News and Analysis (7/24/07)

Panel of Muslim Scholars re-affirm military jihad as self-defense and opine that Muslims are free to choose to leave their faith if they want:

While the latest round of US-Iran-Iraq talks continue amid cool relations between Washington and Tehran, a new opinion poll finds huge dissatisfaction with how Bush and Congress are handling the Iraq War, narrow majority supports legislation for withdrawal by the end of next spring:

With the rising threat of local Sunni militants in Lebanon, UN peacekeeping forces look to Hizballah to help protect its forces from car bomb and other sorts of attacks:

Analysts see election results as economic welfare, not issues of religion in the public sphere dominating Turks’ concerns…

…meanwhile while latest Turkish election and AKP victory have helped increase female representation in parliament, overall lack of female parliamentarians across all parties is still a major glass ceiling in Turkey:

Clerics join elders in negotiating with Taliban as villagers March demanding the release of 23 Korean captives.


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






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