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The Reconstituted Al-Qaeda Threat in the Maghreb

In the first week of January 2007, the Moroccan government announced the dismantling of an alleged 62-person terrorist cell (Gulf Times, January 5). According to statements made by the government, this cell had "ideological links with and financial and logistical support for international terrorist groups"... MORE

Islamist Infiltration of the Moroccan Armed Forces

At the end of July 2006, Moroccan authorities dismantled Ansar al-Mahdi, a previously unknown terrorist group, and made initial arrests of 44 people. The number of arrestees later grew to 56 and spanned multiple cities in northern Morocco. The group itself was unique and included... MORE

UKRAINIAN GAS DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS EYED FOR SWAPS WITH GAZPROM

Since the law initiated by opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and adopted by parliament on February 6 has banned any form of alienating gas transit pipelines and other Naftohaz Ukraine-owned assets (see EDM, February 7), Russia’s Gazprom and officials in Kyiv seem to be adjusting their... MORE

UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER SUE EACH OTHER

As Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych continue to dispute each other’s powers, interpreting the constitutional amendments of 2004-2006 each in his own favor, both hope for support from the judiciary. On February 5 Yushchenko referred the new law on the Cabinet... MORE

NO VALENTINE’S CARD FOR MOSCOW

February 14, 2007 -- Volume 4, Issue 32 IN THIS ISSUE: *Putin’s criticism of West not backed by military strength *Ivanov pours money into Russian army, but changes are superficial *Lukashenka courts West, rebuffs opposition -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A POTEMKIN DEMOCRACY, A POTEMKIN FREE MARKET, AND A... MORE

WILL THE ORANGE TEAM RE-UNITE?

As Ukraine’s parliament reconvened after the winter recess, the caucuses of the pro-presidential Our Ukraine (NU) bloc and the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc announced they would act as a unified opposition. NU and Tymoshenko have at least two common goals – early parliamentary elections and reversing... MORE

YUSHCHENKO, YANUKOVYCH LOCK HORNS OVER CABINET LAW

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and the ruling coalition in Kyiv have failed to find a compromise over the “Law on the Cabinet of Ministers.” The law is meant to complement the constitution, more clearly defining the remits of the president, the cabinet, and parliament; at... MORE

TOLERANCE REDUCES NEED FOR RUSSIAN LANGUAGE LAW IN UKRAINE

Although Ukraine’s Party of Regions introduced a new draft language law to parliament last fall, interest in the bill will decline following the unexpected death of key party ideologue Yevhen Kushnariov last month. Elevating Russian to an official or second state language requires a change... MORE