News and Analysis (1/30/08)

AG Mukasey comes clean on his waterboarding views, suggesting it “could be used against terrorism suspects once again if requested by the White House”:

In order to stave off expiration of the warrantless wiretapping powers and come to a compromise, Congress passes a 15-day extension:

In a move that violates Afghanistan’s separation of powers, its Senate issues a statement supporting the “blasphemy” death sentence against a local journalist:

Israeli Supreme Court okays the IDF’s occupation and collective punishment of Gaza:

“It’s an issue of human rights, not secularism,”—Ergun Ozbudun, Turkish law professor and constitutional expert

In another sign of infighting over foreign policy, the Bush administration publicly fumes over its UN envoy sitting on the same panel as Iran’s foreign minister in Switzerland:

In a written statement, Pakistan’s former Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry slams Musharraf “for sacking him and 60 other top judges” … :

… while Washington Post reporter Imtiaz Ali finds the Taliban continue expanding their influence in tribal areas:


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






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