News and Analysis (1/22/08)

Federal prosecutors seek to put Padilla and co-defendants behind bars for life for their dangerous intentions, not violent actions, but all get no more than 17 years:

Failure of Ahmedinejad’s policies forces Supreme Leader Khamenei to side with pragmatic conservatives in the latest fiscal confrontation with hardliners:

Independent analyst Gareth Porter finds the evidence does not support claims of Iranian and Hezbollah involvement in the 1994 bombing of Buenos Aires’ Jewish community center:

International Crisis Group report finds a militant group in one of Indonesia’s flashpoints is dismantled, but also warns unaddressed issues of justice and corruption could undermine sustainable peace:

Kuwait’s sole female legislator beats off an attempt to have her removed from parliament based on alleged “mismanagement and endangering traditional religious values”:

Analysts find feudalism and military coups are responsible for the retardation of democratic development in Pakistan:


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

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