Despite the risks, Afghanistan is drawing in energy investors, Graeber writes. Without the proper safeguards in place, however, oil and gas extraction in Afghanistan could lead to more conflict in the country.
US officials have been fighting to stop a $7.5 billion gas pipeline that would transport natural gas between Iran and Pakistan, Alic writes.
It's a staggering claim, but it was made by the country's Supreme Audit Bureau.
Violent protests over the video that insults the prophet Muhammad highlight a fundamentalist view of blasphemy. But this interpretation relies on only a handful of sources and ignores Islamic authorities with a far more humane view. Muslims should rediscover these Islamic thinkers.
Freedom of the press is under threat in much of the Americas, according to a Freedom House report.
A look at the 2012 Freedom House ranking of 197 countries according to their relative freedom.