News and Analysis (8/1/07)

Bush administration officials continue to show their contempt for the rule of law as intelligence chief McConnell reveals NSA eavesdropping is just the tip of iceberg and brazenly lobbies for more powers with less oversight while VP Cheney argues against closing Gitmo:

Iraq’s largest Sunni bloc withdraws from the government, creating political quagmire, in addition to chaotic security situation:

As the Taliban absorb tactics learned from Al-Qaeda in Iraq, tribal elders find themselves stuck between a rock and hard place, having their guns taken away by the government and being killed by ruthless extremists and careless NATO forces:

Jordan’s main Islamist party boycotts elections citing government interference at the polls:

Sectarianism lands in Nigeria as local Shi’a headquarters is demolished by state authorities without official explanation after anti-Shi’a cleric is mysteriously killed:


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

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