What are we fighting for in Afghanistan? ... Afghan court spares life of inquisitive journalism student ... but he still got 20 years

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    Oct 22, 2008 2:44 AM GMT
    "The case ... has come to symbolize Afghanistan's slide toward an ultraconservative view on religious and individual freedoms."


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    Appeals court overturns death penalty, sentences Parwez Kambakhsh to 20 years

    His crime -- asking questions in journalism class about women's rights under Islam

    Case symbolizes nation's slide toward an ultraconservative view on freedoms

    Kambakhsh's brother has written about human rights violations and local politics

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/10/21/afghan.journalist.trial.ap/index.html
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    Oct 22, 2008 2:38 PM GMT
    I find stories like this very depressing. The gap between the richest and the poorest, between the ignorant and fearful, and the educated and progressive, seems to be widening more and more each year.

    I know most Moslems are moderate, but the more extreme and rigid believers (and this is a good example) makes it very difficult to be optimistic about the West's relationship with Islamic countries going forward.