog. "The bike path is the largest space in the country for physical activity. It is more than 120 kilometers where people can express themselves as they wish,fashion handbags" said Ana Edurme Camacho, director of the Recreation and Sports Institute in Bogota and the person in charge of the ciclovia.?Enrique Penalosa is an international consultant on urban strategies. He's a former mayor of Bogota and is still considered one of the city's most innovative mayors. He expanded the bike path during his tenure 10 years ago. "The ciclovia is a ceremony;discount handbags it's a ritual where humans recover the city for themselves. And for a while it makes us remember that humans are more important than cars," he said.
Today, about 400 fruit stands work the roads, and 35 outdoor exercise centers have popped up along the paths.
While displays of extreme sports attract large audiences, some people take advantage of the friendly environment to promote causes.According to former mayor Penalosa, the ciclovia has benefits beyond fresh air and exercise.cheap gucci handbags It helps bridge the social and economic divide among Bogota's residents.coach handbags cheap??"In these cities of the developing world where the large majority of the population does not have a car, taking a bit of spaces from the cars is a policy of fairness, is to build equality and social justice," Penalosa said.
The ciclovia is also fun for pets. And in case your bike runs aground, there is a licensed mechanic every few kilometers.prada handbagsThe ciclovia led to other projects in the city such as the night-time ciclovia at Christmas time and hundreds of kilometers of permanent bike routes, known as "ciclorutas".Penalosa who plans to run for mayor again next year, takes credit for them. "We moved from zero to 300,000 people who go to work by bike in Bogota, that's five percent of the population," he said.The ciclovia has been replicated in other Colombian cities and has been studied and copied by cities around the world.