News and Analysis (1/16/08)

CIA spy ops chief Jose Rodriguez says he made the order to destroy the torture tapes because the White House’s silence on the matter gave him tacit consent:

Human Rights First alleges “…unwillingness or inability to systematically investigate or prosecute” possible crimes hold back the ongoing Blackwater probe:

After five and half years of distraction in Iraq, allowing the Taliban to regroup, the Pentagon now decides to send more reinforcements:

Independent analyst Gareth Porter reconstructs how Pentagon manipulation and media carelessness almost turned a mundane encounter, into the next Gulf of Tonkin incident:

Ahmadinejad’s failed economic policies force him to make unusual criticism of morality police in order to keep him from losing further popularity:

Syria’s top Muslim cleric condemns terrorism, but also slams US and Israeli foreign policies toward Palestinians and Arabs:

Although having no problems in past years, stellar Muslim long distance runner Juashaunna Kelly is now disqualified from competing in regional and national meets because of sudden allegations that her tailored Muslim athletic clothing violates sport rules:


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






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