News and Analysis (8/23/07)

Libya’s heir-apparant seeks decentralization and growth civil society as part of plan for  political reform tht suggests democracy a a market economy, but he dare not cross some “red lines” as long as his father remains “The Leader:”

Big Brother seeks to probe charity groups working abroad, while shrouding its findings in secrecy and focusing on organizations working the West Bank and Gaza:

Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell claims “100 or less” Americans are being targeted for secret court-approved wiretaps, but how many Americans of so-called “foreign intelligence value” are being monitor without a court-approved warrant?

In latest legal blow to Musharraf, Pakistan’s Supreme Court rules that exiled former PM Nawaz Sharif may return to Pakistan:

Detained Al-Jazeera reporter Sami Al-Hajj’s mental and physical health is deteriorating due to a hunger strike protesting his incarceration at Guantanamo:


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

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