News and Analysis (9/24/07)

Seeing the success of Bi’lin as an example, Palestinians are beginning to re-shift tactics away from militancy and back to the non-violent methods of the First Intifada:

Washington Post columnist details and laments over the Bush administration’s abandonment of supporting Egypt’s fledging independent press:

The gloomy possibility of further fragmentation in Somalia is raised, as splits within the provisional government appear to be emerging amid continued clashes between Ethiopian-backed government forces and Islamist-led rebels:

While independent observers find Pakistan’s electoral system is “poorly prepared and… highly vulnerable to fraud” Musharraf’s strongest challenge to his presidential bid is not from weak opposition candidates, but legal petitions submitted to the Supreme Court disputing his eligibility to run:

In a move likely to further polarize Lebanon along political and sectarian lines, Hezbollah-led opposition groups refuse to participate in parliamentary vote to elect new President if a “consensus” candidate cannot be found:

Like religious fundamentalists who believe that certain interpretations of religion are taboo to question, one of Turkey’s secular counterparts states that the current interpretation of secularism implanted the national constitution “should not be a topic of discussion”:


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

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