News and Analysis (10/23/07)

Federal prosecutors fail to convict members of Palestinian charity Holy Land Foundation because, in the words of one juror, the case “was strung together with macaroni noodles. There was so little evidence.”

Members of Congress slam the White House for allowing Intelligence Committee members to see crucial documents on NSA spying, but not the Judiciary Committee, allegedly in exchange for granting telecoms legal immunity:

Ignorance and fear drives some people in a small Maryland town to attempt blocking construction plans for a heterodox Muslim sect’s mosque:

After some bloody saber-rattling between PKK militants and Turkey, Iraq offers to provide support to Turkey against the militant organization while the PKK themselves offer a truce to Ankara in return for dropping threats of a cross-border raid into Kurdish Iraq:

Taliban-like militants in Northwest Pakistan violate Islamic values of “no compulsion in religion” and education as “an obligation upon every man and woman” by imposing a decree that forces women to wear a burqa in public, resulting in a massive drop in female school attendance as poor families who cannot afford the garment are unable to comply:


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






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