News and Analysis (1/11/08)

Members of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and neo-cons continue same tactics to persecute Virginia-based Islamic Saudi Academy, first accusing the Saudi government and now the State Dept. of non-cooperation:

New York Times op-ed slams America’s bloated and ineffective Homeland Security bureaucracy and the “hyperbolic alarms” used to justify it…

…meanwhile the FBI’s inability to pay its telephone bills on time, not Congressional oversight, limits its ability to spy on Americans:

Defense for Padilla and co-defendants allege the government is wildly exaggerating conviction charges to push for life sentences:

News roundup by the Christian Science Monitor and analysis by independent political historian Gareth Porter shows the US’ version of the near flare-up in the Persian Gulf is sinking:

Bush remains optimistic about Mideast peace and continuing pressure on Iran in spite of any political breakthroughs while visiting the Holy Land and Kuwait’s refusal to be used as a base to attack Iran:

Analysts say economic and diplomatic engagement, not isolation, can help counter Iranian influence in Syria:


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






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