News and Analysis (6/9/08)

The recent judicial decision to uphold the hijab ban, leads Turkey’s speaker of parliament and Human Rights Watch to call for revising the nation’s constitution to enforce separation of powers and uphold human rights, respectively:

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei expresses his opposition to a pending US-Iraqi bilateral security agreement…

…meanwhile Baghdad seeks to keep a tight leash on any future troop presence by negotiating for US soldiers to stick to their barracks and private security guards to be subject to Iraqi law:

Senate committee report on Iraq war intelligence fails to explore critical information sources within the Bush administration:

Indonesia’s greater emphasis on law enforcement and nuanced approach toward Muslims net better anti-terror results than the militarized strategies in the Philippines and Pakistan:

Legal counsel of Gitmo detainee Omar Khadr asserts military personnel destroyed important evidence that bars him from “challenging the reliability of any alleged confessions”:

Political and security blowback from the Iraq invasion, the weakened US dollar and the opening of new Asian markets for crude oil corrode US-Saudi relations:


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






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