News and Analysis (12/30/07)

Efforts to keep the CIA’s image viewed non-negatively “by Congress, by prosecutors, by the American public and by Muslims worldwide” through destruction of torture tapes ends up backfiring horribly:

Reza Aslan argues that it is foreign policy, not the “image” of the next American president that will affect how youth in the Muslim world view America:

Iraqi officials proclaim three-fourths of Al-Qaeda in Iraq have been destroyed, however one independent journalist sees ethnically-cleansed Baghdad, massive refugee displacement and the spike in US deaths as characteristic of Iraq’s “worst year”, while Al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan continues to grow:

American Muslim charities win legal battle overturning earlier lawsuit for alleged terrorist financing, due to a lack of evidence directly connecting them with the death of an American in the West Bank:

European diplomats holding low-key talks with various tribal leaders, including some Taliban members, were thrown out of the country following a complaint from the US:

Family legacy politics, not meritocracy, continue to reign supreme in Pakistan as Benazir’s son Bilawal and her husband Asif Ali Zardawi are respectively named Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party:

Prominent entrepreneur who led the socially, economically and politically influential Sengalese Islamic association, Serigne Saliou Mbacke, passes away:

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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