News and Analysis (1/28/08)

Limits on free expression in secular Turkey demonstrated by 15-month (suspended) jail sentence imposed on liberal Turkish academic Attila Yayla for allegedly “insulting Turkishness”:

Iranian officials claim that Cairo and Tehran are close to restoring full diplomatic ties with each other:

In the wake of the border crisis, Hamas gains leverage in negotiations with Fatah and “pierce[s] the consensus” at Annapolis that peace talks can move forward while isolating Hamas:

Crucial Iraqi Sunni ally threatens to allow Al-Qaeda to return if a political deal isn’t struck allowing his men to be incorporated into the Iraqi army and police:

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan lobbies the US to change its policies toward Pakistan, while Musharraf invokes stability among European leaders to continue to support him:

Stuck between catering to US interests and avoiding religious militants’ violence, Yemen treads a careful path of compromise to fight terrorist networks:

Commentator Justin Raimondo analyzes the latest abuse of state secrets privilege, the “unprecedented gag order” on Sibel Edmonds’ allegations that our nuclear secrets are being stolen by a network of foreign intelligence middlemen who could sell them to rogue states or terrorists:


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






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