- Joshua Landis, director of Center for Middle East Studies, at the University of Oklahoma says the defection of Syria’s ambassador to Iraq, Nawaf Fares, is significant because he is a Sunni.
- Human Rights Watch researcher Samer Muscati speaks about an Iraqi draft law that HRW says would restrict free speech in violation of international law and pose a threat to journalists, whistle-blowers and peaceful activists.
- USS Cole Commander Kirk Lippold speaks out about the October 12th, 2000, terrorist attack on his ship in a Yemeni port.
- India begins using its currency to purchase Iranian oil as a part of a move by New Delhi to bolster exports to the Middle Eastern nation.
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