News and Analysis (5/8/08)

Former defense lawyer for ex-Gitmo prisoner alleges that the lack of a fair legal hearing and exposure to torture led to Abdallah Salih al-Ajmi to terrorism:

“Landmark ruling” in Malaysia upholds ethnic Chinese woman’s Qur’anic and Prophetic rights to leave Islam:

Using Bill Cosby as their template, American Muslim filmmakers use the Internet’s power to depict themselves as ordinary while humorously identifying with other Muslims:

In a rare legal success, civil liberties groups successfully fight off another FBI abuse of national security letters:

PM Gordon Brown uses electoral fear-mongering and politicization of a top Scotland Yard counterterrorism official to push for more Big Brother powers:

Columnist Dan Froomkin opines that the latest buzz about Bush torture officials being subpoenaed to testify before Congress will not lead to greater accountability:

Delays over restoration of deposed judges and parliamentary elections strain the new Pakistani government’s popular credibility:


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

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