Middle East: Facing Syria's Challenge

As rebels keep up the pressure, Arafat searches for support

With its clean palm-lined boulevards and whitewashed houses, the capital of Tunisia is far, both in spirit and geography, from the fratricidal politics of the Middle East. Nonetheless, Tunis was the scene last week of a series of meetings that were being watched closely by leaders throughout the Arab world. Shuttling between a sumptuous seaside villa and an elegant resort hotel were Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat, who only a week earlier had been unceremoniously declared persona non grata in Syria, and...

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