News and Analysis (8/18/09)

“This recent crackdown may play into a growing feeling that Hamas is no longer a resistance movement, but a government set on keeping both its power and keeping things fairly quiet with Israel”:

Reconciliation and peace remain the top priority of Afghani voters…

… Meanwhile, Karzai continues to seek reelection no matter what the cost:

The proposed law would severely restrict the development of civil society while awarding the Iraqi government extensive control over NGOs:

Mir Masoud Hosseinian compares the dissidence in Iran to two brothers arguing about the best driving route to the same destination:

As the Iraqi governments seeks to reconcile militant factions and consolidate its power, US interests take a backseat to Iraqi objectives:

Imran

Minaret of Freedom Institute Program Assistant

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