News and Analysis (11/12/07)

Big Brother makes a big push on both sides of the Atlantic: In Britain lawmakers push for legislation allowing terrorism suspects to be detained for up to 56 days without criminal charges, while a top US intelligence official states in Congressional testimony that privacy no longer means anonymity, but trusting that the State and businesses safeguard their information:

Using tactics and ideology similar to Nazis, Denmark’s far-right party whips up anti-Muslim sentiment to gain seats in the run up to next week’s parliamentary elections, however such tactics hold little resonance with Danes and instead a centrist party led by a politically astute Danish Muslim that may end up being the real kingmaker:

A country led an impotent, fragmented and corrupt government, suffering from a deadly insurgency and living with a highly unpopular occupation, Somalia is the second deadliest place in the world for journalists to do their work, after Iraq:

Musharraf makes an oxymoronic promise of continuing ahead with January elections, but giving no specific date when martial law ends, meanwhile opposition leader Bhutto predicts more street clashes between her supporters and police if they are prevented from attending a rally against the current suspension of democracy:

Work hard, pray hard: Sengal’s Mouride Sufi order blends together “A unique mix of militant capitalism and moderate Islam” with a “central doctrine of hard work as a means to paradise”:


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

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