News and Analysis (3/25/08)

After being sworn in, Pakistan’s new PM bolsters his reputation for taking principled stances by making good on a promise to lift house arrest orders for the 65 judges deposed by Musharraf:

After realizing the failure of political isolation, some Western officials are beginning to tinker with the idea of including Hamas in peace negotiations:

Despite renewing a ceasefire pledge, Muqtada As-Sadr’s forces face a massive government troop offensive in Basra, aiming to wrest control of the city from the Mahdi Army and other local Shi’a militias…

…meanwhile an op-ed in the Arab news argues an American withdrawal will not lead to an “orgy of violence” some fear:

A German state-sponsored initiative aims to promote tolerance by making religious extremism uncool through comic strips, but Muslim civil society organizations say the effort could have been improved had the State decided to consult them on the project:

Continuing the momentum of earlier Muslim-Christian dialogs, King Abdullah says they should be expanded into an Abrahamic trialog that includes Jews…

…meanwhile Human Rights Watch calls for a uniform penal code to prevent further human rights abuses in the name of Islamic jurisprudence:


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

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