News and Analysis (5/15/08)

Abducted Italian imam gives testimony over his experience of being kidnapped by the CIA and sent to Egypt for torture:

Lebanese government officials rescind earlier moves that sparked recent violence, but deeper issues surrounding electoral reform, Hezbollah weaponry and a new president still need to be tackled:

In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Nakba Hamas representative Naeem Bassem condemns the Nazi holocaust and Zionist exploitation of it to justify the occupation of Palestinian lands:

Despite Thomas Fingar’s reforms to shield intelligence analysts from political manipulation and boost analytic performance, reflected in the recent Iran NIE report’s findings, Bush hardliners remain dissatisfied:

The US continues its policy of ham-fisted missile strike assassinations against suspected terrorists in Pakistan despite the new government’s request to halt the policy:

Analysts speculate recent bombing in Indian city are likely motivated by an attempt to derail Indian-Pakistani peace talks and exploit local Muslim grievances:


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

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