A few snippets worth reading – Over at CounterPunch, Stan Goff has a pleasantly rambling account of an encounter with a neocon bigwig, while Ghada Karmi reflects on life after Arafat. James at DML has dug out an interesting polemic on the "twilight of the liberal hawks" (it's by a libertarian, but don't let that put you off too much). And finally a blast from the past – Yasser Arafat makes his debut speech to the United Nations on 13 November 1974 (PDF format).