News and Analysis (2/27/12)

Foreign Policy is accused of publishing incomplete information about the IAEA’s recent experience in Iran,  painting a misleading picture that could cuase us to repeat the mistakes in Iraq:

Minaret of Freedom Institute President Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad challenges the explanations put forth for the incident that Military Religious Freedom Foundation President Mikey Weinstein blames on a culture of Islamophobic evangelism in the U.S. military; Karzai pleads for calm; and U.S. exit strategy increasingly muddled:

As NYC’s police commissioner vows to continue spying on New Jersey, revelations emerge that millions of dollars “in the the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, known as HIDTA,” — a program that “has little oversight — has paid for the cars that plainclothes NYPD officers used to conduct surveillance on Muslim neighborhoods”:

What hath NATO wrought? “This is not just about Nick and Gareth. This is about the thousands of Libyans and foreigners who have been picked up by militias who are freelancing with the law” — Human Rights Watch:

Expressing his regret that political “talk of war, intimidation, and aggression” obscures Iran’s “rich and ancient culture … under the heavy dust of politics,” writer-director Asghar Farhadi “proudly” offer his Oscar “award to the people of my country, the people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment”:

The green light is not good news for critics who “fear that if the army is in power when the document is drawn up, the ruling generals will manipulate the process to ensure the military keeps its pre-eminent position and remains above civilian oversight”:

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