News and Analysis (5/7/08)

The 60th anniversary of Israel has Palestinians like Akram al-Shamali bitter over he and his parents being forced out of their home by the violent birth of the Zionist state:

Gitmo defense lawyers make the “most specific [assertions] to date” about the government eavesdropping on their conversations with detainees:

Hardliners slam leading reformist figure Mohamed Khatami for giving a speech on Ayatollah Khomeini that may implicate possible Iranian military involvement in Iraq:

Lebanon’s presidential crisis turns more ugly as a politicized workers strike morphs into a violent clash between pro and anti-government supporters:

Members of a heterodox Turkish Muslim sect fight to free themselves from state-controlled and state-imposed courses on religion in public schools:

Failure of London’s Big Brother surveillance to combat ordinary crime sheds doubt on its supposed value as role model for terrorism prevention in New York and Washington DC :

After a scathing GAO review, the US finally conducts minimal oversight of its massive military assistance to Pakistan, rejecting small portions of its total annual billion-dollar aid package:


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

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