News and Analysis (1/1/2008)

As information emerges that Bhutto was assassinated on the day she was due to go public with two reports detailing alleged Pakistani government and intelligence involvement in election rigging using US military aid money, rival opposition leader Nawaz Sharif flexes his political muscles by calling for Musharraf’s resignation and forming a coalition government with the PPP:

After calling for political reforms and supporting a group of reformist academics jailed without trial, popular Saudi blogger Fouad al-Farhan is arrested himself:

Arab-Israeli human rights group criticizes Israel for using Arab-Israeli towns as “human shields” by placing military equipment, including artillery positions inside them during the 2006 Lebanon war:

Algerian MPs violate Islamic norms of religious freedom by seeking state regulation of Christian missionary rather than following the Qur’anic command to leave it with the responsibility of individual Muslims to “Invite to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and fair preaching”:

Members of the Gulf Cooperation Council take a big step toward regional economic integration by removing barriers to financial transactions and labor migration, however optimism over the plan is tempered by the weakened dollar and the possibly of higher inflation:


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

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