News and Analysis (2/22/08)

Verdict against wikileaks the free speech concerns it raises shows the difficulties of enforcing national laws in transnational cyberspace:

Canadian politicians reach a bi-partisan consensus and likely to pass a bill in parliament for withdrawal of troops in 2011:

Israelis can easily get permits to build new settlements and confiscate more Palestinian land, but Palestinians seeking to build on their own land get their request permits denied by the occupiers:

Iraq’s fragile security gains are given an extra lease on life as Sadr will extend his force’s voluntary drawdown for another six months:

Moroccan gets arrested and beaten by security forces for setting up a spoof Facebook profile of a royal family member:

Saudi rap group makes it to the final of regional hip-hop contest, but faces cultural pressures from family against their musical performance:


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

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