News and Analysis (4/19-20/08)

Pentagon’s establishes and uses secret relations with TV military analysts to enact “a coherent, active policy” of systematically spinning media coverage in favor of Bush administration policies:

Data compiled by US government experts finds 542 out a record-high 658 suicide bombings in 2007 took place in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a further 86 percent of all such attacks have occurred since 2001:

In a further blow to Ahmedinejad’s popularity, three of Iran’s top conservative and moderate clerics slam the embattled president over his mishandling of the economy:

Tensions between Najaf’s traditionalist Ayatollahs and Sadr’s movement hit an all time high after the latter threatens to declare “open war” against the Iraqi government:

After German officials began publicly recognizing “Islam is a part of German society” and opening political doors to its majority-Muslim “guest worker” population, Deutschland sees an exponential growth in immigrant politicians:

Ottawa’s case against the so-called “Toronto 18” continues to suspiciously weaken after it dropped charges against at least seven individuals:


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

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