Friday, May 16, 2008

Afghanistan, Gen. Abizaid, Bush, oil

"Gen. Abizaid emphasized repeatedly that the arrival of a new administration in Washington
is going to present numerous opportunities for us to change our policies and approaches in the Middle East, with a potential for positive results."

During the 2000 presidential campaign, President Bush criticized the Clinton administration for high fuel prices and said that as president, he would take a much tougher approach — “jawbone OPEC members to lower the price“:
What I think the president ought to do [when gas prices spike] is he ought to get on the phone with the OPEC cartel and say we expect you to open your spigots…And the president of the United States must jawbone OPEC members to lower the price.

Kandahar Journal
Hunger and Food Prices Push Afghanistan to Brink
By CARLOTTA GALL May 16, 2008 2008-05-15

Afghanistan: Watchdog Appeals To Kabul Over 'Blasphemous' Reporter:
There's renewed international concern for Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, a young Afghan journalist sentenced to death for blasphemy. The press freedom group Reporters Without Borders is urging the Afghan government to cooperate with the lawyer of Kambakhsh, who remains jailed in Kabul awaiting an appeal hearing.

Nearly two months have passed since Kambakhsh was transferred to the Afghan capital from a jail in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif. Yet the young journalism student -- who was sentenced to death at a summary trial in October for allegedly distributing information insulting to Islam -- is still languishing in a Kabul prison with no fixed date for his appeals hearing.

This week, Reporters Without Borders, the international press-freedom watchdog, once again raised its voice, appealing to the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to cooperate with Kambakhsh's lawyer.

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