News and Analysis (6/16-17/07)

As internationally respected journalist Ahmed Rashid argues that blind US support for Musharraf will backfire parallels that of the Shah of Iran, US officials visit Pakistan, restating their support for the dictator: 

Former World Bank official tapped to become Prime Minister, meanwhile Hamas declares new government illegal: 

In behind-the-scenes debates between hawks and diplomacy advocates, neo-conservative hawk tells conservative research groups that “diplomatic strategy was failing, and that by next spring Mr. Bush might have to decide whether to take military action.” 

In reaction to latest bombing attack on the Shi’a Askariya mosque, Moqtada As-Sadr calls for peaceful pilgrimage to site’s ruins: 

Civilian Pentagon officials force “overzealous” Army investigator of Abu Gharib torture into early retirement “without explanation”: 


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

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