News and Analysis (12/12/07)

A federal appeals court rules a clause in 1996 counterterrorism law banning “material support or resources” to State Department-designated terrorist organizations is unconstitutionally vague:

CIA Director Mike Hayden claims ignorance on who authorized the destruction of videotapes containing footage of Gitmo detainees’ torture and why lawmakers were not told about it sooner:

Editorial from the Lebanon Daily Star argues “effective and responsible” governments permitting free and fair elections and protecting its best and brightest minds will help Muslims flourish again:

Lebanese politics take a turn toward for the worse as a high-ranking army general likely to become the nation’s next top commander is assassinated:

Pakistani journalists accuse the state of using its central media regulatory authority to muzzle free speech and press while analysts and local activists expect more instability and violence if upcoming elections are not free and fair:

US-led coalition efforts to bring aid to local Afghanis and gain their support by day are undermined by the Taliban’s intimidation and violence:


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






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