News and Analysis (12/25/07)

Massive graft and increased instability in tribal areas cause US aid to Pakistan to come under increased scrutiny from Congress:

9/11 Commission chairman Thomas Kean says the CIA obstructed the Commission’s investigation in spite of the Agency’s denials:

Although Iraqi and Palestinian Christians celebrate some of the calmest Christmases in recent years, the effects of the occupations they live under still linger over their heads:

Lebanese legislators take another step to end political impasse by taking a first crack at a constitutional amendment to elect consensus candidate General Michel Suleiman:

Afghanistan expels two high-level EU officials after they meet with a wide variety of tribal leaders, including members of the Taliban:


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






One response to “News and Analysis (12/25/07)”

  1. ImadadDean Avatar

    Regarding the Bethlehem stories, contrast the e-mail I received from Daoud Nassar in my blog “’Come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!’ (Offer may not apply to Palestinian Christians)” ( with the rose-colored glasses “Christmas Cheer Returns to Bethlehem” (
    2007/12/25/AR2007122500189.html) in The Washington Post.

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