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'Your days are numbered,' U.S. official tells al-Assad
Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2012

US Iran Policy in 'Lockstep' with Israel?
It's a relief to know that President Obama's "preferred" solution to dealing with disagreements with Iran is diplomacy, as he said yesterday in an interview on NBC TV, but at the same time, it's profoundly disturbing that he is simultaneously saying that, as an AP report on the interview put it: he would "not take options off the table to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons."

Israelis should be afraid of their leaders, not Iran
For far too long now Israel has been headed by heroes, the kind who don't hesitate to take the country on yet another dangerous, purposeless adventure. We must tell them now, loudly: We are a-f-r-ai-d.

'Your days are numbered,' U.S. official tells al-Assad
As violence raged in Syria, U.S. officials made clear Tuesday that the United States has lost patience with President Bashar al-Assad. "Your days are numbered," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said in comments directed at the Syrian leader. "It is time and past time for you to transfer power responsibly and peacefully."

From Washington this looks like Syria's 'Benghazi moment'. But not from here
Look east and what does Bashar see? Iran standing with him and Iraq refusing to impose sanctions

Arab League Report Shows that Syria Has Been Mischaracterized
While the Western media act like the Syrian government is wantonly and indiscriminately killing its own people without provocation, an independent investigation has found a different reality on the ground.

Russia's Lavrov says al-Assad committed to halting violence
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held Tuesday what he described as 'very useful' talks with embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and said that Damascus was committed to halting the bloodbath in the country.

Russian FM: Syria's Assad willing to accept expanded Arab League mission
After talks in Damascus, Sergei Lavrov also says Assad had assured him he was 'completely committed' to seeking an end to violence by all sides.

UK rules out military action or arming Syrian rebels
Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE said they were expelling Syrian envoys

Lebanese security officials seize suspicious cargo from US, Brazil
Lebanon's security officials say a suspicious cargo containing huge amounts of US dollars, guns, special passports and credit cards have been seized upon arrival in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, from the US and Brazil.

How About an International Award for Hypocrisy?
If there was such an award, the statements of European and American leaders in the immediate aftermath of Russia and China's veto of the Security Council resolution to end the killing in Syria suggest two most obvious nominees for it.

CIA digs in as Americans withdraw from Iraq, Afghanistan
The CIA is expected to maintain a large clandestine presence in Iraq and Afghanistan long after the departure of conventional U.S. troops as part of a plan by the Obama administration to rely on a combination of spies and Special Operations forces to protect U.S. interests in the two longtime war zones, U.S. officials said.

Yemen: VP launches early presidential election campaign
Vice President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi said Tuesday that the February 21 presidential election is the perfect solution to the political crisis that was about to be shifted to a civil war.

Palestinians slam selection of Abbas as unity PM
"This is a turns Abbas into an autocrat with absolute powers," senior Fatah official says.

In Afghanistan, a new approach to teaching history: Leave out the wars
Educators suggested that the only solution would be to omit the period after King Mohammed Zahir Shah, whose ouster in 1973 ushered in an era of chronic political instability. Among those charged with crafting the new curriculum, there was near-universal agreement.

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