News and Analysis (4/26-27/08)

Secret DoJ letters given to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden argue the Geneva Convention protections do not apply to interrogations used specifically to combat terrorism:

Prominent civil society advocate’s arrest and release signal growing power among the Kingdom’s pro-democracy activists and bloggers:

In spite of the recent assassination attempt, President Hamid Karzai slams US and UK troops for undermining his authority by inflicting heavy civilian casualties and continuing policies of arresting Taliban members that clash with his reconciliation programs:

Columnist Rami Khouri argues that if Western and Israeli leaders believe Hamas’ 10-year truce is a farce, the best way to prove it is by “calling their bluff” and accepting their offer:

University of California-San Diego professor Babak Rahimi argues sanctions not only hurt ordinary Iranian citizens, but also strengthen the country’s authoritarian power centers:

Opposition parties are at an impasse over whether shorter terms for Supreme Court judges should be part of the reinstatement package for all federal judges deposed by Musharraf:

Daily Star Lebanon editorial argues that, in a highly twisted sense of irony, the Israeli and American governments are making the same political mistakes in towards Gazans that American and European governments did during WWII when the Holocaust was taking place:


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

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