Afghan Trade: Four Hostages for Body of Dead Taliban

The first trial involving the CIA's extraordinary renditions program opens Friday in the absence of all 26 American defendants accused of kidnapping an Egyptian terrorist suspect. (AP)


Mystery of Fourteen Missing Bodies

Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of the bodies of the 22 people shot dead during an operation by the paramilitary General Service Unit officers at Nairobi's Mathare Valley slums on Monday night. (Daily Nation)


Corruption 'Damaging Education'

Fake degrees on the internet are a growing problem. Bribery and corruption damage universities and schools across the world, according to a report for the UN's education wing, UNESCO. (BBC)


Iran Forces the Issue in Afghanistan

By Syed Saleem Shahzad

When Iran announced in February that it was undertaking a thorough regularization of aliens on its soil, ears in the West pricked up, but not much was read into it. (Asia Times)

Repression by China, And by Us

By Nicholas D. Kristof

I'd meant to focus this column on a Chinese woman whose battle for justice has led the police to arrest her more than 30 times, lock her in an insane asylum, humiliate her sexually, shock her with cattle prods, beat her until she is crippled and, worst of all, take away her young daughter. (International Herald Tribune)

Looking for Leadership

If there is a point to gathering the leaders of eight of the world's richest and most powerful nations each year, it is to thrash out policies for tackling the most pressing and contentious problems. (NY Times)

Olmert's Words Won't Matter Without Washington's Genuine Support

Two positions taken by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Wednesday represent a significant shift in the public discourse at the top of the Jewish state's political ladder. Olmert released a statement on Wednesday announcing that Israel wants peace, not war, with Syria and that Israeli officials have communicated this message to Damascus through diplomatic channels. Separately, in a commentary published in Britain's The Guardian on Wednesday, Olmert expressed interest in achieving peace with the Palestinians on the basis of the Arab initiative, while insisting that "talks must be a discussion, not an ultimatum." (The Daily Star)

No News Is Bad News in Pakistan

Until recently, Pakistan's president, General Pervez Musharraf, has been able to defend his quasi-democratic, quasi-military rule by arguing that he encouraged freedom of the press and privately owned television networks. But his current crackdown on private TV stations for the sin of devoting live coverage to demonstrations against his government makes him look like the anxious autocrat his detractors say he is. (Boston Globe)

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