News and Analysis (11/30/07)

Saudi lawyer and human rights advocate Abdul-Rahman al-Lahem sues the Justice Ministry for revoking his legal license and defaming his client, a gang rape victim, of having an affair:

“A young man cannot find true Islam in state-sanctioned religion…So a young man, with all his power, starts searching for messages on TV and the Internet… Eventually, a young man starts to think that his government is the enemy of Islam.”—Qabil Nasri, Tunisian jailed for alleged militant activities

Fallout over the innocuous naming of a teddy bear “Muhammad” by British teacher in Sudan hits a critical level as British Muslims and government officials slam Sudanese authorities for sentencing her to 15 days in jail while 1,000 Sudanese protesters demand the death sentence for the teacher:

Iraqi and US authorities fail to plan for the return of refugees and internally displaced persons fleeing their ethnically cleansed neighborhoods, leading to fears that sectarian tensions could rise and violence reignite from people unable to return to their homes:

Opposition leader Bhutto unveils her party’s platform, but leaves open the possibility of boycotting the upcoming elections:


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

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