JONATHAN COOK: It looks like the Israeli military have revived a notorious policy to ensure that there is no repetition of a prolonged kidnap drama.
SYRIA NEWS WIRE: With well-respected wire journalists expelled by the authorities in Damascus the only on-the-ground reports that are emerging are via mobile phones and YouTube. There’s much room for speculation and rumour.
SYRIA NEWS WIRE: Following Hizbollah’s withdrawal from the unity government, what is next for Prime Minister Hariri?
OSAMA AL SHARIF: 2010 has established that the region has failed to learn from its past. Failing to resolve conflicts does not mean that they simply go away.