News and Analysis (1/24/08)

The Padilla trial’s lesson is that the government has omnipotent power as long as it’s the military violating Americans’ Constitutional rights:

Appeals court orders resentencing of convicted “paintball 11” member finding his non-violent crimes did not justify a “terrorism enhancement”:

Reporter for IWPR asserts the Taliban are gaining strength despite statements from Afghan and NATO officials:

Citing security concerns, but clearly appealing to Islamophobia, the Dutch government proposes to ban burqas in schools:

Saudi Novelist Rajaa Alsanea finds her country needs to improve its treatment of women, but also acknowledges reforms are moving in a positive direction:

Analysts see Musharraf as increasingly losing support, even from his important military constituency, meanwhile the Bush administration continues the same failed policies of supporting the military without giving aid for civil society growth:


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






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