News and Analysis (9/4/07)

At annual national Muslim convention, religious leaders say that members of the government and society have to stop treating Muslims as suspects:

“The treatment of Padilla ranks as one of the most serious abuses after 9/11…. This is a case that would have shocked the Framers. This is precisely what many of the drafters of the Constitution had in mind when they tried to create a system of checks and balances.”–Jonathan Turley, George Washington University Law Professor

Drawing off of experiences in Northern Ireland, several key Iraqi leaders met other each and members of Sinn Fein for low-key talks in Finland to come up with a set of principles to stop sectarian violence:

Pragmatist Rafsanjani beats out hard-line opponent to become head of top clerical body advising Iran’s Supreme Leader:

Moroccan Justice and Development party seeks to work with rivals and score big on upcoming parliamentary elections:

Unjust and un-Islamic: Afghanistan’s legal system treats many female victims as criminals for violating social norms and being “punished on evidentiary standards that discriminate against them”


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

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