News and Analysis (5/30/07)

Observers in Pakistan find that greater civic engagement and power-sharing between “secular” democratic forces and the government will roll back extremism, not the status quo… 

… meanwhile, for the first time since the controversy began, the nation’s former Chief Justice provides detailed allegations of pressure by government and military officials to resign: 

While fighting re-ignites between Lebanese government forces and militants in Nahar Al-Bared, a three-delegation group of religious scholars are attempting to broker a deal with Fatah al-Islam: 

State interferes in Malaysian’s conversion to Christianity, refuses have her new religious identity “officially recognized”: 

CS Monitor columnist opines that while its seems both sides recognize that violence is not productive, Washington and Tehran’s posturing and war of words aren’t helping either: 

Al-Qaeda-allied groups extend their reach into North Africa, with counterterrorism experts noting that militants are learning from the lessons taught in Iraq: 


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






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