News and Analysis (11/26/07)

Seeking to shield itself from further legal challenges to its invasive warrantless wiretap program, the Bush administration seeks to invoke “State Secrets” doctrine before a friendly Supreme Court that is likely to rule in favor of the administration:

Modest numbers of Iraqis returning from Syria are skewed by who is considered a returnee and has less to do with security improvements than with difficulty staying in Syria:

Nawaz Sharif’s return to Pakistan poses a big question mark for analysts and Pakistan’s immediate political future as to whether or not he will participate in upcoming elections and what that will mean for trying to unify with other opposition leaders, meanwhile Musharraf reaffirms his intention to step down from his position as head of Army after being sworn in for another presidential term:

Newly elected Australian PM Kevin Rudd withdraws crucial Australian political support from Bush on Iraq policy by pledging to withdraw its small troop contingent:


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

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