News and Analysis (10/11/07)

“In refusing to consider Mr. Masri’s appeal, the Supreme Court has left an innocent person without any remedy for his wrongful imprisonment and torture. It has damaged America’s standing in the world and established the nation as Supreme Enabler of the Bush administration’s efforts to avoid accountability for its actions.”—New York Times editorial

Disputes over implementing the 2005 power-sharing deal between northern and southern Sudanese groups lead to southern party withdrawing its ministers from the national government:

Letter to Pope and other top Christian leaders from 130 top Muslim scholars around the world urge better relations between the two faiths for the sake of global peace:

In an attempt to counter Hamas’ religious credentials, putatively “secular” Fatah violates Islamic teachings of freedom of religion by establishing “morality police” that imposes public observation of Ramadan fasting on all citizens, including Christians, and continues to clamp down on Hamas affiliated mosques…

…meanwhile the Palestinian Islamist movement renews its calls for dialogue with Fatah and possibly hints at relinquishing power its power in Gaza:

Praised by some for his pro-market economic policies, Gamal Mubarak, son of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, is scorned by others for his likely undemocratic succession to power:

Set to return to Pakistan next week in spite of pleas from Musharraf, opposition leader Benazir publicly states that she wishes to see the Armed Forces held transparent and accountable to parliament:


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

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