News and Analysis (4/28/08)

Drawing on lessons of ending Nepal’s civil war, former President Jimmy Carter finds diplomatic engagement with Hamas and Syria will pay greater peace dividends than isolating and economically punishing them:

By finally acknowledging long-ignored trends in Muslim-majority countries and communities, the US begins to gain some strategic leverage over Al-Qaeda:

Big Brother uses its spy powers to violate attorney-client confidentiality and subvert the notion of a fair trial:

Islamophobic personalities and organizations use guilt by association and fear-tactics to undermine a New York-based Arabic-language school and its principal:

Chinese policies of restricting religious freedom and importing ethnic Han Chinese to change Xinjiang’s ethnic demography have many native Muslim Uighur feeling like they are “the Indians in America”:

Developed nations’ farming subsidies create massive food market distortions, hurting poor countries like Muslim-majority Mauritania:

American Muslims’ unique social context leads them to interpret and apply Islamic principles in creative new ways, balancing out social desires with a faith-based need for personal modesty:


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

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