News and Analysis (2/28/07)

Shift in US diplomatic strategy seeks to engage regional states, including Iran and Syria, to discuss the realities of Iraq’s instability:

Canadian parliament quashes bid to extend provisions forcing testimony in court and “preventive” arrests that detain citizens without and charges for several days:

 An inside look at the CIA “detention facilities” from, Marwan Jabour, a former prisoner’s view:

“A forensic psychiatrist and a forensic psychologist hired by the defense last week testified that when asked for information about the brig or the subjects he may have been interrogated about there, Padilla gets tense, exhibits facial tics and ‘shuts down.’”

Despite international observers’ claims of  ‘fair and free’ elections, leftist candidates dispute results even before official tally is in:

International Human Rights organization calls for continued pressure against Uzbekistan for violating Muslims human rights, including freedom of religion:


Alejandro Beutel is program assistant for the Minaret of Freedom Institute with expertise in religious freedom, democratization and security issues.

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