News and Analysis (4/15/08)

Congress pushes back against Big Brother’s encroachment on liberties, by seeking to rein the FBI’s abuse of national security letters through tighter legislation…

…and South Carolina governor Mark Sanford slams REAL ID legislation for its lack of debate in Congress and its financial and privacy costs to taxpayers:

Middle East expert Juan Cole analyzes the three separate civil wars going on in the north, south and central parts of Iraq between and their possible future directions:

China’s repression of Muslim Uighurs’ cultural and religions expressions lead to ongoing tension and resentment toward the Beijing government:

Reflecting on 35 years of reporting on terrorism, BBC reporter Peter Taylor finds many terrorists are “normal people prepared to do ruthlessly abnormal things” in reaction to heavy-handed state policies:

Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri slams Iran’s latest election as “neither free nor fair” and accuses the current government of imposing dictatorship in the name of Islam:

Despite Israel’s frosty reception, former US President Jimmy Carter offers to act as a middleman between Israel and Hamas:


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

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