News and Analysis (11/29/07)

After handing the army’s command over to Ashfaq Kayani, a man considered to have a “clean and solid reputation”, in his new civilian capacity as President, Musharraf announces an end to martial law on December 16:

Is the U.S. military playing “Whack-a-mole?” A top commander of the Marine Corps seeks strategic redeployment of US troops from Iraq to face the Al-Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan:

In lieu of the upcoming 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic games, China steps up its arrests of political dissidents, including non-violent Muslim activists like Rebiya Kadeer:

As state-sponsored traditionally trained clerics are upstaged by self-appointed populist preachers that capitalize off political discontent, Egyptians wonder where is the dividing line between free speech and harassment:


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

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