News and Analysis (10/27-29/07)

“This was not only about demanding justice as an outcome, but more importantly, justice as a process. American Muslims increasingly worry that the word ‘terrorism,’ even when uttered as an allegation, is sufficient to trump the ‘innocent until proven guilty’ axiom that is a cornerstone of our justice system.”—Ahmed Rehab, Executive Director CAIR-Chicago

FFF policy advisor James Bovard examines an early post 9/11 case of FBI abuse and cover up an of agent threatening to torture Egyptian foreign exchange student Abdallah Higazy’s family to extract a false confession:

Disputes between the President and Prime Minister of Somalia’s transitional government come to a head as PM Ali Mohamed Gedi announces his resignation:

As UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohammed ElBaradei tells US to “stop spinning and hyping the Iranian issue” in order to avoid a global “conflagration”, and saber rattling continues between Iraqi Kurdish militants and Turkish troops, world oil prices continue to rise due in part to Mid East instability:

All 21 female candidates vying for 84 spots in Omani legislative council with no formal powers fail to win a single seat in latest election:

Columnist Robert Novak examines the recent attempted assassination against Benazir Bhutto and the current political context in Pakistan and sees the relationship between Musharraf and Bhutto as one of mutual necessity for survival:


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






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