Daily Star Was Syria right to hail Hamas' victory? By Ibrahim Hamidi
Daily Star Syrians have not been told how their aspiring rulers intend to govern
Syrian opposition leaders unite
U.S. General Praises Syria for Border Tightening
Damascus Declaration Leaders Confused by MB - Khaddam Front
Anti-US Demonstration Turns Anti-Regime
Ghadry's RPS Critical of New Opposition Front
Asad Interview on Sky News: Iraq, Reform, Security
Der Spiegel NEGOTIATING WITH HAMAS Religious Rapprochement in Israel Officially, Israel and the West have rule out talks with the Islamic extremist organization Hamas. However, dialogue is quietly being sought with the new Palestinian leadership.
Ha’aretz – Avoiding ambiguity on the 'right to exist' Verbal preconditions can ensure that groups seeking to come in from the cold are kept outside. Hamas has indicated its willingness to speak to Israel. Israel must not turn it down.
FT A wall that enlarges Israel and embitters its victims By Sharmila Devi
Hamas to Propose Palestinian Cabinet That Excludes Other Parties
BBC Fatah stays out of Hamas cabinet The Fatah movement of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas refuses to join a Hamas-led government.
Jimmy Carter: colonisation of Palestine blocks peace Former US president says Israel's expanding Jewish settlements are greatest obstacle to resolving conflict
Politics & Policies: Time to end the Arab boycott of Israel
Left to Rot in Gaza Strip's Economy Suffers as Trade Passage to Israel Remains Sealed -The main trade passage between the Gaza Strip and Israel has been closed for much of the year despite an agreement in November that required Israel to "ensure the continued opportunity to export."
Hamas Is Alone In Cabinet Plan
Other Factions Balk at Joining Government
It's not too late for lasting peace in the Middle East Israel should withdraw from the occupied territories, and its right to exist must be recognised by all Arabs, writes Jimmy Carter.
Ha’aretz - Only as a last resort The Palestinians elected the parliament and government that Hamas will apparently rule, and it is with these elected bodies that Israel must hope to reach an agreement. Israel must go back and present its preconditions, but it cannot choose the partner for dialogue.
Peres: Withdrawal talks Israel will negotiate a planned withdrawal of settlers from the West Bank with the Palestinians after the election in 10 days time, Shimon Peres, the country's former leader has said.
Hamas Completes Lineup for Palestinian Ministries
News Analysis: A New Landscape: Hamas Digs In
Hamas presents new cabinet Prime minister-designate Haniyeh presents government roster to Abbas, who is expected to approve list despite his opposition to Hamas’ basic principles. Government to include 24 ministers, among them a Christian, woman
UPI Analysis: In trying to form coalition, Hamas finds itself alone Hamas' refusal to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization as the sole, legitimate representative of the Palestinian people is the main obstacle preventing Fatah and other PLO faction members from joining the new government.
Key Hamas cabinet posts go to hard-liners Moderate politicians have refused to join the group's new government, leaving militant players in charge.
Financial Times Oil groups shun Iran over fears of embargo International oil companies are putting multibillion-dollar projects in Iran on hold, concerned about the diplomatic standoff over the country’s nuclear programme.
Editorial Why Iran Wants to Talk
IIE US v. Iran [pdf] Sanctions Case Study
Asia Times Irreversible Iranians The US strategy of trying to separate the Iranian people from the regime seems doomed to failure. Nationalist fervor regarding Tehran's nuclear rights is at a peak - and cannily manipulated by the government. What the rest of the world thinks, too bad. - Pepe Escobar
NYT America's Iran Policy: Iraq By THOMAS L. Friedman. - If US forces leave Iraq, the nation will not fall into Iran's orbit. A US exit from Iraq would be Iran's worst nightmare, as it would re-open the ancient Arab-Persian rivalry that has traditionally dominated the region. Furthermore, US success in Iraq would harm Iran further, as a democratic state with an empowered Shi'ite population would create unrest in the undemocratic Shi'ite Iran.
Ephraim Inbar MERIA The Need to Block a Nuclear Iran --- Adobe
Patterns of Discontent: Will History Repeat In Iran? Patrick Clawson and Michael Rubin Adobe
New York Times Suppose We Just Let Iran Have the Bomb By DAVID E. SANGER Some experts in the United States have been thinking the undiscussable: If all other options are worse, could the world learn to live with a nuclear Iran?
Christian Science Monitor Realism pushes US and Iran a bit closer Mutual interest in Iraq's future will bring the two together for first time since 2003 – but to what end?
Daily Star U.S.-Iran talks a welcome first step in preventing Mideast sectarian inferno
WFB: Hit Iran?
Yedioth Ahronoth Proposals on Iran rejected Russia's U.N. ambassador says fast action could lead to bombing of Iran by June
Asia Times America's options for Iran Military strikes would be a godsend for the regime in Iran and economic sanctions would not be enough to topple it. Other options for the US and its allies are either to support the development of Iran's civilian nuclear program or sit back and do nothing. The alternatives might unleash a vortex of anarchy stretching from Islamabad to Damascus. - Scott Bohlinger
US strategy builds on 'successes'Amid chaos in US-occupied Iraq and the warlike rhetoric against Iran, the Bush administration has issued its latest National Security Strategy, vowing that the US will continue to "seek to shape the world, not merely be shaped by it; to influence events for the better instead of being at their mercy".
MEMRI Mar 17 SD# 1117 - Iranian Ayatollah: We Can Negotiate Openly, and Maintain Relations, With America
BBC US warns over Iran talks tactic Washington says an offer by Iran to discuss Iraq could be a "device" to divert attention from its nuclear plans.
US and Iran ready for Iraq talks
Rand Defusing the Iranian Crisis, By F. Stephen Larrabee
America's Iran Crucible: Beyond Yapping Dogs and Superpowers Made of Straw
Iraq: Appalling--But Not Hopeless - Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek
Boston Review- The Roots of Iraq's Sectarian Violence By Nir Rosen
Financial Times Editorial Iraq's last chance to pull back from brink It seems long ago but it has only been three years.
Washington Post Iraq Needed a Benign Dictator KANAN MAKIYA
What We've Gained In 3 Years in Iraq By Donald H. Rumsfeld
Iraq's Insurgents: Who's Who By Jonathan Finer, Long considered a fragmentary and disorganized collection of groups with varying tactics and aims, Iraq's insurgency is showing signs of increasing coordination, consolidation and confidence
Sunday Telegraph Divided, Iraq might just have a chance It is three years since Saddam was toppled, and civil war now seems inevitable. Gareth Stansfield argues it is time to consider partition.
The State of Iraq: An Update
Washington Post At Odds Over Iraq Concern About Tehran's Role in Country Reopens Channels - Statements issued by the U.S. and Iran reflect their disagreement about talks aimed at stabilizing Iraq
Iraqi troop control 'to spread' Iraqi security forces will soon control as much as 75% of the country, a senior US general says.
Washington Times U.N. to raise its profile in Iraq The senior U.N. official in Iraq yesterday said that the United Nations will soon be raising its profile there, acknowledging that its "perceived absence" has been noticeable since a tragic suicide bombing after the U.S. invasion three years ago.
WSJ Rethinking 3 Years of Upheaval The third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq will set off much rehashing and rethinking, but it's at least possible to make the case that the region looks much worse right now than it really is.
Guardian Leader Reason for hopeMilitarily overstretched in Iraq, floundering in the polls at home, the Bush administration now has a better, if far from perfect, understanding of limits
Democracy Arsenal Understanding the Civil War in Iraq
Christian Science Monitor Rice: Iraq transition to stable government two years away
Secretary of State's comments come as US sends in 800 more troops.
PBS Newshour Iraq War Increasingly Seen as Partisan Issue David Brooks and Tom Oliphant consider the administration's handling of its Iraq war plan as well as the American public's growing concern that Iraq is heading for potential civil war.