News and Analysis (8/22/07)

After months of detention and interrogations, the Iranian government finally releases Haleh Esfandiari on bail from the Evin Prison:

Survey of 100 top foreign policy and security experts paints a bleak picture of that state of American power and national security–84% say the U.S. is “losing the war” and over 90% say the world “is growing more dangerous for Americans:”

Political pragmatism and the desire to put forth a responsible domestic and international image motivates Hamas to keep its military actions on a low flame in the face of Israeli attempts to politically isolate the organization and economically strangle it:

“At its best, the history of Islamic Spain is a model for interfaith cooperation that inspires those who seek an easier relationship among the three Abrahamic faiths. At its worst, it’s a warning of what can occur when political and religious leaders divide the world. It reminds us what really happens when civilizations clash.” – Alex Kronemer, religion documentary producer

Universities act as hotbed of rising discontent over creeping authoritarianism and rising costs of living in Bangladesh:

Donning the facing veil for some has led to limited professional growth, while others have not been barred:


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

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