Karim Sadjadpour writes in the Washington Post that by accentuating the country's internal rifts and breaking previously sacred taboos -- such as challenging the supreme leader -- Ahmadinejad has become an unlikely, unwitting ally of Iran's democracy movement.
A rise in Iraq's violence and sectarian tensions--and the highest U.S. monthly combat deaths since 2008--come amid mounting concerns over the government's role and questions about the U.S. troop presence, says expert Sean Kane.
In his piece for Foreign Policy, Vali Nasr explores Iran's main political fissure, specifically how Ahmadinejad is a threat to clerical supremacy, but without him, Khomeinism is even more vulnerable to reformist challengers.
Speakers: Bishop Charles E. Blake, Kenneth Hackett, and Jed Hoffman Presider: Laurie Garrett
Experts discuss how to equip and mobilize churches and faith communities to respond to the needs of those affected by HIV/AIDS in positive ways that target the stigmas associated with the pandemic, while improving access to HIV/AIDS treatment. Bishop Charles E. Blake, chairman and CEO of Save Africa's Children, emphasizes that the black church must emulate the Biblical leader Joseph's actions, providing humanitarian assistance to brothers and sisters struggling in Africa, the "homeland."
In this Huffington Post piece, Sharmine Narwari, a Senior Associate at St. Anthony's College, Oxford University, argues that given the current geopolitical standpoint, the "political spat" between Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is, for now at least, much ado about nothing.
Pakistan is bracing for more turbulence in the wake of Osama bin Laden's killing. This Backgrounder looks at how state support for Islamist militants has led to growing religious intolerance in society.
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