News and Analysis (6/30/08)

U.S. claims of concern for Iraqi sovereignty are overshadowed by the perpetual need to prop up Iraqi forces…

…and government involvement in oil field development contracts…

…meanwhile cushy oil revenues in Iran have made elected officials comfortable with overspending despite rising inflation rates:

Morocco’s journalists follow the scuffle between major Arabic news media and the government it is critical of:

Stopping short of setting the price of bread itself, the Lebanese economic ministry promises flour subsidies, even though rising commodity prices is a global issue:

With political changes in Islamabad affecting US-Pakistani relations, American officials squabble over approving special operations forces to target terrorists:

A massive aerial exercise simulating an attack on Iran illustrates Israel’s intention to preserve its nuclear monopoly in the Middle East:

A French company and a local NGO team up to provide training for teachers to motivate students still recovering from historic tsunami:


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






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