News and Analysis (9/20/07)

Emotions and tensions run high in Lebanon and 14th Lebanese politician since Rafiq Hariri’s death was successfully assassinated:

Egyptian society and how it applies Islam to everyday life, on one hand undergoes rapid changes as more couples seek a legal temporary marriage, but adjust at a much slower pace as efforts to stop the culturally established practice of female genital mutilation hit strong stumbling blocks:

Iran releases Iranian-American academic Kian Tajbakhsh, making him the third such person set free:

Inciting the fear of terrorism once more, the administration seeks to expand warrantless wiretapping into a permanent law:

Outlook in Pakistan looks hotter and heavier as Musharraf announces national elections to take place shortly on Oct. 6th and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto outlines her plan to restore democracy and stability to Pakistan upon her return on Oct. 18th, while militants encourage Pakistanis to overthrow Musharraf:


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

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