News and Analysis (4/20/07)

Thursday’s deadly bombings demonstrate that without fast and smart political action from the Iraqi government, the ‘surge’ is a failure and the bodies will continue to pile up:

“Are we in the West Bank?” – Abu Qusay, Baghdad resident

While confidence in Nigeria’s corruption and poverty-afflicted democracy dramatically declines among its citizens, Mauritania’s newly elected President is sworn in, completing a smooth transition from military to civilian rule:

Gates to Israel–Don’t worry, we’re selling these arms to Gulf nations so they can counterbalance other Muslims [Iran], not your military:

200,000 residents of Mogadishu–one-fifth of the city–flee fighting between government troops and guerrillas of the ousted Islamic Courts Union, only to arrive at malnutrition and disease:


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






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