News and Analysis (3/24/08)

A few days after reaching the fifth anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the US reaches another gloomy milestone—4,000 US soldiers killed…

…meanwhile Der Spiegel conducts an in-depth investigation of Germany’s role in providing false intelligence to hawkish elements within the US:

Cheney charges Hamas, Syria and Iran are “wrecking” Middle East peace despite Israel’s refusal to negotiate over the Golan Heights, continuing US and Israel belligerence toward Iran and Israel’s opposition to a unity government that could stabilize the Palestinian National Authority:

A former Al-Qaeda militant recounts his sense of disillusionment and betrayal by UBL’s actions:

Musharraf’s power quickly fades as he faces a hostile new parliament, stuck in a position that is “largely ceremonial” according to Pakistan’s own constitution, and no longer has the backing of the army:


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

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