News and Analysis (1/15/08)

Judge expresses concern that federal prosecutors now try to focus on motive in order to get life sentences after “great pains to not have motive in the trial“:

Like Dr. Frankenstein, who suffered the consequences of creating a monster, Pakistan and its intelligence service suffer the consequences of helping to nurture the Taliban’s growth:

Bush appeals to common monotheism as a cornerstone for bringing peace and liberty in the Middle East…

… but also pushes forward with $20 billion Saudi and $30 billion Israeli arms deals with an eye on Iran:

Feeling the logistical strain in combat and antiwar pressures at home, NATO allies are hoping the US will contribute more troops to Afghanistan to bolster their own military efforts:

International human rights group urges end to death by stoning (found in the Old Testament and in some hadith, but contrary to the Qur’an) due to harshness of execution method and disproportionate number of unfair trials convicting women:

UN head Ban Ki Moon backs long-term dialog and civil society building as an alternative to short-term military victories to defeat terrorists:


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






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