News and Analysis (3/20/08)

In a major political breakthrough for Iraq, legislation addressing Sunni concerns is passed:

Reuters correspondent Cynthia Johnston describes how she was harassed by Egyptian security forces while covering the beat on the Muslim Brotherhood:

Despite Big Brother powers given to American intelligence agencies, Al-Qaeda remains alive largely due lack of linguistic and cultural expertise; meanwhile, Bin Laden issues a new threat to the EU, this time over a re-printing of cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):

The Kuwaiti Emir dissolves parliament and calls for snap elections after not getting “fruitful cooperation,” not on electoral reform this time, but over pay increases:

Sectarian violence spreads to Nigeria, and barely kept under the surface:


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

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