With Afghanistan’s presidential election coming up on August 20, current President Hamid Karzai is working to build support amongst various Afghan voting blocs. Critics say that is the reasoning behind Karzai’s recent approval of a law that allowsAfghan Shia men to practice sharia law. Some of the provisions of sharia law, which many say is illegal under Afghanistan’s constitution, would allow men to deny their wives food and water if they did not submit sexually and place guardianship of children with fathers and grandfathers. International pressure stopped a similar bill earlier this year, Guardian. Polls show Karzai is leading, but if he does not receive a majority of the vote, he will face a run-off election, Voice of America. Q & A on the Afghan election, BBC News.
President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan says he accepts responsibility to the government’s slow response to the devastation casused by Typhoon Morakot, CNN.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he will appoint women to his cabinet, BBC News.
Continuing his push for reasoned debate about health care reform, U.S. President Barack Obama has penned an opinion piece in today’s New York Times.
CNN has a probing article on what drives young men to commit terrorism, CNN.