News and Analysis (2/20-21/09)

As the saga enters its 7th year, the judge denies a government motion to reconsider her decision to reexamine the 2006 Plea Negotiations in the Sami al-Arian case:

If anything  motivated Abdallah Saleh al-Aj, it was certainly his time spent in Guantanamo:

“As major banks in America and Europe were shuttered or partly nationalized and thousands of people in the U.S. financial sector were laid off, Lebanon’s banks had one of their best years ever”:

While public opinion of the US continues to dwindle …

… For any chance of success, Obama must figure how to persuade  militants to lay down their arms, coax help from NATO allies and eliminate extremists havens on the Afghan-Pakistan border:

Musharraf’s decline may have undermined Kashmir resolution:

Obama would be wise to follow the advice of the letter, “the Palestinian issue is the key to resolving all the problems in the area… There can be no peace without Hamas”:

Thanks to $1 billion in help from Russia,


Minaret of Freedom Institute Program Assistant






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