News and Analysis (8/27/09)

As supreme leader Khamenei dismisses the idea that protesters were backed by Western forces …

… Grand Ayatollah Montazeri echoes our open letter to Khamenei, complaining “that this ruling system is neither a republic nor Islamic and that nobody has the right to express opinion or criticism”:

Leaving a major void in political leadership, will al-Maliki’s exclusion from the Shi’ite bloc be reconsidered:

The devastating drought threatens a total blackout in the city of Nasiriyah:

Will the Bush-era policy of backing warlords to provide stability continue in the Obama administration:

Fear of radicalism has curbed any progress towards democracy and liberty:

Imran

Minaret of Freedom Institute Program Assistant

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