Islamist Gunmen Attack Police In Egyptian Sinai
An attack on an Egyptian security checkpoint near the border with Israel left one police officer dead and another wounded Friday morning, highlighting the increasingly fragile stability in the area. A report Thursday in the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper said the Army has killed or captured over 200 Islamist gunmen in the Penninsula in recent days, including nearly 80 fighters from the Palestinian terror militia Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip.

Iraq "Canít Stop" Iran Arms Transfer To Syria
Iraq's foreign minister has told a pan-Arab newspaper that his country is unable to stop neighboring Iran from sending weapons to Syria through its airspace. The London-based "Asharq al-Awsat" daily quoted Hoshyar Zebari as saying: "We reject and condemn the transfer of weapons through our airspace and we will inform the Iranian side of that formally."

Al-Qaeda Reportedly Kills Syrian Rebel Commander
The opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) says an Al-Qaeda-linked rebel group has killed one of its top commanders.

 
 
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White House Working to Address Lawmakersí Worries on Syria Aid

Muslem Brotherhood Vows to Continue Cairo Rallies

Kerry Set To Return To Jerusalem For Another Round Of Talks

Syrians Beginning To Reject Islamist Factions

Khybar TV series features blatant anti-Semitism

Israel protests Iranian and Syrian UNHRC bids

IDF announces large budget cuts amidst deficit worries

Janes Report Shows Saudi Arabian Missiles Aimed At Israel And Iran

Egypt Blasts Iran For Interfering In Internal Affairs

Hezbollah Neighborhood In Beirut Hit By Massive Car Bomb

Possibility Of Ashkenazi Candidacy Stirs Israel Politics

Canadaís Anglicans Urged To Fight Zionism

Egyptian Army Reinforces Gaza Border

Iran Refusing Washington offer or talks

Lebanon Tries To Contain Spillover of Syriaís Civil War

EU Urges More Pressure on Syria


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White House Working to Address Lawmakersí Worries on Syria Aid
The White House says it continues to work to address concerns U.S. lawmakers have about President Barack Obama's decision announced in June to send lethal aid to Syrian rebel forces. Worries in Congress about Obama's plan to send lethal aid, reportedly small arms and ammunition, to the Free Syrian Army emerged in reports by The Washington Post and other media.

Archeologists Discover Ancient Canaanite Inscription In Jerusalem
Archeologists discover ancient Canaanite inscription in Jerusalem Hebrew University of Jerusalem archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar announced this week that she has found the earliest alphabetical written text ever uncovered in the Jewish Stateís nearly 4,000 year-old capital city.

Israeli-Arab Christians Form New Political Party
In a sign of an emerging sea change in the attitudes of Israelís Christian-Arab population, a group of community leaders have announced the formation of a new political party called "Bínei Brit Hahadasha" or "Sons of the New Testament" which has as part of its platform encouraging Arab-Israeli Christian youth to volunteer for the IDF or National Service.

Expanding Covert Warfare Makes Us Less Safe
Ron Paul
Earlier this month we learned that the Obama Administration is significantly expanding the number of covert Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) agents overseas. From just a few hundred DIA agents overseas today, the administration intends to eventually deploy some 1,600 covert agents. The nature of their work will also shift, away from intelligence collection and more toward covert actions.

Egyptian Opposition Calls For Mass Protests
Opponents of Egypt's President Muhammad Morsi have dismissed his decision to press on with a referendum on a controversial draft constitution, calling for mass street protests. Egypt's main opposition coalition, the National Salvation Front, called for mass protests on December 11 against the draft constitution, saying it "does not represent the Egyptian people."

Keeping the Internet Free
Joe Pitts
Just a few weeks ago, the Syrian government shut down the Internet nationwide during a military push against rebel forces that appear to be making progress. While service is back, it is obvious that Bashar Assadís government has the power to take it down again. As the Chinese Communist Party transferred power, Google reported a sudden drop in Internet traffic. Gmail was down for most Chinese citizens.

Egypt -- Constitution-Making by "We, the Majority"
William Partlett
Egyptís constitution-making process has seemingly attained warp speed. Facing the threat of judicial dissolution, members of the Egyptian Constituent Assembly voted last Thursday to accept a draft of a new constitution. President Mohamed Morsi has called for an "almost immediate referendum" in which a majority is likely to approve the document. Is this extralegal process the final vindication of the peopleís will?

U.S. Extends Waivers On Iran Sanctions To China, Others
The United States has granted 180-day waivers on anti-Tehran sanctions to China, India, and a number of other countries in exchange for their reduction of oil purchases from Iran. President Barack Obama's administration has now renewed waivers for all 20 of Iran's major oil buyers, after granting them to Japan and 10 European Union countries in September.

Chemical Weapons Ready For Use By Assad Regime
US news channel NBC reported on Wednesday that despite several warnings, the regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad has prepared chemical munitions for use in its increasingly desperate struggle with rebel factions. One senior US official told NBC that if the regime decides to use the weapons, "there's little the outside world can do to stop it."


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