News and Analysis (4/29/08)

Once the DoD’s top legal gunslinger, Col. Morris Davis recently testified under oath that the Pentagon and Bush administration seek convictions in its kangaroo courts to score political points, not administer justice:

Social and economic discrimination of European Muslims lead to a disproportionate incarceration rate in France and other European countries:

Call for religious reformists’ death by extremist clerics are interpreted by some to signal diminishing influence of hardliners in Saudi Arabia…

…meanwhile members of a violent fringe test Indonesia’s religious tolerance and pluralism by attacking mosques belonging to a heterodox sect of Muslims:

Iranian director Nader Talebzadeh’s flick on the life of Jesus (PBUH) as a fully human prophet, rather than Divine, attempts to initiate more religious dialog:

A former TV producer claims network TV’s bias toward military experts distorted the debate over Iraq and helped push the country into war:

Iraq acknowledges Iranian military aid to militias, but also tells Washington to back down from its belligerent tone toward Tehran and pursue quiet diplomacy instead:

After earlier reports of Taliban and Pakistani government negotiators nearly coming to a deal, Taliban militants pull out of talks, citing “foreign forces” undermining peace talks:


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

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