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• Peter Ford in Beijing reports that twenty of China's most outspoken civil rights lawyers face being effective disbarment next Monday, a move that activists say will gut the country's budding rights protection movements.
• On the eve of Obama's visit with the Palestinian president, Secretary of State Clinton made clear there was no wiggle room in the administration's stance on Israeli settlements: no expansion, period – not even "natural" growth. Josh Mitnick updates this story with links to five recent Monitor articles.
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