News and Analysis (12/21/07)

Former Iranian president Rafsanjani harshly criticizes Ahmadinejad for economic mismanagement, citing rising inflation and comparing his policies to the Shah:

Big Brother seeks to move ahead with a plan to spy domestically from the heavens in spite of civil liberties concerns and lack of communication with House oversight body:

In seeking to uphold the ban on Tariq Ramadan judge reasons that courts have no place in reviewing any visa denials, including those based on ideological grounds:

5 Years of a hubris-guided and badly mismanaged occupation in Iraq is largely the reason behind war costs that now top 11 years in Vietnam, meanwhile political blowback from prominent Shi’a leaders emerge after implementing a plan to arm local Sunni groups to fight Al-Qai’da:

Israeli transport and infrastructure ministers say the country should seriously consider “any potential ceasefire proposal” from Hamas:


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






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