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

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

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