News and Analysis (11/20/07)

The uproar over the Los Angeles Police Department’s planned use of blatant racial profiling to prevent terrorism, civil society activists scrutinize department’s actions further and force law enforcement officials to try a different method—reaching out to Muslim community leaders:

With better security, some Baghdadis begin a slow return to normalcy, however the sustainability of such calm is in question as this may have to do with militants moving their operations elsewhere in the country, while others take note that only a small fraction of the 5.4 million Iraqi refugees and internally displaced persons have returned to their homes:

As General Musharraf heads to Saudi Arabia, he eases martial law by releasing over 3,000 political prisoners, while questions emerge over how loyal Ashfaq Kayani, the man slated to be the next head of the Army, is to the Musharraf and how Kayani will handle domestic unrest and Taliban militancy:

Lebanon delays its presidential election for a fourth time as heated negotiations between competing factions continue, meanwhile the Army is called in to tighten security around government buildings:


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

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