News and Analysis (4/9/07)

Things continue to look bleak in Iraq as local militants continue their elusive and deadly tactics, Shi’as answer the call for an anti-occupation by Moqtada As-Sadr and even an Iraqi who helped topple a statue of Saddam Hussein after the invasion, looks back upon four years of occupation and violence with regret:

In Lebanon, political deadlocks become a mundane ritual:

“We don’t have any rights here, even after your Supreme Court said we had rights,” – Majid al-Joudi, Guantanamo detainee

Since the mid-term election, Congressional members across the political spectrum are engaged in massive oversight and vote for legislation rolling back much of the Bush administration’s post 9/11 secrecy:

“The threat of militant cells in Morocco seems real, but the major question is to what extent is the regime using the arrests and trials of militant Islamists to roll back some of the reforms they promised, and which some believe have spun out of control,” – Haim Malka,

In spite of lack of capacity, Ahmedinejad makes pompous and confrontational claim that Iran can produce uranium on ‘an industrial level’:


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

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