Author: Kasia

  • Freedom of Expression in Egypt, the Fountainhead of Reform

    After moving to a new, more modern campus (plastered with USAID stickers and heavily gated), the American University in Cairo (AUC) held its inauguration ceremony last Saturday. In keeping with the grandeur expected of such Egyptian ceremonies, the First Lady made an appearance. ‘Mama Suzanne,’ as she is fondly called, lathered on the requisite public […]

  • News and Analysis (8/8/08)

    Restoration of fired judges in Pakistan would have prevented a chaotic impeachment of Musharraf, says leading lawyer: Musharraf Won’t Resign, Allies Say (New York Times) Iraqi central government power more dispersed as upcoming elections heighten the importance of regional politics… In Iraq, Regional Politics Heats Up (Washington Post) … while Shiite militia looks to restructure […]

  • News and Analysis (8/7/08)

    Hamdan’s acquittal of terrorist conspiracy but conviction of supporting terrorism heightens debate on the fairness of the military justice system: Hamdan Guilty of Terror Support (Washington Post) A powerful voice in the region declares “odd” an Iranian threat to the US that would also make foes out of Arab friends: Kuwait FM Blasts Iran Threat […]

  • News and Analysis (8/6/08)

    As oil revenue contributes to the Iraqi budget surplus, the US looks to transition financial responsibility for reconstruction projects: As Iraq Surplus Rises, Little Goes Into Rebuilding (New York Times) Shia cleric says his militia will lay down weapons, but insists resistance to US occupation remains a legitimate right: Mehdi Army ‘Stops Carrying Arms’ (BBC […]

  • News and Analysis (8/5/08)

    With Iraqi Prime Minister’s recent troop reductions comments still resonate, President Bush now agrees to a “time horizon” for transitioning control to Iraqis: Bush Sees Common Ground With Maliki on Troop Reductions (Washington Post) East Asian Studies professor says China continues to vilify the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which doesn’t have the resources for an […]

  • News and Analysis (8/4/08)

    Olympics-related security hype has given China momentum to conduct raids on Uighur Muslims, and now police arrest assailants without explaining their motives or affiliations: Truck, Grenade Attack in China Kills 16 Policemen (Washington Post) As the threat of sanctions looms following a missed nuke-deal deadline, Iran warns of its ability to close critical Persian Gulf […]

  • News and Analysis (8/2-8/3/2008)

    Escalating intra-Palestinian violence spurs Israeli assistance to Fatah’s wounded: ·         9 Dead in Hamas Raid on Pro-Fatah Clan in Gaza (New York Times) Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) still denies role in Istanbul attacks, but eight will be charged with PKK membership in light of “strong evidence”: ·         Istanbul Bombings ‘Suspects Held’ (BBC News) Displaced people […]

  • News and Analysis (8/1/08)

    Acknowledging that they have no control over what OBL’s driver divulges if he is freed, the military hears classified testimonies in the trial that seems fixed to convict him: Hamdan Trial Closed for Testimony of Two Defense Witnesses (Washington Post) Tit-for-tat arrests between rival political groups do nothing more than “perpetuate divisions” in Palestine: Fatah […]

  • News and Analysis (7/31/08)

    Islamic organization complies with requests for publicly-available evidence in a monumental lawsuit over the national surveillance program’s legality: Muslim Ex-Charity Has Evidence It Was Spied On (San Francisco Chronicle) Politically-charged AKP trail ends in financial sanctions rather than disbandment of the ruling party, avoiding what could have been a political and economic crisis in Turkey: […]

  • News and Analysis (7/30/08)

    Greater focus on military operations than reconstruction in Iraq creates a poor job market outside of the government and police force: Iraqis More Secure, But Few Are Finding Jobs (Christian Science Monitor) Sons of Iraq Made Iraq Safer. What’s Their Mission Now? (Christian Science Monitor) Turkish military uses Istanbul explosions as an excuse to strike […]

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