News and Analysis (2/23-24/08)

“They wanted a vote in the name of Islam,” says a voter in the Northwest provinces, “but it was not for Islam, it was for Islamabad …”

… while back in the U.S. the administration ponders dealing with the new realities by, what else, throwing more money at the Pakistanis:

Abbas calls for an investigation into torture allegations against his forces…

… while the British role in CIA renditions comes into the light:

“[N]orthern Serbs are aiming to undermine the Kosovo institutions that the UN mission has tried to build since 1999:”

“US Defense Secretary Robert Gates – who will visit Ankara this week – said Sunday that Turkey’s campaign would not solve its problems with the rebels:”

… but it does compicate America’s alliances …

… and the violence escalates as a suicide bomber kills 40 pilgrims:

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