News and Analysis (12/22/08)

Police say “publishing statements, writing letters to international organizations and holding news conferences” are illegal activities, but human rights center officials say it is the shutdown that is illegal:

Jamaat-ud-Dawa is defended as “saviour” by some Pakistani Hindus — but some demonstrators came to protest high prices:

While Netanyahu calls for “active assault” on Hamas, Gideon Levy proposes “what most Israelis would consider a truly radical option: direct negotiations:”

Iraqis hope for peaceful relations with the neighbor:

Women flight attendants represent the growing freedom and opportunity available:

The U.S.-backed Ethiopian invasion to quash the diverse Islamic Courts movement has had a typical backlash effect, with the most radical Taliban-like forces coming to the fore:

Officials downplay the implications of war associated with such a high alert:

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