News and Analysis (3/29-30/08)

After continuing to put up stiff resistance to the Iraqi government…

…Muqtada Al-Sadr unilaterally draws down many of his forces and offers a truce, but with certain conditions, including refusal to disarm…

…meanwhile former national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski offer his reasons and formula for getting out of Iraq:

Pakistani PM Yusuf Gillani flexes his political muscles, winning a breakthrough unanimous vote of confidence, leading analysts to believe he has the clout to impeach Musharraf:

EU warns secular extremists’ attempts at banning the ruling AK party would be a set back to Turkey’s membership bid:

Condi Rice managed to cajole Israel into minor concessions that don’t include any freezes on settlement building and remove only a fraction of the 563 roadblocks cantonizing the West Bank:

“We’re worried that provocations and insults against us have increased recently. I wouldn’t want to ban (the play) but you can bet on protests from Muslim people. They can’t be expected to put up with everything.”—Nurhan Soykan, Spokeswoman for the Central Council of Muslims in Germany


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

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