Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai rose from poverty in Pakistan to the pinnacle of Washington, D.C., society. But his fall has been nearly as far. The man is now under house arrested, accused of being a Pakistani spy.
In a recent speech, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged the Israelis to restart the stalled Palestinian peace process and engage proactively with its neighbors. The country has become increasingly isolated, diplomatically, in its region.
The book Funny in Farsi first went on sale in Iran in 2005, but it wasn't until this month that Iranian officia went after the person who translated the book from English into Persian. Soleimani Nia was arrested two weeks ago after being questioned in November.
In Syria Wednesday, two western journalists joined the thousands of Syrians who have already died in the conflict there. But perhaps more importantly, a Syrian citizen-journalist, who helped publish video from Homs, was also killed in the shelling.
The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that a settlement outpost that was constructed illegally must be evacuated this year, and not on a timeline that could keep people there though 2015. That could mean some 100 other illegal outposts will have to evacuated, and soon.