The Half-life of Truth About Arafat's Death

The conflicts and confusion regarding how Yasser Arafat really died display the limits of traditional journalism in covering the gray areas, where all the secrets are kept.

Yasser Arafat was a larger-than-life leader whom no novelist would dare to fashion. His regime consisted of a cast of surreal Dickensian characters: brilliant thinkers, wily money men and desperate rogues. He set his favorites against each other, like gladiators in an arena where weapons were never far from reach.