News and Analysis (10/23/09)

As some expected, Iran is asking for changes:

Government threats and intimidation have not silenced Mehdi Karroubi, emerging as the “most defiant opponent of the country’s leadership”:

Michael Gerson opines that the goal of the Grand Mufti of Egypt” is not to liberalize Islam but to rescue orthodoxy from extremism”:

The missed deadline “caught Obama administration diplomats off guard”:

While Pakistani military officials willingly accept US intelligence and surveillance videos for their fight in South Waziristan…

… US officials act under the fear a deep divide between the civilian government and Pakistani Army may lead to another coup:

“The Afghan opium trade now kills many more people in NATO countries in a year than the number of NATO soldiers who have died on the battlefield in Afghanistan since 2001”:

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