News and Analysis (6/19/07)

As the US finally releases money withheld from the Palestinian government, an op-ed in the Washington Post argues that trying to isolate Hamas in the Gaza Strip while attempting to bolster economic, military and political support for Fatah in the West Bank is deeply flawed: 

Iraq shows why its on the Top 10 list on “2007 Failed States Index” as 75 people die in bomb attack on Shi’a mosque in central Baghdad in spite a massive 10,000-man anti-terrorism crackdown in the capital: 

Transitional government grants amnesty to all Islamist groups in hopes of coaxing them into national conciliation talks; Islamists “welcome” the gesture but refuse to enter discuss unless Ethiopia withdraws: 

While stances and political appointees change or entrench themselves among government and opposition parties, experts on Pakistan find that support for democratic reform, not Musharraf’s authoritarianism is the best antidote to fighting extremism: 


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

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