Gideon Lichfield, the Economist‘s man in Jerusalem, previews tomorrow’s middle east summit in Annapolis. The summit will fall far short of the goals envisaged for it back in the summer, but with Israeli PM Ehud Olmert pledging to start peace talks immediately after the summit—and optimistically suggesting that they may be concluded within a year—there may be nonetheless be some signs of progress. The campaigning organisation Liberty made the front page of the Guardian a couple of weeks ago with its claim that the 28-day pre-charge detention period for terrorist suspects in Britain was longer than the equivalent period in 14 other countries. Alex Carlile, a Lib Dem peer and the independent reviewer of terrorist legislation, disagrees, arguing for Prospect that the Liberty report completely failed to identify the appropriate measures in other legal systems to compare against the pre-charge detention period in Britain. Jonathon Porritt, Colin Tudge and others reply to Dick Taverne’s Prospect cover story on GM food.