News and Analysis (6/28-29/08)

Despite the emphasis on negotiations in its new counterterrorism strategy, Pakistan launches its first offensive since the new government took  power two months ago:

Anwar Ibrahim flees to the Turkish embassy as the Malaysian state resuscitates the politically motivated accusations used to justify the opposition leader’s previous detention and torture:

Jakarta Post editorial argues Indonesian surveys on so-called shari’a reveal complexities of the issue:

Former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi makes the legal arguments for impeachment in his book “The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder”:

India’s traditional Sufi-influenced Islamic traditions come under attack as a consequence of  injustice by the Indian state and the growth Wahhabism:

Despite the rising voices of civil society and local religious leaders, poverty and tribal custom perpetuate the practice of child marriage:


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






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