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Syrian envoy: We will no longer accept attacks from Lebanon

The Daily Star | Syria will no longer accept attacks on its territory from across the border with Lebanon

Forget Hamas and Iran. This may be Israel’s most pressing problem

The Star | As tensions grow between secular Jews and the ultra-Orthodox, many Israeli feel it is the most troubling conflict the country faces.

Kerry talks economics, finds Morsi preoccupied with Islamizing Egypt

Debka | Morsi preoccupied with pushing forward the three-point plan he and the Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme leader Mohammed Badie have begun implementing.

Hundreds of Russian Islamists Fighting Assad in Syria

The Moscow times | Russian-speaking Salafi Muslims are fighting against Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria, according to an expert at a state-run think tank.

More Segregation: New Israeli policy creates ‘Palestinians Only’ buses

The Washington Post | An online petition posted by settlers from the town of Ariel demanded that Palestinians be barred from the buses, alleging that Jewish passengers were experiencing “frightening rides” and feared for their safety.

Netanyahu’s Hawkish Squawk: ‘Iran attack getting closer’

The Israeli Prime Minister has made his feelings clearer than ever on Iran. Benjamin Netanyahu told a meeting of America’s most powerful Israeli lobbyists that negotiations with Tehran are a waste of time and only military action will make a difference.

Again, Seeking War with Iran

Consortium News | Bashing of Iran and coddling of aggressive Israeli action is now second nature to many members of Congress

Syrian Rebels are Simply Murdering Thugs Used for US and West to Oust Assad

Jason Liosatos | It’s time to call a spade a spade, even if the US and UK gov’ts are in denial.

Saudis Step Up Help for Rebels in Syria With Croatian Arms

StratRisks | Saudi Arabia is funneling Croatian arms to Syrian rebels.

Sectarian Theatre Gradually Moves Eastward to Iraq

21WIRE + AP | Iraq bomb blast kills 26 as fears of sectarian strife return to the Middle East’s notorious state.

Elite Iranian General Is Assassinated Crossing Syria-Lebanon Border

Guardian | Senior commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards killed while travelling from Syria to Lebanon,

Love Letter: ‘Happy Valentine, Oh Middle East!’

By Imad Atalla I love you, royal families, plutocrats and political elites of Arab societies. You are blessed with an endless supply of siblings, though many among you are missing a chromosome. The other good news is that you are growing in wealth, albeit at the expense of taxpayers – a minor detail! It is […]

Sexual Violence: Fear and Loathing in Egypt

By Reem Abdellatif When I walk into Tahrir Square alone these days, carrying my notebook, I try to remain calm, act like I belong and move with the cascading crowds. If you seem scared or intimidated, they smell your fear. Like other female reporters, I have grown accustomed to being constantly on guard while doing […]

Egypt’s Morsi Shuts Down YouTube

Egypt Shuts Down YouTube for One Month Over ‘Anti-Islam Film’ Timur MoonIB Times An Egyptian court has ordered that the video-sharing website YouTube be blocked for one month, in the wake of the scandal surrounding a video that caused outrage in the Muslim world. The verdict will force the closure of any website that allowed users […]

Erdogan vs Army: 15% of Turkish Military Top Brass on Trial, Hundreds Resign

21WIRE + RT | Erdogan beleives he’s the new sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

DRIVE TO WAR: Obama Wants Europe to Rebrand Hezbollah as a ‘Terrorist Group’

21st Century Wire says… Unable to get an excuse for direct military intervention in Syria, Washington has revived its campaign to brand Hezbollah in Lebanon as an ‘international terrorist organization’, a plan allowing both Europe, the US and Israel enter the theater militarily, under another vague UN or NATO mandate similar to the fast-tracked waiver […]

PLAYING WITH FIRE: Israel’s Bombing of Syria Escalates Threat of Wider War

Wednesday’s bombing of a Syrian military site by Israeli warplanes has ratcheted up the danger that the Western-backed civil war in Syria will spill over into a broader regional conflagration. Bill Van AukenGlobal Research Unnamed US officials cited by the New York Times claimed that the target of Wednesday’s dawn air strike was a military convoy carrying […]

Assad Still Confident That He Can Control Syria

Washington Post Liz Sly BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains confident that he can ride out the maelstrom engulfing his country, casting into doubt prospects that intensified efforts to negotiate an end to the bloodshed can succeed, according to Syrians familiar with the thinking of the regime. Although Assad isn’t winning the fight against the rebels, he isn’t […]

France fails to free intelligence agent held in Somalia; Paris sends more troops to Mali

WP | What is France up to in Africa?

21st Century Wire TV – Episode 7 – ‘FOCUS ON IRAN’

Part 1 – We speak with veteran international broadcaster Afshin Rattansi to discuss Iran’s demographics, economy, internal politics, post-revolution culture and where the country currently resides on the geopolitical scene… This TV show airs Thursdays at 6pm on SKY Channel 191 Paradigm Shift TV(PSTV) in the UK: http://www.paradigmshift.tv For info on upcoming DVD’s visit: http://21stcenturywire.com.previewdns.com/2012/10/29/season-one-21st-century-wire-on-sky-tv/