News and Analysis (11/21/07)

New York Times editorial praises some members of congress for trying to pass a bill that would restore some oversight to the ongoing NSA spying program and argues that “red lines” must be drawn on establishing clear sunset provisions, giving the FISA court oversight powers and denying amnesty to telecoms’ that collaborated with the government spying program:

A federal judge threatens to declare a new trial for convicted Muslim leader Ali Al-Tamimi unless greater transparency in government information on evidence to support the conviction is opened to both the prosecution and defense:

Musharraf attempts to pull a political sleight of hand by freeing over 3,400 political prisoners, but detains 150 Pakistani journalists and keeps former Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudry under house arrest; meanwhile Pakistani military officials announce a 15,000-man troop buildup to repel Taliban forces in the Swat valley:

Government-rigged elections in Jordan hit the country’s leading Islamist opposition party hard in the polls, falling far short of even the party’s own modest expectations for representation in the next parliament:

Intensified violence takes its toll on Somalis as it forces one million people to flee their homes, including approximately sixty percent of Mogadishu’s population:

Inverting Islamic tenets of justice, a Saudi Arabian judge further punishes a gang rape victim and her lawyer for speaking out against an earlier unfair verdict punishing the victim and giving lenient sentences to the rapists:



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

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