News and Analysis (4/18/07)

Pentagon releases redacted transcript of statement by captured militant, in which he asserts he was tortured causing him to make false confessions about himself and have physical problems, such as seizures:

Saudis agree to waive the interest on the interest-free loans and “failed to deliver” on past promises for further aid:

Five Virginia Techs in Baghdad – at least 157 dead, 173 wounded:

150 Parliamentarians in a unanimous voice vote, remove 30 opposition Parliamentarians “for failing to attend sessions”:

Media analyst on Israel-Palestine and Middle East affairs expresses concerns that the preview of the PBS  series on American-Islamic relations suggests that coverage reflects a misleadingly narrow scope:

Scholars and madrassas convention in Pakistan declares suicide attacks and coerced implementation of Islamic jurisprudence as “un-Islamic”:

Two Muslim women – one a senior researcher and the other a prominent religious scholar – answer questions in a symposium living as a Muslim in America:

Prominent American Muslim political analyst takes latest RAND report on ‘Moderate Muslims’ to task for its factual inaccuracies and strong ideological bias: 


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

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