News and Analysis (12/24/09)

The ugly story of al-Qaeda’a rise and fall in a Sunni triangle town where “tribal justice” trumps rule of law, whether Islamic or Western:

Legislation that betrays liberty and will confine ultra-conservative Muslim women to virtual house arrest:

Engaging protesters with violent methods will provoke more dissent:

“The teachers are tired and the students are tired. It’s an endless cycle… Can you live on $200 a month? How can it be done? We have socialist salaries to face lives of capitalist prices”:

Sources dispute as to whether the preacher’s house was a target:

The eleventh member killed since the parliament’s formation in 2005, highlighting the inadequacy of Afghan security forces:


Minaret of Freedom Institute Program Assistant

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