News and Analysis (1/25/08)

Bush asks Iraq to surrender its fig leaf sovereignty by giving the US wider discretion on military operations and legal immunity to American contractors:

Turkey’s Islamic-oriented movement acts as the country’s liberalizing vanguard by seeking to ease restrictions on free speech and religious liberty:

Journalists and other civil society actors lash out against an Afghan journalist’s blasphemy death sentence, calling the charges “fake” and the trial “a joke”:

Iranian ideological vetting council bars most parliamentary candidates from the main reformist parties, forcing an appeal by those disqualified and a possible boycott:

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