# Fouad Ajami on Iraq's developing democracy
# Insurgents are voting instead of killing people
# Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani will not influence the elections
# Baghdad's Federal Court is hearing a case on distribution of Iraq's oil wealth
# Joshua Foust on governance and displaced civilians in Marjah
# Thomas Johnson and Chris Mason think Marjah is "a strategic backwater"
# Ahmed Rashid thinks it's time to negotiate with the Taliban
# "Der Spiegel" on Afghan militias fighting the Taliban
# The U.S. will not mediate between Pakistan and India...
# ..."The Cable" on the U.S. role in the recent talks between the two
# Pakistan says it has arrested more senior Taliban figures
# The Pakistani army took control of a cave network on the Afghan border
# The Pakistani Army has taken control of the Taliban's Bajaur base
# Manzur Ejaz doesn't think Pakistan can keep up with India
# Yulia Latynina doubts the Kremlin's new technology strategy
# Ronald Asmus on Russian influence in its near abroad
# Michael Leeden and Flynt Leverett debate Iran today
# Rami Khouri on U.S. public opinion towards Islam and Muslims
# Marc Lynch moderates a discussion on frontline war reporting
# Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri issues a fatwa against terrorism in the name of Islam...
# ...Brian Whitaker is unimpressed
# Hillary Clinton will appear at a "The Daily Beast" event for women
# "The Independent" on the coming cuts at the BBC (details here)