News and Analysis (2/25/08)

White House supporters retreat earlier fear-mongering claims of “lost intelligence” after the unchecked powers under the Protect America Act expired:

Thousands in Gaza line up along main road to peacefully protest Israel’s siege of Gaza:

Fueling perceptions of “widespread corruption in the public and private sector”, increased inflation exacerbates ongoing political problems in the Middle East:

Scholars from archconservative Muslim movement that some link with the Taliban issue statements denouncing terrorism:

New parties in power in Pakistan means new policies and opportunities…

…however authoritarian interests are at still play as the government uses the cloak of religion to justify banning access to YouTube and the PPP vice-chairman, expected to be the next Prime Minister, rejects calls to impeach Musharraf:

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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