News and Analysis (4/19/10)

Allegations of torture and rape emerge from a secret prison created under the jurisdiction of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s military office…

…However, Maliki publicly defends his position as a champion of sectarian reconciliation and leader of the Iraqi people:

“Israel must recognize that the world will not put up with decades more of Israeli rule over the Palestinian people, the country’s defense minister said in unusually frank remarks Monday”:

“Palestinians are working to build the institutional, infrastructural, economic and administrative framework of their state in spite of the occupation… while continuing to insist on the right of self-determination”:

Understanding the local culture of Afghanistan and its contribution to sustaining the Taliban…

… Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad speaks for Afganistan and Iraq claiming “regional states” should take care of their security interests:

Controversy surrounds Gates’ assessment that the US is lacking an effective long-term strategy to Iran’s development of nuclear technology:

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