After the U.S. hinted at the possibility of changing plans for providing military aid to Egypt, the newly revolutionized North African nation pledged Friday to put an end to the recent raids on nongovernmental organizations that made headlines the day before.
National law gives the executive authorities overly broad discretion to forbid groups to do anything that authorities might see as “threatening national unity” or “violating public order or morals,” vague terminology that lays the law open to abuse and has served as a basis for the denial of registration to some NGOs.
A European Union election watchdog group has determined that as many as a third of the votes cast in the recent presidential election in Afghanistan might be fraudulent, which translates to as many as 1.1 million bogus votes—making Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s re-election seem suspect just as the tally tilted in his favor.
The collapse of Afghanistan is closer than the world believes. Kandahar is in Taliban hands—all but a square mile at the centre of the city—and the first Taliban checkpoints are scarcely 15 miles from Kabul.
The latest “Mosaic Intelligence Report” takes a look at the “massive humanitarian crisis” that Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker failed to address in their update meetings with Congress about the Iraq war.
Cease-fire monitors in Sri Lanka have blamed government security forces for the slaughter of 17 humanitarian aid workers earlier this month. Although government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels both claim to be sticking to the cease-fire, violence has escalated in recent months.