News and Analysis (4/30/08)

Ankara’s parliament passes incremental changes to Turkey’s notorious “insulting Turkishness” law, but the small reforms leave free speech advocates unsatisfied:

Latest incident over who is responsible for four dead Palestinian civilians—an Israeli tank shell or nearby munitions owned by militants—threatens to torpedo fragile cease-fire talks:

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee seek to finally rein in the FBI’s massive abuses of so-called National Security Letters:

Increased US-Iraqi military presence in Sadr City leaves 400 dead since Maliki’s failed offensive last month, including 28 killed in the most recent clashes:

Pakistani leaders seek to resolve impasse over conditions of how judges deposed under Musharraf’s martial law are to be reinstated before their self-imposed deadline ends…

…meanwhile despite the failures of Musharraf’s old US-supported military-centric strategy, Washington continues to express alarm over Islamabad’s fresh mix of military, political and economic policies:

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