News and Analysis (5/29/07)

Analysts and opposition members alike find that Musharraf is steadily losing grip on power and will soon be at a crossroads: either step aside and allow for free and fair elections, or declare martial law…

…meanwhile religious radicals continue to advance their agendas and fill in the power vacuum Musharraf has created by playing on peoples’ economic and political discontent:

Federal prosecutors use only 5% of some 300,000 tapped phone calls, with the rest “untranslated and effectively off limits to defense lawyers in FBI vaults”, as evidence against Padilla co-defendants, defense asserts “cherry picking” of incriminating conversations and ignoring exculpatory discussions:

The case of Osama El-Dawoody highlights a fundamental problem of using informants in investigations–are they valuable sources of information or agent provocateurs?

Case of Malaysian convert to Christianity highlights issues of authority in Malaysia’s dual secular-Islamic legal system and ill-informed interpretations of religious freedom in Islamic thought:


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

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