News and Analysis (12/20-21/08)

The recent crackdown “was clearly motivated by politics and was not related to security”:

Governor’s “shoot to kill” order was meant to calm violence:

Cinema approved “as long as what is shown complies with Islam”:

Social stigma associated with drug addictions lead many to avoid seeking treatment:

Kirkuk remains bitterly divided between Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen:

Indications of abuse surround already questionable prison system:

“I sincerely hope that there will not be a resumption of the violence, because that is not going to help the people of Gaza, it is not going to help the Palestinians, it is not going to help the Palestinian cause,” – Condoleezza Rice

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