News and Analysis (4/13/09)

Evoking thoughts of the West Bank Wall, a policeman says of Samarrans, “They hate checkpoints. They hate order.”

Zardari is cautious of the political implications:

Officially, Bouteflika won 90% of the total vote with his nearest opponent coming in at 4.22%

Reflecting the shortsightedness of military intervention, soldiers must focus on combating the insurgency village by village:

As the opportunity international recognition grows …

… an analyst argues that Egypt, under fire for its “continuing participation in the blockade” of Gaza wants to defend its actions as aimed not against the Palestinians or Hamas but against an Iranian attempts “to dominate the Arab world”:

The arrest of an American journalist is a cloud over conciliatory gestures:


Minaret of Freedom Institute Program Assistant

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