Dan Ephron

The Survivor

In a region beset by conflict and revolution, the enigmatic king of Morocco has managed to retain control.


During most of last Thursday Yasir Arafat wouldn't hear of leaving his West Bank headquarters for medical treatment abroad. Though he'd lost consciousness the day before and couldn't stomach even the plain broth served up by his personal cook, the 75-year-old Palestinian leader told aides he wanted to remain in the Muqataa, as his crumbling Ramallah compound is known.