News and Analysis (6/10/08)

In addition to banning the violent so-called “Islamic Defenders Front”, Indonesia’s president caves into pressure from extremist groups and also bans the Ahmadiyah movement, an act the Jakarta Post calls a blatant breach of religious freedom, a violation of the constitution and could set a precedent for further state inference in religious affairs:

Mideast analyst George Bisharat debunks the fallacy that Muslim movements and states like Iran are irrationally aggressive and therefore can only be militarily confronted:

Despite the signature of other opposition leaders, hardliner Hassan Aweys rejects a ceasefire between some Islamists and the government until Ethiopia fully withdraws:

Information overload and bureaucratic mismanagement force delays in legal immigration and hinder the FBI from providing basic background checks to protect the country from terrorists…

…yet Congress is content to compound the problem, goaded into passing further FISA “reform” legislation that is invasive, ineffective and counterproductive:


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






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