News and Analysis (3/7/08)

Despite the effectiveness and legality of non-coercive interrogation techniques, Bush and CIA director Mike Hayden oppose legislation governing interrogations according to the Army Field Manual:

Reports from human rights organizations find US foreign policy is increasingly militarized as more money continues flows into foreign military aid programs:

Neo-con Rupert Murdoch beats back defamation lawsuit, for now, against one of his newspapers after running an article implying a former Gitmo detainee lied about being tortured:

After months of relative quiet in one of Baghdad’s most tightly guarded areas, two bombs rock the Karada neighborhood, killing at least 54…

…meanwhile a recent survey of Iraqi women show violence against them is increasing and their optimism for their country’s future is dwindling:

Saudi rap group Dark2Men use their lyrical skills in “praise of Islam and their mothers, and against the war in Iraq and terrorism”:

In a further political blow to Musharraf, eleven independent parliamentarians join opposition parties:


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






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