News and Analysis (5/2/07)

Turkish Constitutional Court strikes down Islamic-oriented party’s presidential bid, described by some constitutional law experts as “unfortunate” and denounced by Prime Minister Erdogan as a “bullet fired at democracy”:

“Instead of improving ourselves, we are returning back to the Stone Age.”–Um Mohammad, Baghdad resident

“We can no longer accept civilian casualties. It is becoming a heavy burden…”–President Hamid Karzai

New York Times editorial slams Bush administration’s withdrawal of its voluntary–not legally mandated– decision to get a court warrant before electronically spying on Americans:

Homeland Security Secretary Mike Chertoff advocates for an immoral and ineffective race-based approach to preventing UK-based terrorists from infiltrating America:


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

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