News and Analysis (5/10-11/08)

Gitmo’s parallel legal system comes under attack again after a military judge disqualifies a top Pentagon lawyer from further participation in the process due to pushing prosecutors “to use evidence under coercive interrogations”:

Whistleblowers reveal a memo showing Scott Bloch, head of the Office of Special Counsel, inverting the agency’s mission by retaliating against people for political purposes:

Tensions in Lebanon remain high as fighting continues in other parts of the country despite Hezbollah withdrawal from West Beirut:

Sudan ends its relations with Chad after accusing it of training militants involved in a failed attack on Khartoum:

Pakistan’s “little Switzerland” sees a reprieve from violence as local Taliban militants sign a truce and agree to enter into peace talks…

…meanwhile talks among coalition parties on judge restoration remain deadlocked:


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

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