News and Analysis (4/17/07)

Nigeria’s national elections already marred by violence and accusations of ballot manipulation become more complicated as popular banned candidate is finally cleared to run – 5 days before elections:

Voluntary pullout of Sadrists from Iraqi government could fill ministries based on merit, but also poses potential problem of worsening political situation on the street with many Shi’a:

Dire refugee situation in Iraq for refugees forces them to flee to the stable Kurdish controlled northern areas and prompts the UN to ask regional neighbors to continue to open their borders to those escaping the violence:

Human Rights Watch report condemns Taliban attacks against civilians as War Crimes:

Sudanese objections to UN aid to Darfur dropped, paving way for joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force:

Analysts find that one of Indonesia’s highest courts needs its powers to be more separated from the executive branch by making its judges serve their positions as life terms:


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

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