News and Analysis (8/8/07)

In a continued effort to distance himself from the policies of his predecessor Tony Blair, current British PM Gordon Brown wants 5 British legal residents returned to the Kingdom, however disputes remain over legality and feasibility of restrictions sought by the US government and thus far rejected by Britain:

As Musharraf blasts earlier comments about invading Pakistan to go after Al-Qai’da, he along with 100 out of 350 delegates won’t attend massive peace meeting meant to end violence in tribal areas:

Middle East expert Juan Cole investigates the recent proliferation of rosy views of the surge in Iraq and find they don’t measure up to the facts:

Comparing the Qur’an to Hitler’s Mein Kampf, extreme-right Dutch MP makes racist tirade in a Dutch newspaper column calling for banning the Qur’an, Muslim immigrantion and mosques in the Netherlands:

Jewish, Christian and Muslim inmates sue for their right to have access to religious texts which are being banned for fear of “find[ing] hateful or radicalizing (read: terrorist) materials in chapel libraries”:


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

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