Month: September 2007

  • News and Analysis (9/29-30/07)

    Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and 13 other “high value” detainees are finally given the right to seek legal counsel after it being denying to them for almost five years: U.S. to Allow Key Detainees to Request Lawyers (Washington Post) “It is as if he is trying to sound like the ‘agents of [in]tolerance’ […]

  • News and Analysis (9/28/07)

    15 Independent Egyptian papers forge a consensus on protesting the government’s recent clampdown on journalists and papers, refusing to publish in early October, while local Tunisian civil society groups score a small, but important win for freedom of speech as persistence combined with raised awareness in the international community wins the freedom of prominent dissent […]

  • News and Analysis (9/27/07)

    Christian Science Monitor editorial points out that the Burmese Buddhist monks’ protests are just the latest movement in a tradition of faith-based pro-democracy activism that includes the Catholic Church’s involvement in liberating Eastern Europe from Communism and the Indonesian Muslim Nahdlatul Ulama’s contributions to overthrowing the dictator Suharto: Monk If You Love Freedom (Christian Science […]

  • News and Analysis (9/26/07)

    While some Iranians were receptive to Ahmadinejad’s boldness to speak in New York, others found the insults and jeers at Columbia University to be counterproductive, taking attention away from needed reforms and substantive dialog: D.C. Area Iranians Criticize Reception Of Ahmadinejad (Washington Post) Ahmadinejad Lauded in Iran for “Lion’s Den” Visit (Reuters/Washington Post) Former three-star […]

  • News and Analysis (9/25/07)

    As Ahmadinejad comes to New York City to deliver speeches at the UN and Columbia University, Iran releases the fourth and final Iranian-American detained: Iran President In NY Campus Row (BBC News) Iran Bails Last US Dual National (BBC News) Judges under kangaroo court system say that its planned trials for Guantanamo detainees can finally […]

  • News and Analysis (9/24/07)

    Seeing the success of Bi’lin as an example, Palestinians are beginning to re-shift tactics away from militancy and back to the non-violent methods of the First Intifada: Nonviolent Protest Gains in West Bank (Christian Science Monitor) Washington Post columnist details and laments over the Bush administration’s abandonment of supporting Egypt’s fledging independent press: Forsaking the […]

  • News and Analysis (9/22-3/07)

    Despite tough talk from Maliki, his government won’t remove Blackwater from his country; but the Interior Ministry continues its investigations to see what that company’s involvement may have been in other shooting incidents as well as if weapons were being illegally smuggled into Iraq: Iraq Says Won’t Move to Expel Blackwater (Reuters/Washington Post) Iraq Expands […]

  • News and Analysis (9/21/07)

    Further ominous signs of Iraq’s political implosion manifest themselves as Shi’a on Shi’a violence is suspected behind the deaths of two prominent aides to Ayatollah Sistani, while an Iraq government report concludes that the “Blackwater company is considered 100 percent guilty through this investigation” of the unprovoked killing of eight Iraqis and recommends removing private […]

  • News and Analysis (9/20/07)

    Emotions and tensions run high in Lebanon and 14th Lebanese politician since Rafiq Hariri’s death was successfully assassinated: Murdered MP’s Political Comrades Vow Revenge (Adnkronos International) Egyptian society and how it applies Islam to everyday life, on one hand undergoes rapid changes as more couples seek a legal temporary marriage, but adjust at a much […]

  • News and Analysis (9/19/07)

    In response to tit-for-tat attacks between Israelis and Gazan Palestinians, Israel has collectively punished the entire strip first by choking off trade and now declaring it an “enemy entity” and cutting off its fuel and power supplies, meanwhile some analysts speculate that the recent attack in Syria was a dry run for later possible operations […]

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