News and Analysis (5/19-20/07) columnist Scott Horton defends Ron Paul’s analysis that 9/11 was “blowback” and takes Rudy Guiliani to task for twisting it as “blaming America”:

Religious vigilantes from notorious mosque becoming bolder in Pakistan, abducting four policemen in order to release four detained members of the Taliban…

…meanwhile the NY Times reports the US is footing the bill for Pakistani military expenditures used for a game of nuclear-armed chicken with India, instead of cooperation with anti-Al-Qaida missions:

Popularist cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr switches political gears and embarks on massive internal purging of extremists and outreach to Sunni communities:

Iran digs itself into a ditch as pro-diplomatic engagement organizations threaten academic boycott in response to detention of Middle East scholar Haleh Esfandiari:

Lebanese troops crackdown on radical militant organization alleged linked with Al-Qaida across the country, results in at least 40 deaths:


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

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