News and Analysis (3/28/07)

Sunni neighborhood is rampaged by rogue Shi’a cops and militias in revenge to Sunni militants’ devastating bomb attack in a Shi’a neighborhood two days earlier: 

Upset with their bloodthirsty recklessness, many local Sunni militants are cutting ties with Al-Qaeda and in some cases fighting them: 

Major powers US, Russia and China compete for influence over Central Asian states and their resources, but face issues of state failure and Islamist activism: 

Perhaps alternative solutions would be either to let no one pray, like at the Hagia Sophia, or let both religions pray like at Abraham’s Tomb in Khalil, West Bank

The complexities of being Muslim and serving in the military: 

In spite of recent escalation of tensions and sanctions on Iran… 

…some hawks are beginning to dismiss the likelihood of a military confrontation: 


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

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