[fund] co-optation by politico-religious and/or conservative forces

For many years now, we have witnessed the rise of more and more Islamist groups who claim for themselves the exclusive monopoly over the form and content of Islam itself.
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan warned the UN Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva that its ability to perform its tasks had been undermined by the "politicization of its sessions and the selectivity of its work."
While Iraqis largely blame foreign forces for the relative loss of security and freedom, secular Iraqis fear other products of the 2003 invasion - fundamentalist militants and the prospect of religious rule - as much as occupation and daily terrorism.
A growing number of Iraqi women are falling prey to insurgents killing those in prominent positions.
Roger Hardy asks if the world's biggest Muslim country can shake off extremism and make the transition to democracy.
Energised by last year's election victory which mobilised the Christian conservative vote, the American Right has been confidently pushing a moral agenda which puts education at the heart of a battle to change US culture.
In many areas of Kyrgyzstan, especially in the South, religion is playing a prominent role in the parliamentary election campaign. The involvement of Islamic and Christian spiritual leaders in politics is an unsettling development for authorities.
MMA governs the most important province of Pakistan i.e. North West Frontier Province (NWFP) that borders Afghanistan. Its parliamentarians have presented a bill that seeks to ban dance, music and women's photography.
WLUML is relieved to learn of the declaration adopted by the State Duma which sharply condemns a letter that urged prosecutors to outlaw all Jewish organizations in Russia.
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