News and Analysis (6/27/08)

Despite a spotless work record, Department of Energy revokes a Muslim American’s clearance, using the pretext of “national security”, for his antiwar views:

Continuing its campaign of political persecution, DoJ officials slap Sami al-Arian with criminal contempt charges despite already completing one other post-plea bargain sentence:

Saudi Sunnis make an unprecedented gesture of solidarity with the Shiite minority at Jum’a prayers:


With the blessing of the state, Iranian civil society organizations attempt to openly tackle the country’s massive opium addiction problem: Law enforcement officials seek to prosecute four for alleged involvement in the JFK terror plot despite no allegations of “explosives, money or an executable plan”: Broad coalition of at least 200 “national security advisers, retired military leaders, counterterrorism experts, and religious leaders” release statement denouncing torture: Despite massive crackdowns against alleged Al-Qaeda operatives, arbitrary arrests and state-sanctioned interpretation of Wahhabism keep the criminal organization robust: Despite its opposition to Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories, Hamas seeks to stay faithful to its ceasefire by reining in other militant groups in Gaza:

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