News and Analysis (6/21-22/08)

Denunciations by former militants and mainstream Islamists have Al-Qaeda on the defensive:

Writer Becky Akers decries the invasiveness of new scanning technology that subjects people to a virtual strip search and does nothing to add to security:

Non-coercive interrogation nets a treasure trove information from alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed:

300 political prisoners forgo food to protest being “parts of mass trials and [getting] long sentences, even though there had been no evidence”

Opposition-led parliament seeks to reduce prisoners’ sentences from death to life in jail and reduce others’ terms by 3 months…

…while residents in Swat anxiously await whether or not a peace deal can be struck and what it means for them:

Despite the likely court closure of the AK party, the expected ruling exposes the crumbling secular elite:


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






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