News and Analysis (2/27/08)

Lebanon Daily Star columnist Rami Khouri gives his analysis of the latest polling data on Muslims by Gallup and contrasts with the ignorant rhetoric of the current American presidential candidates:

Waterboarded Gitmo detainee Abu Zubaydah finally gets a lawyer after being held for 6 years, meanwhile one of the administration’s chief legal defenders of torture and anti-habeus corpus resigns:

Big Brother gets beaten back by parliament, rejecting a bill to detain terrorism suspects for 42 days without charges:

Egypt political motivations perpetuate the delay 40 Muslim Brotherhood members and cause the detention of another 16:

President Bush uses fear-mongering to goad the House of Representatives into renewing the warrantless spy law, however one telecom lawyer finds “he had seen little practical effect on the industry’s surveillance operations since the law expired”:


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

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