News and Analysis (4/21/08)

Carter returns from his meeting with Meshaal and other Hamas officials saying they are open to a peace deal, but with certain conditions…

…meanwhile Israel faces a greater military and public relations threat from Hamas as the tactical lessons it learned from Hizbullah lead it to focus on precise attacks on military, not civilian targets:

Analysts say the latest legislative drive by Afghan religious hardliners (ab)using shari’a is simply a power play:

FBI and DoJ score few victories in counterterrorism trials by making arrests before enough evidence is gathered to make a strong case:

Big Brother seeks genetic surveillance of family members in order to crackdown on crime, leading some to raise privacy issues and disproportionate effects on minority communities:

Pakistani parliament is set to restore all high-level judges deposed by Musharraf, including Chief Justice Chaudhry, while reducing the former general’s powers to “little more than a constitutional figurehead”…

…meanwhile Britain gives a nod to Pakistan’s new counterterrorism strategy mix of military strength and political negotiations:


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

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