News and Analysis (10/13-14/07)

Member of prominent Shi’a party calls for a complete withdrawal of all foreign troops and rejects permanent foreign military bases, but also supports greater decentralization of the Iraqi government, while Australia calls for snap election with the front-runner party declaring support for a complete withdrawal from Iraq:

A New York Times editorial finds that once again the Bush administration has been exaggerating the threat of terrorism to scare Congress and the American people into passing unconstitutional and anti-privacy legislation, however one report finds that the administration was allegedly secretly seeking such power even before 9/11:

Political infighting within Somalia’s weak transitional government only adds to its woes as its insurgency and refugee problems continue to intensify:

Some good news from Iraq: “one small tactical victory in need of a much larger strategic or political triumph:”

Alejandro

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

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