News and Analysis (9/18/07)

New York Times editorial finds that although Bush’s likely pick for the next Attorney General is being billed as a “consensus” candidate, there are some important questions that need to be answered concerning his commitment to preserving liberties while fighting terrorism:

U.N. human rights high commissioner says European Muslims experience rise in discrimination, meanwhile European Muslim organizations denounce Al-Qaeda statement putting out a bounty on the Swedish cartoonist depicting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):

Egypt tightens its authoritarian noose, banning an annual dinner of Egypt’s largest and peaceful opposition group, cracking down on the limited press freedoms that exist and pushing out a prominent local human rights organization:

Saudi women form group and collect signatures for petition lobbying King Abdullah to lift the ban on female drivers:

Somali Independent radio station critical of the government and religious radicals is under attack:


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

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