News and Analysis (6/26/08)

In a major political breakthrough, Bush seeks to end North Korea’s pariah status despite allegations that the country helped in the creation of a secret Syrian nuclear reactor. However, ongoing saber rattling with Iran could prompt Tehran to take “drastic steps”:

Supreme Court upholds Second Amendment’s individual right to bear arms:

Spy bill eviscerating the Fourth Amendment and the rule of law bypasses a Congressional procedural vote, while a New York federal judge says the NSA doesn’t have to disclose whether it violates attorney-client privilege:

Militants lash out at government institutions and Sunni tribal “awakening” militias, killing at least 30:

In Lebanon’s second largest city, Shi’a/Sunni tensions are stoked by rumors of foreign intervention on both sides:

Radio Free Europe analyst Dan Kimmage argues that Al-Qaeda’s appeal can be fought by supporting greater Internet freedom in Muslim-majority countries:


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






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