JUAN COLE: The Taliban are widely despised among the population of rural Pakistan. The biggest threat facing girls in this environment is a government that doesn’t care
DANIEL M. VARISCO: The science of Charles Darwin is now coming under attack from charlatans who are interpreting Islam incorrectly
HISHAM WYNE: There is much speculation about who has replaced bin Laden. The fertile conditions for the organisation persist, particularly in Pakistan.
JUAN COLE: While U.S consumers bemoan oil price rises it’s smiles all round in Iran. The OPEC chair is in no hurry to do anything about spiraling costs.