Regions / Middle East & North Africa

The violence in Afghanistan is on the upsurge, Conn Hallinan reports, and the United States is increasingly isolated in its military approach.
The Bush administration is stirring the pot once again by negotiating an agreement with the "sovereign" Iraqi government to place U.S. military troops and bases permanently on Iraqi soil despite strong objections from many Democrats.

In vigil (2)

In her poem In vigil (2), Lee Sharkey describes a tense exchange at a silent peace gathering.
Activist Bryan Farrell expected be put in jail for standing up for the rights of prisoners at Guantanamo. What he didn't expect was 30 hours of imprisonment, the realization that this was nothing compared to those in Guantanamo, and the sense of solidarity with the 82 other activists who decided to stand up for human rights.
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