The gates of online free speech seem to be shutting completely in the UAE after a new set of laws define anything that may cause offense as punishable; hopes are high to topple Bashar; Hezbollah has a twin in Lebanon; and Afghans grow weary.
What's interesting is how this law will be interpreted and enforced by the courts. UAE law doesn't work on precedent, so a great deal of the interpretation and application of the law in any given case depends on the judiciary.
For the first time in more than a year, there is genuine, unabashed hope coming from the killing fields. Despite the horror perpetrated by an army that will continue murdering until there is only one family left in Syria, there is optimism today.
Hezbollah supporters are incapable of seeing that Assir’s group is the mirror image of Hezbollah.
In Lebanon nowadays, all that matters is perception and base instincts. What is true is that to many in Lebanon, there is absolutely no difference between “bearded Shiaas with guns” and “bearded Sunnis with guns”. The only difference is the one that is on your side.
Afghanistan Commander Gen. John Allen Investigated; Meanwhile, Afghanistan sinking
The emails to Jill Kelly of Gen. John Allen, US commander in Afghanistan and a friend of ex-CIA chief David Petraeus, are being investigated as possibly inappropriate.
Meanwhile, actual Afghans face a difficult and perhaps bleak future because the way over-ambitious American project in their country is failing.
Saudi prince who killed manservant 'to be allowed home'
Mr Al Saud, 36, was found guilty at the Old Bailey two years ago of murdering his manservant Bandar Abdulaziz, 32, in a "sadistic" assault in their five-star London hotel suite.
The prince, fuelled by champagne and 'sex on the beach' cocktails, had brutally attacked Mr Abdulaziz, beating him 37 times and biting the 32-year-old on both cheeks