News and Analysis (4/12-13/08)

With increasing pressure to respect the rights of Guantanamo detainees under American law Afghnais are sent to Afghanistan where lawyers allege they are denied their rights under Afghani law:

President of the New America Foundation, Steven Coll, argues Pakistan’s re-democratization, not Bush’s counterterrorism policies, is more likely to bring down Bin Laden:

…meanwhile Pakistan’s new government proposes passing a bill re-allowing live broadcasts and dropping punishments for journalists who “ ‘defame’ the president, the government or the army:”

Baghdad’s dismissal of 1,300 soldiers who deserted or refused to fight in the recent Basra offensive and flawed weapons purchases suggests endemic incompetence and corruption within all levels of Iraq’s military:

Despite facing some internal and external opposition, Saudi King Abdullah plans to move ahead with his inter-religious dialog conference:

“Hamas and their supporters are the only ones who don’t get hurt by this siege”–unemployed 35-yr. old father of five:

PM Gordon Brown’s push for more Big Brother laws leaves him as one of the most unpopular British leaders since the 1930s:

Twelve years after Sudan expelled al-Qaeda, recent events point to an unwelcome return of terrorists “motivated by anger over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, and bombing strikes in Somalia, where U.S. and Ethiopian forces helped topple an Islamic regime”:


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

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