News and Analysis (1/29/08)

Human Rights lawyer Joanne Mariner argues that anti-terrorism laws have led to global trend in restrictions on free speech:

Senators vote down Bush’s plans to make warrantless wiretapping permanent, but seek to give the law a 30-day extension for further debate:

Turkish parliament seeks to make a move on easing the hijab ban by allowing university students to wear it, but restrictions on public civil servants will remain:

CS Monitor columnist Helena Cobban argues that peace between Israelis and Palestinians can’t be achieved without diplomatically engaging Hamas:

Syria seeks to muzzle political reform by jailing prominent democratic activist Riad Seif:

Disputed conversion case of dead Buddhist in Malaysia is the latest example of an increasing trend of legal bias against non-Muslims by deferring to so-called “shari’ah” courts:

Using the language of “family and the Koran” female Afghan entrepreneur Kamela Sediqi works to educate her fellow country men and women on how to run a business and be self-sufficient:


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

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