News and Analysis (5/9/07)

Secularists’ real fears of a growing public manifestation of Islam in Turkey are at the local level, not the national level:

Young democracy activists from American and Egypt agree on little from the public role of Islam to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict:

Iran shoots itself in the foot, indefinitely detaining Iranian-American academic who brought in other experts favoring diplomacy over military muscle:

While the US apologizes to families of 69 Afghans killed or wounded in March incident, 21 other Afghan civilians die in air strike from American-led NATO forces:

Living in the midst of a lack of security and foreign military occupation from Ethiopian troops, Somalis are further angered by government soldiers confiscating and burning face veils worn by women:


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






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