News and Analysis (9/29-30/07)

Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and 13 other “high value” detainees are finally given the right to seek legal counsel after it being denying to them for almost five years:

“It is as if he is trying to sound like the ‘agents of [in]tolerance’ he once critiqued, thinking that will cause Christian conservatives to like him. It is a sad performance.”—David Kuo, former Deputy Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

In response to recent smears alleging past incitement of violence, local Muslim activist Essam Omeish held a press conference denying such allegations and claimed his remarks were misinterpreted and taken out of context:

Destruction of the holy Shi’a shrine that touched off sectarian violence responsible for killing thousands is to be rebuilt the help of the EU and UNESCO:

Celebrating Rumi’s 800th birthday today, the world reflects on his universal message of love and peace:

In the midst of a massive crackdown on protesters that saw several prominent opposition and government figures get attacked, the Pakistani government bars private television stations from broadcasting images of the melee for several hours:


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

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