Afghan women's mag editor jailed

News & Politics

"The editor of Haqooq-i-Zan (Women's Rights), Ali Mohaqiq Nasab (left) was arrested on Oct. 1 after he published articles denouncing the law making stoning to death for leaving the Islamic religion a crime, criticized the practice of punishing adultery with 100 lashes, and argued that men and women should be considered by Islamic law to be equals," reports Doug Ireland.

As Ireland points out, the arrest was ordered by our friend Hamid Karzai's top advisor on religion. And it complies with the constitution drawn up with the "help" of the US; the one so highly touted by the Bush administration.

So we were attacked by Osama bin Laden, sent Americans to kill and be killed in Afghanistan, didn't capture bin Laden, and helped write a constitution that codifies repressive religious fundamentalism?

I've no doubt that pressure to maintain a conservative form of Islam is great; that a fragile coalition had to be formed to ensure some kind of peace, but I also doubt that this is what young men and women would've signed up for, nor what voters would've voted for... (Direland)

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