Month: July 2006

  • News and Analysis Updates

    Despite Bush declaring his wish to see Guantanamo Bay detention facility close, a new maximum security prison built by Halliburton will be opening in the next few weeks at Guantanamo New Maximum-security Jail to Open at Guantanamo Bay (The Independent) More information revealed about CIA abduction of Muslims in Italy CIA Targeted `More than 10′ […]

  • Moroccan Female Religious Leaders Featured on PBS’ Wide Angle

    By Sarah Swick, Minaret of Freedom Institute, Last week’s episode of PBS’ “Wide Angle” chronicled the newest program in Morocco’s path towards reform. “Class of 2006” told the story of Morocco’s first official female religious leaders, or murchidates. Fifty women graduated along side their male counterparts from the year of intensive religious studies. The […]

  • News and Analysis Updates

    Starting today we shall send our news and analysis links from our website ( in a daily blog post. Enjoy these informative news stories and provokative analyses touching on issue sof liberty and Islam. Michael Neumann argues that humanitarianism is the last refuge of the imperialist scoundrels: Humanitarian Intervention: The White Man’s Burden? (Counterpunch) Lebanese […]

  • An Israeli’s Realistic Assessment of American Middle East Policy Failures

    by Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D., Minaret of Freedom Institute Today Leon Hadar was at the CATO Institute promoting his book Sandstorm: Policy Failure in the Middle East. Commentators suggested that “quagmire” was a more appropriate term than sandstorm giving that sandstorms blow over fairly quickly while our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan just goes on […]

  • What’s Next in Iraq?

    The Iraqi prime minister wants U.S. troops to stay. The Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament says they must leave. With the nascent civil war now forcing troop redeployments to Baghdad, we still have seats available for our intimate meeting with Sabah Al-Jadooa at the Minaret of Freedom Institute brown bag luncheon at noon today, July […]

  • A Muslim’s Personal Account of a Week Exploring Liberty

    by Sarah Swick, Minaret of Freedom Institute, I recently had the opportunity to attend a weeklong seminar on “Freedom, Tolerance and Civil Society” sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies. The seminar solidified my understanding of liberty and classical liberal thought. Through lectures by philosophers, lawyers, and an economist along with discussion with a […]

  • Is There Religious Neutrality in the Enforcement of the Neutrality Act?

    The Washington Post’s Jerry Markon (‘Va. Jihad’ Case Hailed As Key in War on Terror, June 8, 2006) quoted chief Alexandria federal prosecutor Chuck Rosenberg as dismissing any suggestion of anti-Muslim bias in the highly criticized “Paintball 11” convictions because, he claims, the government does “not prosecute people because they are Muslims or Catholics or […]

  • Law Journal Publishes Article on Freedom of Religion in Islam

    My article on “American and Muslim Perspectives on Freedom of Religion” has been published in the May 2006 issue of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. From the introduction: My aim is to compare the legal and cultural perspectives on the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses from American and Muslim vantage points. From […]

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