May 18, 2006

Al Jazeera Today

Afghan women are often still prevented by brothers, fathers and husbands from attending school or working, few have access to healthcare and they continue to be forced into arranged marriages. The lack of security in the country is cited by some as a reason why their lives remain restricted, but nonetheless, it means that many women have seen little change since the days of Taliban rule.

Iraq's Christian population has come under attack since the fall of Hussein's government as sectarian violence continues to rise.

Newspapers in Saudi Arabia recently shocked the establishment by showing pictures of women's faces, but the king has asked them to put the veils back to avoid leading young men astray.

Mohamed El-Moctar El-Shinqiti argues that religious intolerance shows ignorance of Islam, and also discusses the price of attacking Iran in an editorial translated from the Arabic through Google.

Posted by natasha at May 18, 2006 08:00 AM | International | Technorati links |

If a pretty face is enough to lead their young men astray, it speaks ill of their raising.

But then, bad self-control is a hallmark of the martyr mindset -- the martyr is too easily led to insane behavior by those exerting emotional control over him.

Posted by: Scorpio at May 18, 2006 08:51 AM