News and Analysis (5/20/08)

Drawdown of troops in Iraq reverts back to pre-“surge” number at which it is expected to remain until at least the end of Bush’s term…

…meanwhile US support for Sunni militias temporarily reduces overall violence, but also opens the door for armed criminal extortion of local residents:

Ahmedinejad continues his self-inflicted wounds as other senior clerics and politicians slam him for using religion to mask his failing political and economic policies:

Mohammed Bazzi argues Lebanon’s past and present internal conflicts are rooted in its outdated confessional system, while talks to resolve the current crisis remain deadlocked:

Xenophobic Danish party uses Islamophobia to move toward restricting religious liberties of Muslim judges:

Bush seeks to expand government secrecy in policy memo that creates new designations for information classification:

Nigerian president Yar’Adua’s so-called commitment to the rule of law stops when it comes to probing into the alleged criminal activity of his predecessor Olusegun Obasanjo:


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






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