Archive for June, 2008

News and Analysis (6/18/08)

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

The Department of Defense with the advice of the CIA pursued torture techniques that violate the law…

…immorally inflict severe physical and psychological damage…

…and act as a recruiting tool on behalf of Al-Qaeda:

Though Hamas and Israel have at least temporarily suspended fighting…

…Tel Aviv’s continuing collective punishment of Gazan Palestinians strengthens black market transactions and suffocates chances for a long-term peace:

Explosion reveals fragility of gains made by the “surge” and perversity of US officials’ attempt to  blame Shiite extremists for an al-Qaeda-style bombing in the “heavily Shiite Huriya district:

Controversy from Turkish diva’s anti-war stance highlights continued military stranglehold over the right to free speech:

Somalis affected by conflict encounter challenges to survival while trying to obtain work in the Gulf:

Indonesian government begins cleaning house after public outcry over bribery scandal within Attorney General’s Office:

News and Analysis (6/17/08)

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Insecurity and economic crisis in Yemen open the door for foreign-influenced religious vigilantes to impose their values on other Muslims:

Middle East expert Karl E. Meyer suggests America’s current proposed “security” negotiations with Iraq walks along the same imperialist path of 1930s Britain:

Islamabad’s attempts at striking a peace deal fall through after Taliban militants allege government forces have not met their demands:

Javaid Iqbal’s case before the Supreme Court could open the door for people to seek recompense for ham-fisted post 9/11anti-terror tactics…

…OC Register editorial supports the recent Supreme Court decision citing the need to maintain separation of powers:

Mauritanian state uses “defamation” charges to crack down on independent press:

International Crisis Group warns that an influx of hard-line religious groups makes Papua state in Indonesia a tinderbox:

Former CIA case officer Philip Giraldi argues recognizing Iran as a rational state actor and pursuing diplomacy is better than military confrontation to advance American interests:

News and Analysis (6/16/08)

Monday, June 16th, 2008

European countries pursue new aggressive financial action against Iran:

In negotiations for a new security framework, Iraqis seek to maintain their sovereignty:

President of the Interfaith Alliance, Rev. Welton Gaddy argues that preservation of religious freedom is more important than presidential candidates’ political maneuvers:

Former Egyptian cop is criminalized for simplifying human rights abuses in his new book:

Studies describe how an overwhelming number of innocents and low-level detainees got to Guantanamo…

… and how a lack of habeas corpus unnecessarily kept many of them there:

Columnist Kabiru Mato highlights local government’s success where national government fails in Nigeria:

Indonesian civil society organizations call for a new Attorney General after failure to tackle corruption and provide meaningful oversight:

News and Analysis (6/14-15/08)

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

As negotiations for an extended US-led troop presence break down, PM Maliki says he may boot out foreign troops:

New IAEA raises the possibility that former nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan may have sold Pakistan’s nuclear secrets to “foreign smugglers so that they could sell it for a profit”:

Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif uses mob justice language to call for Musharraf’s removal from power…

…while Afghan president Hamid Karzai uses heated language of his own to describe his frustrations with fighting Taliban militants:

The Supreme Court recent 5-4 decision on Gitmo detainees habeas rights reveals a major schism over the role of the judiciary in checking executive power, and will not end the contorted processes of the “military commissions” trials:

Latest information on the warrantless wiretaps debate shows Congress may once more cave into the Bush administration:

DC-area Muslims and Jews come together to discuss sensitive issues of religious belief and politics in the Holy Land:

Bush administration hypocrisy toward Muslim countries continues in its silence over the 10,000 arrests that civil society organizations largely believe are politically motivated:

News and Analysis (6/13/08)

Friday, June 13th, 2008

“Habeas is not a ‘get out of jail free’ card… It just provides a fair, legitimate and independent sorting process to determine who should and who should not be held.”—Jonathan Hafetz, detainees’ defense lawyer

“Isn’t it clear that terrorists want to destroy our freedom, and when we trash our liberties, we do their work for them?”—British Conservative MP, David Cameron

His proposed foreign policy changes and not his alleged Muslim past explain Muslims’ fascination with the Democratic Presidential candidate…

…while former Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul, international relations expert Andrew Bacevich, and journalist Stephen Kinzer say no to imperialist foreign policies and yes to restoring the American Republic:

PM Maliki says security treaty negotiations with are at “an impasse” for violating Iraqi sovereignty:

Thousands of Pakistani lawyers flock to Islamabad to demand immediate reinstatement for deposed judges without any preconditions:

Virginia-based Dar-al-Hijrah mosque reaches out to Hispanic Catholics and other ethno-religious groups through social services and an open-door policy:

News and Analysis (6/12/08)

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Basing itself on expert testimony and global opinion polling, Congressional committee report finds hypocritical policies, not rejection of culture or religious differences fuels anti-Americanism:

American judges fight to uphold the rule of law, acknowledging Gitmo detainees’ right to challenge their detention in civilian courts, while newly declassified documents show the FISA court’s increased skepticism of the FBI wiretapping program:

…however in Britain, Big Brother has scored another victory, leading pro-liberty opposition leaders to take drastic measures:

Though having their scholarships reinstated, Gazan students may end up getting them revoked again if Israel continues to prevent them from leaving:

NY Times editorial argues that private contract interrogators should also be subject to oversight and the rule of law:

A look at how Kurdistan’s journalists speak truth to the power of its own regional government:

News and Analysis (6/11/08)

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Former CIA operative Phil Giraldi investigates how along with American big brother, Tel Aviv’s massive penetration of security agencies also has them listening on people’s conservations:

In additional to the usual controversy over torture and coerced confessions, criticism of the Gitmo military tribunal process picks up further steam after new revelations find military interrogators allegedly destroyed potentially exonerating evidence:

Hardliners within some Taliban units seek to scuttle peace talks and continue attacks against Pakistani forces…

…meanwhile US incompetence helps do the Taliban’s dirty work for it, killing 11 Pakistani soldiers and 9 Afghan civilians in two separate incidents:

Members of PM Maliki’s own political party add themselves to growing chorus of parties opposed to an extended troop presence in Iraq:

Human Rights groups call for the government to rescind its recent decree banning the Ahmadiyah, viewing it as state-sanctioned violence against the heterodox minority group:

Libya seeks to expand its private sector by signing a memorandum of understanding with the African Development Bank:

Fierce debates rage in London over whether police forces should have the power to detain accused terrorists for up to 42-days without charges:

News and Analysis (6/10/08)

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

In addition to banning the violent so-called “Islamic Defenders Front”, Indonesia’s president caves into pressure from extremist groups and also bans the Ahmadiyah movement, an act the Jakarta Post calls a blatant breach of religious freedom, a violation of the constitution and could set a precedent for further state inference in religious affairs:

Mideast analyst George Bisharat debunks the fallacy that Muslim movements and states like Iran are irrationally aggressive and therefore can only be militarily confronted:

Despite the signature of other opposition leaders, hardliner Hassan Aweys rejects a ceasefire between some Islamists and the government until Ethiopia fully withdraws:

Information overload and bureaucratic mismanagement force delays in legal immigration and hinder the FBI from providing basic background checks to protect the country from terrorists…

…yet Congress is content to compound the problem, goaded into passing further FISA “reform” legislation that is invasive, ineffective and counterproductive:

News and Analysis (6/9/08)

Monday, June 9th, 2008

The recent judicial decision to uphold the hijab ban, leads Turkey’s speaker of parliament and Human Rights Watch to call for revising the nation’s constitution to enforce separation of powers and uphold human rights, respectively:

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei expresses his opposition to a pending US-Iraqi bilateral security agreement…

…meanwhile Baghdad seeks to keep a tight leash on any future troop presence by negotiating for US soldiers to stick to their barracks and private security guards to be subject to Iraqi law:

Senate committee report on Iraq war intelligence fails to explore critical information sources within the Bush administration:

Indonesia’s greater emphasis on law enforcement and nuanced approach toward Muslims net better anti-terror results than the militarized strategies in the Philippines and Pakistan:

Legal counsel of Gitmo detainee Omar Khadr asserts military personnel destroyed important evidence that bars him from “challenging the reliability of any alleged confessions”:

Political and security blowback from the Iraq invasion, the weakened US dollar and the opening of new Asian markets for crude oil corrode US-Saudi relations:

News and Analysis (6/7-8/08)

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

A 46-page Seton Hall Law School report shows military investigators “missed many allegations of abuse at Guantanamo and omitted others from official reports”:

Once on his last legs, Musharraf is able to declare that he will keep his job, thanks to a divided parliamentary opposition:

Counterterrorism analyst Marc Sageman argues the real terrorist battles are in Europe, rather than Pakistan or Afghanistan, where local Muslims’ grievances from foreign policies and widespread discrimination mobilize them toward violence:

Israel’s most aggressive rhetoric against Iran to date shoot oil prices past $139 a barrel:

Somalia’s deadly clashes continue as 11 people are killed in a Mogadishu market while a local journalist working for both the BBC and AP is the victim of a “targeted assassination”: