News and Analysis (2/16/09)

Varying degrees of fraud indicated in every province, but not significant enough to alter results:

The overall unemployment rate is 18% with additional 10% underemployed including an unemployment rate of 28% for males age 15-29:

“Once Islamic law is imposed there will be no problems in Swat. The Taliban will lay down their arms.”

Among the changes, Norah al-Fayez was named deputy education minister for women, the most senior job ever granted a woman in Saudi Arabia:

The US could learn a lesson from Russian experience, “Nothing can be done in Afghanistan using military means… If the Americans go on with the policy they have now, it will be useless.”

Appeals court upholds 20 years sentence for translating the Quran in Afghanistan:

With Hosni Mubarak visiting while Egypt persecutes both secular and Muslim bloggers, Obama is warmed:

Fareed Zakriya says the loyalty of Israel’s Muslim and Christian citizens is waning; they are 20% of the population now and will be 25% in 2025:

Imran

Minaret of Freedom Institute Program Assistant

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