News and Analysis (5/25/07)

Tehran and Washington up the ante–with warships, military exercises, detained Iranian-Americans and the latest IAEA report–before talks begin on Iraq’s security:

Editorial in the Washington Post urges the Bush administration to press Musharraf on strengthening Pakistan’s democratic institutions as an alternative to religious extremists coming to power:

Sadr makes public appearance after laying low for a while and publicly reasserts himself over his own organization in the midst of internal purging of rogue elements and renewed overtures to Sunni groups:

Ruling in North Carolina keep the doors of religious liberty open to Muslims, allowing them to publicly swear oaths on the Qur’an:

After PBS rejects controversial film on Islam based on “filmmaking and documentary standards” film is resurrected by CPB, suggesting political motivations and pressure were involved:


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






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