News and Analysis (5/1/07)

Amid reports of the alleged death of Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub Al-Masri, US National Counterterrorism Center releases annual report showing a 91% increase in terrorist attacks inside Iraq:

While the legal standoff over the Turkish Presidential goes directly to the courts, a CSM editorial argues that secularist should be pushing for greater checks and balances in government and electoral reforms, not banning public religious practice and the Washington Post argues that “the principal threat to democracy in Turkey comes not from the AK party but from its opponents”:

Issues of religious freedom and profiling, competing with the need for security are at the heart of discrimination case brought by Imams to US Federal court:


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

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