News and Analysis (3/27/08)

The Bush administration makes aggressive and counterproductive moves against militants, claiming credit for a stalled offensive that has set off an intra-shi’a civil war in Iraq…

…and Pakistan where Bush provides more $300m more in last minute military aid and conducts more unilateral strikes as Islamabad’s new government comes to power:

Secularists escalate their politically motivated judicial coup to shut down the AKP by taking it to Turkey’s Constitutional Court:

Human Rights Watch details the Thai army’s torture interrogations used to put down an ethno-nationalist rebellion in the south:

President of the International Crisis Group, Gareth Evans, finds the economic and political isolation of Hamas a counterproductive failure:


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






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