Earlier this afternoon, I did a live radio Q&A update for WINK/WNOG Radio in Ft. Myers, Fla. on PA Chairman Yasser Arafat's condition, plans for the funeral, and what may be developing into a new Palestinian leadership triumverate. You can hear it here:
'Arafat & the PA: the day after': http://mister_d1.tripod.com
In a brief recorded segment of a longer conversation, I spoke with a Palestinian shopkeeper in Jerusalem's Old City about Abu Maazen, reputed to be the next in line (as of this posting, although Farouk Kaddoumi is screaming bloody murder...) to take over Arafat's post.
He said that neither he, nor anyone he knew, were familiar with Maazen, considering him an "outsider," one of the Tunis crew brought in with the Oslo Accords.
Not surprisingly, the shopkeeper (in the longer seg - available upon request off-thread) placed the responsibility for all their troubles on their own leadership, the EU, the US, and, of course, Israel.
Events here are developing so quickly, the report may well be out of date by morning, so listen soon.