1. ‘We Will Slaughter All of Alawites & Shiites’ The Rebel Behind the Syrian Atrocity Video
    “Hopefully we will slaughter all of them [Alawites]. I have another video clip that I will send to them. In the clip, I am sawing another shabiha [progovernment militiaman] with a saw. The saw we use to cut trees. I sawed him into small pieces and large ones.” Al-Hamad said.
  2. Syrian Rebel ‘Cuts Out Soldier’s Heart’
    Footage has emerged showing a rebel Syrian fighter carving out what appears to be the heart of a regime soldier and putting it in his mouth, Human Rights Watch says.
  3. Bahrain’s ‘inconvenient revolution’ grows impatient
    NEW YORK — More than two years since pro-democracy protests began in Bahrain in February 2011, more than 80 people have been killed and thousands have been subjected to severe violence. Riot police continue to put down demonstrations, which are led mostly by the country’s Shia Muslim majority. The opposition protestors, in turn, are resorting to increasingly militant tactics to demand rights from the ruling Sunni minority, headed by the ruling family of King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa.
  4. Attacks against Lebanese Alawites deepen fears
    (AP) TRIPOLI, Lebanon – Lebanese members of the Syrian leader’s Alawite sect fear their tiny community will be a casualty of the civil war raging in the neighboring country.
  5. Prince Charles criticised over Bahrain housing deal
    Opposition activists say contract for prince’s charity gives a green light to regime to continue human rights abuses
  6. Iranian Officials Threaten Two Candidates for the Presidency
    TEHRAN — Iranian officials on Monday issued blunt threats of violence against two last-minute registrants for the June 14 presidential election whose unwanted presence on the ballot has angered the country’s governing establishment.
  7. Shia clerics call on House to end Sampang persecution
    Members of the country’s Shia community met with leaders of the House of Representatives on Tuesday to air their grievances over the plight of Shiites in Sampang, East Java, who have been in limbo for nearly a year after being evicted by the majority Sunni community there.
  8. Syrian rebel defends eating dead soldier’s organ as revenge
    A Syrian rebel militia leader filmed cutting the heart and organs out of a regime soldier’s corpse and putting it in his mouth has defended his actions as legitimate vengeance.
  9. How India dealt with Iran without treading on U.S. toes
    India has managed to balance the task of assuaging American paranoia about dealing with Tehran as well as confirming with Iran plans to participate in developing a port during External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid’s recent visit to Iran.