News and Analysis (8/2/07)

“Turkey has emphatically not backtracked to ‘the road not taken’ and given up on its quest for modernization. But it has struck out on a very different modernization track, one embedded in a cultural conservatism that seeks an appropriate synthesis between Islam, capitalism and liberal democracy.” – Soli Ozel, Professor of Political Science at Istanbul Bilgi University

US dishes out $20 billion in military aid to Sunni Arab states to pursue a cold-war style “containment” policy again Iran, but some analysts fear this response will encourage Iran to “go nuclear”:

Secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court reasserts its authority over Bush’s NSA wiretapping program declaring it illegal and puts new limits on scope and size of the spy effort:

The story of Britain first mosque, its founder, the movement to restore it and make it a national treasure:


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

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