News and Analysis (6/13/07)

Damaged Shi’a mosque that set off intense sectarian bloodletting in 2006 is finished off with destruction of its minarets, sparking new fears of intensified violence:

Islamist intellectual Hassan Al-Turabi allegedly a one-time supporter of Osama Bin Laden is now a major opposition figure supporting pluralism, democracy, women’s rights and peace talks with Darfurians in Sudan:

Ali Mohammad remains stuck in Guantanamo in spite of official release due to “mistaken identities, bureaucratic inertia and official neglect”:

Indonesian government unveils plan to boost national prosperity through greater economic liberty, reducing government red tape to start businesses and providing tax break incentives for publicly listed companies and greater access to bank loans for small and medium enterprises:

Demands of prominent clan delay start of reconciliation forum, members Islamic Courts Union boycott the talks:


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

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