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Reports emerged over the weekend that Afghan President Hamid Karzai was accepting "bags of cash" from Iran. Tehran responded with its usual red-faced bluster: "The embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran strongly dismisses [these] false, ridiculous and insulting allegations." The story amounted to "baseless speculations" spread by the press to "confuse public opinion and damage the strong ties between the governments and nations of the Islamic republics of Afghanistan and Iran."
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday confirmed that he receives cash in bags from Iran, but he defended the process as "transparent."
As he states in the preface to "Talking to the Enemy," Scott Atran seeks to study terrorism - "one of the most compelling faith-related issues of our day" - through the lens of science because this subject "has largely been immune to serious scientific study because of its passion."
An ironic twist is taking place in Afghanistan.
A Canadian accused of killing an American soldier as a teenage al Qaeda militant pleaded guilty Monday as part of a deal that avoids a war crimes trial for someone labeled a "child soldier" by his defenders.
Top Republican leaders on Sunday again defended the use of money from outside groups to support their party's political campaigns, saying Democrats exercised the same legal rights in the 2008 presidential elections, but added that the system needs more transparency.
Pakistan's foreign minister said Sunday that his country will deal with a key Taliban sanctuary along the Afghan border on its own timeline despite increasing U.S. pressure to move swiftly to help turn around the war in Afghanistan.
The U.N.'s top diplomat in Afghanistan said Sunday he will help with efforts to find a negotiated end to a war he thinks has no military solution, but he will not discuss progress.
While most pundits and late-night comedians place President Obama far ahead of Sarah Palin in terms of intellect, perhaps Public Enemy's best-known hit - "Don't Believe the Hype" - is a fitting tribute to this myth.