Marketplace AM for February 22, 2005
Israel released 500 Palestinian prisoners yesterday as a goodwill gesture to the new government of Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas. There are still more than 7,000 Palestinians in Israeli custody. Some of them are in "administrative detention." They can be held for months or even years without going to trial. As Nancy Updike reports, that often means financial hardship for their families.
We're seeing a lot of consolidation in the telecom business. Mergers usually mean layoffs, so what can we expect from these deals? Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports. Also, while they're may be layoffs, the telecom mergers could have a nice benefit for consumers. Commentator Kenneth Cukier says it's about time.