News and Analysis (4/26/10)

The parallels between the 2002¬†push for into a disastrous and unnecessary one-trillion-dollar war in Iraq and our current conflict with Iran are “astonishing”:

The sectarian system imposed on Lebanon by the French was slightly reformed after the civil war, but some think it is time to scrap it completely:

Western forces are eager to end poppy production, but for them alcohol is different, and their “privileged existence rankles many” Afghanis:

“Gaza was for centuries the primary trade outlet of the hinterland of Jordan and the greater Arabian Peninsula… The Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Mamluks, and Ottomans all ruled us. There are secrets of history under every square meter”:

A Palestinian mayor has come to the conclusion that the Israeli High Court’s order to allow Palestinians use of the highway through their own land is “just for public relations”:

A Taliban spokesman denied involvement and condemned the targeting of girls’ schools:

Marginalized by the importance of Pakistan, India hopes to reestablish itself as a leader in the reconstruction of Afghanistan:

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