News and Analysis (11/27/07)

Mansoor Ijaz argues that Muslim Americans should be considered for a cabinet level position to help defend America against religious militants because their unique cultural and religious sensitivities can help craft better national security strategies:

Showing disgust with the Karzai administration over its handling of recent deadly suicide bombing in Baghlan province, Afghani parliamentarians stage a walk-out:

A rift in the Iran-Syria alliance emerges as Ahmadinejad criticizes Damascus for participating in Annapolis Middle East meeting and holds “alternate” summit composed mostly of Palestinian militant groups:

Arab government crackdowns on opposition parties and gerrymandered districts not only harm the electoral results of Islamist parties, but also drive down national voter turnout to very low levels:

Iran attempts to demonstrate a measure of justice and accountability in its judicial system by reopening the case surrounding the death under custody of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi:

In contrast to earlier statements from President Ahmadinejad, Iranian state TV airs drama based on the true story of an Iranian diplomat helping over 1,000 European Jews escape persecution and genocide during WWII:


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

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