News and Analysis (7/10/07)

Series of FBI oversight reports find that Gonzales was aware of civil liberties violations, including abuses of national security letters, raising questions of whether or not he intentionally misled during Congressional debates about Patriot Act:

While squeezing the life out of Gaza and refusing to deal with the local government, Israel demands Palestinians “get it together” first before reopening border entry points:

In spite of vigilante leader’s reported death at the Red Mosque, commando operation encounters stiff and bloody resistance, leading to at least 50 rebel, military and civilian deaths so far:

“The restoration of democracy — the re-establishment of civilian power according to the 1973 Pakistani constitution — is ultimately the only reasonable policy option in the short, medium and long terms.” – Frederic Grare, Carnegie Endowment Visiting Scholar

Debate over withdrawal likely to be accelerated as soon-to-be released Iraq report will likely detail failure to meet all benchmarks:

Afghani children unable to fulfill Islamic obligation “to seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave” due to terror attacks from Taliban:

Analysts see international pressure and technical hurdles as causes behind Iran’s shift towards greater willingness for diplomatic engagement with US:


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

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