The Repercussions Of Bringing Former Terrorists To Mainstream Politics

Written by Angelique van Engelen

Today, in many countries’ political realities, tribalist and nationalist or globalist forces clash fiercely, undermining chances of peace and democracy. This is particularly topical inrepparttar Middle East, where efforts by established leaderships to discourage armed conflict have reached a new phase, in which both Hezbollah and Hamas, organizations labeled ‘terrorist’ byrepparttar 135901 US, are nudged to start thinking about participation in mainstream politics.

The number of countries inrepparttar 135902 world atrepparttar 135903 moment that are in some form of transition is higher than some ten years ago, and in some ways more efforts are made to resolve situations that threaten stability. Andrepparttar 135904 moves of all involved parties are not without major-league risks.

By finally addressing security issues by making a clean sweepthrough,repparttar 135905 Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is slowly shifting into gear, startingrepparttar 135906 clampdown on Palestinian insurgency that has long been called for. he has even told Hamas fighters publicly to give up their arms, This was a first forrepparttar 135907 president who until now has been anything but clear on security issues. The Hamas leaders according to a report inrepparttar 135908 London Asharq Al Awsat paper are reportedly planning to return to Gaza afterrepparttar 135909 Israelis have withdrawn.

The newspaper report detailed thatrepparttar 135910 leaders are likely to move their group’s political bureau to Gaza as soon as Israel transfers control overrepparttar 135911 border crossings torepparttar 135912 Palestinian Authority. "When a militia turns into a political party, I believerepparttar 135913 issue of a need for arms becomes irrelevant," Abbas was quoted as saying. "There will be only one authority, one law and one legal [armed force]," according torepparttar 135914 recently elected Palestinian leader, who played downrepparttar 135915 risks involved inrepparttar 135916 operation, saying that this has happened many times before in history.

Hamas leaders however deemed it necessary to reiterate that they have no intention of disarming at all. "Our fingers will remain onrepparttar 135917 rifle triggers untilrepparttar 135918 removal ofrepparttar 135919 occupation," Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri said, according torepparttar 135920 Israeli Al Haaretz paper. Even though Hamas has participated inrepparttar 135921 elections recently, Masri doubted that this meansrepparttar 135922 members are actually going to function as such. It is remarks like these that worryrepparttar 135923 international community very much. US President George W. Bush has been said to be waiting with invitingrepparttar 135924 Palestianian leader Abbas until he has got something of substance to report. Perhaps an invitation will finally be extended soon now. The Palestinian leader has installed a hardliner as new intelligence chief. Tareq Abu Rajab, who used to be deputy intelligence chief, is known to have played an important role in a crackdown onrepparttar 135925 militant group Hamas. Hamas, which has participated in municipal elections already, might see next July’s municipal elections turn out in its favor. “Extrapolating fromrepparttar 135926 present point in time, Hamas I believe would gain between 30 and 50 percent inrepparttar 135927 elections torepparttar 135928 Palestinian Legislative Council in July. Fateh is in total disarray and is searching for its lost identity”, said Matti Steinberg, an Israeli former security advisor to two heads ofrepparttar 135929 Israel General Security Service. “Hamas could register considerable gains in elections and possibly demand to play a role inrepparttar 135930 next Palestinian Authority government”, according to Yossi Alpher, a former senior advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. The gains thatrepparttar 135931 ‘party to be’ is likely to win are largely due to unhappiness ofrepparttar 135932 Palestine population withrepparttar 135933 Fateh party, which has lost its identity more or less due to dysfunctioning ofrepparttar 135934 PA. This is echoed by Ghassan Khattib,repparttar 135935 Palestinian Authority minister of planning. “It is possible that Hamas, which so far maintains a fundamentalist ideological and extreme political position, will become a pragmatic movement if it hasrepparttar 135936 chance to be part of official politics, locally, regionally and internationally. The rhetoric of Hamas now reminds many of Fateh's rhetoric when it was treated byrepparttar 135937 "legitimate powers" as an "illegal terrorist group". Fateh successfully worked out a trade-off. It was recognized and included inrepparttar 135938 system in return for playing politics withinrepparttar 135939 parameters of international legality”, he says.

What You Should Know About Medicare

Written by LB Sedlacek

Medicare isrepparttar Federal health insurance program that is available to older people and to many of those with disabilities. Generally, a person is eligible for Medicare when turning age 65. In other instances, a person with a disability may be eligible, regardless of age. There are two parts to Medicare: Part A and Part B. Inpatient hospital services, skilled nursing facility, home health care and hospice services are covered by Medicare Part A. Physician services, durable medical equipment, clinical diagnostic laboratory services, laboratory tests, X-rays, diabetes self-management, outpatient hospital services, ambulance services, outpatient mental health services, mammograms, pap smears, colon or prostate cancer screenings, flu and pneumonia shots, bone density measurement, and physical therapy are covered by Medicare Part B. Medicare generally does not cover preventive care services, private duty nursing, hospital room telephone or television, private hospital rooms, dental services, eyeglasses, chiropractic services, care outside ofrepparttar 113517 U.S., acupuncture, hearing aids, long term or custodial care in nursing homes or most prescription drugs. To qualify for Medicare, a person must meet at least one ofrepparttar 113518 following: (1)Be age 65 and eligible for Social Security or railroad retirement benefits, (2)Have been receiving Social Security disability income for at least 24 months, or (3)Have end stage renal (kidney) disease. If one continues to work after age 65 or decides not to enroll for Social Security benefits at age 65, he/she may still receive Medicare benefits. Permanent legal aliens also qualify for Medicare when they have lived inrepparttar 113519 U.S. for at least five years or more continuously prior to eligibility date. They may also qualify when they are not eligible for Social Security benefits or railroad retirement benefits, but they usually will have to payrepparttar 113520 premiums for Medicare Part A. If one qualifies for Social Security or railroad retirement benefits, his or her Medicare enrollment is automatic. If one is not age 65, he/she may apply withrepparttar 113521 local Social Security office duringrepparttar 113522 7 month period that starts 3 months before their 65th birthday. When applying 3 months before turning 65,repparttar 113523 Medicare coverage begins inrepparttar 113524 birthday month. When applying inrepparttar 113525 birthday month or duringrepparttar 113526 3 months following, coverage will be delayed for up to 3 more months. Enrollment may also be done between January 1 and March 31 of any year once becoming eligible, but there may be a penalty for late enrollment and an effective date of July 1.

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