News and Analysis (12/26/07)

As Congress begins to probe the events and people behind the destruction of the CIA’s torture tape, some Congressional members and former Agency officials believe the orders came directly from the White House:

An ongoing proxy war in Somalia between Eritrea and Ethiopia under the aegis of fighting terrorism threatens to descend into open confrontation, possibly engulfing the entire region in war:

Arrests and political manipulation between Sadr movement and the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq threaten to further fragment the country’s Shi’a community…

…meanwhile, the Iraqi central government tentatively backs a draft bill that would promote reconciliation between Shi’as and Sunnis by granting amnesty to tens of thousands of prisoners held in Iraqi and US-run jails:

Improved chances for dialogue between Jews and Muslims flourish in America due to better opportunities for social and economic advancement:

Alejandro

Alejandro Beutel is program assistant for the Minaret of Freedom Institute with expertise in religious freedom, democratization and security issues.

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