Archive for May, 2007

News and Analysis (5/21/07)

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Federal prosecutors’ tactics against Padilla backfire as their key witness, paints a “less menacing” portrait of events and facts relevant to the case:

Profitable in this life and the Hereafter: A look at socially responsible investing in accordance with Islamic ethical norms

Australian detainee gets to leave US custody and serve the last 9 months of his sentence, but agrees to muzzle his right to appeal or sue and drop allegations of mistreatment at Guantanamo:

Iranian women take political matters into their hands and abandon main reformist organization to form their party, citing sexism within former organization’s ranks:

In response to religious vigilantes’ abduction of four police officers, Pakistani security forces detain 40 religious extremists and prepare for crackdown on mosque holding detained officers:

Armenia finds itself caught politically and strategically between a rock and a hard place as US-Iran saber rattling continues:

News and Analysis (5/19-20/07)

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

Antiwar.com columnist Scott Horton defends Ron Paul’s analysis that 9/11 was “blowback” and takes Rudy Guiliani to task for twisting it as “blaming America”:

Religious vigilantes from notorious mosque becoming bolder in Pakistan, abducting four policemen in order to release four detained members of the Taliban…

…meanwhile the NY Times reports the US is footing the bill for Pakistani military expenditures used for a game of nuclear-armed chicken with India, instead of cooperation with anti-Al-Qaida missions:

Popularist cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr switches political gears and embarks on massive internal purging of extremists and outreach to Sunni communities:

Iran digs itself into a ditch as pro-diplomatic engagement organizations threaten academic boycott in response to detention of Middle East scholar Haleh Esfandiari:

Lebanese troops crackdown on radical militant organization alleged linked with Al-Qaida across the country, results in at least 40 deaths:

News and Analysis (5/18/07)

Friday, May 18th, 2007

In spite of secularists’ backlash, Turkey’s ruling Islamic-oriented party’s grassroots strategies and successful economic policies will likely give it an electoral edge in July:

Rather than negotiating with the unity government, Israel reveals its divide-and-conquer strategy, allowing 500 US-trained Fatah troops to continue to fight Hamas in Gaza:

Analysis: Violence in Karachi maybe evidence of national fragmentation along ethnic and ideological lines

News and Analysis (5/17/07)

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Ambassador level talks to focus on Iraq…

…but Nobel Peace Prize Winner says “the arrest of people like Esfandiari is ‘not a very good starting point for negotiations between the two countries:’”

Watchdog group reports “grave abuses:

Israeli army has no comment on return to Gaza and Abbas cancels Gaza visit in wake of assassination plot allegations and continued factional fighting:

News and Analysis (5/16/07)

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Former number 2 man at Justice reveals how the present AG was willing to “coerce a man in intensive care … to grant .. approval” for an unconstitutional NSA domestic spy program:

Report finds the Department of Homeland Security’s big brother database is illegal, failing to fully disclose to the public its uses of personal information to examine passengers on international flights leaving and entering the US:

Father of Guantanamo detainee who twice attempted suicide protests that family statements used against his son were “pure speculation based on what FBI agents in the United States told us and pressured us to say”:

International Red Cross slams Israel for its occupation and “reshaping” of East Jerusalem, charging it a violation of international law:

Op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor argues that the United States would be wiser to promote liberty and freedom as opposed to democracy:

News and Analysis (5/15/07)

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Doctor files lawsuit after being manhandled by security guard over performing prayer ritual:  

Government Transparency Watch: Guantánamo detainees file lawsuit against secretiveness and double jeopardy practices of Military Tribunals and White House removes important passage from government privacy watchdog report  

Indonesia and Pakistan hold meetings to devise strategies to fight terrorism through Islamic religious teachings:  

Arab and Jewish neighbors live within blocks of each other, but political tensions make them seem “far” to each other:  

A brief glimpse into the extent of suppression of independent media in one of Central Asia’s most totalitarian states:  

News and Analysis (5/14/07)

Monday, May 14th, 2007

News and Analysis (5/12-13/07)

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Diplomatic opening emerges between Tehran and Washington, both will meet in Baghdad to discuss Iraqi, regional security:

International, regional politics destroying long-standing interfaith harmony between Muslims and Christians in Ethiopia:

Iraqi PM Al-Maliki staves off walkout by reaching political compromise with Sunni parliamentary bloc:

34 people killed in Pakistan after disputes between opposition and pro-Musharraf organizations turn violent:

Two Syrian political reform activists each receive three-year jail sentences:

Prominent Sunni and Shi’a American Muslim leaders in Detroit sign pact establishing a series of guidelines stressing commonality and mutual respect for one another:

News and Analysis (5/11/07)

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Slim majority of Iraqi parliamentarians, cutting across sectarian lines, signed a draft bill capping current levels of US-led occupation forces and requiring a timetable for withdrawal:

Musharraf’s big brother measures against Pakistan’s judiciary and press freedom are met strong resistance:

In an op-ed to the New York Times Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora argues for taking the Arab peace initiative to Israel seriously:

Arguing that “Ms. Esfandiari is no enemy of Iran,” a Washington Post editorial speculates that some Iranian political actors are sacrificing Iran’s national interest for internal political advantage:

As a result of the breakdown of law and order in Gaza, Palestinians are saying that certain splinter groups are becoming inspired by Al-Qaeda-like ideology to commit violence against other Palestinians:

News and Analysis (05/10/07)

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Court declares military trial of Muslim Brotherhood illegal, but will Mubarak listen?

Could facing a corrupt unelected regime unite two archrivals in Bangladesh?

Lawlessness in Gaza forces Hamas and Fatah to begin joint security operations:

Turkish Parliament passes reform legislation that would allow the people to directly elect the president, but will the current President veto the reform?