News and Analysis (5/14/08)

As charges are dropped against alleged “20th hijacker” Mohammed al-Qahtani due to flawed evidence based on torture…

…commentators say the cases of al-Qahtani and suicide bomber Abdullah al-Ajmi show Gitmo’s torture regime is immoral, ineffective and counterproductive:

US officials spin Iranian involvement in Iraqi peace deal as an attempt to stop arming militias, despite a lack of evidence showing Tehran’s complicity:

Pakistan forces withdraw from area where nationalist militants fight for political autonomy and control over their own economic resources…

…meanwhile Asif Zardari gets cleared of another corruption case the day after his suspicious footdragging over judge restoration leads to a split in Pakistan’s coalition government:


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

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