News and Analysis (9/25/07)

As Ahmadinejad comes to New York City to deliver speeches at the UN and Columbia University, Iran releases the fourth and final Iranian-American detained:

Judges under kangaroo court system say that its planned trials for Guantanamo detainees can finally go ahead now that the prisoners’ formal status as “unlawful enemy combatants” have been resolved:

While military statisticians split hairs over what exactly determines a “sectarian” attack, the US intelligence community goes beyond the numbers and takes into account how Iraqis subjectively perceive their own lives:

In a rather late, but unusually strong worded statement, the US chastises the Musharraf government for suppressing domestic political opposition, while for opposition candidate and former Supreme Court judge, Wajihuddin Ahmad, professes his run for the nation’s top spot is about upholding democratic principles, not electoral viability:

Lebanon’s parties continue to remain at a standstill as the first round of presidential elections in the parliament ends quickly due to a lack of a two-thirds quorum necessary to cast a vote:


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

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