News and Analysis (4/18/08)

Although some unease with the Pope’s earlier comments exists, Muslims at the grassroots level enjoy relations …

… while the Minaret of Freedom Institute issues a call to the Pope to adopt a scholarly approach towards interfaith dialog:

GAO report finds massive wasteful spending on counterterrorism efforts in Pakistan’s tribal areas is without a clear plan and ineffective against militants…

…meanwhile the Bush administration’s pressure efforts to undermine the full restoration of rule of law in Pakistan seem to be working as Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s powers will be cut upon returning to office:

Likudnik Binyamin Netanyahu implied that he would not honor any peace agreement between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli PM Ehud Olmert…

…however such aggressive words remain moot as current peace talks produce little:

Despite requests from Ottawa, the US refused to keep 15-year Canadian citizen Omar Khadr from being thrown into Guantanamo Bay:

Though never convicted of any terrorism charges and covered by an earlier plea agreement with government, Sami Al-Arian possible faces further political persecution:

Alejandro

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

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