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Report: Refugees Raise Prices in Syria: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Report: Refugees Raise Prices in Syria: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance: "AP
Report: Refugees Raise Prices in Syria
Wednesday February 21, 1:38 pm ET
By Albert Aji, Associated Press Writer
Report: Iraqi Refugees Raise Prices in Syria, Overcrowd Schools
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The influx of Iraqi refugees is triggering a sharp rise in prices of housing and goods and is overcrowding schools in Syria, a state-run newspaper warned on Wednesday."..............

Al Jazeera English - Central/S. Asia

Al Jazeera English - Central/S. Asia: "Al Jazeera has uncovered evidence that Taliban fighters are now in effective control of large parts of a key province in southwest Afghanistan, despite recent claims by Nato that their bases had been destroyed.
James Bays spent three days with the Taliban in Helmand and found that the group is running schools and medical facilities, and is travelling armed and unchallenged by Nato-led forces. Here is his report"

Is Washington Being Sidelined on the Middle East? - by Leon Hadar

Is Washington Being Sidelined on the Middle East? - by Leon Hadar: "But while America's Arab allies, members of the European Union (EU), and Russia have welcomed the Saudi-brokered deal, Bush administration officials have expressed wariness and have given it the diplomatic cold shoulder. In fact, the lack of diplomatic progress during Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's trip to the Middle East was a direct result of Washington's refusal to back negotiations between Israel and a Palestinian government that includes Hamas. ".....................

Old Europe and the Mullahs - by Philip Giraldi

Old Europe and the Mullahs - by Philip Giraldi
There has been a noticeable shift in the rhetoric emanating from the proponents of war with Iran, almost certainly due to the perception that armed conflict with Tehran will not be as easy a sell as was Iraq. The shift is most marked within the Bush Administration itself, where daily attacks on Iran that started with the State of the Union message on January 10th have largely disappeared and where both civilian and military government spokesmen have even begun contradicting each other on the level of threat posed by Tehran. The neocons at The Weekly Standard .............