News and Analysis (4/17/08)

Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar argues that no peace between the Israelis and Palestinians can be achieved without first allowing discussions to begin without any preconditions…

…meanwhile 20 Palestinians are killed in Israel’s latest bombing campaign, including 13 civilians and among them were 5 children and a Reuters cameraman:

Hundreds of millions in US taxpayer money is requested for Pakistani military aid rather than civil society assistance or left in the pockets of ordinary Americans:

Critics of a trial against an eccentric group with “no firearms, no explosives and no links to a terrorist group” say it involved “more hype than evidence”:

After Harvard’s school newspaper reports of law enforcement surveillance at a Pro-Palestinian rally, the ACLU questions the relationship between the University and the FBI:

Two thousand students protest the sentencing of two prominent Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders and 25 others recently detained:

Report from Refugees International finds Sadr runs the largest “unofficial” aid agency in Iraq:


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

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