1. Sectarian split raises fears beyond Syria
    NAJAF, Iraq: Abu Ali fled his life as a Shiite cleric and student in Homs, the besieged Syrian city at the centre of an increasingly bloody uprising, but it was not the government he feared.
  2. Iraqi lawmakers rethink pricey armored car perk
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Faced with bitter criticism from an impoverished public, Iraqi lawmakers said Wednesday they were having second thoughts about buying themselves millions of dollars worth of armored cars on the government’s dime.
  3. The Life Imam Hasan Askari (A.S.) in a Glance
    His name is al-Hasan, Abu Muhammad. Being a resident of ‘Asgar a suburb of Samarra’, he is titled al-Askari. His father was Imam ‘Ali An-Naqi (A.S.) and his mother was Salil Khatun, an ideal woman in piety, worship, chastity and generosity. He was born in Medina on the tenth of Rabi’ al-Akhir, 232 A.H. (December 4, 846 AD).
  4. Thousands of Bahrainis Mourn another Tear Gas Victim
    Thousands of Bahrainis have attended the funeral procession of the latest victim of Manama regime’s misuse of toxic tear gas against anti-government protesters.
  5. “Psychology in Nahj al-Balagha” to be published
    One of the greatest books of the Muslim world, Nahj al-Balagha (Peak of Eloquence) is the focus for the new psychological research of Muslim scholars.
  6. Jafaria Alliance announces 3 days mourning on pilgrims’ massacre
    Jafaria Alliance has announced 3-days mourning to register protest against the en bloc murders of 18 Shia Muslim pilgrims in Kohistan district of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province.
  7. Authentic clues on Kohistan Shia killing incident found, says Rehman Malik
    Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Wednesday claimed that the team investigating the Kohistan bus attack had found some authentic clues and the culprits would be apprehended soon.
  8. HRW: Bahrain: Hundreds Railroaded in Unjust Trials
    Bahrain has routinely convicted hundreds of opposition activists and others of politically motivated charges in unfair trials, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government should void the convictions in trials before Bahrain’s military and civilian courts that fell far short of international fair trial standards, Human Rights Watch said.
  9. Iran looks to boost energy ties to nearby Pakistan
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan is emerging as the latest battleground over Western efforts to squeeze Iran, with Tehran pursuing closer energy ties to its neighbor as its access to other markets tightens.
  10. Iran Seeks Alternative to Dollar Amid Oil Sanctions
    Mar. 1, 2012 – March 1 (Bloomberg) — Global supplies of gold are probably too small to be used to pay for Iranian oil, as OPEC’s second-largest producer seeks alternatives to the dollar. Iran will accept payments from trading partners in gold, as well as non-dollar currencies and wheat. Lara Setrakian reports from Dubai on Bloomberg Television’s “First Look” with Caroline Hyde. (Source: Bloomberg) (Bloomberg)